Computed Tomography (CT)
- Computed Tomography scanning is a valuable diagnostic tool that provides physicians with views of internal body structures. During a CT scan, multiple x-rays are passed through the body, producing cross-sectional images, or "slices," on a cathode-ray tube (CRT), a device resembling a television screen. These images can then be preserved on film for examination. CT scans have become the imaging exam of choice for the diagnoses of most solid tumors.
Mobile Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI, MRA)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The technique has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions in all parts of the body including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods.
- Mammography is performed to screen women for signs of breast cancer. It is also used to evaluate a woman who has symptoms of a breast disease, such as a lump, nipple discharge, breast pain, dimpling of the skin on the breast, or retraction of the nipple. Screening mammograms are important for early breast cancer detection. The American Cancer Society recommends mammogram screening every year for all women age 40 and older. The National Cancer Institute recommends mammogram screening every 1 to 2 years for women age 40 and older.
- Nuclear Medicine is a subspecialty within the field of radiology. It comprises diagnostic examinations that result in images of body anatomy and function. The images are developed based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance given to the patient, either intravenously or by mouth. Nuclear Medicine images can assist the physician in diagnosing diseases.
- A procedure in which high-energy sound waves (ultrasound) are bounced off internal tissues or organs and make echoes. The echo patterns are shown on the screen of an ultrasound machine, forming a picture of body tissues called a sonogram.
- Bone Densitometry is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. Bone Densitometry is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.
Prep for Air Contrast Barium Enema
Prep for Bone Scan
Prep for CT Scan
Prep for Hida Scan
Prep for Upper GI
- Diagnostic radiology is the medical science of producing images of the human body, which can be used to make a diagnosis. Radiography is better described as medical imaging, as it has developed considerably from just using x-rays. All of the structures in the body can now be demonstrated through a range of techniques and technology, using sophisticated equipment and complex procedures.