Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(Open MRI) mag
|Computerized Tomography (CAT Scan)||Mammography|
|Ultrasonography (Ultrasound)||Bone Densitometry|
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Open MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the safest, most comfortable imaging techniques. The MRI exam is a painless method of looking inside the body without using surgery or ionized radiation (X-rays). The MRI scanner uses magnetism and radio waves, both harmless, to produce remarkably detailed pictures of the human anatomy. The Open MRI Scanner can accommodate a variety of patients including those who are claustrophobic, patients who are above 200 pounds, or anyone who simply wants a more comfortable exam experience. Our specialized training and extensive experience enables us to give our patients the best
possible diagnostic expertise.
Computerized Tomography (CAT Scan)
Computerized Tomography is a computer assisted medical imaging technique. Small amounts of X-rays are projected through a specific region of the body to produce cross-sectional images ("slices"). The images produced by this scan are more detailed than those of an ordinary X-ray. Because of the clarity and detail provided by the CT scan, patients can potentially avoid exploratory surgery. A CT scan provides a lower radiation exposure, which results in a faster and safer examination for the patient.
Ultrasonography (Ultrasound) is a painless and safe diagnostic study used to examine internal structures of the body using sound waves. These high frequency sound waves are used to access the progress of fetal development, to evaluate internal organs, or to image blood vessels. Ultrasound does not involve any radiation or require the use of drugs, dyes, or chemicals. Ultrasound is a fast, effective tool that can help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis and determine proper treatment.
Fluoroscopy is a form of diagnostic radiology that allows moving body structures to be examined via X-ray through the use of a fluoroscope and a contrast agent. The image is viewed on a monitor as a kind of moving X-ray. Unlike an X-ray, which shows a detailed yet static image, fluoroscopy allows a physician to see a live image of the body's internal organs in order to observe their size, shape, and movement. Fluoroscopic exams include the following types of tests: barium swallow, upper GI series, small bowel series, barium enema, intravenous pyelogram, voiding cystourethregram, myleogram, arthrogram, lumber punctures, and facet injections. Preparation varies depending on the type of test. The contrast agent- which allows the image to be viewed when x-rayed- will be introduced into the body via swallowing, injection, or an enema. Your physician will give you specific instructions prior to your procedure.
Radiography (X-rays) is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. An X-ray image is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body striking an image receptor such as a film. This creates a "shadow" of the area through which the radiation has passed. Some X-ray exams improve visibility by creating contrast through a range of substances, which may be introduced into the patient by swallowing, injection, or enema. This is known as Fluoroscopy. X-rays allow physicians to perform a quick evaluation, often detecting diseases in the early stages, where the chance of recovery is improved.
Mammography (Mammogram) is a safe, low dose X-ray image of the inner structures of the breast. It is used to detect abnormal growths or changes in breast tissue. Mammograms are key to the early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram can detect cancers in the early stages, when they are too small to be felt during a
There are two types of mammograms. A screening mammogram is used to look for breast disease in women who have no symptoms. A diagnostic mammogram evaluates the breasts of a woman who has symptoms of breast disease, such as a lump, or whose screening mammogram shows an abnormality.
Mammography combined with monthly self-examination, increased awareness, education, and early detection are critical components of breast healthcare.
Bone Densitometry is the latest, most accurate method for measuring bone loss, often associated with osteoporosis. With a technologically advanced X-ray densitometer, fracture risk can be diagnosed early, allowing for customized treatment for each patient. While general X-ray is unable to detect osteoporosis until bone loss reaches 30 percent, bone densitometry can detect as little as a one to three percent bone loss with one-tenth the radiation exposure of a chest X-ray.
Stereotactic Biopsy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that uses a local anesthetic. If a mammogram shows a lump or other abnormality, the next step is to determine if it is cancerous. This is done with a biopsy of the tissue in question. A stereotactic needle biopsy is used for lesions that cannot be easily felt. In this procedure, computers assist the radiologist in locating exactly where to place the needle. A biopsy involves the removal of the area of concern, which is then analyzed in a laboratory. Procedures such as the stereotactic breast biopsy are generally performed on an outpatient basis.