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X-ray’s are a common imaging test that has been used for decades to look closely at body parts. There isn’t any special prep and walk-ins are welcome during normal business hours.
Fluoroscopy uses a continuous low-dose X-ray beam to produce images of organs and bones in real time. During this procedure, radiologists usually use contrast material (dye) to highlight the area being examined.
Computed Tomography (CT)
CT scans are performed on all ages and body parts, including cardiac angiography, specialty pre-surgical planning, and surgical navigation studies. Our 64-slice and 256-slice CT scanners are very fast and make use of the latest radiation dose reduction technology. CT acquires a volume of data which can be reconstructed in many ways, including very thin slices and 3D images.
Ultrasound is a simple procedure that does not require the use of radiation or special medications or dyes. During an ultrasound the sonographer will place gel on the area of the body to be scanned. A small device called a transducer is placed over the area being examined. Sound waves pass through the skin from the transducer and bounces off organs and tissues in the body. These sound waves are reflected back to the transducer. The sound waves are converted to an image and appear on a monitor that will be evaluated by the radiologist.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
MRI utilizes a very powerful magnet, radio frequency pulses and a computer to generate images. There is no radiation involved with this test.
MRI is relatively safe diagnostic modality when performed by trained personnel.
Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive chemicals to image physiology, how an organ or organ system functions. Nuclear Medicine uses a very small amount of gamma radiation coupled to a targeting chemical that is either injected, inhaled, or ingested. These radiopharmaceuticals have no reactions or side effects and are typically gone from your body within a day. Nuclear Medicine is able to evaluate the heart, lungs, thyroid, gallbladder, bones, or a variety of other organs depending on the clinical question and diagnostic needs.
All women’s imaging services, including mammograms, are provided in our Breast Center.
The center offers screening and diagnostic 2D and 3D mammograms, Breast Ultrasound, DEXA (bone density scans), breast biopsies and coming soon 3D breast biopsies. For more information visit our Breast Center.