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Diagnostic imaging is used to detect disease or injuries, as with test like X-rays or CTs, or for preventive screening, as with mammograms.
At the University of Maryland Medical Center, our radiology team of physicians, nurses and technologists provide you with a comfortable setting for your imaging needs at two Baltimore locations.
Bone Density Test
A bone density test, also called DEXA or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, is a painless, noninvasive diagnostic imaging procedure that uses low-dose X-rays to make pictures of the hip and lower spine to measure bone loss and diagnose osteoporosis.
Computer tomography (CT) scans create highly detailed, cross-sectional images, or slices, of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels.
Fluoroscopy is a type of noninvasive X-ray that uses a continuous beam of radiation to project moving images – an X-ray movie – on a fluorescent screen or computer monitor.
To detect this build-up, your physician may order cardiac calcium scoring — a test that is also known as coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring, a heart scan or calcium score.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency waves to provide detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues.
A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a type of nuclear medicine that uses small amounts of radioactive material, called a tracer, that acts as a contrast material.
In addition to performing PET scans, our physicians are using one of the nation's most advanced scanners, which combines PET and CT technology to detect and treat cancer, heart disease and neurological disorders.
Ultrasound, or sonography, is a technique that uses sound waves to study and treat different areas of the body. Its high-frequency sound waves are transmitted to the area of interest and returns echoes that are recorded and captured as images.
Virtual colonoscopy, or CT colonography, is a noninvasive, outpatient procedure that uses a CT scan to diagnose colon and bowel disease, including polyps, diverticulitis and cancer in the large intestine.
An X-ray is a painless medical test that makes images of bone and tissue, including solid organs like the lungs.