Diagnostic radiology involves taking images of the body, organs and internal structures using external radiation.
Radiography is a procedure that produces images of the body’s internal structures, such as bones and organs, by passing an x-ray beam through the area being examined onto a photosensitive surface. A special computerized processor then creates digital images of the study. We offer both Radiography (plain x-ray) and Fluoroscopy (x-ray with instantaneous image display on monitors) with and without using x-ray dye (contrast medium)
Computed tomography, more commonly known as a CT scan, is a diagnostic medical test that, like traditional x-rays, produces multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be reformatted in multiple planes, to form images. These images can be viewed on a computer monitor, printed on film or transferred to a CD. CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels typically provide greater detail than traditional x-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels.
Interventional radiology (IR) is a medical specialty that performs minimally invasive treatments, using radiologic imaging for guiding the procedure. Interventional radiology treatments have become the primary method of care for a variety of conditions, offering less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to surgery.
Interventional radiologists are board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians who's areas of expertise are minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They are experts at reading x-rays, ultrasounds, CTs, MRIs, and all other forms of medical imaging.
Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. We provide screening and diagnostic mammograms performed by a registered mammographer.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, transmitted electronically, printed or copied to a CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). Detailed MR images allow physicians to evaluate various parts of the body and determine the presence of certain diseases.
Technologists are able to capture images of internal structures using sound waves. Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce relatively precise images of structures within your body. The images produced during an ultrasound examination often provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.
Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose and treat disease. After injection these materials are detected by special types of cameras that work with computers to provide precise pictures of the area of the body. In treatment, the radiopharmaceuticals go directly to the organ being treated. The amount of radiation in a typical nuclear imaging procedure is comparable with that received during a diagnostic x-ray, and the amount received in a typical treatment procedure is kept within safe limits. Today, nuclear medicine offers procedures that are essential in many medical specialties, from pediatrics to cardiology.
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure in which a thin flexible tube (catheter) is passed, usually from the groin or arm, to the heart. It is done to get information about the heart or its blood vessels, provide treatment in certain types of heart conditions, or determine the need for heart surgery. A cardiac catheterization procedure examines the blood flow in the coronary arteries and chambers of the heart and checks the blood pressure in the heart.