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Radiology and Imaging
Sometimes, it is the things we can’t see that are critical when making a diagnosis or treatment decision. Your health care provider may use imaging tests to make pictures or images of the inside of your body to determine an individualized treatment plan for you.
We strive to make your Radiology visit a positive experience by providing excellent patient care. Our caring staff is friendly and willing to lend a helping hand, whether it is getting you a warm blanket or a cup of juice or helping you to your vehicle. Our safe and efficient imaging services are fully coordinated with your medical team and provide quick results. It’s a simple concept that produces amazing results for all.
We provide a complete range of imaging services for clinic and hospital patients including:
A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break.
In the past, osteoporosis could be detected only after you broke a bone. By that time, however, your bones could be quite weak. A bone density test makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before the fact.
A bone density test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are located in the spine, hip and forearm.
During your exam, you will lie on a padded platform while a mechanical arm passes over your body. The amount of radiation you're exposed to is low — much less than the amount emitted during a chest X-ray. The test usually takes about 10 minutes to complete.
A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breast used to screen for breast cancer. We provide digital mammography to help with the early detection of breast cancer. Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is viewed and, more importantly, manipulated. The radiologist can view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. They also can adjust brightness and contrast, and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses and other changes that may be signs of early cancer.
To supplement this technology, we've also incorporated digital computer-aided detection (CAD). Digital CAD highlights characteristics commonly associated with breast cancer. When activated, it flags abnormalities to help the radiologist detect early breast cancer. CAD is, in essence, a second set of eyes to support and enhance the radiologist's judgment.
DURING A MAMMOGRAM
Digital mammography is offered in 2-D and 3-D tomosynthesis. It feels identical to conventional screening, though you may notice shorter exam times and a reduction in call backs to obtain additional images. You will change into a gown from the waist up. The technician helps you position your head, arms and torso to allow an unobstructed view of your breast. Your breasts are compressed between two film surfaces to spread out the breast tissue. You may find this uncomfortable. An X-ray captures black and white images of your breasts, which are displayed on a computer screen and examined by a radiologist.
AFTER A MAMMOGRAM
Mammograms usually take less than 30 minutes. Afterward, you can dress and resume normal activity.
Most breast lumps are not cancerous; however, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s far more common in women.
Information excerpted with permission from mayoclinic.org.
Diagnostic ultrasound 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.
We offer a variety of ultrasound services in the areas of abdominal imaging, gynecologic, vascular and small-parts imaging.
During an ultrasound
During an ultrasound exam, you usually lie on an examination table. A small amount of gel is applied to your skin. The gel helps eliminate the formation of air pockets between the ultrasound and your body. During the exam, a technician trained in ultrasound imaging (sonographer) presses a small hand-held device (transducer), about the size of a bar of soap, against your skin over the area of your body being examined, moving from one area to another as necessary.
Based on the same principles as sonar, a technology used to detect underwater objects, the transducer generates and receives high-frequency sound waves that can't be heard by the human ear.
As the sonographer places the transducer on your skin, crystals inside the transducer emit pulses of sound waves that travel into your body. Your tissues, bones and body fluids reflect the sound waves and bounce them back to the transducer. The transducer then sends this information to a computer, which composes detailed images based on the patterns created by the sound waves.
Though the majority of ultrasound exams are performed with a transducer on your skin, some ultrasounds are done inside your body (invasive ultrasounds). For these exams, a specialized transducer is attached to a probe that's inserted into a natural opening in your body.
Ultrasound usually is a painless procedure. However, you may experience some mild discomfort as the sonographer guides the transducer over your body, especially if you're required to have a full bladder. A typical ultrasound exam takes from 30 minutes to an hour.
After an ultrasound
When the test is complete, you may return to normal activities unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Information excerpted with permission from mayoclinic.org
An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones.
X-ray beams can pass through your body, but they are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, show up as white on X-rays. The air in your lungs shows up as black. Fat and muscle appear as varying shades of gray.
For some types of X-ray tests, a contrast medium — such as iodine or barium — is introduced into your body to provide greater detail on the X-ray images. X-ray tests are painless and you can’t feel the X-ray passing through you.
During the X-ray
A technologist will position your body to obtain the necessary views. He or she may use pillows or sandbags to help you hold the proper position. During the X-ray exposure, you remain still and hold your breath to avoid moving, which can cause the image to blur.
An X-ray procedure may take only a few minutes for a bone X-ray or more than an hour for more-involved procedures, such as those using a contrast medium.
Your child’s X-ray
If a young child is having an X-ray, restraints or other immobilization techniques may be used to help keep him or her still. These will not harm your child and will prevent the need for a repeat procedure, which may be necessary if the child moves during the X-ray exposure. You may be allowed to remain with your child during the test. If you remain in the room during the X-ray exposure, you’re typically asked to wear a lead apron to shield you from unnecessary exposure.
After the X-ray
After an X-ray, you generally can resume normal activities.
Information excerpted with permission from mayoclinic.org