Bone Densitometry is a radiology procedure that determines bone mineral density or bone mass. Bone mineral measurements are very highly correlated with bone strength, and have been shown to predict the potential or risk for bone fractures. Learn more about bone densitometry.
Cardiac scoring is a test that detects calcium deposits in the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart. Normally, the coronary arteries do not contain calcium. Calcium deposits in the coronary arteries may indicate the development or presence of coronary artery disease. Learn more about cardiac scoring.
CT (Computed Tomography)
Computed Tomography (CT) imaging combines the use of a digital computer and a rotating x-ray device to create detailed cross-sectional images or "slices" of the different organs and body parts.CT is one of the best tools for studying the lungs and abdomen. CT is an invaluable tool in the cancer diagnosis process. Learn more about computed tomography.
Diagnostic X-ray (Radiography)
Diagnostic X-ray is the original modality from which the field of radiology developed, and is the most common tool employed in radiology. X-rays can be either still images or "movies," also know as Fluoroscopy, and can often be done quickly. They are frequently used to complement other kinds of radiological procedures. Learn more about diagnostic X-ray (radiography).
Interventional Radiology (Special Procedures)
Interventional procedures can help provide diagnoses and may provide therapy in ways that are less invasive than surgery. These procedures consist of a team of doctors, nurses, and technologists who are expert at performing procedures using imaging guidance. The radiologists are trained in interventional procedures using ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and digital imaging (DSA).
Some of the procedures performed by this service include tissue and tumor biopsy, needle aspiration of fluid collections, catheter drainage of fluid, cyst puncture and analyses, ablation therapies, balloon dilation, stent placement and embolization. Learn more about Interventional Radiology.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is one of the most comprehensive diagnostic tools available to doctors. MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather than X-rays to provide clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The MRI scanner reconstructs data into images that are usually displayed as "slices" through the body. Images are formed in three different cross-sections and can be linked together to show a three dimensional (3D) picture of the bone, internal organs or other tissue structures within the body. MRI has proven valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of conditions, including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. Learn more about MRIs.
A mammogram is a set of X-ray images of the breasts. A screening mammography is performed on women without symptoms. The purpose is to look for any early signs of breast cancer. The majority of these mammograms show no abnormality. A diagnostic mammography is performed to resolve a particular question related to the breast. Learn more about mammography.
Nuclear medicine is an Imaging subspecialty often used to image the body and treat disease. It is unique because it provides doctors with information on organs and their function. A machine called a gamma camera detects radioactive material which has been introduced into the patient's body (usually by injection) for the nuclear medicine test.Nuclear Medicine is different from other imaging procedures in that it often allows for diagnostic information to be obtained prior to the onset of physical symptoms. Learn more about nuclear medicine.
O-arm® Imaging System
The O-arm® Imaging System provides detailed, multi-dimensional images and is optimized for use in spine, orthopaedic and trauma-related surgeries. During back or spine surgery the O-arm® technology allows the surgeon to view clear, real-time images of your body. These images allow the surgeon to see precisely where to place instruments and to make the best decisions during your surgery. Learn more about the O-arm® Imaging System.
PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography combined with Computed Tomography)
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a remarkable diagnostic procedure that produces images of the body's biological functions. PET produces pictures of the actual biological functions of the human body unobtainable by other imaging techniques. These images show body metabolism in 3D format. PET scans are used primarily in the fields of oncology, cardiology, neurology and psychiatry to show various disease states. Learn more about PET/CT.
Ultrasound exams are used to produce an image of the internal structures of the body, and are performed with the use of an ultrasound beam (very high frequency sound waves). As the beam passes through tissues, an echo will bounce off structures in your body and a computer in the ultrasound scanner displays the echo images on a monitor. These images are done "real time," which means that the sonographer is able to see the structures in your body on the screen while you are breathing and moving. Learn more about ultrasounds.