What is an X-Ray
X-rays are a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves. X-ray imaging creates pictures of the inside of your body. The images show the parts of your body in different shades of black and white. This is because different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation. Calcium in bones absorbs x-rays the most, so bones look white. Fat and other soft tissues absorb less, and look gray. Air absorbs the least, so lungs look black. The most familiar use of x-rays is checking for broken bones, but x-rays are also used in other ways. For example, chest x-rays can spot pneumonia. Mammograms use x-rays to look for breast cancer. When you have an x-ray, you may wear a lead apron to protect certain parts of your body. The amount of radiation you get from an x-ray is small. For example, a chest x-ray gives out a radiation dose similar to the amount of radiation you’re naturally exposed to from the environment over 10 days.
An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a highly technical and informative way of imaging the human body. The images that are created can be very useful to your doctors for detecting structural abnormalities of different organs, inflammation of soft tissue, and tears of muscle or ligaments, among other problems.
Mammograms are used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms. They can also be used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain, skin dimpling or nipple discharge.
An ultrasound scan, also referred to as a sonogram, diagnostic sonography, and ultrasonography, is a device that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of some part of the inside of the body, such as the stomach, liver, heart, tendons, muscles, joints and blood vessels
Multiple detector computed tomography or (MDCT) scanning is a rapid, painless diagnostic procedure that combines the use of computers and x-rays. A MDCT scan allows the radiologist to see the location, or abnormalities. Multiple images are acquired in a sequence by a rotating x-ray tube. All you need to do is lie still on a table for approximately 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the area of concern being covered. The table top will move you through a gantry (shaped like a big donut) which houses the x-ray tube and a multiple set of detectors. Images are acquired by the detectors that pick up the x-ray that passes through your body. The images are then sent to the computer which reconstructs the images onto the screen for the technologist to view. The technologist will then review the quality of the images, once satisfied with the content of the exam you will be free to leave. The technologist will then process this information to create an examination that the radiologist can then review and interpret. Some MDCT studies require an oral contrast agent to enhance the images that are taken of your body. You will recceive special instructions if your exam […]
A barium swallow is a test that may be used to determine the cause of painful swallowing, difficulty with swallowing, abdominal pain, bloodstained vomit, or unexplained weight loss. Barium sulfate is a metallic compound that shows up on X-rays and is used to help see abnormalities in the esophagus and stomach.
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body.
The most widely recognized BMD test is called a central dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or central DXA test. It is painless—a bit like having an x-ray. The test can measure bone density at your hip and spine. Peripheral bone density tests measure bone density in the lower arm, wrist, finger or heel.
This advanced nuclear imaging technique combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) into once machine. A PET/CT scan reveals information about both the structure and function of cells and tissues in the body during a single imaging session.
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This advanced nuclear imaging technique combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tom
The most widely recognized BMD test is called a central dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or central
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to d
A barium swallow is a test that may be used to determine the cause of painful swallowing, difficulty