Imaging Modalities

CT — Computed Tomography (CT), also known as a CAT scan, captures detailed cross sectional images of the body. An advanced diagnostic tool, CT is often used to capture images of soft tissue, blood vessels, bone and internal organs.

MRI — Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) utilizes a large magnet and radio waves to acquire detailed images of the body. MRI does not use radiation, and is a sophisticated imaging modality designed to obtain optimal views of certain body parts and tissues including the brain, spine and joints.

Nuclear Imaging — Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radiopharmaceutical material to help diagnose disease. The radiopharmaceutical is injected or swallowed and accumulates in the organ or area of your body being examined, where it emits energy that is detected by a special camera. Some common Nuclear Medicine exams include PET/CT and Bone Scans.

Ultrasound — Ultrasound is an imaging modality that uses sound waves rather than radiation to obtain images from inside the body. A transducer or probe is held to the skin as it transmits high-frequency sound waves. These sound waves are reflected by internal organs producing a diagnostic image that allows physicians to see into the body in real-time.

X-ray and Fluoroscopy — X-ray is the most commonly used and one of the fasted imaging modalities available to help healthcare providers assess patient issues. These studies are often ordered to acquire images of the chest, abdomen, sinuses, spine and other bones. X-ray exposes the body to a small amount of radiation to capture pictures that provide useful information to physicians in diagnosing health issues, fractures and broken bones.

Fluoroscopy allows physicians to observe the internal structure of the body with real-time X-rays taken with a fluoroscope camera.

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