Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses radio waves and powerful magnets to produce diagnostic images. Best suited for issues involving soft tissues, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. They do not use radiation. Ultrasound may be used to detect abnormalities in the body’s fluids and soft tissues (kidney stones, venous flow, organ damage) and to assist with conditions associated with pregnancy.
64 slice computed tomography that provides a 3D image of the inside of the body. Used to detect the presence of disease or injury. CT scans are helpful in detecting injuries to the head, chest, abdomen, and spine, and may also pinpoint the size and location of tumors.
X-Rays are preferred diagnostic tools for viewing bones and providing images of the chest.
Your provider may recommend a colonoscopy to accurately diagnose intestinal problems related to rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel habits. Colonoscopies are also considered the most efficient, reliable tool for the prevention of colorectal cancer. Usually, your doctor will encourage a colonoscopy at the age of 50 with further screenings every ten years or so, depending on risk factors and your individual health assessment.
Many people prefer to be fully anesthetized for this procedure, or you have the option of lighter sedation. Your doctor will insert a colonoscope (a long, flexible tubular instrument with image transmission capability) through the rectum and further into the large intestine. Abnormal tissue may be removed for further analysis such as polyps or abnormal growths.
Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor to help monitor the movement of a body part. There are four types of exams:
- Barium Swallow: evaluates the swallowing function
- Upper GI: esophagus, stomach, and small intestine
- Lower GI: barium enema to detect abnormalities of the large intestine and colon
Mammograms are used as a screening aid to detect abnormalities at the earliest stages, and as a diagnostic tool for breast cancer and other diseases. Our mammography suite features heated floors, warm robes, and comfortable furnishings. A healthcare provider my recommend a schedule for your breast cancer screenings, however, screenings are available with or without a physician’s order from a provider.