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Magnetic Resonance Imaging / Open MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a diagnostic technique that provides high quality cross-sectional images of organs and structures within the body without X-Rays or Radiation.
There are no known side effects and no discomfort caused by the procedure. Most examinations are completed in approximately 30 minutes.
Today’s open MRI equipments are better than ever. The open equipment provides more comfortable, non-confining experience. You relax while the equipment at work. With the state of the art equipments, image quality is as clear and sharp as conventional closed MRIs.
Computerized Axial Tomography / CT Scans
Computed tomography (CT), originally known as computed axial tomography (CAT or CT scan) is a medical imaging method employing tomography where digital geometry processing is used to generate a three-dimensional image of the internals of an object from a large series of two-dimensional X-ray images taken around a single axis of rotation. Computers are then used to process the information gathered to create cross-sectional images that appear as “slices” of the body and organs and body tissues.
CT imaging is particularly useful because it can demonstrate several types of tissue – lung, bone, soft tissues and blood vessels – with great clarity.
It is the global standard in the diagnosis of a large number of different disease entities. Some of the major uses being Cranial CT, Chest CT, Cardiac CT, Abdominal and pelvic CT to name a few.
Mammography (FDA & MQSA Certified)
It is a specific type of imaging that uses low-dose x-ray system and high-contrast, high-resolution film for examination of human breasts. It is used to look for different types of tumors and cysts. Mammography has been proven to reduce mortality from breast cancer. Successful treatment of breast cancer depends on early diagnosis. Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers. Mammography can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.
Ultrasound / Color Doppler
Ultrasound imaging, also known as ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. The sound waves’ echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time, visual image. No ionizing radiation is involved in ultrasound imaging.
X-Ray & Fluoroscopy
Radiography, commonly known as X-ray, refers to the use of standard X-rays to identify healthy or abnormal conditions within the body. Common X-rays, tomography and fluoroscopy are all very safe diagnostic exams because they use a low dose of radiation.
Conventional radiography (x-ray) is a simple and painless procedure that allows the radiologist to analyze the bony and soft tissue anatomy for diagnosis. The average x-ray takes 10 – 20 minutes.
Fluoroscopy is an enhanced x-ray that produces its moving image on a television-like monitor. It is especially useful in diagnosing problems of the digestive tract, kidneys and gallbladder. C-arm Fluoroscopy is also used in pain management procedures and radiological intervention. Sometimes a contrast agent is used to guide the procedure. The exam typically takes between 30 and 40 minutes.
Bone densitometry is a noninvasive technology that is used to measure bone mass. Bone mass, simply put, is the weight of the skeleton, overall or in specific regions. Bone mineral density, or BMD, reveals a risk factor for fractures. BMD is usually expressed as the amount of mineralized tissue in the area scanned (g/cm2); with some technologies it is expressed as the amount per volume of bone (g/cm3). A bone density more than 2.5 standard deviations below the young adult reference population indicates osteoporosis, a disease occurring most often (but not exclusively) among women after the menopause in which the bones become very porous, break easily, and heal slowly.
Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)
DEXA, the gold standard in densitometry, uses one of two methods to create a dual-energy spectrum from an x-ray source. One method involves alternating pulses of low and high kV that are applied to the x-ray tube. The low- and high-energy spectra are then measured separately. The other method applies a constant potential to the x-ray source while using a K-edge filter to separate the energy spectrum into two narrow energy bands. An energy-discriminating detector with a dual-channel analyzer counts the resultant photons.
The use of two energies allows bone mineral to be assessed independently of soft-tissue inhomogeneities. Bone mineral content (BMC) and bone mineral density (BMD) are calculated in g/cm and g/cm2, respectively. ??DEXA scanners use either a pencil beam coupled to a single detector (first generation) or a fan beam coupled to a linear array of detectors (second generation). The pencil-beam scanner performs a two-dimensional raster scan, while the fan-beam scanner performs a single sweep across the patient.
Nuclear medicine is a healthcare specialty involving the use of radioactive compounds to perform diagnostic imaging examinations that can lead to the effective treatment of many diseases. Although nuclear medicine is often considered an independent discipline, it is closely related to radiology in that radiation is used to develop images of human anatomy.
Nuclear medicine imaging tests differ from most other imaging modalities in that the tests primarily show the physiological function of the system being investigated as opposed to the anatomy. In some centers, the nuclear medicine images can be superimposed on images from modalities such as CT or MRI to highlight which part of the body the radiopharmaceutical is concentrated in. This practice is often referred to as image fusion.