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Imaging

Below are a list of the diagnostic tests that are available. Consult your physician if you have questions.

Bone Density

Dexa Scan

Using a small dose of ionizing radiation, Dexa scans are often used to diagnose osteoporosis by testing the bone mineral density of your bones to test if they are healthy and strong. Your healthcare provider orders a bone mineral density test to check your bone health for multiple possible reasons including as a routine screening and if you are at risk for having weak bones or are prone to fractures.

Exam Preparation

  • This exam requires minimal preparation; wear loose comfortable clothing, you may also be asked to wear a gown during the exam and remove any jewelry. You should not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours prior to your exam.
  • You will be asked to complete a questionnaire to aid the doctor in determining if you have any medical conditions or take certain medications that either increase or decrease your risk of a fracture.

During the Exam

  • Bone Density tests are performed with patient lying on a padded table and you will be asked to hold still.

After the Exam

  • After the exam your imaging will be interpreted and a report will be sent to your provider. Your provider will contact you to discuss the results.

CT Scan

Computed Tomograhy (CT) Scan

A CT scan, also referred to as a cat scan, provides two and three dimensional images of the body. The scan will show the bones, organs and other tissues in a thin “slice” of the body. An entire series of pictures a CT scan produces is like a loaf of sliced bread. The slices can be viewed individually (2 dimensional) or you can view the whole loaf (3 dimensional). These images are created by a computer program.

Some scans will require a contrast agent (dye). This contrast may be given by mouth, injected through an intravenous line (IV), or by enema. This dye highlights specific regions inside the body.

Exam Preparation

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing and remove jewelry. You may also be asked to change into a gown.
  • Depending upon the type of CT exam you are having, you may need to drink oral contrast or have an IV started for a contrast injection.
  • Notify the technologist if you are nursing or there is a chance you are pregnant.

During the Exam

  • During the exam you will be lying on a moveable imaging table. Once comfortably positioned, the table will slowly move into the CT scanner while an open tube, resembling a donut shape, rotates around the portion of the body being imaged.

After your Exam

  • After your appointment your imaging will be sent to a Radiologist and referring Provider. Your Provider will contact you with the results of the scan.

Mammography

Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body. MRI does not use x-ray or radiation.

Exam Preparation

  • The presence of metal in your body may be a safety hazard and/or affect the MRI images. Before having an MRI, notify your provider and technologist if you have any metal or electronic devices in your body such as joint prostheses, heart valves, defibrillator, pacemaker, metal clips, cochlear implants, a bullet, shrapnel or any other type of metal fragments.
  • You will be asked to change into hospital provided scrubs. Jewelry, watches, hair clips, piercings and possibly dentures will need to be removed. You will have to leave all items containing metal, valuables and cards with magnetic strips (such as credit cards) in a locker outside of the MRI room.

During the Exam

  • A highly-skilled imaging technologist will operate the MRI scanner and tell you what to expect. Depending upon the type of MRI exam you are having, an intravenous (IV) line may be placed in your arm so that contrast material can be injected. Images will be taken before and after the contrast material is injected.
  • You will be positioned comfortably on a cushioned, moveable table and provided with headphones to listen to music. The technologist is available at all times in the adjoining control room, and can be reached by using a call button that you will receive prior to the scan.
  • For the best quality images, it is important that you remain as still as possible during the exam. You will hear a drumming sound as the machine captures the images. MRI exams often include multiple phases or sequences, some of which sound different and vary in length of time. You may be asked to hold your breath while images are acquired.

After the Exam

  • After your appointment your imaging will be sent to a Radiologist and referring Provider. Your Provider will contact you with the results of the scan.

Nuclear Medicine

A Nuclear medicine exam uses small amounts of radioactive materials, called tracers to monitor and diagnose medical conditions within the body. The tracer is typically given through an IV, and the nuclear medicine camera takes pictures to show how and where the tracer travels through your body.

Exam Preparation

  • Preparation for your nuclear medicine study will depend on the type of scan your provider has requested

During the Exam

  • You will be positioned on a cushioned exam table, where you will be asked to remain as still as possible. To capture the images, the camera may be in close proximity to you, but will not completely surround you.

After the Exam

  • After your appointment your imaging will be sent to a Radiologist and referring Provider. Your Provider will contact you with the results of the scan

Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within the body. This type of imaging is useful to evaluate a fetus, thyroid, abdominal organs, blood vessels, heart and other portions of the body.

Exam Preparation

  • Each Ultrasound exam requires different preparation. Please follow the instructions given to you by the scheduling staff upon making your appointment

During the Exam

  • You will be positioned on a cushioned table and the imaging technologist will apply gel onto your skin in the area to be imaged. The technologist will use a wand called a transducer over the area to capture the images.

After the Exam

  • After your appointment your imaging will be sent to a Radiologist and referring Provider. Your Provider will contact you with the results of the scan

X-ray

X-ray imaging uses a small dose of radiation to produce a picture. It is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. It is the fastest and easiest way for a healthcare provider to view and assess the chest, bones and other structures of the body.

Exam Preparation

  • Most X-ray exams do not require any special preparation

During the Exam

  • You may be positioned on an exam table for imaging. For the best quality images, you will be asked to remain as still as possible during the exam. You may also be asked to hold your breath or be repositioned for additional views.

After the Exam

  • After your appointment your imaging will be sent to a Radiologist and referring Provider. Your provider will contact you with the results of the scan.

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