Diagnostic Radiology

MRI- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI and MRA)

Is a noninvasive, painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and computer that allows physicians to evaluate parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT Scanning). Additionally, our Breast MRI offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

MRA- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)

Is non-invasive medical test that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of major blood vessels throughout the body including the brain, kidneys, pelvis, legs, lungs, heart and neck.

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Breast MRI

Breast MRI uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to look specifically at the breast. It is a non-invasive procedure that doctors can use to determine what the inside of the breast looks like without having to do surgery or flatten the breast (as in a mammogram). click here to learn more about breast MRI & watch a video animation

Breast MRI


Digital Mammography

Our top of the line hologic digital mammography systems allow for sharp, detailed images with superior resolution and reduced exposure and compression time. The fully automatic, self adjusting, self releasing tilt compression paddle compression paddle conforms to the natural contour of the breast, making positioning easier and offering incomparable patient comfort.

Digital Mammogram


64-slice CT

The introduction of 64-slice CT allows nearly all patients to be scanned with very high resolution. Scan times are now on the order of several seconds (usually 5-13 seconds); this means that even patients with severe pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure can hold their breath for the required length of time. Reduced time translate to minimal or no motion artifacts, which means we can see the most clear images to diagnose your test. In addition, the increased number of detectors allows for less radiation exposure to every patient.

CTA - coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA)

Is a heart imaging test that helps determine if fatty or calcium deposits have narrowed a patient’s coronary arteries. Coronary CTA is a special type of x-ray examination. Patients undergoing a coronary CTA scan receive an iodine-containing contrast material as an intravenous (IV) injection to ensure the best possible images. CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

CT and CTA


PET/CT

The PET/CT scanner at SLI combines two state of the art imaging modalities. By monitoring glucose metabolism, PET (positron emission tomography) provides very sensitive information regardless of whether a growth within the body is cancerous or not. CT (computed tomography) meanwhile provides detailed information about the location, size, and shape of various lesions but cannot differentiate cancerous lesions from normal structures with the same accuracy as PET. The combined PET/CT scanner merges PET and CT images together for increased accuracy.

PET/CT Scan


Digital X-ray

The Philips diagnostic radiography unit provides high resolution detailed images with minimum radiation dose. Rapid acquisition and ease of patient positioning maximizes exam speed and patient comfort.

Digital X-Ray


Dexa Scan - Bone Density

Dual Energy X-ray Absortiometry, or DEXA scanning, is currently the most widely used method to measure bone mineral density. For the test, a patient lies down on an examining table, and the scanner rapidly directs x-ray energy from two different sources towards the bone being examined in an alternating fashion at a set frequency. The mineral density of the patient's bone weakens, or prolongs the transmission of these two sources of x-ray energy through a filter onto a counter in a degree related to the amount of bone mass present. The greater the bone mineral density, the greater the signal picked up by the photon counter. The use of the two different x-ray energy sources rather than more traditional radioisotope studies (such that would be used for a bone scan) greatly improves the precision and accuracy of the measurements.

DEXA Bone Density


Nuclear Medicine

Our nuclear medicine imaging uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radio-tracers that are typically injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed. The radio-tracers travel through the area being examined and give off energy which is detected by a special camera and a computer to create images of the inside of your body. Nuclear medicine imaging provides unique information that offers the potential to identify a variety of bone and soft tissue diseases in their earliest stages.

Tell your physician if there’s a possibility you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding and discuss any recent illnesses, medical conditions, allergies and medications you’re taking. Depending on the type of exam, your physician will instruct you on what you may eat or drink beforehand, especially if sedation is to be used. In addition, you will be informed of the preparation for your study at the time of scheduling with one of our schedulers. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.

Nuclear Medicine


Ultrasound Services:

Ultrasound

Our Philips Ultrasound units offer advanced integrated technology to maximize anatomic detail with multi-dimensional reconstruction. Color Doppler energy and high frequency imaging allow for expanded applications and greater detail, including OB-GYN, abdominal, pelvic, and vascular imaging.

Vascular Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Vascular ultrasound provides pictures of the body's veins and arteries. A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of a vascular ultrasound examination. Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood velocity as it flows through a blood vessel, including the body's major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.

Ultrasound of the Carotid

Carotid Doppler Ultrasound is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to measure the flow of blood through the large carotid arteries that supply blood to the brain. These arteries can narrow due to arteriosclerosis or other causes and this can lead to TIA (mini-stroke) or CVA (stroke). This test can help doctors to determine stroke risk and help determine preventive measures.

Ultrasound - Arterial

The Arterial Doppler ultrasound uses sound waves at a frequency that is higher than humans are able to hear to produce images on a monitor for the purpose of evaluating the arterial blood flow to the upper extremities (arms) and lower extremities (legs). The Arterial Doppler study is able to demonstrate blocked or reduced blood flow through the major arteries of the arms and legs. Evaluation of arterial blood flow to other body parts is available as well including the kidneys.

Ultrasound - Venous

To determine the cause of long-standing leg swelling. In people with a common condition called varicose veins, the valves that keep blood flowing back to the heart in the right direction may be damaged, and venous ultrasound can help the radiologist decide how best to deal with this condition. aid in the placement of a needle or catheter into a vein. Sonography can help locate the exact site of the vein and avoid complications, such as bleeding. map out the veins in the leg or arm so that pieces of vein may be removed and used to bypass a narrowed or blocked blood vessel. An example is using pieces of vein from the leg to surgically bypass narrowed heart (coronary) arteries. Sonography of the veins is also used to determine the presence or absence of clots in the venous system which may be life threatening.

Ultrasound Services


Nuchal Translucency Screening

This prenatal test (also called the NT or nuchal fold scan) can help your healthcare practitioner assess your baby's risk of having Down syndrome (DS) and some other chromosomal abnormalities as well as major congenital heart problems.

Nuchal Translucency Screening

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