x-ray-tech-imageFor over 10 years, we have made it our mission to provide the highest quality care for patients.

With our 75 years combined specialized experience in MRI, CT, and Mammography, we are confident that we will provide you with the most personal, cost-effective, and timely diagnostic imaging.

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3T MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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One of Sand Lake’s technicians with our Siemens MAGNETOM Skyra 3T MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, painless way for doctors to get a clear look at your internal anatomy.

In fact, a scan may be the only way your doctor can get diagnostic information without surgery. The technology produces sharp computerized images of internal body tissues that can’t be viewed through x-rays. Doctors can request an MRI image for your brain, your knee, your spine, or just about any part of your body that needs diagnosis.

For more information about MRIs, click here.

Click the drop-down menus below to find more info about our MRI Services.

Breast MRI
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Cross-sectional MRI view of the breasts

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).

Each exam produces hundreds of images of the breast, cross-sectional in all three directions (side-to-side, top-to-bottom, front-to-back), which are then read by a radiologist. No radiation is involved, and the technique is believed to have no health hazards in general.

The hope is that such non-invasive studies will contribute to our progress in learning how to predict the behavior of tumors and in selecting proper treatments. Breast MRI is an evolving technology and should not replace standard screening and diagnostic procedures (clinical and self exams, mammogram, fine needle aspiration or biopsy). This procedure can be helpful for getting a second opinion, or another look at the breast.

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
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An MRA image of the kidneys

An MRA is a minimally invasive test that helps physicians diagnose and treat various medical conditions.

It can help detect aneurysms of the brain and major arteries, or narrowing of the blood vessels (stenosis). MRA does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays), and may be performed with or without contrast material. If needed, the contrast material is usually injected using a vein in the arm.

A computer then processes the signals and generates a series of images each of which shows a thin slice of the body. The images can then be studied from different angles by the interpreting radiologist. Overall, the differentiation of abnormal (diseased) tissue from normal tissues is often better with MRI than with other imaging modalities such as x-ray, CT and ultrasound.

When a contrast material is introduced to the bloodstream during the procedure, it clearly defines the blood vessels being examined by making them appear bright white. To learn more about MR Angiography, you can visit Radiology Info.

MRI Guided Breast Biopsy

mri-magnetom-skyraIn MRI-guided breast biopsy, magnetic resonance imaging is used to help guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.

Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a growth is benign or cancerous.

When the lesion is too small to be felt by hand, your doctor may recommend an image-guided needle biopsy. It is not designed to remove the entire lesion, but rather to examine the cells gathered underneath a microscope to help determine a diagnosis.

 

64-slice CT Scan

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An enhanced CT scan of a heart

Computed Tomography, widely known as a CAT scan, is medically referred to as simply CT.

CT is a relatively quick procedure that uses x-ray beams to create computer-generated images of soft tissue structures, such as the liver, spleen and other internal organs, including air cavities (sinuses, lungs). It also has advantages in skeletal and neurological imaging. Its radiation doses to the human body are considered minimal due to the speed in which the x-rays deliver, as well as the increased number of detectors which help to minimize radiation dose as compared to less sophisticated CT scanners.

For More information about CT Scans, click here.

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Coronary Calcium Scoring
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Siemens Biograph TruePoint PET/CT machine

A cardiac CT scan for coronary calcium is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries.

Plaque is a build-up of fat and other substances, including calcium, which can, over time, narrow the arteries or even close off blood flow to the heart. The result may be painful angina in the chest or a heart attack.

Because calcium is a marker of coronary artery disease, the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan is a helpful screening tool. The findings on cardiac CT are expressed as a calcium score and can help present an overall picture of your heart health.

CT Angiography
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A CT cross-section of the heart

Coronary artery CT Angiography (CTA) is a special type of x-ray examination used to visualize blood flow in the vessels of the heart.

Patients who have this test will have a small intravenous catheter placed in their arm and will receive an iodine-containing contrast dye to help ensure the best images possible of the coronary arteries. The same I.V. may be used to give a safe medication (commonly used by patients with high blood pressure and heart disease) to slow or stabilize the heart rate for better imaging results.

During the examination, which takes about 10 minutes, X-rays pass through the body and are picked up by special detectors which give the final images. Typically, the higher the number of detectors, the better the image. For this reason, this technique is often called “multi-detector” or “multi-slice” CT scanning.

Sand Lake Imaging has a 64-slice multidetector CT, the highest number of detectors available for clinical imaging.

PET CT
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PET/CT scan of the abdomen

The BIOGRAPH PET/CT is a Diagnostic Radiology system that combines PET and CT into one unit.

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) utilizes a low-level radiopharmaceutical to visualize processes or functions within the body. CT stands for Computed Tomography or CAT Scan. This technique uses x-rays to make cross-sectional images (called slices) of your body. The structure of body organs is more clearly visualized than with conventional x-rays. Advanced system software in the BIOGRAPH PET/CT combines the anatomical information obtained from CT with the functional PET information to form not a photograph, but a biograph – an image that records living tissues and life processes with great precision and detail.

This test can be used to help detect and treat cancer, determine the effects of a heart attack, or aid in evaluation of brain abnormalities and nervous system disorders.

 

Digital X-Ray Imaging

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X-ray image of the chest

An x-ray is a medical test that physicians use to diagnose and treat their patient’s medical conditions.

An x-ray is a painless and quick test for the patient to endure. It involves exposing the part of the body that is being examined to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body.

X-ray is used to diagnose various conditions of the lungs including pneumonia, tumors and changes of heart failure. It also is used to diagnose fractures and other abnormalities of bones, joint conditions, and causes of abdominal pain.

 

Digital Mammography

Sand Lake Imaging is now offering the Genius 3D Mammography exam, a more accurate way to screen for breast cancer.

These digital mammography systems create clearer, more accurate images than an x-ray mammography.

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

Unlike other parts of the body, the breast is composed mainly of soft tissue. When breast tissue is x-rayed, it creates an image that looks something like a smoky haze, making it difficult to see tiny “spots,” called microcalcifications, and other subtle signs of early cancer.

Digital Mammogram (Left) vs. X-ray Mammogram (Right)

With digital mammography, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast, using special high-resolution monitors. The physician can adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for close-ups of specific areas of interest. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology. Another convenience of digital mammography over film-based systems is it can greatly reduce the need for retakes due to over or under-exposure.

Because they are electronic, digital mammography images can be transmitted quickly across a network. Digital images can also be easily stored and copied without any loss of information, and transmitted in a more streamlined manner, eliminating dependence on only one set of “original” films. It is also more cost effective because there are no films to develop since the images are rendered digitally.

For more information on all of our Breast Care Services, visit our Women’s Imaging Services page.

 

Ultrasound Imaging

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An ultrasound display

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 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. Prenatal ultrasound provides pictures of a developing fetus. Because of its many uses, an ultrasound is a handy, noninvasive diagnostic tool for doctors to use.

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Nuchal Translucency Screening Test
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Siemens ACUSON S2000 Ultrasound

This prenatal test can help your healthcare practitioner assess your baby’s health.

The NT test uses ultrasound to measure the clear (translucent) space in the tissue at the back of your developing baby’s neck.

The NT scan must be done when you’re between 11 and 14 weeks pregnant. The last day you can have it done is the day you turn 13 weeks and 6 days pregnant. It’s usually offered along with a blood test in what’s known as first-trimester combined screening.

Like other screening tests, an NT scan won’t give you a diagnosis. But it can assess your baby’s risk for certain problems and help you decide whether you want to have chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis to find out whether your baby is actually affected.

 

Ultrasound Aspiration Biopsy of the Thyroid
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Ultrasound view of a thyroid

During a biopsy of the thyroid, a small sample of tissue is removed from the thyroid gland.

The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple and is shaped like a butterfly, with two lobes on either side of the neck connected by a narrow band of tissue. Nodules on the thyroid are often detected by imaging examinations. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a nodule is benign or cancerous.

A needle biopsy, also called a needle aspiration, involves removing some cells from the suspicious area on the thyroid and examining them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis.

Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy
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An ultrasound view of a breast

An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy uses ultrasound imaging to help guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.

An ultrasound uses sonic pulses to create images, rather than relying on low-dose radiation (as in a stereotactic biopsy) to do the same.

Your doctor may order a breast biopsy if she cannot determine whether a growth is benign or cancerous from imaging studies alone. The purpose of the biopsy is to determine a diagnosis by removing some cells and examining them under a microscope.

Image-guided biopsy is performed when the abnormal area in the breast is too small to be felt by hand (called palpation), which makes the growth difficult to locate. With the help of an ultrasound, your doctor will be better able to locate the lesion, thus ensuring the accuracy of the test.  

Vascular Ultrasound
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One of our dedicated technicians with an ultrasound machine

The Ultrasound machine can be used for many different purposes, such as detecting various heart and vascular issues.

Venous ultrasound helps determine the cause of long-standing leg swelling. Sonography can help locate the exact site of the troublesome vein and avoid complications such as bleeding. 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 and aid in the placement of a needle or catheter into a vein.

The Arterial Doppler study is able to demonstrate blocked or reduced blood flow through the major arteries of the arms and legs. This procedure uses sound waves to produce images on a monitor for the purpose of evaluating the arterial blood flow to the upper extremities (arms) and lower extremities (legs). As well as the vessels supplying the visceral/abdominal organs.

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).