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Diagnostic Imaging

A Cat Scan utilizes a state-of-the-art GE Brightspeed 16 slice scanner. The CT scanner uses a narrow X-Ray beam to image thin slices of the anatomy and is sent to a computer for reconstruction of the body part being imaged. The computer is able to render different perspectives, such that the image may be viewed in various planes.

Selenia digital mammography incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp breast images. The images appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds. Because there is no waiting for film to be developed it significantly reduces the need for repeat exams. Digital images are easily stored and transferred, eliminating the dependency on one set of originals, which can be misfiled or otherwise lost in transit. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. If detected early enough, the five-year survival rate is 97%.

Cancer Imaging

To identify tumors and malignant masses as early as possible, the most accurate diagnosis must be obtained. Diagnostic and advanced imaging technology resources include:

3-Tesla (3T) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Color Doppler and 3D evaluation of ovarian masses
Computed Tomography High-Resolution (64-slice) Scanning
Digital Mammography with Computer-Aided Detection
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
Single-Proton Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)
Stereotactic Mammography
PET/CT Scanning
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanning

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides detailed pictures of the body without ionizing radiation. During this procedure, the patient is placed within a large magnet and radio waves are passed through the body, providing information about that part of the body to the computer, which, in turn displays the image. Computer-generated images clearly show diseased tissue in the brain, spine, and joints. The GE Signa HDe 1.5 8-channel MRI system’s imaging technology delivers reliable high-definition images. The system has advantages over lower strength magnets in that it has the potential of quickly producing a series of well-defined images.

X-Ray Scanning

An X-Ray Scan utilizes a collimated X-ray beam to produce an image on film. Several different views are obtained of the body part being imaged. The films are passed on for review by a radiologist and your primary care physician. This is the oldest method of imaging, but is still the standard in general medical practice. The bone density unit utilizes a thin beam of x-ray that passes through the body and is picked up by a detector. This information is then compared to a database of bone density based on age and sex. It then graphs this information, to determine a patient's risk for osteoporosis.

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