Imaging

Services

Diagnostic X-ray

An X-ray is a non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a low-dose beam of radiation to produce an internal image of a specific part of the body. The Center does not require appointments for all X-rays. The exams that do require appointments are:

  • Arthrogram
  • Barium Enema
  • Esophogram or Barium Swallow
  • Gallbladder Series
  • Hystero-salpinogram
  • Skeletal Survey
  • Small Bowel Study
  • Upper GI
  • Upper GI with Small Bowel
  • VCUG (Adult)

Cardiac computed tomography angiography (or CTA), is a noninvasive test that uses special X-rays to focus on the coronary arteries. It allows the physician to see if you have blockages in the heart arteries. As part of the test, you will be given an iodine-based contrast material (or dye) that will be injected into a vein in the arm to see the vessels in your heart. This test will reveal plaque buildup in your coronary arteries – both calcified “hard” plaque and “soft” plaque, which can be even more dangerous. Having blockage in the coronary artery is one of the main reasons for chest pain, and can lead to a heart attack.

CT Scan

Sometimes called a “CAT scan,” this non-invasive imaging exam uses advanced X-ray technology that enables doctors to see more than what is possible with a regular X-ray. Our Center has the latest scanner technology available, which produces images of exceptional quality, allowing your physician to more quickly and accurately provide cardiac imaging, diagnose medical conditions and plan the appropriate treatment. We have the latest generation of CT scanners that produce the lowest radiation dose possible without compromising image quality.

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, uses magnetism and radio waves to produce clear, internal pictures of the brain, spine, heart or other parts of the body. Sometimes, an intravenous contrast is necessary. Our Center offers the latest MRI technology available, which means faster exam times without compromising image quality.

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within and around the heart. Cardiac MRI is used to detect or monitor cardiac disease and to evaluate the heart's anatomy and function

Nuclear Medicine

A nuclear medicine exam uses radioactive material to produce internal images of the body. Nuclear medicine differs from other imaging exams in that it reveals the function of an organ, not just what it looks like. This enables doctors to view the activity of organs, such as the thyroid, heart, stomach, and kidneys, and monitor the growth of any cancers.

A nuclear stress test is a minimally invasive diagnostic imaging procedure designed to evaluate the perfusion of blood through the coronary arteries to the heart muscle. Images of the heart are acquired when the heart is in a baseline resting state and again after the heart has been exercised, or stressed. Images are taken using specialized cameras (gamma or SPECT cameras) and radioactive tracers. Patients can be “stressed” by physical exercise, pharmacologically, or a combination of both. Other names for a nuclear stress test include cardiac stress test, myocardial perfusion imaging, cardiac SPECT scan, and thallium stress test.

Nuclear medicine is also used to detect bone and joint abnormalities, such as trauma, fractures, arthritis, or tumors.

Some common nuclear medicine tests include:

 

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a simple, safe, non-invasive, and painless procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images. There is no contrast injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound, making it an ideal tool to monitor fetal development. Our Center offers ultrasound exams on a variety of areas, including the abdomen, pelvis, thyroid, renal glands, and scrotum. Ultrasound can also capture blood flow in the vessels and document moving images of the heart.

Elastography

An elastography, also known as liver elastography, is a type of imaging test that checks the liver for fibrosis. Fibrosis is a condition that reduces blood flow to and inside the liver. This causes the buildup of scar tissue. Left untreated, fibrosis can lead to serious problems in the liver. These include cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. But early diagnosis and treatment can reduce or even reverse the effects of fibrosis.

 There are two types of liver elastography tests:

  • Ultrasound elastography, also known as Fibroscan, the brand name of the ultrasound device. The test uses sound waves to measure the stiffness of liver tissue. Stiffness is a sign of fibrosis.
  • MRE (magnetic resonance elastography), a test that combines ultrasound technology with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI is a procedure that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create images of organs and structures inside the body. In an MRE test, a computer program creates a visual map that shows liver stiffness.

Elastography testing may be used in place of a liver biopsy, a more invasive test that involves removing a piece of liver tissue for testing.