Computed tomography (CT) scans create detailed images of your body’s internal organs using X-rays with computer technology. The doughnut-shaped scanner uses radiation to create cross-sectional images, or “slices,” that help physicians detect tumors, heart disease or internal injuries or bleeding. A CT scan may require that you not eat or drink if you have to drink a contrast liquid— which helps healthcare providers see body structures more clearly—or have a contrast dye injected before the test. The exam may last an hour, depending on any preparations, though the actual scan may only last a minute or two. Medical Center Barbour uses a Toshiba 16-slice CT scanner.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to evaluate organs in the body. Detailed images are returned in real time, making ultrasound particularly helpful for guiding minimally invasive procedures—such as needle biopsies—and for visualizing organ, blood vessel and tissue movement.
Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive materials to perform various studies such as heart studies, bone scans, lung perfusion, and liver scans. The radioactive materials are introduced into the patient’s body by injection, swallowing or inhalation. Special cameras that work with computers detect the radioactive materials to provide sharp images of the organ in question.
X-rays view bones and help physicians examine the chest, abdomen, spine, and other extremities. The X-ray system at Medical Center Barbour helps physicians perform both radiography and fluoroscopy procedures and allows them to confidently diagnose conditions in the chest, spine, bone, digestive tract, uterus and bladder. With the added benefit of fluoroscopy capability, Medical Center Barbour offers physicians the ability to study flow or motion in patients when necessary. Similar to an X-ray “movie,” fluoroscopy can include imaging of dynamic processes such as throat abnormalities.
Mammography, a special X-ray of the breasts, can detect lumps and other forms of breast disease that may be too small to be felt even by an experienced examiner. Early detection affords the best opportunity for a cure.
Bone Densitometry is a noninvasive procedure used to measure bone mass and helps to diagnose osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, uses a large magnet and radio waves to look at organs and structures inside your body. Health care professionals use MRI scans to diagnose a variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors. MRIs are very useful for examining the brain and spinal cord.
With superior technology and an experienced team, you can trust in Medical Center Barbour for all of your Radiology needs.