MRI—or Magnetic Resonance Imaging—uses a strong magnetic field in conjunction with radio waves to capture a detailed cross-section of specific organs and tissues, giving your doctor a clear picture of what’s happening in your body. MRIs help doctors diagnose a range of conditions and abnormalities in soft tissues like organs, cartilage, and muscles.
A computerized tomography, or CT scan, is essentially an x-ray machine that uses radiation to take pictures—called slices—of the body from different angles. Those slices are then combined into a single 3D image. With various cross-sectional images of bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues, CT scans provide a more detailed look at your body than an x-ray. Allowing for detailed, 3D glimpses of your body’s internal structures, CT scans are often great diagnostic options.
Capturing pictures of your internal structures, quickly and painlessly, x-rays are one of the most common diagnostic tests available. Mainly used for bone imaging, x-rays can help diagnose fractures, arthritis, osteoporosis, and bone cancer. They’re also used to detect lung infections, heart issues, blocked blood vessels, and foreign objects that may have been ingested.
Also called sonography, ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to look at internal organs like the heart, blood vessels, liver, and kidneys. Ultrasounds are also commonly used during pregnancy to check the health of the fetus. Displaying sound wave echos in real-time, ultrasounds can capture motion, like blood flow and organ movement. During the procedure, technologists will snap images that are then assessed and analyzed by our radiologists.
Mammography is a breast cancer screening tool that uses x-ray to detect abnormalities in your breast tissue. Mammography allows doctors to look inside your breast tissue for lesions, abnormalities, or breast cancer. Digital 3D or tomosynthesis mammograms—which we use for all of our patients- captures individual highly-detailed layers of your breast tissue in slices (or cross-sections) that doctors can flip through like a book.
Nuclear medicine allows physicians to see what is happening inside your body on the molecular level. Like x-rays and radiology, nuclear medicine uses radioactive materials to get a look at the body’s insides. But unlike other scans that capture structures, nuclear medicine focuses on the body’s chemistry—and encapsulates a number of other imaging tests, like PET scans.