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NMMC Imaging Modalities

Diagnostic Radiology

An area of radiology that uses external radiation to produce images of the body, its organs and other internal structures for medical diagnostic purposes.

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Fluoroscopy

Images are created by passing small, highly controlled amounts of radiation through the body and capturing the resulting shadows and reflections on film. Fluoroscopy uses X-rays to capture a moving image of an organ while it is functioning. Though still X-ray can be useful in examining the body, fluoroscopy is often the most effective way to view the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon and rectum.

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Vascular Studies

Vascular Studies are performed to diagnose Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) in the arms and/or legs.

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Mammography

A mammogram is an X-ray image of the breasts. Mammograms are used to detect tumors and cysts and help differentiate benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) disease.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging (also known as ultrasound scanning or sonography) is a non-invasive method of seeing inside the body using high-frequency sound waves. The sound waves are recorded and displayed as real-time visual images. No radiation is used in ultrasound imaging.

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Bone Density

Bone density testing is used to determine a patient's risk for osteoporosis and for monitoring ongoing degenerative bone diseases.

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Nuclear Medicine

A specialized area of diagnostic radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) to create an image of the body, its organ functions and structure, for diagnostic and treatment purposes.

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Interventional Radiology

Sometimes referred to as special procedures, is a specialized area of radiology that uses various imaging techniques to guide the insertion of small instruments and tools through the body to image body circulation and evaluate medical disorders without requiring conventional surgery.

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MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.

Breast MRI

Is an advanced tool using sophisticated computers and 3-D techniques that looks deep into the breast to discover abnormalities that might not be visible in other exams. Breast MRI is a completely different way of looking at the breast. A mammogram is typically used as a first test for breast abnormalities. If a mammogram detects a problem, specialized mammography and/or breast ultrasound may be used. If your doctor is still concerned, a breast MRI may be considered.

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CT Scan

Computerized Axial Tomography (also known as CT scan or CAT scan) uses X-rays to generate computerized (pictures) of all parts of the body. The technique can create pictures in 2D and 3D.

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PET

Positron Emission Tomography is a type of nuclear medicine that measures metabolic activity of cells. PET is a combination of nuclear medicine and biochemical analysis that is used in patients with brain or heart conditions and cancer. PET helps to visualize the biochemical changes taking place in the body, such as the metabolism of the heart muscle.

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