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Diagnostic Imaging

Also called radiology services, helps physicians arrive at an accurate diagnosis for a wide variety of diseases that cannot be made through physical examination or blood tests alone. We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including CT scans, ultrasound, MRI scans, mammography, and bone density scanning.

What Are Diagnostic Imaging Services?

An X-ray, or radiograph, is a non-invasive imaging test. It is intended to show a physician called a radiologist pictures of the inside of the body so that they can diagnose specific medical conditions. Taking X-rays is called radiography. It involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce imaged of the inside of the body, usually to examine the bones. X-rays have been used for over a century, and they are the most frequently used form of medical imaging. Today’s X-rays are quite safe and only expose the patient to extremely minimal radiation.

A bone X-ray is used to:

  • Determine whether a bone has been fractured or if a joint is dislocated
  • Ensure that a fracture has been properly aligned and stabilized for healing following treatment
  • Determine whether there is a buildup of fluid in the joint or around a bone
  • Be used as a guide for an orthopedic surgeon for procedures such as spinal repair, joint replacement, and fracture reductions
  • Evaluate injury or damage from conditions such as infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths or other bone diseases, such as osteoporosis
  • Assist in the detection and diagnosis of cancer
  • Locate foreign objects
  • Evaluate changes in bones

A chest X-ray is the most common type of x-ray and is often part of a routine physical examination. It is typically the first imaging test used to help diagnose symptoms such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • A persistent cough
  • Chest pain or injury
  • Fever

Physicians use the examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Heart failure and other heart problems
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Other medical conditions
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