X-rays are a form of radiation that can be focused into a beam and pass through most objects, including the human body. When X-rays are passed through the body and strike a piece of photographic film they produce a picture. The pictures are made up of different shades of gray, depending on the density of the tissue the X-ray passes through
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed, high-resolution pictures of the structures inside the body. These pictures show detailed anatomy. The CT scanner sends X-ray pulses through the body, which generate pictures as thin slices through the organs and tissues of the area being imaged.
PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT (Computed Tomography) scans are both standard imaging tools that physicians use to pinpoint body disease states. A PET scan demonstrates the biological function of the body before anatomical changes take place, while the CT scan provides information about the body's anatomy such as size, shape and location. By combining these two scanning technologies, a PET/CT scan enables physicians to more accurately diagnose and identify cancer, heart disease and brain disorders.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a way of allowing your physician to see inside your body without surgery or radiation. MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves. There are no known biological hazards associated with MRI.
A single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/ computed tomography (CT) scan combines two imaging modalities into one exam. The SPECT procedure is completed right after the CT procedure, without moving or repositioning the person. The images can then be overlayed or fused so the interpreting physician can see the detailed anatomical images of the CT and functional images of the SPECT together. This fusion of images allows the physician to provide a more accurate interpretation for the patient and referring physician.
Please notify you physician immediately if you are pregnant, suspect you may be, or are a nursing mother. You will need further evaluation before your exams can be conducted.