Ultrasound is a simple, safe and painless diagnostic procedure that obtains images from inside the body by bouncing high frequency sound waves off parts of the body and capturing the returning wave echoes as a real time visual image. There is no x-ray or injections involved with the exam. This exam is beneficial in examining many of the body’s internal organs.
X-Ray is a simple exam that captures an image of bone and soft tissue. This x-ray is analyzed by a radiologist for a diagnosis. The procedure usually takes 15-20 minutes.
Intravenous Pyelogram is an exam in which a contrast agent is injected into the body and x-rays are taken as it passes through the urinary tract. The contrast agent enhances the x-rays and helps the radiologist examine and diagnose problems in the kidneys and urinary tract.
Nuclear Stress Test (Gulf Coast West location only)
Nuclear stress test is an assessment of blood flow to the heart. This assessment is done in two parts, at rest and during stress.
- Rest Phase: A radioactive compound that localizes in the heart is injected in the vein of your arm, followed by the scan of your heart with the help of a gamma camera that detects the presence of the injected compound in your heart.
- Stress Phase: This component involves treadmill exercise (or a pharmacological agent that will be administered instead of having the patient exercise on a treadmill). Before this phase begins, the tech will place several small electrodes (small pads) on your chest. These electrodes are then connected to an electrocardiograph (ECG) which monitors the rhythm of your heart. A second injection of the radioactive compound is given during exercise, and a second scan of your heart is performed.
Nuclear medicine is a well established imaging modality. A nuclear medicine exam is a safe and painless procedure which utilizes radioactive material to detect, diagnose and treat disease. It can often identify abnormalities early in the progression of a disease, a time when a more successful treatment may be possible.
Unlike most radiology technologies, which provide images of the anatomy, Nuclear Medicine can visualize and study the physiology, or the way that your body functions. The most common procedures performed are for evaluation of bones, lungs, liver and gallbladder, kidneys, heart, thyroid and parathyroid glands. The exam is performed by a certified nuclear medicine technologist and read by a physician that is specialty trained in nuclear medicine.
MRA is a study of the blood vessels that lead to the brain, kidneys and legs. It utilizes magnetic resonance technology to detect, diagnose, and aid in the treatment of heart disorders, stroke and blood vessel diseases.
MRA can be conducted with or without the use of contrast material.
Magnetic Resonance Angiography is used at the CIR in investigations of the detection of unruptured intracranial aneurysms.
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