Breast cancer is the second leading form of cancer in women. At Commonwealth Radiology Associates we recommend annual mammograms because they are the most efficient screening method to detect the early stages of breast cancer. Accurate mammogram readings are the direct result of high-quality imaging combined with experienced radiologists.
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Computed Tomography (CT), also known as Computed Axial Tomography (CAT), uses x-ray beams rotated around a patient and processed with a computer to create three-dimensional images of the interior of a selected body part. These images can be enhanced with the use of contrast either injected into the venous system or ingested in the GI tract to provide detailed images for diagnosis.
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Fluoroscopy shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through the body, and the resultant image is displayed on a monitor so the movement of a body part, an instrument or contrast agent (“X-ray dye”) through the body can be seen in detail.
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging modality that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the brain, joints, spinal cord, breasts, blood vessels and internal organs without ionizing radiation.
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Nuclear medicine imaging uses small amounts of radioactive materials, called radiotracers, that are typically injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed. The radiotracer travels through the area being examined and gives off energy in the form of gamma rays which are detected by a special camera and a computer to create images of the inside of your body. Nuclear medicine imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures and offers the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages.
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Orthopedic Injections can be either diagnostic or therapeutic. Arthrography uses a contrast injection into a joint to help visualize cartilage tears while Facet injection are injections of medications into the joints located between each set of vertebrae in the spine.
Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive, and does not use ionizing radiation. It is used to help diagnose the causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body and to examine a baby in pregnant women. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. It’s also used to help guide biopsies and diagnose heart conditions.
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Vascular and Interventional radiology utilizes minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases. The concept is to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes. These procedures have less risk, less pain and less recovery time in comparison to open surgery.
X-ray imaging is the most familiar type of imaging. X-rays, or radiographs, are a painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat wide variety of medical conditions. Small doses of ionized radiation is given to produce an image for interpretation while maintaining radiation safety standards.
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