At one time, standard X-rays were considered state-of-the-art imaging. Discovered over a century ago, doctors marveled as they were suddenly able to peer into living bodies without cutting them open to see inside. Now, there are X-Rays that can literally build a 360-degree, 3D model of your entire body. From digital mammograms to computed tomography (CT) scans, to angiograms and MRI’s, and advanced fluoroscopy technology, the human body is being mapped in ever more detailed and precise ways with less risk than ever.
Different Diagnostic Scans:
Broadly speaking, there are several basic types of diagnostic scans. Some are based on X-ray technology, others use soundwaves to produce images (sonogram or ultrasound), while some rely on powerful magnets (MRI’s) and radio frequencies to produce thin virtual “slices” of organs and tissues. Others use different spectrums of light to create near infrared spectroscopy for complex brain and neural scans.
- Conventional X-rays: Used to see soft tissues, organs and bones. New digital X-rays are quickly replacing older film dependent versions for easier sharing and more detailed images.
- Computed Tomography (CT Scans): Creates high resolution images that provide additional information than that of conventional X-rays.
- Mammograms: A specialized form of X-ray that creates precise images of breast tissues.
- Angiograms: Used to examine blood vessels and organs such as arteries and veins as well as the heart itself.
- Echocardiography: Employs soundwaves to create highly detailed images of the structures of the heart, such as the valves, chambers, and blood flow.
- Bone Density Scan: Uses low energy X-rays from two different sources to test the density and strength of bones.
- PET Scans: Utilizes two types of imaging to create an extremely accurate picture of internal structures.
- Nuclear Medicine: Makes use of radioactive tracers to safely target specific organs or tissues. These scans can include cardiac stress tests, MUGA scans (used for heart and ventricles, HIDA scan (used for gallbladder and bile ducts), parathyroid scan, renal scan (kidneys), gastric emptying scan, DaTSCAN (brain scan), and others.
When it comes to diagnostic imaging, we know how to perform, interpret and share the vital information your doctor needs to treat any illness, injury, or condition you may have. At Independent Imaging, we practice safe, patient-focused care that counts and we are always ready to walk alongside you and partner with you and your healthcare team.
If you or a loved one are in need of exceptional care from one of our board-certified radiologists in the Wellington, Belle Glade, Lake Worth or Royal Palm Beach areas, please call (561) 795-5558, or request an appointment online today. We are here to help shed some light on your health, and get you moving in the right direction.