MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
The MRI system creates a powerful magnetic field, and in conjunction with radio waves, causes hydrogen atoms or other selected elements of the body to give off signals. As a patient’s body moves through the magnetic field, hydrogen atoms align themselves in the body. A series of radio frequency waves is introduced while the patient is positioned inside the magnetic field, causing the hydrogen atoms to react to the radio impulses and send back their own signals. The signals are processed into high quality images of the body. MRI benefits include:
- Uses no radiation, making it virtually risk free
- Relatively simple and painless
- Usually performed on an outpatient basis, making it more convenient and cost-efficient for patients
An open architecture MRI unit is available to patients. The open-face unit is ideal for patients who are large-framed or suffer from severe claustrophobia.
64 Slice Volume CT Scanner
The LightSpeed VCT allows physicians to detect heart disease by performing cardiac calcium scoring and coronary angiography to identify buildup of calcium in the walls of the coronary arteries. In seconds, the state-of-the-art 64-slice scanner can produce an image of a patient’s coronary arteries and the calcium that may lie inside. Additionally, the scanner produces a picture indicating future risk for heart disease.
- Faster than any other CT scanner on the market today
- Allows patients to be imaged in no more than five to ten seconds
- Physicians are better able to detect a wide range of disease entities including cardiovascular disease, metastatic cancer, appendicitis, decreased blood flow to the brain, and renal stones as small as 1-2 mm in size
Calcium Scoring / PET CT
Calcium Scoring is recommended for men over age 45 and women over age 55 who have risk factors for heart disease. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, family history of heart disease, a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight and a high-stress lifestyle.
PET CT (Positron Emmission Tomography - Computed Tomography)
Positron Emission Tomography – Computed Tomography (PET-CT) is a medical imaging device which combines both a PET and an X-ray CT in a single gantry system.
Nuclear Medicine is the branch of radiology in which radioisotopes are introduced into the body for the purpose of imaging, evaluating organ function, or localizing disease or tumors. Radiopharmaceuticals are introduced into the patient’s body by injection, swallowing, or inhalation. The amount given is very small. The pharmaceutical part of the radiopharmaceutical is designed to go to a specific place in the body where there could be disease or an abnormality. The radioactive part of the radiopharmaceutical emits radiation, known as gamma rays (similar to x-rays), which is then detected using a special camera called a gamma camera. This type of camera allows the nuclear medicine physician to see what is happening inside your body. These images allow radiologists to diagnose the patient’s disease.