Find Out What Radiology Services Are for You
There’s no denying it: with so many different medical treatments and services available, paired with groundbreaking leaps of innovative technology, it’s often overwhelming to truly understand what’s the best option for you. At InnerVision Advanced Medical Imaging Center, we believe in offering a wide array of diagnostic and treatment services to our patients, but we also strive to make sure that you’re able to clearly understand all of the services we offer. That is why we believe it is important to inform you on the different safe and efficient radiology services we offer and what their uses are, so that you, as our patient, best know what you need when the situation arises.

What is Radiology?

Essentially, radiology belongs to the field of medicine focusing on disease treatment and diagnosis that deals with creating images of the inside of the human body. It can be classified into two fields: diagnostic and interventional radiology. Radiologists can use many different energy sources, such as nuclear, x-ray, ultrasound, and others. This allows radiologists the advantage of looking inside the body indirectly, with the main focus being to detect internal problems. There are many different imaging services radiology can provide, available at your physician’s discretion after evaluating your symptoms. The following are just some of the radiology services InnerVision Advanced Medical Imaging Center provides.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI is a type of non-invasive imaging technology that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves in order to produce detailed, 3D anatomical images, all without damaging radiation. MRIs can be used to detect structural abnormalities in the body, including the brain, spinal cord, bones, joints, heart, and other internal organs. Since the human body is composed of water molecules, each hydrogen atom has a proton, which is sensitive to magnetic fields. The magnetic field forces the protons to align with the field; the protons are then exposed to the radio waves, which causes the protons to spin and create a signal the MRI scanner can pick up. The information is processed and an image is created, which is incredibly detailed. Contrast agents can be used to increase the resolution and accuracy.

MRIs are used for disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment monitoring. They provide more detail than regular x-rays and CT, especially for knee and shoulder injuries. A specialized function is a functional MRI, its primary purpose being to analyze brain structures and lead to advancements in the neurological field.

Ultrasound Imaging

This process involves the use of sound waves in order to produce pictures from internal organs. It’s useful to pinpoint the causes of pain or infection within internal organs, assess heart attack risk, view babies in pregnant women, and other situations. Using sonography, by using a small transducer and ultrasound gel (which is directly on the skin), high-frequency sound waves are emitted from the probe and travel through the gel. The sounds reverberate back and a computer translates the waves into images, all without using ionizing radiation. With recent progress, it’s possible to have 3D ultrasound images. A variation from general ultrasound is Doppler ultrasound. This lets the doctor view blood flow within the body. Ultrasound can be used to diagnose various issues that affect soft tissues and organs, with the added advantage of being seen in real time. As with ultrasound, contrast agents can be used to increase image quality.

Nuclear Medicine/PET

With the use of small amounts of radioactive tracers, nuclear medicine assesses different bodily functions. Specialized cameras allow the physician to follow the path of the tracers. Tracers are composed of carrier molecules bonded to a radioactive atom, which are administered to the patient by inhalation or oral, direct, or intravenous injection. A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) uses the radiopharmaceuticals to produce 3D images and uses the information from the photons measured to produce the images. Another variety is SPECT scans, primarily used for closely monitoring heart diseases. PET scans monitor cancer’s progression and can detect metastases. Constant developments in the field grant extensions in the range of disease detection, with a PET probe recently being approved to diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease.

Choosing the Best Option

InnerVision Advanced Medical Imaging Center proudly provides an extensive array of the differing radiology services necessary for all of our patients, both current and potential ones. We also offer emergency radiology, body imaging, general radiology and fluoroscopy, and mammography, among other options. Our physicians are dedicated to having a deep and thorough understanding of your symptoms and being able to come to as conclusive of a decision as possible when it comes to your healthcare. No matter what issues are affecting you, rest assured that the InnerVision Advanced Medical Imaging Center team will find the best solution for you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! Call us today at 765-447-7447.