Orthopedic Surgery

Imaging & Diagnostic Services

Radiography (X-Ray) - uses x-rays to produce black and white images on film, computer or videotape. It is used to detect bone fractures, find foreign objects in the body, and demonstrate the relationship between bone and soft tissue.
Bone Densitometry— uses very small amounts of x-ray radiation to produce images that provide measurements of bone density to help patients with osteoporosis.
Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan) - uses a rotating x-ray tube apparatus to obtain “slices” of anatomy at different levels of the body. With CT technology, physicians can view the inside of organs.
Nuclear Medicine - uses a special camera to detect gamma rays given off by radioactive substances placed within the patient’s body to create an image of the body part being studied.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) - uses special radioactive substances placed within a patient’s body to produce an image which is useful in diagnosing cancers and planning treatments.
Ultrasound (Sonography) - uses high-frequency sound waves that are transmitted through the body and “echo” off the body part in question, creating an image of organs and tissues in the body
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - uses the influence of a large magnet to manipulate hydrogen atoms in the tissues and then monitor the spinning energies within living cells. MRI images, particularly with soft tissue, brain and spinal cord, abdomen and joints, are clear and can be superior to the usual X-ray image.
Interventional Radiography (Special Procedures) - uses sophisticated imaging techniques such as biplane fluoroscopy to help guide catheters, vena cava filters, stents or other tools throughout the body . Using these techniques, disease can be treated without open surgery.
Mammography - produces diagnostic images of breast tissue using special X-ray equipment. According to federal law, mammographers must meet stringent educational and experience criteria in order to perform mammographic procedures.

 

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