They say a picture is worth a thousand words…we take photos to remember those precious moments in our life; the ones that we don’t want to forget. At Alabama Medical Group, our radiology team, take pictures because these images help detect, diagnose, and treat injuries and illnesses. From routine mammograms to CT-scans, these cutting-edge tools enable our healthcare team to detect and identify a condition in its early stages, which often time leads to better outcomes.
Bone Density Scan (DXA), an enhanced form of X-ray technology used to measure bone loss, is a test for the effects of osteoporosis as well as other conditions that affect the bone. It can also assess your risk for developing fractures. Depending on the part of the body being studied, this painless procedure usually takes between 10 to 20 minutes.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scan is a non-invasive medical procedure used to help diagnose and treat medical conditions. It combines the use of high-tech computer systems and X-rays to obtain specialized images of your brain, organs, and/or bones. In addition to being quick and painless, scanners are open on both sides, which is good news for those who are uncomfortable in closed spaces.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio-frequency pulses, and a high-tech computer to produce detailed images of organs, soft tissue, bone, and virtually all other internal body structures. There is no exposure to radiation with an MRI, and it is among the safest and most versatile of imaging methods. Depending on the type of MRI exam, the procedure usually takes between 30 to 60 minutes.
Mammography is used to detect and evaluate breast changes, which can help us better care for people with breast cancer. There are two types of mammograms: screening and diagnostic. A screening mammogram is an annual preventative screening for women age 40 and older who have not experienced any abnormal breast symptoms. A diagnostic mammogram is typically for women who display symptoms that need to be investigated, such as a breast lump or nipple discharge. They may also be performed as a follow-up to a screening mammogram to further investigate a particular area of the breast.
Ultrasound Imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a non-invasive medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation, as used in X-rays. 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. You can find more information on the various types of ultrasounds your physician may order here. (link to Ultrasound Tests page).
X-Ray, often called radiography, produces a two-dimensional image of the inside of the body. The X-ray beam passes through the body and is captured on a computerized detector. With this detailed picture, we can determine whether a bone is chipped, dislocated, or broken; evaluate joint injuries and bone infections; screen for heart and lung disease; and evaluate the source of abdominal pain.