Diagnostic Imaging is the term used to describe all the different ways that Physicians are able to look inside your body. A diagnostic imaging center has equipment and trained specialist to perform those tests.
A doctor is then able to take the results from the diagnostic tests and draw conclusions from them.
Screening is used by healthy people to look for potential problems. If possible, it tries to detect them even before the patient experiences any symptoms. Diagnostic imaging is used to monitor an existing health condition, investigate a concerning symptom, or pin down a diagnosis. It can be used to guide treatments so that the doctors can give the least invasive treatment possible
Diagnostic imaging centers can use several kinds of imaging machines. They can be used separately or combined depending on the patients needs.
Is oldest kind of diagnostic imaging and uses radiation to form images. Solid tissue makes whiter images, so bones show up very white in X-RAY.
X-ray can be used to examine the skeletal system, to look at objects in the body and to detect health issues like pneumonia and certain kind of cancer.
Used a form of low-dose X-rays to get a clear image of the breast. Doctors are looking for suspicious tissue formations which may indicate cancer.
Use high –frequency sound waves to form pictures of what is going on in the body. The most familiar use of this as a part of prenatal care, but ultrasound are also used to look for cysts, at your heart and blood vessels, and at your kidneys, liver and many other organs.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Uses a large magnet and radio waves to look at organs and internal structures. It is used to evaluate a wide range of conditions, from tumors to ligaments. It is often used to see the brain and spinal cord.
Makes cross-sectional pictures of the body using many X-ray takes from different angle and computers to fit them together. It is used to look at the skeleton, to check for blood clots, to look for cancer, internal bleeding, or signs of heart disease. It is most useful when looking at solid tissue.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan
Are frequently used in conjunction with CT Scans, with CT scans looking at the solid structures and PET Scans examining the chemical activity going on in the softer tissues.PET Scans used a mildly radioactive drug called a tracer to look at how your tissues are functioning. It is useful in examining cancers, heart disease and brain disorders.
Use X-rays to show a real time pictures of the inner workings of the body. Instead of still slices, it shows actions-the inner workings of swallowing, it will show the exact motions of body structures while swallowing happens. This is very helpful when planning treatments
Diagnostic Imaging Centers can use these images to plan and perform minimally invasive procedures as well. The placement of a stent, directing radiation at cancer, and biopsies are all medical treatments that make use of diagnostic imaging.
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
Records the electrical signal from your heart to check for different heart conditions. Electrodes are placed on your chest to records your heart’s electrical signals which causes your heart to beat. The signals are shown as waves on an attached computer monitor or printer.
An echocardiography, echocardiogram, cardiac echo or simply an echo, is an ultrasound of the heart. Echocardiography uses standard two-dimensional, three-dimensional and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart.
Treadmill Test is also called as TMT Test, TMT is a cardiological test that calculates the Heart’s ability to react to excess stress conditions.
Electromyography (EMG) is an electrodiagnostic medicine technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles.
EMG is performed using an instrument called an electromyography to produce a record called an electromyogram.
Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)
Is used to assess nerve damage and dysfunction. Also known as a nerve conduction study, the procedure measures how quickly electrical signals move through your peripheral nerves. Your peripheral nerves are located outside of your brain and along your spinal cord.