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HIGH-FIELD MRI
OPEN MRI
PET AND PET / CT SCAN
CT SCAN
WOMEN'S STUDIES
NUCLEAR MEDICINE
ULTRASOUND
DEXA SCANS (BONE DENSITY)
DIGITAL X-RAY
PACS / RIS
 
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  HIGH-FIELD MRI   NUCLEAR MEDICINE
  OPEN MRI   ULTRASOUND
  PET AND PET/CT SCAN   DEXA SCANS (BONE DENSITY)
  CT SCAN   DIGITAL X-RAY
  WOMEN'S STUDIES   PACS/RIS
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HIGH-FIELD MRI

High-Field MRI is a type of imaging system that utilizes radio waves and a strong magnetic field to generate images of the body. A powerful computer is used to create there images by controlling the interaction of radio waves within the magnetic field and displaying these interactions as a series of pictures or images.

High-Field MRI can be used to scan any part of the body. When trying to view extremely fine fractures or small intricate parts, such as the pituitary gland or knees and shoulder joints; it is the only alternative.

We utilize a short bore magnet system that is more comfortable than the traditional long bore magnets, but still affords superb image quality.

There are certain conditions that may prevent a patient from having an MRI:

- Cardiac Pacemaker
- Certain cerebral aneurysm clips
- Infusion pumps for insulin or pain control
- Cochlear implants (inner ear)
- Metallic fragments that my be in sensitive areas
- Pregnancy in the first trimester
- Neuro-stimulators
- Recent vascular stent (with 6 weeks of placement).

OPEN MRI

Open MRI is a safe, easy, radiation-free procedure which uses a magnetic field to reveal detailed imaged of the anatomy. While the image quality is not as sharp as a high-field image, our open MRI provides detailed images that can easily and conclusively be interpreted by our staff on board certified radiologists while offering a more comfortable and stress free experience for the patient.

A normal session will typically last between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the type of information required by the physician. As usual, the patient needs to remain motionless during the exam and needs to breathe normally.

There are certain conditions that may prevent a patient from having an MRI:

- Cardiac Pacemaker
- Certain cerebral aneurysm clips
- Infusion pumps for insulin or pain control
- Cochlear implants (inner ear)
- Metallic fragments that my be in sensitive areas
- Pregnancy in the first trimester
- Neuro-stimulators
- Recent vascular stent (with 6 weeks of placement)

PET AND PET/CT SCAN

A PET Scan allows physicians to measure the body’s abnormal molecular activity to detect conditions such as Cancer, Brain Disorder (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s) and heart disease.

PET Scans are simple, painless and fast; offering patients and their families life-saving information that helps physicians detect and diagnose diseases early and quickly begin treatment.

PET/CT images are the fusion of two technologies. The highly sensitive PET Scan detects the metabolic signal of actively growing cancer cells in the body and the CT Scan provided a detailed picture of the internal anatomy that reveals the location, size and shape of abnormal cancerous growth.

Alone, each imaging test has particular benefits and limitations but when the results of PET and CT scans are “fused” together, the combined image provideds complete information on cancer location and metabolism.

CT SCAN


Computed Tomography (CT or CAT Scan) is a non-invasive, state-of-the-art diagnostic procedure using x-rays that rotate around the patient and produce a series of cross-sectional images of selected parts of the body. Once the scanner has made several of these images, its powerful compute combines the different pictures to create cross sectional views of the body. These images provide physicians with an unobstructed view of organs and structures not seen clearly on conventional x-rays.

Our Multi-Slice CT offers a faster, more efficient scan than spiral or helical CT Scanners. Our scanner allows large volumes to be scanned at the optimal time following intravenous contract administration making the patients experience as quick and pain free as possible.

CT Scans provide detailed views of all types of tissue. That makes it the most versatile study for all parts of the anatomy. It is essential for studying the lungs and other internal organs as well skeletal and spinal studies.

WOMEN'S STUDIES


DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY

Digital Mammography is the evolution in
mammography. A digital mammogram offers superior images and provides the radiologist with state of the art viewing capabilities. This way we can insure conclusive reports for both screening and diagnostic mammography. A screening mammogram consists of two views of each breast. Diagnostic
mammograms are specialized mammograms designed to view a specific spot on the breast. The radiologist would normally recommend a Diagnostic Mammogram is something appears on a screening. A "spot compression magnification" view is typically what is required for a diagnostic mammogram. This is a magnified view of a particular area of the breast.

BREAST ULTRASOUND
Ultrasound uses sound waves to generate a picture of the breast tissue. No compression is necessary. Ultrasound is particularly useful in telling cysts from solid masses in the breast. Cysts are very common and totally benign; about half of all women have some cysts in their breasts at some point. Ultrasound is also very helpful in characterizing masses and lumps.

MRI OF THE BREAST
Breast MRI is a technique using a very strong magnetic and radio waves to pick up signals from the breast tissue. The primary way that abnormal tissue stands out on MRI is because it gets more blood flow than the remaining tissue. We can detect blood flow by taking images before and after infusion of an intravenous substance (gadolinium) that is easily seen on MRI. Breast MRI is most useful in detecting breast cancer and evaluating the integrity of implants, and are the subject of many studies around the country.

BREAST BIOPSY
A mammogram can show an abnormal change in breast tissue, but only a biopsy can determine whether or not it is malignant.  A breast biopsy involves removing all or part of the abnormal breast tissue, and examining it under a microscope to determine diagnosis.  Pinnacle Imaging will usually perform a breast biopsy to check a mass or suspicious area found during a breast examination, mammogram, ultrasound. There are various types of breast biopsies, ranging from fine-needle aspiration to vacuum-assisted, and the selection of technique depends on the size, location and characteristics of the mass. Pinnacle Imaging now specializes in various types of biopsies including, but not limited to:

Fine-needle aspiration biopsy
- uses a thin needle to remove cells
Core needle biopsy
– uses a large needle fitted with a special tip
Vacuum-assisted core biopsy
- conducted with a hollow probe that uses a gentle vacuum to remove a sample of breast tissue Our experienced, board-certified radiologists will review each individual case and, depending on its complexity, will then determine which biopsy type to conduct for each patient. Our team is dedicated to providing quality care and fast, accurate results.

BONE DENSITY (DEXA)
Bone density scanning is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. Bone Density is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). It is essential in detecting and monitoring osteoporosis.

NUCLEAR MEDICINE

Nuclear medicine procedures are noninvasive medical test that help physicians diagnose a variety of medical conditions.

Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam you are undergoing, the radiotracer is either injected into a vein, swallowed or inhaled as a gas. It eventually accumulates in the organ or area of your body being examined, where it gives off energy in the form of gamma rays. The nuclear camera detects the gamma emission and produces an image.

Nuclear medicine imaging scans are performed to:
- analyze kidney function
- visualize heart blood flow and function (such as a myocardial perfusion scan)
- scan lungs for respiratory and blood flow problems
- identify inflammation in the gallbladder
- evaluate bones for fractures, infection, arthritis and tumors
- determine the presence or spread of cancer in various parts of the body
- identify bleeding into the bowel
- locate the presence of infection
- measure thyroid function to detect an overactive or underactive thyroid
- investigate abnormalities in the brain, such as seizures, memory loss and abnormalities in blood flow
- localize the lymph nodes before surgery in patients with breast cancer or melanoma

ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound imaging is a technique used to visualize muscles,tendons, and internal organs, their size, structure and any pathological lesions with real time tomographic images. It is also used to visualize a fetus during routine and emergency prenatal care.

Ultrasound has been used to image the human body for at least 50 years. It is one of the most widely used diagnostic tool in modern medicine. The technology is relatively inexpensive and portable. Ultrasounds are safe having no adverse effects.

Doppler ultrasound images can help the physician to see and evaluate blockages to blood flow, narrowing of vessels and tumors.

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs,
including but not limited to the:

- heart and blood vessels
- gallbladder
- pancreas
- uterus and ovaries
- liver
- spleen
- kidneys
- prostate
- scrotum (testicles)

DEXA SCANS (BONE DENSITY)

DEXA stands for 'Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry'. It is the most commonly used test for measuring density. It is one of the most accurate ways to diagnosis Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. This test is so accurate that your follow up DEXA scan can be used to monitor your treatment to learn if your plan is working.

DEXA Scans are used to measure bone mineral density because they are more accurate than regular X-rays. A person would need to lose 20-30% of their bone density before it would show up on an X-ray.

DIGITAL X-RAY

Digital X-RAY (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

Digital X-ray is used to :

- Diagnose broken bones or joint dislocation.
- Guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine, joint replacement and fracture reductions.
- Assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer.
- Benign tumors (such as polyps)
- Cancer
- Scarring
- Severe indigestion
- Ulcers
- Hiatal hernias
- Blockages

PACS/RIS
Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) is the latest advent in archiving and communicating all forms of radiology imaging. With PACS we can turn images around in less than 24 hours rather than days. The images are easier to analyze than film ensuring more accurate reports.

Furthermore, we are able to grant you access to our PACS system so that you may have your patients images and reports at your fingertips while never having to store the records yourself.

RIS (Radiology Information System) is our internal patient processing system.
It is the latest advent in managing Radiological information. RIS allows us to run at maximum efficiency at all times, ensuring that you always get fast, accurate service.

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