Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnet linked to a computer to create highly detailed images of the body. MRIs can produce hundreds of images from different perspectives to assist with a diagnosis. With its larger opening, an Open Bore MRI helps accommodate patients who are obese or claustrophobic.
Digital Mammography/Breast Services
In digital mammograms, an electronic X-ray sensor is used instead of film to create images of the breast. When viewed on a computer screen, the electronic images can be easily enhanced for more detailed viewing. Breast services at PMI also include diagnostic mammograms, breast MRIs, ultrasound, and breast biopsies using digital imaging techniques.
Conventional X-rays create two-dimensional images of the body. X-ray images can be produced using film or a digital sensor. When created digitally, the images can be easily transmitted as well as enhanced for viewing.
Also known as sonography, ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create internal images of the body. Ultrasound is used as a diagnostic tool in many different procedures.
Similar to an X-ray “movie,” fluoroscopy provides real-time, moving images of the body. It is often used to evaluate specific areas including bones, muscles and joints as well as internal organs.
Bone Density Testing
A bone density test uses special X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone, an important technique for detecting osteoporosis.
Computerized tomography (CT) is a diagnostic procedure that utilizes specialized X-ray equipment and a powerful computer to produce highly detailed, cross-sectional images of the body, including organs, bones and tissues.
Also known as sonography, ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image. Ultrasound is often used to evaluate breast lumps which may be difficult to see on a mammogram and to distinguish between solid tumors and fluid-filled cysts. It is also employed during other diagnostic procedures, such as fine needle aspiration biopsies.
A breast MRI helps provide more detailed images than other diagnostic imaging procedures such as mammography or ultrasound.
A breast biopsy removes a small sample of breast tissue for testing. The sample is then examined by a pathologist for signs of disease, such as cancer.