Body imaging encompasses the use of multiple modalities to image the bony and soft tissues of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. CT and MRI, which are safe and painless, are the imaging modalities used most often by body imaging specialists.
Computed tomography (CT), also referred to as a CAT Scan, uses x-ray technology to obtain detailed, cross-sectional images of a patient’s body. It is often the preferred technology for diagnosing cancer and for visualizing several types of tissue with great clarity including organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys.
MRI is one of the most accurate, noninvasive procedures available to obtain images of the body. In many cases, a high quality MRI reveals exquisite anatomic detail and eliminates the need for additional diagnostic procedures. It is frequently used to study joints, the brain and spine, the abdomen, pelvis, chest and blood vessels.
Body imaging specialists commonly diagnose or treat the following conditions:
- Abnormalities in most internal organs including heart, liver, bladder, kidneys, spleen, bowel, uterus, ovaries pancreas, adrenal glands and prostate gland
- Cancers or tumors in the body
- Emergency medical problems like severe pain or shortness of breath
- Traumatic injuries to internal organs or bones
Body imaging exams and procedures include:
- Breast Imaging
- Cardiac Morphology
- CT Angiography
- CT Pulmonary Angiography
- CT Urography
- Heart screen (Coronary Artery Calcification)
- Lung Screening for smokers
- Pediatric Imaging
- Vascular (MRA)
- Venous (MRV)