• Diagnostic Radiology

  • Diagnostic radiology services are tests that help your physician diagnose your condition. The following diagnostic radiology services are offered:

    Diagnostic Ultrasound

    Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, involves exposing part of the body to 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 arteries and veins.

    Ultrasound is frequently used to evaluate the abdominal organs, the uterus and ovaries in the pelvis, and the unborn child (fetus) in pregnant patients. Ultrasound is also used to evaluate blockages in blood vessels, such as the carotid arteries which supply blood to the brain, and to evaluate the veins in the legs to determine if blood clots are present.

    Digital Mammography & Breast Ultrasound

    Digital mammography and diagnostic ultrasound are offered through the Women's Breast & Imaging Center. Digital mammography is advanced technology that takes highly detailed breast images from different angles, allowing the radiologist to review and manipulate images of the breast for enhanced views. This can assist in seeing subtle or early signs of cancer. Breast ultrasound is also used as a complementary diagnostic test if an area of concern is detected on mammography. 

    DXA Scan - Bone Density Scan

    A DXA Scan, also called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, is a non-invasive x-ray technology used to measure bone loss. DXA is the established standard for measuring bone density and guiding treatment for osteoporosis. 

    Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

    Breast biopsies are performed to evaluate an area of concern identified on a mammogram. A stereotactic breast biopsy is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses stereo images (advanced images of the breast from different angles) to determine the precise coordinates of the abnormal tissue to be biopsied. Stereotactic breast biopsies can usually be performed on an outpatient basis by an interventional radiologist at the Women's Breast & Imaging Center.