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Medical Diagnostic Procedures Offered at Southern Diagnostic Imaging

• MRI: The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a very reliable, noninvasive procedure which produces highly accurate, cross-sectional images (or “slices”) of tissue and internal structures. The MRI utilizes a completely safe magnetic field, and computers decode the magnetic fields to produce exceptional quality images of any body part in any direction desired. The result is an unsurpassed diagnostic “picture” of the area of your doctor needs to see.

There is no radiation, no pain and no known side effect. Your procedure will take an average of 15 to 50 minutes depending on what you are scheduled for and what information your physician is seeking. Note: No metal is allowed in the MRI scan room.

• CT Scan: The CT scan (computed tomography scanner, also known originally as computed axial tomography, or CAT scan) generates a two-dimensional image using X-rays to acquire internal images of the body that are characterized by greater density than simple tissue, such as bone or calcifications. The CT scan has become an important tool in the diagnosis of numerous diseases including the detection of tumors and cancerous tissue, but also for the identification of fractures. The CT scan is also used to supplement the imagery and information gained from other imaging procedures, such as X-rays and ultrasounds.

• Ultrasound: Ultrasound technology is utilized to provide physicians with images of abdominal organs, small parts and vascular studies. Ultrasound is also used in obstetrics to visualize the developing fetus during routine prenatal care. Some of the uses of obstetric ultrasound are to determine the age of pregnancy, the location of the fetus, the presence of any abnormalities, and to assess the growth of the fetus.

• Myelogram: The Myelogram is a procedure used specifically to detect problems in the spinal cord, such as pinpointing the location of a spinal cord injury, slipped disc, or deteriorating disc as well as the presence of cysts or tumors which can affect the nerves in the spinal column. The procedure itself involves injecting a dye into the spinal canal followed by X-rays which provide a detailed image of the condition of the spine.

• Arthrogram: The arthogram procedure is similar in method to the myelogram, but its focus is specifically on determining the nature of problems with joints. In the arthrogram, a dye is injected into the joint area, and a series of X-rays are performed granting physicians an inside look at the joint as well as adjacent ligaments and cartilage.