The following diagnostic imaging procedures are available at Cox Monett.
Computerized tomography (CT) uses special X-ray equipment to produce multiple images of thin sliced sections of the body. These images can be joined together for the physician to view and distinguish between adjacent tissues, vessels and organs. CT scanning is commonly used to diagnose cancer, cardiovascular disease, trauma and other disorders.
A mammogram is a low dose X-ray exam of the breast. The exam is performed by a radiologic technologist. During the procedure you will stand next to the machine and your breast will be lifted onto a platform and gradually compressed with a paddle. The compression is important to allow all the tissue to be seen and evaluated for any abnormalities. Mammography plays an essential role in early detection of breast cancers because it can detect changes in the breast before you notice any symptoms.
MRI is a valuable diagnostic test that allows the radiologist to see inside some areas of the body that cannot be seen by conventional X-rays. MRI imaging produces a series of cross-sectional pictures that help physicians to detect many conditions in their early stages.
Nuclear medicine is a specialty within radiology that uses a small amount of radioactive material to assist in the diagnosis of diseases and other abnormalities within the body. After the isotopes are injected and localized by organs or by a specific disease, physicians are able to visualize the structure and function of an organ, tissue, bone or system of the body.
Routine X-ray, also known as diagnostic radiology, uses external radiation to produce images of the tissue, bones, internal organs and vessels of the body for medical diagnosing.
An ultrasound or sonogram is a medical imaging technique that utilizes high frequency sound waves to generate a two dimensional image of internal organs in the abdomen and pelvis, blood vessels leading to the brain and extremities, and pregnancy monitoring. Ultrasound is frequently used to guide a needle for tissue biopsy as an alternative to surgery.