Medical digital imaging is used to scan your organs, bones, joints and soft tissues. Your doctor uses the results of the scan to determine an illness or injury. Here are several types of digital imaging exams used to determine a medical condition.
16 Slice CT Scan
A 16 slice CT scan features a large tube known as a gantry, and the gantry rotates as your body moves through it on a table. It is designed to take images of the area at different angles to give your doctor an accurate reading. You may need a 16 slice CT scan for your abdomen, spleen or urinary tract.
You are going to stand near a cassette holder or lie on a cushioned table for a digital X-ray. The technician asks you to hold still as the equipment takes an image of your abdomen, joints, bones or soft tissues. A digital X-ray only uses a low dose of radiation, and the procedure is over in about 10 to 30 minutes.
High Resolution Ultrasound
A high resolution ultrasound uses a transducer to send inaudible sound waves through your body. The sound waves capture high-quality images of the organ or soft tissue. Your technician uses a special gel to make it easier to glide the transducer across your skin. The ultrasound is used to check for a condition in the liver, bladder or thyroid.
3T High-Field MRI
A 3T high-field MRI offers a wide bore to scan different body types. The wide tunnel is also designed to bring you emotional and physical comfort during the procedure. You may need an MRI to detect an issue in the brain, spine or chest. The procedure offers a short scan time of about 15 minutes.
The open MRI scan is a good choice if you suffer from claustrophobia. It features an open design to give you a peace of mind during the exam, and the machine can scan a variety of body types. Your doctor may order an open MRI to scan your neck, abdomen or back.
You can rest assured that a medical digital imaging exam is painless and uses little to no radiation.