SLUCare body imaging specialists examine the chest, abdominal and pelvic regions of the body using computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound.
Computed tomography (CT) - sometimes called CAT scan - uses special X-ray equipment to obtain image data from different angles around the body, then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs. A CT scanner is used to aid physicians in diagnosing diseases by viewing internal abnormalities and assessing the extent of injury, or other abnormality.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows physicians to visualize internal structures within the body without the use of radiation. MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather than X-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The technique has proven valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of conditions in all parts of the body, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and disorders of bones and joints. It requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods.
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of "seeing" inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The sound waves are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionizing radiation is involved in ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, and enable physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions. This can help to diagnose a variety of heart conditions and to assess damage after a heart attack or other illness.