The term biopsy refers to a medical test where cells or tissue are removed for examination, and are subsequently studied by microscope or analyzed chemically for diagnosis. A radiologist performs a minimally-invasive needle biopsy with the guidance of imaging technology such as mammography, ultrasound, MRI, CT or fluoroscopy.
Bone densitometry is the leading diagnostic tool for osteoporosis, which affects 10 million adults in the U.S. alone, 80% of whom are women. It is characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of the bone tissue, leading to an increased fracture risk, and is also particularly devastating because there are no symptoms.
Breast Imaging is routinely done with Mammography or Ultrasound; however, if your doctor needs more information than a mammogram or ultrasound can normally reveal, he or she may perform a Breast MRI.
A CT Scan, also known as Computerized Tomography, is a highly sophisticated combination of X-ray and computer technology used to produce a series of cross-sectioned images of your body, much like slices of bread. CT scans provide physicians with an incredibly detailed image of the area of study.
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique commonly used to obtain real-time images of the internal structures of a patient through the use of a fluoroscope.
Magnetic resonance imaging combines the use of radio frequencies and a powerful magnetic field to align the hydrogen atoms in your body, which produces an extremely detailed internal image. MRI imaging offers much better contrast among soft tissues than a CT scan, making it a critical tool in diagnosing neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and oncological disorders and diseases.
Positron Emission Tomography/Computerized Tomography is a single, non-invasive test that shows the chemical functioning and behavior of organs and tissues. PET is a nuclear imaging test that uses special cameras and radioactive drugs to produce pictures of the function and metabolism of the cells in the body, while CT is an X-ray that generates a detailed view of the structure of organs and tissues.