Bone density scanning – (also called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, DXA or DEXA) an enhanced X-ray technology used to measure bone loss and diagnose osteoporosis. DEXA also tracks the effects of treatment for conditions that cause bone loss.
Computed tomography (CT scan) – a noninvasive test that produces cross-sectional or 3D images of the inside of the body, especially the head, heart and spine. CT is commonly used to detect the presence of tumors, blood clots, fractures or infections.
Mammography – the most effective technology for detecting breast cancer. Digital technology allows our fellowship trained mammographers in Urbana to review and manipulate images taken at any Carle facility, which means you’ll spend less time waiting for results.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – (also called an MR scan uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and other body structures. Unlike conventional X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans, MRI does not depend on radiation. Closed MRI systems typically produce more detailed images, but we also offer open MRI to ease anxiety for patients with confinement issues.
Nuclear medicine – provides diagnostic images of the body detected when a small amount of radiation, similar to the exposure of a standard X-ray, is given by mouth or intravenously. Used to observe blood flow, kidney and thyroid function, and other abnormalities, this procedure provides a visualization of organ function, not just images of the organs themselves.
Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT scan) - combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) to assess both the body's anatomic structure and metabolic processes. Primarily used for detecting cancer, the PET/CT scanner provides improved image quality, allowing for enhanced lesion detection, more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment planning.
Ultrasound – uses sound waves to visualize veins, arteries, abdominal organs and other soft tissues that do not show up well on X-ray images.
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