Prime radiology is delighted to offer the latest in digital imaging technology. Our sophisticated Digital Radiography unit (or) advanced digital x-ray equipment enables faster scan processing and requires less radiation than conventional x-ray (radiography) machines. X-rays are very safe. Radiography, the most common type of X-ray, produces very low amounts of radiation.
This technology also means that you no longer have to wait for a standard X-ray film to be developed. Instead, the information obtained from the scan is directly converted to digital data and instantly appears on a computer screen where it is then electronically sent to our radiologist’s computer for reporting. For patients who are referred from medical clinics which receive reports and images electronically, the time spent at our clinic is further reduced.
Conditions that may call for an X-ray include:
• bone cancer
• breast tumors
• enlarged heart
• blocked blood vessels
• conditions affecting your lungs
• digestive problems
• tooth decay
• needing to retrieve swallowed items
X-rays can be performed on any of the following:
Abdomen, Bone, Chest, Teeth/mouth, Neck, Pelvis, Skull, Full body (skeleton), Hand, Joints During the digital x-ray procedure, electromagnetic radiation passes through the body onto “film” (now digitised and displayed on a computer screen). Dense structures such as bone absorb most of the radiation and appear white on the digital image. Structures that are less dense like air appear black. Everything in between looks a different shade of grey.
Use of digital X-ray:
Digital X-rays are used to diagnose a broad range of illnesses and injuries, including musculoskeletal injuries, cancer, blocked arteries, abdominal pain, sinus disease, spinal problems and other abnormalities.
You may be asked to stand or lie down on an examination table, depending on the part of the body to be examined. You will be able to communicate with the technician during the procedure.
Benefits and risks of a digital X-ray:
There is little reason to worry about the small amount of radiation you will be exposed to when you receive a digital X-ray. Digital X-rays enable immediate diagnosis of certain conditions and offer no discomfort, and often even no preparation, for the patient.
Prime radiology uses sophisticated equipment which produces images on a video monitor for the radiologist to interpret.Most ultrasound procedures are fast, harmless and painless, is completed within 30 to 60 minutes. A hand-held transducer is an emitting silent, high-frequency sound waves is placed against the body and slowly passed over the area being examined
Ultrasound is used in the diagnosis of soft tissue conditions, and as such, it is routinely used to evaluate the solid abdominal and pelvic organs, muscles, tendons the breast and ligaments, as well as other small body parts, such as the lymph nodes and thyroid gland.
Ultrasound or Sonography is a diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves capability to produce high-quality images of soft tissues and motion within the body. Ultrasound involves no X-rays and has a wide array of applications in medicine.
While you lie on a comfortable examination table, your technologist will apply a warm gel to your skin. The technologist will then gently pass the transducer over the specified exam area several times. The exam will last about 30 minutes and is painless.
Ultra Low Dose CT Scan
Prime radiology uses excellent, top of range CT scanningmachine to detect a whole range of disorders and can be used to scan most parts of the body. In particular, it may be used to diagnose subtle fractures, tumours, tiny kidney stones, strokes and even narrowing or blockages of arteries. CT can also be used to look at the lungs, major body organs and bowel.
CT scanning is advanced radiological imaging that uses an X-ray beam that rotates around the patient to capture pictures inside the body. CT images are useful in studies of internal organs because they can separate overlapping structures precisely, producing cross-sectional images of all parts of the body.
CT is most used for studies of the head, spine, abdomen, pelvis, and chest. The CT scanner also is useful in determining the size and volume of tumours and other masses. This is especially helpful for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy or surgery.
At prime radiology, CT procedure is fast and painless (although some patients experience a warm sensation if their study includes a contrast agent). Patients lie down on a padded table that slowly enters the doughnut-shaped ring of the scanner. X-rays pass through the body and are detected by electronic sensors. Information from these sensors are digitally processed and displayed as an image on a computer monitor. Film copies of these images may be made for later study.
A contrast material, sometimes called “dye,” may be administered to outline blood vessels or enhance organ images. If a contrast material is used, it will be injected or introduced into an intravenous (IV) bottle into a vein, usually the arm.
DEXA, which stands for “duel-energy X-ray absorptiometry,” measures the density and mineral content in bone, most often in the hip and lower spine. It is the most accurate method for determining bone density and potential problems related to bone loss.
Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density.
DEXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, that causes bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.
• You will not have to change into a gown for this test if you wear loose, comfortable clothing without zippers or metal buttons.
• You will be asked to lie on a padded table and hold very still for approximately five minutes.
• Prime Radiology technologists are experienced in high-quality patient care. Communication with your technologist is vital in ensuring your comfort, as well as the attainment of quality diagnostic images
Interventional radiology (IR), sometimes known as vascular and interventional radiology (VIR), is a medical sub-speciality which provides minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Interventional radiology (IR) procedures are minimally invasive, targeted treatments that use various radiology techniques (fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, ultrasound, etc.) to guide small devices, such as catheters, through blood vessels or other pathways to treat disease percutaneously (through the skin). Interventional procedures can often replace surgical procedures, and because they are less invasive and less traumatic, they are more easily tolerated and recovery times are significantly reduced in most cases.
Interventional radiology procedures offer benefits to you, our patients, regarding risk, pain and recovery time, all of which are reduced by the speciality’s minimally invasive nature. The cost tends to be lower than open surgery or other alternatives, and advancements in imaging technology mean that radiologists are viewing high-quality anatomic detail.
Minimally-Invasive Image-Guided Surgery:
Interventional radiologists are physicians who are specially trained to perform minimally-invasive image-guided surgery. Interventional radiologists diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions using very small tools that are guided by X-rays, ultrasound, and CT. In general, these procedures are easier for people to tolerate than conventional surgery because of smaller incisions, less pain, and shorter hospital stays.
By following these instructions carefully—both the general instructions and those that apply to your specific exam, below—you help us to ensure the best possible diagnostic quality.