Baptist Memorial Health Care provides a full array of radiology testing. These exams help your physician diagnose and evaluate many conditions. Click the links below for an overview of each type of exam.
- Computed Tomography (CT)
Computed Tomography, more commonly referred to as CT, is used to diagnose critical or emergent conditions such as cerebral hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism, aortic dissection, appendicitis, and even kidney stones. Patients who visit the emergency room may be taken to get a CT if their symptoms are critical.
- Diagnostic X-ray
X-rays or X-radiation is electromagnetic radiation and is most used to examine skeletal problems. If you were to go to the doctor for pain that does not go away your doctor may order an x-ray to see if there is a break in the bone.
- Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiology is also referred to as surgical radiology and is used for minimally invasive procedures in place of traditional surgery. Many traditional surgical procedures are now replaced by interventional radiology in order to minimize risk to patients and decrease post-surgical recovery times.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is used to investigate the anatomy and function of the body for diagnostic purposes. MRI tests do not use ionizing radiation like CT so they are beneficial for oncology dianostics, and are used for neuroimaging, cardiovascular imaging, and musculoskeletal applications as well.
Mammography is the use of x-ray imaging for breast health diagnosis and screening. It is now a digital process and can even be mobilized to bring screening tests to convenient locations for women who are in need of annually screening. For more information on Baptist Breast Health services please visit the Comprehensive Breast Center.
- Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine is used by physicians to evaluate organ function, assess bones affected by trauma or disease, or evaluate bodily fluids, such as blood and cerebrospinal fluid. For nuclear medicine procedures, patients will be given a small dose of a radioactive material either given orally or intravenously and then a physician will use a special camera to produce images for diagnostic purposes.
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET/CT)
PET scans produce a three dimensional image that physicians can use to diagnose a condition in a patient. These scans are more commonly used for organ and tissue specific diagnostic purposes.
Ultrasounds use sound waves to detect any masses, inflammation, or other conditions. Unlike other tests ultrasounds do not use dyes or radiation.