Imaging Tests & Procedures
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New Hanover Regional Medical Center offers a wide range of diagnostic radiology tests and procedures. The network uses advanced equipment to make the tests as accurate as possible. Below are some of the procedures performed in our outpatient centers.
Bone Density Scans
A bone density test measures the strength and density of your bones as you approach menopause and, when the test is repeated sometime later, can help determine how quickly you are losing bone mass and density.
Cardiac Calcium Scoring
Cardiac Calcium Scoring is used to look inside coronary arteries and detect the build-up of calcified plaque. The risks are analyzed to determine a score based on the extent and severity of the plaque build up.
CT Scan (CAT Scan)
A CT, or CAT, scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices), both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general X-rays and minimize exposure to radiation.
X-rays use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones and organs on film. Standard X-rays are performed for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries.
Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures - similar to an X-ray "movie." A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined, and is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.
Interventional radiologists are involved in the treatment of the patient, as well as the diagnosis of disease. They treat an ever-widening range of conditions inside the body by inserting various small instruments or tools, such as catheters or wires, with the use of various X-ray and imaging techniques (i.e., CT scanners, MRI scanners, ultrasound scanners).
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Interventional radiologists are using uterine fibroid embolization as a way to treat some fibroids. It is less invasive than other techniques.
Selective Internal Radiation Therapy
Selective Internal Radiation Therapy, or SIRT, is a minimally invasive procedure to deliver millions of microscopic radioactive spheres into a tumor.
Lung Cancer Screening
New Hanover Regional Medical Center offers lung cancer screenings for early detection of lung cancer for those with high risk of developing the disease, including patients with a history of cigarette smoking or exposure to lung cancer-causing agents.
A 3D mammogram is an examination of the breast. It is used to detect and diagnose breast disease. Regular screenings can help detect breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages. The mammography program of the Pink Ribbon Project provides mammograms and diagnostic breast procedures free to women who are uninsured and meet certain financial criteria.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses a combination of a large magnet, radio frequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. MRI is often used to examine the spine, heart, brain, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, male and female reproductive organs, lower extremity imaging and other soft tissues. It can also be used to assess blood flow, detect tumors, diagnose many forms of cancer, evaluate infections or assess injuries to bones and joints.
Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to examine organ function and structure.
PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT (Computed Tomography) are both standard imaging tools that physicians use to pinpoint disease states in the body. The PET scan demonstrates the biological function of the body before anatomical changes take place, while the CT scan provides information about the body’s anatomy such as size, shape and location. PET/CT provides non-invasive tumor detection and staging information, which can aid your physician in diagnosing and treating disease.
Ultrasonography uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues, and organs. Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs as they function, and to assess blood flow through various vessels. Ultrasound procedures are often used to examine many parts of the body such as the abdomen, breasts, female pelvis, prostate, scrotum, thyroid and parathyroid, and the vascular system.