Mammography, also known as a mammogram, is the examination of the breast using x-rays. Mammography is considered the most effective tool for early breast tumor detection.
Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer often is linked to early diagnosis. Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.
X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. X-rays can produce diagnostic images of the human body on film or digitally that allow doctors to view and assess broken bones, organ size and other abnormalities.There is no special preparation required for most bone x-rays. You may be asked to change into a gown before your examination and remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any metal objects during the exam.
Northern Arizona Radiology offers PET imaging using the Siemens Biograph integrated PET/16-slice CT scanner.
This new generation of PET/CT is a fusion of the high-speed, high-resolution capabilities of a 16-slice CT scanner with the metabolic and physiologic capabilities of the latest in PET technology. This fusion enables more accurate identification and diagnosis of cancer, heart disease and brain disorders than is achievable with older generation PET-only scanners.
Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, is a method of obtaining diagnostic images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves.
Utrasonography is used as a diagnostic tool that can assist doctors with making recommendations for further treatment.
Northern Arizona Radiology is pleased to offer BSGI, a specialized imaging technique that can aid in diagnosis when a mammogram is inconclusive. These studies can reveal important information that can help your doctor more accurately determine if an area of concern is cancerous or not.
BSGI is best used as a valuable “next step” following a mammogram that reveals an area of concern. A mammogram is an x-ray study of the breast used to image tissue structure and density.
In simplified terms, a CT is a type of xray. During CT, a thin beam of x-rays circles completely around the body, collecting a 360-degree view of the area being examined.
You may be asked to drink a special oral contrast material before the exam to improve visualization of your intestines. You should have nothing else by mouth for 4-6 hours prior to the exam.
Interventional radiologists (IR) use their expertise in reading X-rays, ultrasound and other medical images to guide small instruments such as catheters (tubes that measure just a few millimeters in diameter) through the blood vessels or other pathways to treat disease percutaneously (through the skin).
These procedures are typically much less invasive and much less costly than traditional surgery. Northerna Arizona Radiology offers a variety of interventional procedures in the convenience of an outpatient setting.
If you’re a current or former smoker—and you’re concerned about your risk of developing lung cancer—there is a new medical test you should know about.
Low-dose CT lung screening is a fast and inexpensive test designed to detect cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage. With early detection, the survival rate for this disease is considerably higher.
Osteoporosis can be prevented, treated, and in some cases even partially reversed, and bone mineral density testing can tell patients if they have low bone density or osteoporosis before outward signs appear.
We measure bone mineral density with QCT. QCT stands for quantitative computed tomography; it is a low-dose CT scan with special software that can be used to diagnose or monitor osteoporosis.
At Northern Arizona Radiology we are able to provide high quality MR imaging with increased comfort to the patient through the use of our 1.5T wide bore MRI.
The wide bore significantly decreases the number of incomplete exams due to claustrophobia and makes it possible to provide service to obese patients. Image quality is greatly increased when the patient is relaxed because they are able to hold still longer during the exam.