Radiology Procedures

Routine Procedures

X-Ray

An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

CT Scan

CT scanning - sometimes called CAT scanning - is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

CT scanning combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed.

CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular x-ray exams.


Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.


Mammography

Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.


MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or copied to CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).

Detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate various parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning).

Specialty Procedures

Diagnostic Angiography

Angiography is the radiographic study of the blood vessels. An angiogram uses a radiopaque substance, or contrast medium, to make the blood vessels visible under x-ray. Angiography is used to detect abnormalities including narrowing or blockages in the blood vessels throughout the circulatory system and in some organs. The procedure is commonly used to identify atherosclerosis, to diagnose heart disease, to evaluate kidney function, to map renal anatomy in transplant donors, to detect an aneurysm, tumor, blood clot, and to diagnose problems with the retina of the eye. It is also used to provide surgeons with an accurate vascular map of the heart prior to open-heart surgery or of the brain prior to neurosurgery.

 Cerebral
 Carotids
 Pulmonary
 Renal
 Mesenteric
 Upper Extremity
 Lower Extremity
 Aorta

Diagnostic Venography

Venography is the radiography of veins. A venogram uses a radiopaque substance, or contrast medium, to make the veins visible under x-ray. Venography is the most accurate test for detecting deep vein thrombosis which can lead to pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal condition.
 
 Upper Extremity
 Lower Extremity
 Dialysis Fistulagram

Vascular Intervention

Renal/Mesenteric angioplasty and stenting
Aortoiliaic angioplasty and stenting
Lower extremity revascularization- angioplasty, plaque removal, and stenting
Arterial thrombolysis
Venograms with angioplasty and stenting
Venous thrombolysis for DVT
IVC filter placement- removable and permanent
Dialysis fistula/ graft intervention
Embolization-
       Tumor embolization and chemoembolization
       Bronchial artery embolization
       Uterine embolization
       GI Bleeding
Dialysis catheter placement
Tunneled central venous access
Arm port placement
Chest port placement

Non- Vascular Intervention

Transhepatic Cholangiogram with drainage and/or stenting
Gastrostomy tubes
Gastrostomy to jejunostomy conversions
Nephrostomy tubes
Ureteral stent placement and ureteral PTA
Tunneled pleural and peritoneal drains
Kyphoplasty/ Vertebroplasty
Transjugular liver biopsies
Percutaneous CT and Ultrasound guided biopsies
Paracentesis
Thoracentesis
Abscess Drainages