Radiology is the area of medicine that uses X-rays, magnetic waves and ultrasound to obtain detailed images of the inside of the body. Doctors can then use those images to detect and diagnose illnesses and injuries, as well as to help develop treatment plans. The Radiology Department offers radiology (also called imaging) services. Below are descriptions of some of the imaging tests available at Veramed.
Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.
Most ultrasound examinations are done using an ultrasound device outside your body, though some involve placing a device inside your body.
Color Doppler is a technique in which colors superimposed on an image of a blood vessel indicate the speed and direction of blood flow in the vessel. … In an ultrasound, high frequency sounds waves are emitted into your body and the way the sound reflects back, it creates pictures on a monitor.
X-rays are a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves. X-ray imaging creates pictures of the inside of your body. The images show the parts of your body in different shades of black and white. … The most familiar use of x-rays is checking for fractures (broken bones), but x-rays are also used in other ways.
An electrocardiogram records the electrical signals in your heart. It’s a common and painless test used to quickly detect heart problems and monitor your heart’s health.
Electrocardiograms — also called ECGs or EKGs — are often done in a doctor’s office, a clinic or a hospital room. ECG machines are standard equipment in operating rooms and ambulances. Some personal devices, such as smart watches, offer ECG monitoring. Ask your doctor if this is an option for you.
There has been a slow but steady decline in the volume of barium studies performed in the United States during the past 25 years. This trend is related to a variety of factors, including the increasing availability of endoscopy and advanced cross-sectional imaging modalities such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR). As imaging has evolved, we see two possible scenarios for the future of barium radiology: The decline in gastrointestinal (GI) fluoroscopic procedures could continue and even accelerate, as the barium study becomes an increasingly obsolete tool in radiology practice, or, alternatively, the volume of GI fluoroscopic procedures could stabilize and even increase, as the barium study continues to be performed as a safe, cost-effective diagnostic test for patients with a gamut of GI conditions. The purpose of this editorial is threefold: (a) to consider the reasons for the continuing decline in barium studies nationwide and the effect of this trend on the quality of GI fluoroscopic procedures, (b) to review in general terms the role of barium studies in the diagnosis of GI disease and the reasons for continuing to use these studies in modern medical practice, and (c) to suggest strategies for rejuvenating the barium study.
A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a procedure that uses an X-ray to look at your Fallopian tubes and uterus. It usually takes less than 5 minutes and you can go home the same day.
Your doctor will probably do the procedure after your period but before you ovulate, since it’s less likely you’ll be pregnant during this time. This will be during the first half of your cycle, probably between days 1 and 14.