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Diagnostic CT Scans  

Diagnostic Radiology Procedures

Computed Tomography (CT)

CT Cardiac (aka heart scan) to assess calcium deposits and accumulation in the coronary vessels

CT Abdomen & Pelvis (may also be part of "body scan") to assess potential masses in the liver, pancreas, kidney, adrenal and aortic aneurysm

CT Angiography to evaluate disease in blood vessels anywhere in the body, including the heart

CT Body to screen for the presence of masses anywhere in the chest, abdomen and the pelvis

CT Chest (may be part of "body scan") to assess and screen for lung cancers, infections, empyema (pus in the chest cavity), pneumonia and pneumothorax (air in the chest cavity)

CT Head to assess masses, infections, aneurysms and cause of headaches

CT Pediatrics (in children) to assess the head, brain, abdomen and chest

CT Sinus to assess sinus infections and presence of foreign bodies

CT Spine to assess back pain, infections, trauma and disc herniation (Slipped disc)

CT Colonography (Virtual Colonoscopy) to assess masses in the colon and rectum

CT Guided Biopsy allows one to obtain a piece of tissue from most places in the body

CT Guided Drainage allows one to drain fluid or pus from chest, abdomen, pelvis, thighs and neck


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI Angiogram (MRA) to assess blood vessels in chest, neck, brain, abdomen and legs

MRI Breast allows the ability to image women with breast implants (high risk of rupture if mammogram is done) and obtaining a breast biopsy

MRI Body allows one to assess any swelling or masses seen on the chest, legs, hands, back or neck

MRI Heart can assess the heart chambers and surrounding tissues (pericardium)

MRI Chest to assess chest cavity, chest wall and muscles, ribs and lining of chest wall

MRI Head to assess brain tumors, infections, aneurysms

MRI skeleton to assess bone anywhere in body

MRI Prostate to assess the presence of a mass

MRI Spine to assess cause of back pain, disc herniation (prolapse) and masses

MRI Brain to assess cause of dementia, stroke, and following head trauma


Angiogram

Angiogram legs to assess disease (blockage) in the thighs, legs and foot

Angiogram brain to assess presence of aneurysms, AV malformations (abnormal blood vessels) and other causes of bleeding in the brain

Angiogram chest to assess presence of aneurysms and dissection (disruption) of aorta

Angiogram abdomen to assess the presence of aortic aneurysm and narrowing of blood vessels of the kidney and bowels

Angiogram arms to assess disease or blockage of the blood vessels to the arm

Angiogram lysis this technique helps to dissolve recent clots in the blood vessels

Angiogram declotting this technique helps to dissolve clots in dialysis grafts

Angioplasty this technique is useful for ballooning (angioplasty) or stenting of narrowed blood vessels

Embolization This technique can help to close off blood vessels. It is a useful treatment for the treatment of abnormal blood vessels (AV Fistula) or a large collection of blood vessels (hemangiomas)


Ultrasound

Hysterosonography to assess uterus for fibroids and other masses

Obstetrics allows one to assess infant during pregnancy

Abdomen allows one to assess gall bladder, pancreas, liver, bile duct and kidney

Pediatric (children) allows one to assess skull, head, sinus and abdomen

Breast to assess breast masses, cysts

Carotids (vessels in the neck) to assess narrowing of blood vessels in neck. These vessels narrow down and cause strokes

Legs (veins) to assess presence of clots in legs/thigh, and the technique can also evaluate the cause of varicose veins

Legs (arteries) to assess the presence of narrowing in the blood vessels which supply the leg

Pelvis to assess fluid/pus collection

Prostate to assess prostate mass

Scrotum to assess mass, fluids or hernias

Thyroid to assess mass

Kidney to assess mass, stones and fluid/pus collections

Vascular to assess veins and arteries of the legs and arms

Heart to assess fluid around heart

Biopsy allows one to obtain tissue for anaylsis

Drainage allows one to drain fluid/pus

Doppler to assess flow of blood


Bone Scan

Densitometry to assess degree of osteoporosis


Mammogram

Breast to assess for masses, and also to help in placement of a needle for localization


Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Cancer to detect the presence of cancer in most parts of the body

Heart to assess the function of the heart

Seizures can sometimes determine the cause of seizures

Brain to determine the presence of brain cancers

Infection to determine the presence of infection in the body


By ScanDirectory.com Staff
Updated: July 25, 2007

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