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Imaging Modalities

Modalities and Services We Provide:

X-Ray

X-ray is a photographic or digital image of the internal composition or part of the body.

It is the most common imaging technology. X-Rays can be done for any part of the body, including arms, legs, abdomen, and chest areas. X-rays can detect broken bones, arthritis, and infections.

X rays were accidentally discovered in 1895 by German physicist Wilhem Roentgen who was later awarded the first Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery. His first x-ray picture was of his wife's hand. Within a few years, x rays became a valued diagnostic tool of physicians world-wide.

The physicians and staff of Advanced Imaging are pleased to provide you with answers to questions you may have about your upcoming exam. This information will help ensure a positive experience when you are a patient for an X-ray.

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) does not use x-rays to form an image. The MRI uses radio waves and magnets to interact with water molecules inside your body to form an image. These images and our radiologists can help your doctor make a diagnosis.

The physicians and staff of Advanced Imaging are pleased to provide you with answers to questions you may have about your upcoming exam. This information will help ensure a positive experience when you are a patient for MRI.

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Ultrasound

Also called a sonogram, ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to visualize the body. In real time, the viewer can see muscles, tendons, and many internal organs.

Ultrasounds are used diagnostically during breast, abdominal, pelvic, vascular, musculoskeletal, and gynecologic exams. The results are interpreted by our radiologist the same day.

PET/CT

A hybrid technology that combines functional data with images of organs, muscles, and other anatomical structures. PET/CT scans can yield clues about the metabolic function of cells. When those visuals are combined with the anatomical information, diagnosis becomes even more precise. This makes it possible to detect and diagnose some cancers earlier and more accurately.

The physicians and staff of Advanced Imaging are pleased to provide you with answers to questions you may have about your upcoming exam. This information will help ensure a positive experience when you are a patient for PET/CT.

CT

CAT scan” and “CT scan” are different names for the same technique.

A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scans provide more detailed images than basic X-rays.

Mammography

Advanced Imaging does both screening and diagnostic imaging using state-of-the-art 3D digital radiography. 3D digital radiography is performed free of charge at all of Stony Brook Medicines breast imaging centers.  We’re directly affiliated with Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Center staff and radiologists who provide minimally-invasive, image-guided breast biopsies (including ultrasound-guided core and stereotactic biopsies), as well as MRI breast imaging. Our doctors work both in the imaging centers and the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Center.

Bone Density (DEXA)

The bone densitometer measures your bone mineral density (BMD) and compares your measurements to a reference group based on your age, weight, sex, and ethnic background. This information will be used in making a diagnosis about your bone status and risk of fracture.

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry(DEXA) is most often used to diagnose osteopenia and osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men.

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through the body. The image is transmitted to a monitor so the movement of an instrument or contrast agent can be seen in real time.