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Imaging is a tool used by physicians to “see” inside the body and diagnose a variety of medical conditions. Patient size, weight, age, and other unique factors are considered as a part of the imaging process.
The state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services at Methodist McKinney Hospital are performed by certified radiologic technologists, and each exam is read and interpreted by a board certified radiologist. All imaging services are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology. Call the imaging department at Methodist McKinney Hospital to schedule an appointment.
A CT, or computerized tomography scan, takes x-rays from a number of different angles to produce cross-sectional images of the body’s soft tissues, blood vessels, and bones. The painless and noninvasive CT scan can show more detail than a traditional x-ray. A CT can be used to quickly and concisely view the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. It may also be used to look for abdominal aortic aneurysms and blood clots in the lungs, spinal problems, or injuries to the hands and feet.
Digital mammography assists in detecting early stages of breast cancer. Mammography procedures are offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment and, most often, screening mammograms can be performed on the same date as the request. All of our board-certified Mammography Technologists are licensed by the State of Texas and registered nationally through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Magnetic resonance image (MRI) uses a magnetic field to produce pictures of the interior of the body. Signals emitted by the MRI provide an image of a single portion or “slice” of the body. After capturing the desired images, a computer combines the “slices” into a 3-D image. An MRI scan can help determine if a patient has experienced a stroke, identify problems located within the spinal cord or brain, and detect cancerous tumors located inside the body.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within the body. The sound waves produce return echoes that are recorded, which allows a shadow picture of the structure beneath the skin to be created. This is similar to the use of sonar on boats to view the bottom of the ocean.
This painless and noninvasive test uses electromagnetic radiation to create images of the interior of the body. X-ray beams pass through the body and are absorbed in different amounts. Bones will appear white; muscle, fat, and fluid will appear grey; and structures containing air appear black. X-rays are used to detect fractures and infections, arthritis, dental decay, osteoporosis, cancer, blocked blood vessels, and swallowed items.