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FAQs about Different Medical Imaging Technologies

What is the difference between medical imaging and radiography?

Medical imaging is the process of capturing images of body parts or structures using x-rays, ultrasound, or CT scans. Radiography is a type of medical imaging that uses radiation to create pictures on metal plates.

What is the safest medical imaging?

MRI is generally considered to be the safest medical imaging modality, due to its low radiation exposure. It also offers superior image quality and accuracy compared to other types of imaging such as CT or x-ray.

Pregnant women should avoid MRIs because they can increase the risk of birth defects in their baby’s brain and spine.

What is Computer Tomography?

Computer Tomography (CT) is a medical imaging technology that uses your computer’s screen to produce detailed images of body parts. By capturing multiple X-ray views in quick succession, CT can create 3D images of the internal organs and other structures inside the body. This technology is often used to diagnose conditions such as stroke, brain tumors, spinal cord injuries, and more.

CT scans are also a popular choice for pregnant women because they provide accurate pictures of the baby’s developing lungs and spine. Additionally, CT scan results are usually available within minutes after being taken, which makes them an ideal option for emergency visits or outpatient care settings.

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of imaging that uses powerful magnets to produce detailed images of the inside of your body. By analyzing the patterns created by these signals, doctors can obtain information about any medical condition or injury. This technology is often used in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and injuries.

What is Vascular Interventional Radiography?

Vascular Interventional Radiography is a type of radiography that involves the use of imaging equipment to visualize and navigate blood vessels. This procedure can be used to diagnose various vascular irregularities, such as atherosclerosis or occlusive diseases. Additionally, it can be used for angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels) and neovascularization (the regeneration of existing blood vessels).

Vascular Interventional Radiography is an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of certain medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease, varicose veins/leg ulcers, complicated pregnancies/gestation complications related to high blood pressure/proteinuria, etc.

What is Sonography?

Sonography is a medical imaging technique that uses sound waves to create images of organs and tissues. It is often used to examine the heart, lungs, and other parts of the body. Sonography can be used in pregnant women to check for problems such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure in the baby. It can also help identify varicose veins and kidney stones early on so they can be treated before they become a problem.

Call us at Great Lakes Imaging to learn more.