In many ways a CT Scan or Computed Axial Tomography is like other x-rays. Small, controlled amounts of x-ray radiation are passed through the body. Different tissues absorb radiation at different rates. With this scan, we get a very detailed, multidimensional view of the body’s interior.
PET is a powerful diagnostic tool that, in many cases, renders answers that other imaging tests may not provide. This non-invasive procedure helps physicians with their diagnosis and treatment of some types of cancer, heart disease, and diseases associated with the brain.
Biochemical changes are detected by a PET scan after a compound that contains radioactive molecules, bound to a sugar-like substance, is injected into the body. These molecules provide the tracers that allow the measurement of metabolic activity within the body. A computer records this information, and converts it into pictures for diagnostic purposes.
PET scans are effective for a wide variety of applications. But when the results of PET scans are “fused” together with CT scans, the combined image provides complete information on cancer location and metabolism. PET detects metabolic signals in the body while CT provides a detailed picture of the internal anatomy, revealing the location, size, and shape of cellular activity.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI utilizes computers and magnetic fields, rather than radiation, to provide safe and non-invasive images of the human anatomy.
Our ultrasound system’s powerful imaging capabilities support a variety of common exams, including vascular, abdominal, gynaecological and pelvic. It also provides advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities, including the popular 4D “baby face” ultrasound. A flat panel wall-mounted monitor will allow patients to see their ultrasound exam in real-time. This new 4-D imaging technology allows patients to view the unborn child in 3-dimensional, clear, life-like images of the baby. The video image of the baby appears in real-time (the fourth dimension), showing a true image of the baby as it moves and develops in the womb.
For obstetrics patients to experience the excitement of the 4D “baby face”, a complete diagnostic ultrasound exam is required. The “baby face” image is best when viewed between 26 and 30 weeks. PMC will provide a CD containing the ultrasound pictures, which the patient can then take home to view and print or take to any store with photo printing capabilities.