What Are Imaging & Diagnostics Services?
Imaging and diagnostic services play a crucial role in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. When you choose Cameron Hospital’s Imaging Center, you will find the same cutting-edge, modern equipment and technology you would expect at a hospital located in a large city. You also get outstanding care from experienced, board-certified radiologists and staff.
Imaging Services at Cameron Hospital
The acronym MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. During this diagnostic imaging technique, powerful magnets and radio waves capture images from inside the body, creating cross-sectional images of the body’s physiological processes and anatomy. This imaging technique allows doctors to diagnose diseases and conditions, and detect injuries all over the body.
A breast MRI is used to scan breast tissue. This imaging technique is used to look for abnormalities in the breast and its surrounding tissue. Strong magnetic fields and radio waves capture images of the tissue in the breast. A breast MRI can assist doctors with diagnosing various diseases of the breast, with monitoring breast tissue abnormalities, evaluating silicone breast implants and detecting malformations within the breast.
PET/CT stands for Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography and is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. It uses a radiotracer, a computer, and a camera to capture 3D images from inside the body. This scan can show how the internal tissues and organs are functioning. Oncologists frequently use PET/CT scans to detect tumors and surveil cancer.
CT (CAT Scan)
CT stands for Computed Tomography and is an imaging technique that uses X-rays and a computer to create highly detailed 3D images of the bones, tissues and organs. Doctors can use this scan to look for abnormalities throughout the spine, to find internal injuries, look for blood clots, monitor heart disease and as a guide while performing certain procedures.
3D Mammography (aka 3D Mammogram)
This imaging technique involves the use of X-rays to identify abnormalities in breast tissue. 3D Mammograms capture cross-sectional images of the individual layers of tissue. Radiologists closely examine these images. 3D Mammography is usually used for the detection of cancer.
High-frequency sound waves are used to view real-time images of inside the body. During an Ultrasound, the movement of the internal organs and blood can be seen. Unlike X-rays, an Ultrasound does not require the patient be exposed to ionizing radiation. Ultrasounds allow doctors to assess, diagnose, and treat medical conditions. In addition, Ultrasounds are used to monitor the progression of a pregnancy and evaluate the fetus.
This is a type of therapeutic cancer treatment that uses radioactive drugs that bind with cancerous cells and demolish them. People who experience prostate cancer, meningiomas, lymphoma, thyroid cancer, and neuroendocrine tumors can benefit from nuclear medicine. This treatment has been proven to ease symptoms and extend patients’ lives.
Fluoroscopy is an X-ray that displays internal tissues, organs, and other structures as they move in real time. This imaging technique shows the body in action. With Fluoroscopy, doctors can evaluate the reproductive, cardiovascular and digestive systems or to prepare for another medical procedure that requires imaging.
DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. This scan is a bone-density test, which means that it measures the mineral content of certain bones in the body. Although a decrease in bone density is a common side-effect of the natural aging process, patients with low bone mass and deteriorating bone tissue may have or be at risk for osteoporosis.
General Radiography (Traditional X-ray)
General Radiography utilizes multiple X-rays scanning through the body to create an image. X-rays are 2D images with varying shades of gray. The shade depends on the density of the tissue and the energy level of the X-ray. Thicker tissues will appear lighter (e.g., bone), while thinner tissues will appear much darker, nearly black (e.g., soft tissue of the neck).
Cameron Hospital Breast Health Program
Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, in conjunction with the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, is proud to offer an exclusive Breast Health Program. Designed for women who are uninsured or underinsured, this program provides high-tech breast imaging services at the Women’s Center of Cameron Hospital.
Located within Cameron Hospital, the Women’s Center is a single destination for all breast imaging services, offering mammography and ultrasound in a comfortable and private setting. Diagnostic images are prepared while you wait, so you get the answers you need prior to leaving.
Why See a Breast Health Specialist?
Breast cancer is often missed during annual visits to the gynecologist as well as during monthly breast exams, and physically detecting a lump can be challenging. However, traditional mammograms, breast MRIs, 3D mammography and digital mammograms offer physicians a way to detect cancer while it is still in its early stages.
When considering a woman’s breast health, imaging tests serve as a key factor in the quick diagnosis of breast issues. A quicker diagnosis frequently translates into a more successful treatment outcome. Furthermore, besides breast cancer, there are other potentially life-threatening diseases that can be detected using these state-of-the-art imaging techniques, including lymphoma and thyroid cancer.
What to Look for in a Breast Health Specialist
If you are looking for a breast cancer specialist, credentials are extremely important. The breast cancer specialist you choose must have the training and experience necessary to treat your cancer.
Your specialist should openly answer any questions you have related to your diagnosis, treatment and potential outcome. Communication builds trust, which is a very important aspect of the patient-physician relationship. Feeling comfortable with your specialist may help reduce the anxiety that frequently accompanies moving through the cancer diagnosis and treatment process.
Whether you need to have your routine mammogram, an MRI to evaluate silicone breast implants, a diagnostic test or treatment, Cameron Hospital’s physicians provide each of our patients with open communication in a professional and welcoming environment.