Procedures

Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

MRI

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a procedure that will provide internal images of joints, soft tissue, structure, organs and much more. An MRI uses radio frequency waves and a magnet to create the images.

Because of the different sequences, you will hear various noises throughout the exam. ADI has the quietest scanners available and our experienced technologists pamper their patients with options such as music, warm blankets and cushions to make the experience as stress free as possible. At ADI, patients are in direct communication with the technologist through an intercom and a call alert button in case the patient needs assistance during the exam.

Let your doctor know if you are claustrophobic. Your physician can order sedation prior to your appointment at ADI.

An MRI can take up to one hour or longer. Sometimes an intravenous contrast is given to determine normal from abnormal tissue.

ADI’s MRI scanners provide the highest quality images available.

For more information, contact ADI today.


CT Scan (CAT Scan)

A CT scan is a low dose, faster kind of X-Ray imaging in which a thin x-ray beam rotates around the patient allowing doctors to see highly detailed images. ADI’s computer combines the images to form highly detailed three-dimensional pictures of the body. This type of imaging significantly helps the physician in determining a diagnosis.

The most common CT scans ordered will be of head, chest, abdomen, or pelvis. Sometimes multiple CT scans are done at the same time, (i.e. the chest and abdomen). Most times, an intravenous dye is given to help the doctors determine normal from abnormal findings.  You will feel warm while the contrast is injected, but it only lasts for a minute.

If your doctor wants to scan your abdomen, you will have to drink a glass of oral contrast 1 hour prior and another glass 30 minutes prior to the scan. For CT scans with contrast, it is recommended that you do not eat or drink 4 to 6 hours before the scan (except for the contrast for the scan). A CT scan usually only takes 10 to 15 minutes once you are prepped for it.

About The Test

How The Test Is Performed

You will be asked to lie on a table that slides into the center of the scanner.

How The Test Will Feel

The process is fairly painless. If contrast dye is to be administered, an IV will need to be placed in a small vein of a hand or arm or foot.

Why The Test Is Performed

CT provides rapid, detailed images of the patient that can then be reconstructed into three-dimensional images. Intravenous contrast improves evaluation of vessels and improves detection of tumors.

What The Risks Are

CT scans and other x-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. The risk associated with any individual scan is small. If IV contrast is injected, a risk of an allergic reaction in minimal. Statistics will be explained at time of testing.


Bone Scan

A bone scan is a test that checks for a variety of bone diseases, including cancer, stress fractures, fractures, and bone infection. A bone scan consists of an injection of a small amount of a radioactive substance similar to calcium that attaches to the bone. The tracer needs to circulate through the body for approximately 3 hours before the images are obtained. You are free to leave the imaging center during the 3 hours. The images will take about 45 minutes upon returning. There is no special preparation for a bone scan and we encourage ample hydration for the scan.


Hepatobiliary Scan (Hida Scan)

A Hida scan is an exam which allows for the determination of the functioning of the gallbladder. Typically an ultrasound can be done prior to a Hida scan. A Hida scan consists of an injection through an I.V. of a small amount of a radioactive tracer which allows the camera to see the process of the liver producing bile (which is what the gallbladder stores). It takes about 1 hour for this process to occur. Images will be performed during this time. Once the gallbladder is filled with bile, a second injection will be given of an enzyme which the body naturally produces. This is infused slowly over 15 minutes. Images are acquired for up to 45 minutes during the second part of this exam to image the gallbladder working. A computer program is then run to calculate how well the gallbladder is functioning. From start to finish, this exam will take about 2 hours. A DVD can be brought and watched during this exam. No food or drink for 6 hours prior to the exam.


Other Scans

Kidney Scans

Images how the kidneys are functioning. Can take up to 1 hour. No special preparation for this exam is needed.

Thyroid Scan

This exam evaluates “hot” or “cold” thyroid nodules. Can take up to 1 hour. No special preparation for this exam is needed.

Gastric Emptying Scan

Determines how quickly the stomach empties food. Can take up to 2.5 hours. Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to this exam.

Parathyroid Scan

Checks to see if there is a parathyroid adenoma. Can take up to 3.5 hours. No special preparation for this exam is needed.