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The latest imaging services, conveniently available at our Norwood facility.
When a patient is not feeling well or experiencing unusual symptoms, an early diagnosis is essential to recovery. Our imaging technology provides accurate diagnostics for identifying, treating and monitoring conditions.
Services and treatments offered:
During CT imaging, the patient lies on a table that passes inside the scanner while an x-ray tube rotates around. With each rotation, the x-ray produces a single cross-sectional “slice,” allowing the physician to see different planes of the body.
A CT scan can take about 10 to 30 minutes. The patient should not eat or drink for four hours before the appointment. The patient may be asked to drink an oral contrast, or the tech may place an IV to inject a contrast dye, to better see the blood vessels and organs in the abdomen/pelvis area. The physician may also require blood work to check the function of the kidneys prior to IV contrast.
For the exam, a CT technologist will have the patient lay on the table. The table will be guided into the scanning unit – a machine with a large circular opening in the center. The opening of a CT scanner is relatively large when compared with that of an MRI, and the patient’s head, arms and legs extend outside of the machine, so the patient is less likely to feel claustrophobic.
After the procedure:
After the CT scan is complete, the patient can resume a normal diet. If given a contrast dye, the patient should drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids. Diabetic patients will be given further instructions about when to resume certain medications.
An ultrasound is a relatively fast procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture internal images. Most ultrasounds (or sonograms) are completed within 20 to 30 minutes. Generally, no preparation is necessary, with the following exceptions:
The test is painless and takes about 15 minutes. The patient lays on the table while the technologist positions them to scan the spine and hips. Once a diagnosis has been made, the physician may prescribe medication or a variety of treatments that include dietary supplements and exercise.