|Basically, they’re computerized images of the body that allow doctors to better “see” what’s going on inside. |
Let’s take a digital X-ray as an example. Traditionally, when an X-ray is taken, film must be developed before the image can be viewed. With a digital X-ray, however, there is no film. The image is converted directly into electronic bits of information that are stored in a computer where they can be viewed and enlarged for closer study. The image can even be e-mailed over secured lines.
How does this benefit you, the patient? For one thing, you save time. With a digital X-ray, there’s less waiting around for film to be developed. So you’re in and out in minutes. And because the digital image can be transmitted electronically, it can easily be sent to another doctor or specialist for consultation.
Another benefit is enhanced detection. The amount of information that can now be seen through digital images is truly amazing. With an MRI, for instance, doctors can see the body’s internal structures in not just one, but three dimensions, with clarity. It’s an invaluable tool for finding very small or intricate abnormalities.
At Dupont Hospital, our digital diagnostic offerings include:
• MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) — An MRI allows physicians to see portions of the body with precise clarity. Unlike a one-dimensional X-ray, an MRI provides a robust, full-image view. It lets physicians accurately measure size in three dimensions, accurately map locations within the body, and assess the health of surrounding organs and tissue. MRIs do not use radiation.
• CT Scans — Computerized tomography (CT, CT scan, CAT scan) is an X-ray technique that produces more detailed images than conventional X-rays. With CT scans, a computer translates information from X-rays into thin sections of images or “slices” of your body at different levels. Because of their speed and visualization of soft tissue structures, CT scans are invaluable in detecting trauma to the brain and abdomen.
• Nuclear Imaging — With nuclear imaging, the patient is given a small dose of radioactive material, either by mouth or IV. This material then highlights specific parts of your body during the scanning process. Using this technique, doctors can see images that may be undetectable with other forms of imaging.
• Mammography — Mammography is an X-ray technique that is used to detect breast cancer. For the comfort of our patients, Dupont also offers MammoPad™, a unique foam pad that helps reduce the discomfort some women feel during the imaging process. In addition, all Dupont mammograms go through the R2 ImageChecker®, a computer-aided detection system that helps screen for abnormalities that may not be visible to the human eye. Dupont also offers breast ultrasound and stereotactic core biopsy.
• Ultrasound — Ultrasound imaging uses high frequency sound waves instead of X-rays to see inside the body. The reflected soundwave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. Ultrasound technology is particularly useful in viewing a developing fetus and in diagnosing heart damage.
For more information, contact Dupont Hospital at 260-416-3000 or visit our website at www.theduponthospital.com. Mammograms may be scheduled without a doctor’s referral. For all other diagnostic services, ask your doctor about Dupont Hospital.