Diagnostic imaging (radiology) is used to help physicians diagnose and treat most injuries, medical conditions and diseases. Diagnostic imaging creates a digital picture on a computer monitor of a part of the body. Physicians who specialize in radiology examine the image and give information to your physician who determines your treatment. Diagnostic imaging is also used as a screening tool to prevent certain medical conditions and diseases.
Bridgeport Hospital offers advanced imaging technology at the hospital and at many convenient outpatient locations in the greater Bridgeport area. Results are available to your physicians promptly and all major insurance plans are accepted. Physician requisition form is required.
Bone Density Scan
Bone density testing uses X-rays to measure the amount of calcium and minerals in your bones to determine your risk for a bone fracture or osteoporosis.
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CT Scan (Computerized Axial Tomography)
CT uses a series of very thin X-rays and a sliding table to obtain multiple images. Patients will be asked to lie on a table that will slide into the CT scanner. Some CT scans require the use of contrast. Contrast is a medication that acts as a highlighter to show your organs or blood vessels in greater detail.
Fluoroscopy provides detailed images of the upper and lower areas of the body while in movement. These areas include respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems Fluoroscopy is an X-ray and uses a small dose of radiation to generate multiple images.
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Mammography or mammogram is a type of imaging that uses low-dose X-ray to examine breast tissue. There are two types of mammograms.
• Screening mammography is recommended each year to examine breast tissue and check for breast abnormalities.
• Diagnostic mammography may be recommended to further examine an area of concern, lump, cyst or follow-up after a screening mammography.
A new technology called Breast Tomosynthesis or 3-D Mammography can be used in a screening or diagnostic mammography. This new technology allows the radiologist to view the breast in thin "slices" rather than as a whole, which improves the detection of lesions and reduces the need for additional views of the breast.
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An MRI, or magnetic resonance image, produces very clear images of the body without X-rays. Instead, MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce these images. Some MRIs require the use of contrast. Contrast is a medication that acts as a highlighter to show your organs or blood vessels in greater detail.
Nuclear Medicine is a type of diagnostic imaging that provides a detailed picture of what is happening in the body at the molecular and cellular level. This type of imaging may be recommended to determine the presence or severity of a certain medical condition or disease. A radioisotope or radioactive medication is given by IV injection or by mouth. Patients will be asked to lie on a table and a camera will rotate around the patient while taking a series of pictures.
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PET/CT is used to measure the activity of cells. The images produced provide a detailed picture of what is happening in the body at the molecular and cellular level. This type of imaging may be recommended to determine the presence or severity of a certain medical condition or disease. PET/CT uses nuclear medicine and CT scan imaging to create a combination of images from both scans. A radioisotope or radioactive medication is given by IV injection or by mouth. Patients will be asked to lie on a table that will slide into the PET/CT scanner.
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Ultrasound or sonography is a diagnostic exam that uses sound waves to create images of organs, soft tissues, blood vessels and other structures inside the body. You will be asked to lie on a stretcher and will be positioned as needed. The sonographer will apply a water-based gel to the skin while applying firm pressure with an ultrasound transducer or probe to take images of the body part. The pressure applied is necessary to obtain clear images.
X-ray is imaging that produces pictures of soft tissue, bones or organs. The part of the body that is receiving the X-ray is exposed to a small dose of radiation which generates images of the body part at multiple angles. X-ray is used to examine the chest, abdomen, upper and lower extremities.(See Radiation Medicine)