Mammography, Ultrasound and MRI
There are times in a patient’s life when she may need a comprehensive radiology breast assessment: mammography, ultrasound, and MRI. Typically all three type of exams are only required if there is a potential breast issue which needs close and extended examination. Let’s take a look at the common routine for these 3 tests, and discuss their strengths, purposes, and aims.
Ultrasound Helps Detect Lumps
Generally, ultrasound is the first breast test one might undergo. If a routine breast exam–whether completed by yourself or by a physician–indicated signs of…
A great majority of the procedures offered at Vision XRAY are completely painless and non-invasive. But with any type of medical examination or procedure, many patients report experiencing anxiety, nervousness, or tension prior to or during their appointment. Recognising that medical anxiety does exist for a fair number of people, we’ve created this post to offer support for those who do experience these feelings, and compiled a list of tips for relaxing during and before your Vision XRAY appointment.
Knowledge Can Be Power
For many people, fear of the unknown exacerbates their nervousness. If this…
Computed Tomography (CT) Coronary Angiography, or Coronary Artery is a CT scan performed on the coronary arteries and heart chambers. This procedure can provide very detailed images of your heart for the radiologist, and is a very useful diagnostic tool.
How Does the Coronary CT Work?
During your CT scan, you will lie down on a bed which slides into the scanner through an opening. The scanner rotates around your body to produce images, and you may hear some quiet whirring sounds. The scan is painless and non-invasive, and should only take about 20…
Undergoing any procedure involving a needle may make some patients quite nervous, but at Vision XRAY, we handle these types of procedures on a daily basis. Understanding what fine needle aspiration and biopsy entails can be very helpful in calming nerves and helping a patient to feel more secure. This article aims to explore a bit more about these tests and procedures, and hopefully by shedding light on how they work, we can set your mind at ease.
What is biopsy used for?
A biopsy is a procedure which removes a small sample of…
The third trimester is an exciting time, as the moment will soon be arriving for baby’s arrival! Typically in the third trimester, ultrasound scans are not as necessary or as common. There are a few reasons that a third trimester scan might be needed, which we can explore.
A third trimester scan might be required to check the baby’s growth. This is sometimes referred to as a Foetal Wellbeing Scan. This might be performed if earlier scans showed abnormalities in growth which need a followup. If you’ve had previous pregnancies with complications, a third…
So you’re wanting to learn more about a bone densitometry test.
What is it? Who should have the scan? What does the test diagnose?
Bone densitometry scans are more commonly referred to as bone density tests. These tests scan the body to check how dense the patient’s bones are. Denser bones mean stronger, healthier bones. Bones with a lower density may indicate sign of deterioration or potential osteoporosis. Bones that register as having a lower density are more fragile, thus more easily broken in the unfortunate event of an accident.
Not everyone needs a bone…
Around 18-20 weeks, an ultrasound will be performed which is commonly known as the foetal morphology scan. This ultrasound checks your baby to make sure he or she is developing normally. The sonographer will look for any abnormalities in growth. The baby’s size will be measured and heartbeat registered. The location of the placenta will also be determined and the amniotic fluid volume measured.
As with any ultrasound, this is a very safe technology. Ultrasound scans do not utilise any ionising radiation, so they are completely safe for both mother and baby.
During the foetal…
Between the 11th and 14th week of pregnancy, your healthcare provider may suggest a nuchal translucency assessment, commonly known as an NT scan. This very common screening tool helps assess the health of your baby in determining possible chromosomal abnormalities and congenital defects. This test is frequently used to check if your baby is it risk of disorders such as Down Syndrome.
How is the Scan Performed?
The nuchal translucency scan is a very simple, noninvasive procedure which is performed using ultrasound. The NT scan is done between 11- 13wks 6days gestation. At this stage…
Carrying life is an amazing experience for a woman, and many are anxious to see more of their future child via ultrasound scans. As technology has developed and improved greatly over the years, ultrasounds can now provide more information than ever. While later ultrasounds are much increased in detail, even the earliest ultrasounds can present technicians, doctors, and expectant parents with particulars regarding their baby’s growth and health.
5 weeks is the earliest point at which a pregnancy ultrasound can be completed. This ultrasound is typically a transvaginal ultrasound, as an abdominal…
Ultrasound procedures are a common diagnostic tool which uses penetrating sound wave technology to produce images of the interior of the human body. In detecting cancerous lumps, an ultrasound is generally a complementary diagnostic tool alongside an additional scanning method, such as MRI.
Ultrasound procedures can serve as excellent primary diagnostic tools. In the case of the kidneys, for example, an ultrasound examination can identify kidney stones, obstructions, and possible tumors. Ultrasound technology is best utilised for determining structural changes to an organ or region of the body. Ultrasounds detect internal masses…