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Imaging Center

Imaging Center

The latest imaging services, conveniently available at our Norwood facility.

When a patient is not feeling well or experiencing unusual symptoms, a fast and early diagnosis is crucial to recovery. Our imaging technology provides among the fastest and most accurate diagnostics for identifying, treating and monitoring conditions.

Services and treatments offered:

  • CT scans: This imaging technique produces

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    cross-sectional images of the anatomy.

    Computed tomography (CT) is a sophisticated imaging technique that reveals the anatomy at different levels. It is performed to screen for and diagnose many conditions, including kidney stones and conditions that may cause bleeding, as well as other diseases involving the bladder, lymph nodes, kidneys and other intra-abdominal organs.

    During CT imaging, the X-ray source rotates around the patient and the table moves out of the machine. Each rotation produces a single cross-sectional “slice” that allows the physician to see different planes of the body.

    The Procedure:
    The CT scan can take about 10 to 30 minutes. You should not eat for four hours before the appointment, though non-caffeinated clear liquids are permitted, unless scheduled for another procedure requiring anesthesia. If needed, you may be asked to drink an oral contrast to help aid in the visualization of your digestive system. The physician may also require an IV to be started and an injection of contrast dye in order to better see the blood vessels and urinary collecting system. The contrast agent is made from iodine and most people generally feel warm all over and may experience a metallic taste in their mouths. Please inform your physician and technologist of any food or medication allergies. Blood work may also be needed before an exam.

    For the exam, a CT technologist will position you on the scanning table and secure you with a safety strap. 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 you are less likely to feel claustrophobic.

    As the scanning happens, you will be asked to hold very still. Even slight movements can blur the image. You will be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds at a time.

    After the procedure:
    After the CT scan is complete, you will be allowed to resume your normal diet, though you will be encouraged to drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids if you were given a contrast dye. Diabetic patients will be given further instructions about when to resume certain medications.

    A radiologist will read your CT scan and the report will be sent to your urologist.

  • X-rays: We offer KUB (kidney, ureter and bladder) xray imaging onsite.
  • Ultrasound: The use of high-frequency sound waves to capture internal images.

    An Ultrasound is a type of imaging that uses ultrasonic waves to produce images that are used to diagnose a wide range of diseases and conditions, including cancer, kidney blockage, cysts and urinary tract infections (by identifying kidney and/or bladder issues).

    The Procedure:
    An Ultrasound is relatively fast procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture internal images. A water-soluble gel will be applied to the skin over the examination area to aid in the transmission of the sound waves. You will be asked to move about on the table and to hold your breath for periods of time. Most ultrasounds (or sonograms) are completed within 20 to 30 minutes. Generally, no preparation is necessary, with the following exceptions: 


    • Kidney: We request you not empty your bladder one hour prior to your exam so we may visualize your urinary bladder.
    • Upper abdomen (i.e. gallbladder, pancreas, liver): You must have nothing to eat or drink for eight hours before the procedure.
    • Pelvic exam: Your bladder must be full prior to the procedure, so you should drink 32 ounces of liquid (avoid milk and juices with pulp) and finish one hour prior to your scheduled exam time.
  • DEXA (bone density testing): A special kind of X-ray that measures the bone’s calcium content. It is especially important for some men who are being treated with hormone therapy for prostate cancer.

    A DEXA is a special kind of X-ray that measures a patient’s bone mineral density (BMD). It may be recommended for patients on hormone therapy for prostate cancer, because the medicine may cause osteoporosis in some men. The test enables the physician to determine the bone mineral density and risk of fractures to the bones.

    The test is painless, simple and takes approximately fifteen minutes. The most common method involves a dual-energy X-ray absorpitometry, also known as a DEXA scan. Once a diagnosis has been made, the physician is likely to prescribe medication or a variety of treatments that include dietary supplements and exercise.

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