MRI—or Magnetic Resonance Imaging—uses a strong magnetic field in conjunction with radio waves to capture a detailed cross-section of specific organs and tissues, giving your doctor a clear picture of what’s happening in your body. MRIs help doctors diagnose a range of conditions and abnormalities in soft tissues like organs, cartilage, and muscles.
A computerized tomography, or CT scan, is essentially an x-ray machine that uses radiation to take pictures—called slices—of the body from different angles. Those slices are then combined into a single 3D image. With various cross-sectional images of bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues, CT scans provide a more detailed look at your body than an x-ray. Allowing for detailed, 3D glimpses of your body’s internal structures, CT scans are often great diagnostic options.
Capturing pictures of your internal structures, quickly and painlessly, x-rays are one of the most common diagnostic tests available. Mainly used for bone imaging, x-rays can help diagnose fractures, arthritis, osteoporosis, and bone cancer. They’re also used to detect lung infections, heart issues, blocked blood vessels, and foreign objects that may have been ingested.
Also called sonography, ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to look at internal organs like the heart, blood vessels, liver, and kidneys. Ultrasounds are also commonly used during pregnancy to check the health of the fetus. Displaying sound wave echos in real-time, ultrasounds can capture motion, like blood flow and organ movement. During the procedure, technologists will snap images that are then assessed and analyzed by our radiologists.