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Diagnostic Imaging

Sophisticated Imaging for Accurate Diagnosis

Imaging tests are used for diagnosis and to evaluate how treatments are working. At Benefis, we offer the latest imaging approaches performed by a team of board-certified radiologists, imaging technologists, and specialized nurses. We provide accurate results as quickly as possible while ensuring your comfort and safety.  

We offer the region’s most advanced technology. That means your doctor gets results faster, so treatment can begin sooner. Your care team can access diagnostic-quality images electronically anywhere, anytime to give you coordinated, efficient care.

Comprehensive Imaging Services

Imaging is used to diagnose disease or injury, guide treatment, and evaluate how treatments are working. We offer a wide range of imaging procedures:

Computed Tomography (CT). CT scans use X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of various parts of your body.

A CT scan uses many X-ray beams to take cross-sectional pictures, called slices, that are combined to create a detailed image. Sometimes, a CT is done using a dye (contrast solution) to make certain areas stand out. You either swallow the contrast solution or receive it intravenously (IV).

We use CT for a variety of procedures, including:

  • Cardiac CT – Looks at the heart
  • Coronary CT angiogram – Examines arteries that supply blood to the heart
  • Calcium-score screening heart-scan – Measures the amount of plaque (waxy buildup) in your arteries

Fluoroscopy. This type of X-ray exam creates real-time images of areas inside your body.

Unlike a standard X-ray, which provides a single image, fluoroscopy takes multiple X-rays that are viewed on a monitor as a video. It can be used to guide spine and joint treatments, place devices such as catheters, examine the gastrointestinal tract, and other procedures.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). An MRI creates images using a powerful magnet, radio waves, and a computer.

MRI scans can show large areas of the body in a single image. They’re used to diagnose many conditions, such as bone and joint injuries, cancer, abdominal diseases, and more. At the Benefis Breast Center, we use breast MRI to look at abnormalities discovered during a screening mammogram.

Because MRI creates a magnetic field, people with metal devices or implants – such as an artificial joint or pacemaker – can’t have an MRI.  

Interventional Radiology (Angiography). This minimally invasive approach examines the inside of your blood vessels.

Angiography uses a thin, flexible tube (catheter) inserted through a tiny incision in your upper thigh or arm to look inside your blood vessels for blockages or damage. Restricted blood flow can cause serious problems, such as a heart attack or stroke.

Your doctor may recommend an angiogram if you have chest pain, abnormal results on a stress test, or a heart defect or a heart valve problem. 

Nuclear Medicine. Nuclear imaging uses a small amount of radioactive material (tracer) to look for disease.

Nuclear imaging examines the function of organs and tissues, including the abdomen, brain, heart, lungs, and thyroid. It can also be used to look for infection or other abnormalities in bones.

The radioactive tracer, which is either swallowed or injected into a vein, is detected with special cameras. The tracer is absorbed by your body and collects in areas of increased chemical activity – a sign of disease.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)/CT. A PET/CT scan combines nuclear medicine and CT to examine the function of organs and tissues.

A PET/CT combines images from each approach to provide 3D pictures for a more precise diagnosis. It offers more information than a nuclear medicine scan and a CT or MRI alone.

The scan can show early changes to your cells before abnormalities occur in your organs or tissues. It’s used to detect diseases or evaluate the progress of treatment for conditions such as:

  • Brain disorders, including tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, or other types of dementia
  • Cancer
  • Heart and vascular disease
  • Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or seizure disorders 

Ultrasound. Also known as sonography, ultrasound uses sound waves to create live pictures.

Ultrasound transmits high-frequency sound waves through body tissues to create moving and still pictures. It’s used routinely during pregnancy exams to monitor the health of a developing baby, but it’s also used to diagnose problems throughout the body, including:

  • Abdominal pain and symptoms
  • Breast abnormalities
  • Disorders that affect children’s pelvic organs
  • Heart problems
  • Joint and muscle conditions
  • Prostate diseases
  • Women’s pelvic disorders