The following is only a partial listing of available services that Radiology Associates of Poughkeepsie, PLLC
. (RAP) performs. If you were referred for an exam not listed below, please call for more information.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging generates high-resolution images of the body from a variety of angles by using a magnetic field, and radio waves. MRI can generate information about the brain, spine, joints and internal organs that may not be easily obtainable from other tests. It is a very reliable tool that produces high quality images that can lead to the early detection and treatment of disease.
CT Scan (Computed Tomography)
A CT Scan is a process that combines a digital computer with X-Rays. Using an X-Ray beam, it creates detailed, cross-sectional images of various parts of the body, such as the lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, pelvis, extremities, brain, spine, and blood vessels, and sends them to a computer for viewing. Multislice technology acquires multiple cross sections simultaneously, resulting in significantly shorter scan times. Sophisticated results, often presented in 3-D, can be made available to you shortly after an exam is completed.
Computed Radiography (Digital X-Ray, including Fluoroscopy)
A Computed radiography is a system that brings the power of computers to image acquisition, processing, display and management. This technique captures an image on a filmless cassette, and then electronically stores it for analysis. CR offers significant diagnostic quality advantages over conventional film/screen methods.
PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan
A PET is a powerful diagnostic tool that shows how the cells of the body are functioning. A PET scan detects biochemical changes after a small amount of glucose containing radioactive molecules is injected into the body. These molecules allow the measurement of metabolic activity in the body that the computer records and converts into images for diagnostic purposes.
PET scans are most often used to detect tumors, brain disorders and heart disease. They can determine whether a tumor is malignant or not, whether cancer has spread and how it is responding to radiation or chemo-therapy. PET scans are also used to evaluate the damage from a heart attack, and locate the area in the brain that may be the source of epileptic seizures or Alzheimer's disease. PET is the most sensitive modality for the detection and evaluation of malignant tumors.
PET scans overlapped onto CT scans (PET/CT fusion), represents an advance in medical imaging which can better detect the spread of a disease as well as determine the effectiveness of a chosen treatment regimen.
Nuclear Medicine consists of both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Nuclear medicine diagnostic tests use small amounts of different radioactive tracers to determine the function of the heart, lungs, thyroid, kidneys, gallbladder, liver and brain. A special gamma camera detects the radioactive emissions from these organs and sends the signals to a computer that creates two- and three-dimensional images. This process is referred to as Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography or (SPECT). SPECT is different from CT scans because it shows the chemical and physiological processes of the organs.
Ultrasound utilizes sound waves that produce images of the internal structures of the body. It is used to examine breast tissue, view abdominal and pelvic structures, and evaluate blood flow and cardiac function. It can also determine a due date for pregnancy and monitor fetal growth.
Echocardiography is a non-invasive, highly accurate assessment of the cardiac valve area and function using ultrasound. In addition to creating 2-D pictures of the cardiovascular system, the echocardiogram produces an accurate assessment of the velocity of blood and cardiac tissue at any arbitrary point using pulsed or continuous wave Doppler.
Digital Mammography is a highly sensitive diagnostic tool that can assist in the very early detection of breast cancer. With a single data set, it allows the physician to zoom in, magnify, and visualize different parts of breast tissue. Our women’s imaging technologies contribute to a greater clarity of vision to help in rapid and accurate diagnosis.
A Bone Mineral Density (BMD) scan is a painless, noninvasive and safe way to measure bone mass and pinpoint those at risk for osteopenia or osteoporosis. It also monitors response to an osteoporosis treatment. The tests measure bone density in the spine, hip, and/or wrist, the most common sites of fracture due to osteoporosis.
Stress Nuclear Imaging
This nuclear study reflects myocardial flow in coronary arteries. Stress nuclear imaging is the most commonly used non-invasive, widely available test for assessing myocardial perfusion directly.
CTA Coronary Arteries
Coronary CTA is a non-invasive heart imaging test used to determine whether fatty plaque or calcium deposits have built up in the coronary arteries. This study is also used to determine if there is narrowing of the coronary arteries.
MRI Cardiac Function
Cardiac MRI is a non-invasive procedure that uses powerful magnetic waves and radio frequencies to produce highly detailed pictures and movies of the heart without the use of ionizing radiation.
PET Myocardial Viability
PET Myocardial Viability is used to determine whether a portion of the heart muscle is alive. This procedure is regarded as the "gold standard" of imaging to determine if cardiac transplantation or revascularization is necessary.
A GI Series is a series of X-Rays that provide a study of the esophagus (tube from the mouth to stomach), stomach, and part of the small intestine.
Myelography is the term applied to radiologic examinations of the central nervous structures within the spinal canal. Myelography’s main application today is to demonstrate herniated intervertebral discs.
IVP is a series of X-Rays of the abdomen which examines the function and anatomy of the kidneys, ureter and bladder.
Interventional Radiology is a subspecialty of Radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance.
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