Harbin Clinic Imaging Cartersville
Available Imaging Services
Bone Density Scan (Dexa)
Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) is the preferred technique for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).
CT (Computer Tomography) or CAT Scan
CT scans involve directing a thin X-ray beam at a precise area of the body. CT is useful in detecting tumors and other structural abnormalities.
Echocardiography is a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle. Echo is used to diagnose certain cardiovascular diseases.
Yearly mammograms are recommended for all women over the age 40. Mammography is a quick and generally painless test that usually takes less than 20 minutes.
Screening Mammography is a test that is used for women that have no signs of breast cancer. The radiologist will compare the films to previous years to see if there are any changes on the current images. If there changes such as masses or calcifications they will have the patient comes back for a Diagnostic Mammogram.
Diagnostic Mammography is used for women that have symptoms of breast disease, a palpable mass or additional imaging. An Ultrasound of the breast may also be performed to determine if a lump is a cyst or a tumor and whether a tumor is more likely to be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
The value of mammography is early detection. Early detection saves lives and, in many cases, also saves the woman's breast by identifying the cancer at a very early stage when it is most easily treated and is not life threatening. To make an appointment for mammography, you will must have an order from your healthcare provider.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
MRI uses radio waves and a powerful magnet to create images of muscles, bone joints, organs, and arteries. MRI is the most advanced imaging technology available today and is considered safer than other imaging techniques because it is non-invasive and does not use radiation.
Nuclear medicine is a safe, painless, and cost-effective technique to image the body and treat disease. It is unique, because it provides doctors with information about both structure and function.
Nuclear Stress Test (Thallium Stress Test)
Thallium stress test is a nuclear imaging method that shows how well blood flows into the heart muscle, both at rest and during activity. The test is done to see whether your heart muscle is getting enough blood flow, and therefore enough oxygen, when it is working hard (under stress).
Routine Imaging (X-rays)
Diagnostic x-rays are useful in detecting abnormalities within the body. A painless, non-invasive way to help diagnose problems such as broken bones, tumors and the presence of foreign bodies.
In the field of obstetrics, an ultrasound (sonogram or sonar) is the use of high-frequency sound waves to visualize the fetus, placenta, and other pelvic structures on a monitor screen. The patient can also view these images during the examination.
4D OB Ultrasounds
4D fetal ultrasounds are similar to 3D scans, with the difference associated with time: 4D allows a 3-dimensional picture in real time, rather than delayed, due to the lag associated with the computer constructed image, as in classic 3-dimensional ultrasound.
A vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to evaluate the body's circulatory system and identify blockages in arteries and veins.