Scan Lab offers New Bedford physicians a wide range of diagnostic scanning tests. Due to the high cost of scanning equipment for occasional use, most small clinics and practices use an outside service provider for scanning needs. The following scans will be offered:
- X-Ray: An X-ray uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs on film. X-rays are used for numerous reasons but work best to find tumors or bone injuries.
- Ultrasound: This technology sends sound waves into the body, recording the reflection. Ultrasound is used for a detailed assessment of blood flow and for views of soft tissue and anatomical body structure.
- CAT Scan: This is a diagnostic technology that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images ("slices") in a horizontal and vertical orientation. A CAT scan can show detailed images of any part of the body including bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CAT scans are more detailed than traditional x-rays and have lower releases of radiation. CAT scans are often used to diagnose tumors, evaluate internal bleeding or investigate internal injuries or damage.
- MRI: This technology harnesses magnetic energy. The patient is placed in a tube or on a bed where magnetic fields are applied to the body. The reaction by the body when the magnetic fields are applied and relaxed are noted by a computer which has been recording data throughout the process. MRIs are the premier scanning device for extremities, especially joints, as well as for imaging the upper spine and lower back.
Diagnostic scanning requires proper analysis by a radiologist to analyze the scans.