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  • 05.24.13

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    Scans allow doctors to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Here’s a bit more about each scan:

    Computed Tomography: CT scans combine multiple X-ray images taken from different angles to produce precise, 3-D views of certain parts of the body. CT is often the preferred method of diagnosing many cancers, such as liver, lung and pancreatic cancers. Learn more.

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging:  MRIs create detailed images of organs and tissues and have proven to be highly effective in diagnosing a number of conditions by showing the difference between normal and diseased soft tissues of the body. MRI scans often used to evaluate, blood vessels, breasts, organs in the pelvis, chest and abdomen, tendon and ligament tears, spinal injuries and bones and joints. Learn more.

    Positron Emission Tomography: Physicians use PET imaging to determine how tissues and organs are functioning. PET is often used to evaluate neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis, heart conditions, cancer and effectiveness of treatments. Learn more.

    Ultrasound: Diagnostic ultrasound sends sound waves into the body and is able to convert the returning sound echoes into a picture. Ultrasound is often used to evaluate pregnancy, abnormalities in the heart and blood vessels, organs in the pelvis and abdomen and symptoms of pain, swelling and infection. Learn more.

    Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy is used to treat a wide range of cancers by delivering highly targeted radiation to cancerous cells, destroying their ability to grow and divide while leaving healthy cells intact.

    X-ray: X-ray technology is the oldest and most commonly used form of medical imaging. X-ray images are typically used to evaluate broken bones, lungs, blood vessels and breasts (mammography). Learn more.

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