Novomed Specialized Clinics recognizes that imaging procedures are one of the most valuable resources our specialists have to diagnose and advise patients. For this reason, our radiologists are experts in their field, offering specialized forms of imaging such as thermography and neuroimaging, alongside X-rays, MRIs and CT scans.

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Our Services Include:

  • Women’s imaging
  • Breast imaging, including thermography
  • Breast biopsy
  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Neuroimaging
  • X-rays

What is the Difference Between a CT Scan, MRI and Ultrasound?

computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-rays taken from different angles to make detailed picture of a part of your body, for example, organs, blood vessels, bones and the spinal cord. To have the scan, you lie down on a table attached to the scanner, which sends X-rays through the body part being studied. Each scanner rotation takes an image of a thin slice of the body part, and then all of these images are combined and can be printed.  The scan is used both for diagnosis and to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to take detailed images of a body part such as organs, tissues and skeletal system. Unlike a CT scan, or x-rays, an MRI does not use radiation. The scan can be used both for diagnosis of an illness or injury, and to monitor how well you are responding to treatment.

Ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of a body part. To form an image, an instrument called a transducer sends out high-frequency sound, and then records the echoes as the sound waves bounce back. This helps to determine the size, shape, and consistency of soft tissues and organs. The information is relayed to a computer screen in real time. The image created is used to diagnose conditions and to guide doctors through medical procedures.

Mammograms and Thermography

During a mammogram, the breast is compressed between two plates and an X-ray is transmitted through the breast tissue. The images that are captured are called mammograms. ‘Screening mammograms’ normally involve two or more x-rays of each breast. The images often make it possible to detect tumors that can’t be felt, and can also find microcalcifications, which sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer. ‘Diagnostic mammograms’ capture more x-ray images of the breasts in order to obtain views from several angles. The technologist might also magnify a suspicious area to assist the doctor in the diagnosis.

Thermography may be useful in checking the health of the breasts, and a fuller picture can be obtained if they are checked using ultrasound as well. Thermography doesn’t use radiation, but instead detects and records changes in temperature on the skin’s surface. Digital infrared thermal imaging takes photos of the breasts with an infrared thermal camera, which shows the different temperatures as a sort of heat map. The presence of a cancerous growth is associated with the excessive formation of blood vessels and inflammation in the breast tissue. These show up on the infrared image as areas with a higher skin temperature.