MEDICAL IMAGING and PET/ CT Scan
A breakthrough in the world of modern medicine, Medical Imaging is the overall process that leads to the creation of visual representation and scans of the inside of the body. Often required for clinical analysis and diagnosis, it allows doctors and physicians to assess the functions of internal organs and tissues and find signs of disorder or damage.
Often required by nearly every department at the American Hospital Dubai, it seeks to reveal the internal structures of the human body that are hidden by our skin and bones in order to assess and develop the correct treatment plans for all kinds of different conditions.
The first real use of medical imaging was to determine the anatomy of a normal internal body and physiology, in order to have to some grounds of comparison to determine and identify disorders and anomalies in ill individuals.
Medical Imaging holds many technologies under its umbrella, encompassing a number of modern developments that allow doctors to scan different parts of the body for a diverse number of reasons, and using a wide array of machines and tools.
American Hospital Dubai’s Medical Imaging department possesses the most advanced machinery and state-of-the-art equipment.
Medical Imaging – Scans or Diagnostic Test provided by AHDubai are as follows
Magnetic Resonance Imaging – MRI
Shaped like a small tunnel wide enough to fit one adult body, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a physical examination that utilizes a magnetic field and radio wave energy to form pictures of organs and physiology beneath the human skin and bones.
At times more conclusive that other imaging processes such as ultrasounds or CT scans, MRIs feed different information about the structural formation of the human anatomy, often allowing physicians to identify anomalies and irregularities that cannot be assessed with other machinery.
The MRI test requires the human body to be placed inside a wide tube or tunnel, saving digital images and scans and storing them on the hospital database for closer inspection. The scans can be printed when needed.
Computed Tomography (64-slice CT Scan)
Sometimes referred to as Computerized Tomography or Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT Scan), Computed Tomography – commonly known as a CT Scan – is an imaging procedure that requires special x-ray equipment and tools to provide scans and photographs of the internal body structure.
CT Scans are commonly required for cancer patients in order to identify the cancer type and assess the damage to develop a solid treatment plan. Computed Tomography is also required to diagnose blood diseases and circulatory conditions like atherosclerosis, but also blood vessel aneurysms, blood clots, spinal disorders, kidney and bladder stone infections, abscesses, inflammatory diseases, overall injuries to the head and internal organs, and bone fractures and fissures.
A viably safe option for both younger patients as well as adults, the procedure requires the individual to lie still on a table as it navigates its way at the center of a large x-ray loop.
Advanced SPECT CT Scan
Short for Single-Photon Emission Computerized Tomography, a SPECT Scan is a different form of medical imaging that enables physicians and doctors to assess and analyze the functionality of different internal organs. As part of the spectrum of nuclear imaging tests, it utilizes a radioactive substance and specialized cameras to develop accurate 3D renderings of the organs beneath our skin.
An Advanced SPECT CT Scan is different from regular imagine tests in that it can present physicians with a chance to assess the function of organs as opposed to their shapes, such as the blood flow to the patient’s heart or the level of brain activity.
A technology that results in unique information about the inside of the body that often cannot be identified using other medical imaging tools, nuclear medicine is a type of imaging that injects limited bursts of radioactive materials known as radiotracers into the patient’s bloodstream. The radiotracers can also be inhaled or swallowed, depending on the patient’s medical condition and their history. The radiotracers then roam within the area under examination in order to feed energy in the form of gamma rays into a special camera and computer and form images and scans of the internal body.
One of the many benefits of nuclear medicine is that it enables physicians to detect and identify diseases and disorders at their earliest stages, giving patients a better chance at complete recovery.
Short for Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography, a PET/CT (or PEC-CT) is a combination of two different types of scanning methods, Positron Emission Tomography (or PET) and X-Ray Computed Tomography (or CT).
The integration of two different technologies allows physicians to collect different data from each device in a single session, developing sequential images that lead to a single, more complete and infinitely more accurate resulting image.
The Ultrasound, or Sonogram as it is sometimes referred to, is a type of medical imaging that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to perform closer inspections of the human organs and internal physiology.
Commonly used to examine vital organs such as the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, or even the liver, Ultrasound scans are also used to examine the fetus in the case of a pregnancy.
They require a special gel to be administered on the area that needs to be scanned, after which a hand-manipulated transducer will be applied to the same area to assess below-skin activity.
Ultrasounds do not expose patients to radiation.
Used to detect the earliest signs of breast cancer, when it is most treatable, a Mammography is a breast-imaging technology that requires low doses of x-rays
General X-Ray Radiology
Known as an X-Ray scan, General Radiography is a technology used to create internal images that help diagnose and detect anomalies in the bones and lungs of the patient, among other organ irregularities.
The tool requires the lowest level of radiation.
Limited Angiography and Interventional Radiology
A sub-specialty of Radiology, Interventional Radiology uses imaging equipment to enable physicians to diagnose internal irregularities and select subsequent treatment options.
Angiography, on the other hand, offers physicians the opportunity to perform closer inspections of internal blood vessels. The procedure requires a small catheter to be placed into the blood vessel, while x-ray dye is injected to enable doctors to examine the trajectory and detect any irregularities.
Fluoroscopic Studies – Gastrointestinal and Urogenital
A Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that provides continuous x-ray images on a monitor. It requires an x-ray beam to be passed through the body to offer a detailed view of the inside of the patient’s body.