Radiology or diagnostic imaging is a series of different tests that take pictures or images of various parts of the body. Your specialist may refer you for various imaging appointments in order to make a correct diagnosis.
Types of Radiology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses a very powerful magnet and radio-frequency pulses to collect signals that are then processed by a computer to form a picture of the body part being studied. MRI gives a detailed picture of the soft tissues of the body.
Also known as a radiograph, an x-ray is a special image that uses radiation to create pictures of bones and other internal tissues.
A Computed Tomography scan is a special type of X-ray using a scanner and computer equipment to take pictures of the brain or spine. It differs from a standard X-ray as it produces pictures of cross-sections of the brain or spine.
Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan
A nuclear medicine bone scan uses special radio-active materials (radiotracers) to show the effects of injury, disease or infections on the bones.
Positron Emission Tomography uses a form of radioactive glucose (sugar) to see how the cells in your body are functioning.
A myelogram is an examination of the spine which involves injection of a special x-ray sensitive contrast dye to enable identification of problems of the spine, spinal cord and nerve roots.