Webster Imaging Center uses MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, allows the radiologist to “see” soft tissue, such as muscles, fat and internal organs without the use of x-rays. Besides being a totally painless exam, Magnetic Resonance Imaging has no known side effects. MRI is most commonly performed to evaluate the head, spine and joints, although we now offer many new applications. A spacious wide open air design to reduce claustrophobia and patient anxiety.
Computed Tomography, or CT scan, is also utilized by Webster Imaging Center. A CT scan combines x-rays with computer technology to create images of different bone and organ sections. Unlike standard x-rays which take a picture of the whole structure being examined, CT has the ability to image that same structure one “slice” at a time. In standard x-rays, dense tissues like bones can block the view of the body parts behind them. In CT, the various slices clearly show both bone and underlying soft tissue.
A dye that contains iodine (contrast material) is often injected into the blood (intravenously) during a CT scan. The dye makes blood vessels and certain structures or organs inside the body more visible on the CT images. If an abdominal CT scan is performed, a contrast material is usually given by mouth (orally).
Webster Imaging Center also uses x-rays. An x-ray (radiograph) is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. A bone x-ray makes images of any bone in the body, including the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, shoulder, foot, ankle, leg (shin), knee, thigh, hip, pelvis or spine. A chest x-ray is the most commonly performed diagnostic x-ray examination. A chest x-ray makes images of the heart, lungs, airways, blood vessels and the bones of the spine and chest.
Ultrasound exams at Webster Imaging Center can help diagnose a variety of conditions and assess organ damage following an illness. Physicians use ultrasound tests to evaluate symptoms such as: