One of the most common questions we get from potential patients when they call in to schedule an appointment is “What exactly is medical imaging?” For most, they have been recommended to us by their physician and yet, they are unsure why they have to visit our office for a procedure of some sort. Medical imaging is used in multiple ways and for multiple purposes in order to see more clearly what is happening inside the body of a patient. But what is medical imaging exactly? Let’s find out!
The Big Picture
In general, medical imaging refers to the visualization of body parts, organs and tissues. These images are almost always used in order to make a clinical diagnosis, treatment and monitoring an already existing disease. Medical imaging includes several different fields such as radiology, optical-imaging, nuclear medicine and image-guided intervention. These different kind of imaging allow the body to be viewed in the most comprehensive way possible.
What is Radiology?
The most common form of radiology that people are familiar with is X-rays. However, there are several other procedures that also fall into this category. Overall, radiological methods are used to provide a medical professional with a physiological and anatomical picture of the body. These images show the body at a very high resolution, giving your medical provider the chance to see even the tiniest details regarding what is happening inside your body. Other methods of radiology besides X-rays include CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds. This type of imaging can be used to identify everything from injuries, to abnormal tissues or growth to pregnancy.
What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear imaging techniques go more in depth than radiology imaging does as these types of methods show the body’s physiology, metabolism and overall molecular function in great details with the use of radioactive tracers. Both PET scans and SPECT scans are types of nuclear medicine. Most often, these types of scans are used to evaluate neurological diseases (Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis), cancer, and heart conditions.
What is Optical Imaging?
Optical imaging methods are used to show both the structural and functional details about the most hollow organs when regarding the actual cells present. Because these images provide such high resolution, they are often used to reveal any abnormalities in a patient’s organs.
Stop Into Vision Imaging of Kingston
As we mentioned before, many of the patients who come into our office have been recommended to us by other medical practices or local hospitals. However, we can provide you with medical imaging services even if you have yet to see another physician. We want to be able to identify issues in the body before they ever become something that could be potentially life threatening and we prove that with much of the preventative action that goes into our treatment plans. So, whether you are sent to us by someone else or you are simply seeking help with a medical issue and are unsure of who to turn to, we can be those people. Call us today to schedule an appointment, or book one online right now!