Medical Diagnosis Imaging: What Are the Different Types?

Medical diagnosis imaging is a technology that lets doctors see inside the body for symptoms and sources of medical conditions. In creating detailed images, different types of machines and techniques can take pictures of your body’s internal structures and activities.

Advancements in imaging technology have been the sparks behind a healthcare revolution. Over the past three decades, medical diagnosis imaging has allowed doctors to find diseases and conditions — from cancer to heart disease to neurological disorders — in their earliest, most treatable stages. This has saved countless lives and helped more people live normal, healthy lives with conditions that were once thought to be unmanageable.

Medical diagnosis imaging: The different types

The type of medical diagnosis imaging used depends on your symptoms and the part of your body being examined. Here are just a few examples of different imaging modalities:

  • Computed Tomography (CT) – Also known as a CAT scan, this imaging technique combines X-ray projections taken from different angles to generate detailed, cross-sectional images of soft tissue, bone and organs.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Uses radio waves and a magnetic field to create detailed images of organs and tissues.
  • Ultrasound – Also known as medical sonography or ultrasonography, ultrasound applies high frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. It can also produce sounds of blood flow, so doctors can see and hear as they assess conditions from pregnancy to heart and blood vessel abnormalities to symptoms of pain, swelling and infection.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) – This nuclear imaging technique provides information about how tissues and organs are functioning. PET is often used to evaluate cancer, and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.

Trusted medical diagnosis imaging services on your doorstep

At Charles River Medical Associates, we prioritize your good health above all else. Part of that dedication involves providing precision medical diagnosis imaging on-site. Not only does this allow us to efficiently diagnose your health issue and give your doctor an accurate, timely report, it minimizes your time in a doctor’s office. But when you need to see a Charles River Medical Associates provider, you can bet there’s a caring, experienced physician close by. With multiple locations across Metro West, we strive put high quality, low hassle healthcare where you are, when you need it.

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