Imaging tests and procedures are integral to the diagnosis and treatment of many medical disorders and conditions. They provide the fastest method of viewing the internal organs and structures of the body and can help diagnose a problem quickly, accurately and with little discomfort.
Baptist Health’s Imaging Centers offer the most advanced imaging technology -- a commitment that ensures greater accuracy, improved outcomes and faster, more convenient service.
With multiple locations in Arkansas, you can choose the facility most convenient for your needs. Select any of the following locations for address, phone number and hours. Services vary by location.
Bone mineral density (BMD) is a test that measures the amount of calcium in a specific region of the bones. From this information, an estimate of the strength of your bones can be made.
Computed Tomography Scan (CT or CAT Scan)
A computed tomography (CT) scan (also called a computerized axial tomography, or CAT scan) is a special type of X-ray that can produce detailed pictures of structures inside the body. CT scanning can be used to obtain information about almost any body organ, blood vessels, the abdominal cavity, bones and the spinal cord. A CT scan produces clearer pictures of internal organs than a regular X-ray.
Fluoroscopy uses a continuous beam of X-rays to evaluate structures and movement within the body, such as blood traveling through a blood vessel, the diaphragm moving up and down or food moving through the digestive tract. A contrast material that shows up on X-rays can be injected or swallowed during fluoroscopy to outline blood vessels or organs.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of organs and structures inside the body. MRI can detect changes in the normal structure and characteristics of organs or other tissues, which may indicate diseases caused by trauma, infection, inflammation or tumors.
Mammography is the most accurate method of detecting breast cancer today. Women who follow a regimen of monthly breast self-exams, annual exams by their doctors and annual mammograms after age 40 can increase their breast cancer survival rates by up to 97 percent.
Many small tumors can be seen on a mammogram before they can be felt by a woman or her doctor. The Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) System utilizes breakthrough software technology to highlight potential areas of concern. The system provides radiologists a second review when reading a mammogram on an electronic Mammagraph™ report, which calls attention to subtle changes in tissue that may indicate the presence of cancer.
Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer, allowing the recorded data to be enhanced, magnified or optimized for further evaluation. A recent government study determined that digital mammograms are better than traditional film methods in detecting breast cancer in women who are premenopausal, younger than 50 or who have dense breast tissue.
Digital mammograms offer significant advantages. Images are available immediately, and can be enhanced, stored digitally and transmitted instantaneously to a physician’s office or other facilities. These images are more detailed and can be acquired more quickly, reducing testing time.
At the Baptist Health Breast Center in Little Rock, 3-D mammograms are available. 3-D imaging makes it easier for doctors to catch breast cancer early.
PET/CT scans merge metabolic detection with computerized imaging to precisely identify problem areas in the body. PET provides the metabolic information, and CT simultaneously takes multiple images to create a map of the body. This helps pinpoint the location of cancerous tumors or metabolic activity in the brain.
Nuclear medicine uses computer technology and radioactive substances to produce images of the body and treat disease. It is particularly useful for detecting tumors, aneurysms, irregular blood flow to tissues and inadequate functioning of certain organs.
Before an examination, you will be given a radioactive tracer to make tissues visible on the scans. Bones, organs, glands and blood vessels each use a different radioactive compound as a tracer, which is either ingested or injected, depending on the type of test. The radioisotopes have very low radiation levels that decay in minutes or hours and do not harm the body.
Common uses of nuclear medicine include diagnosis and treatment of hyperthyroidism (Grave’s Disease), cardiac stress tests to analyze heart function, bone scans for orthopedic injuries, lung scans for blood clots and liver and gallbladder procedures to diagnose abnormal function or blockages.
Ultrasound is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to show what is inside your body. Unlike an X-ray, an ultrasound exam does not use radiation. Instead, a small microphone-like transducer is placed on the area of interest. High frequency sound waves are emitted and produce echoes from the internal tissues and organs. The transducer converts the echoes to electric signals to create an image.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
UFE is a less invasive technique intended to block the flow of blood to uterine fibroids, depriving them of the oxygen and nutrients they require to grow. The procedure is performed under conscious sedation, typically lasting less than one hour. Read more about uterine fibroid embolization.
X-rays are a form of radiation that can pass through most objects, including the human body. When X-rays strike a piece of photographic film, they produce a picture.
How do I receive my test results?
A specialized radiologist from Radiology Consultants will review the results and give your physician a report within 48 hours. When necessary, your physician can request a verbal report immediately after the exam has been reviewed by the radiologist. Your physician will then use the report to help evaluate your medical condition.
For additional information on how these tests are performed, please visit RadiologyInfo.org.
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