Imaging Modalities and Radiology Services
Alamance Regional offers a variety of radiology services. Our technology is designed to provide physicians with the best diagnostic information while minimizing radiation exposures to patients.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging uses magnetic fields and radio waves to provide images of the inside of the body. It often provides different information than x-rays, CT scans or ultrasound do. Our open-bore MRI is designed for patients who are larger or who are claustrophobic.
A computed tomography, or CT, scan is taken by using X-rays to take detailed pictures of slices, or layers, of your body. Multiple images are taken and then assembled into a 3-D image by sophisticated computer software.
- PET/CT and other nuclear medicine imaging
PET (position emission tomography) is used to detect metabolic or biochemical activity in different parts of a patient’s body. When combined with a CT scan, this activity can be precisely located within specific anatomical structures within the body, telling physicians about what’s going on in certain areas of your body.
SPECT/CT, or single-photon emission computed tomography, allows physicians to perform certain kinds of imaging procedures more quickly and accurately. The technology produces images that surgeons can use to help guide procedures in the operating room.
Interventional radiology uses radiology to help guide minimally invasive surgical techniques, allowing doctors to perform surgeries more precisely and in a way that helps patients recover and heal more quickly.
Digital mammography uses computer technology to analyze mammography images and has proven to better detect breast cancer for some patients.
Ultrasound uses high frequency sounds to image the inside of the body, similar to how submarines use sonar to detect objects underwater. Because ultrasound uses sound, it does not expose patients to radiation.
DEXA, or dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, uses x-rays to measure bone mineral density. Doctors use this technology to assess potential osteoporosis and evaluate the risk of potential fractures.
X-rays are very effective for providing certain kinds of diagnostic information. All X-rays taken at Alamance Regional are entered in our advanced radiology information system so doctors can review them.