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The diagnostic imaging services we offer include:


PET/CT
PET/CT combines Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with Computed Tomography (CT) technology to help diagnosis cancer, determine the extent to which cancer has spread and how a patient is responding to treatment. In addition, PET/CT can be used to evaluate patients with cardiac, orthopaedic and neurological disorders such as seizures and dementia.

PET is a nuclear medicine test that uses special imaging cameras and a radioactive solution called FDG to create clear pictures of cell metabolism. CT uses X-rays to provide detailed information about the location, size, and shape of lesions or growths in the body. When combined in a single machine, the two techniques provide accurate, specific information about where abnormalities are located and whether they are cancerous.

CT
A Computed Tomography (CT) scan creates very clear two-dimensional images of the brain and other parts of your body that cannot be seen on regular X-rays. The images are produced by projecting small amounts of X-rays through the part of the body being examined and converting the information into images with a special computer. For some CT scans, the radiologist injects a contrast medium or dye to highlight certain tissues for closer examination. This type of scan helps differentiate between healthy and diseased tissue, making it possible to accurately diagnose many diseases in their early stages.

Coronary CT Angiography (CTA)
Coronary CTA uses very advanced 64-slice CT equipment to provide a non-invasive way for doctors to determine whether fatty or calcium deposits are accumulating in one or more of the arteries that serve your heart muscle. When these arteries become blocked by these deposits, they can slow or stop blood flow to the heart muscle, causing shortness of breath, fatigue, and even a heart attack. To enhance the images taken by our 64-slice CT unit, doctors inject a contrast dye containing iodine into your arm, then take images as the dye passes through the heart. The procedure is an alternative to the invasive test called cardiac catheterization, where a catheter is passed from blood vessels in the groin to blood vessels supplying the heart. It is not appropriate for all patients with suspected heart disease; your doctor can help determine which test is best for you.

Calcium Scoring
This non-invasive screening procedure determines your risk level for heart disease by measuring the amount of calcium in the arteries of the heart. Our highly advanced, 64-slice CT scan is used to determine the build up of calcium on the walls of the arteries of the heart. This test does not involve dye.

MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced diagnostic tool used by radiologists to detect subtle abnormalities that are not visible using other types of imaging. The MRI scanner uses a very powerful magnetic field to image the human body. The magnetic fields used in MRI have attractive forces many times that of small hand-held magnets. A specially designed computer creates extremely clear and precise images to help find subtle abnormalities within the body. For some MRI scans, a contrast (dye) injection may be necessary to highlight certain tissues for closer examination. MRI exams do not involve X-rays or radioactive material.

Digital Mammography
A mammogram is a special X-ray of the breasts that can detect breast disease or cancer at an early stage. We offer state-of-the-art digital mammography, which is similar to using a digital camera instead of one that uses film. It makes the mammography process faster and reduces the number of repeat procedures because it eliminates the darkroom processing of films.

Digital technology makes it possible to share images electronically so they can be sent anywhere over the internet. It also can improve sharpness and allow the radiologists to manipulate the image for a better view. A recent national research study demonstrated that digital mammography is better able to detect breast cancer than existing technology, especially in younger women or women with dense breasts.

Carroll Hospital Center and Advanced Radiology are proud to have our Westminster Imaging Center designated a Breast Center of Excellence, one of only a few in Maryland to achieve this distinction.

Stereotactic Biopsy
A stereotactic biopsy uses mammography, a special breast X-ray, to guide doctors to a lump or abnormality that can’t be felt or seen on ultrasound, but that can be seen on the mammogram. It creates a 3-D picture of the lump’s location to guide the radiologist to the right area with maximum accuracy. During this procedure, women lie face down on a special table that allows the breast to be placed in an opening. The radiologist will raise the table and perform a core needle or vacuum assisted biopsy from under the table. The Westminster Imaging Center has been designated a Breast Center of Excellence, one of only a few in Maryland.

Ultrasound
This procedure uses sound waves and a computer to create images of internal organs and blood vessels or to monitor the progress of pregnancy. A tool called a transducer is placed over the area of the body being examined. It emits sound waves which bounce off parts of the body and echo back to the transducer. That information is analyzed by a computer and used to create a moving image.

Ultrasound is also a useful adjunct to mammography, when mammography reveals a suspicious mass that needs further evaluation. The Westminster Imaging Center is proud to be one of the few centers in Maryland designated a Breast Center of Excellence.

Bone Densitometry (DEXA)
Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) helps diagnose osteoporosis by precisely measuring the bone density and mineral content of the bone. Using our state-of-the-art DEXA scanner, which uses low levels of X-rays to measure bone density in fracture-prone areas of the body, radiologists can detect bone loss even in its earliest stages. When bone loss is detected, it can be treated by your physician.

Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine uses radioactive materials and special gamma cameras to help diagnose a variety of diseases and disorders. It can be helpful in assessing how different parts of your body are functioning, such as your thyroid, heart, bones, brain, lung, liver and gallbladder.

Diagnostic X-Ray
X-rays diagnose a wide range of illnesses and injuries, including broken bones, cancer, blocked arteries, and other abnormalities. Safe, low doses of X-rays pass through the body and produce a black and white image on a computer screen. We offer digital X-rays, the latest method of taking X-rays that uses digital images rather than films.