MU Health Care radiologists provide imaging services that allow your care team to diagnose and treat a range of conditions.
Computer Tomography (CT)
Computed tomography (CT), also known as Computed Axial Tomography (CAT), is a non-invasive procedure allowing high clarity films of bones, soft tissue, organs, and blood vessels. CT exams are beneficial in providing physicians with the information needed in a variety of fields for precise diagnosis.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a method of looking inside the body. Instead of x-rays, the MRI scanner uses magnetism and radio waves to produce remarkably clear pictures of your head, spine, or other parts of your body. An MRI scanner consists of a strong magnet with a radio transmitter and receiver. MRI produces soft-tissue images and is used to distinguish normal, healthy soft tissue from pathologic tissue.
Nuclear medicine specialists with University of Missouri Health Care employ a variety of radioisotopically labeled drugs and compounds to diagnose and treat diseases. Unlike radiology, which emphasizes anatomical descriptions, the uptake of a radiotracer by a body organ can be used to evaluate both its function and anatomy.
Radionuclide imaging provides a safe and effective means for evaluating a host of pathologic disorders of the heart, brain, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, skeleton and kidneys
Interventional radiology includes minimally-invasive, targeted treatments that are performed using imaging guidance. Interventional radiologists offer treatments for varicose veins and spider veins, and a variety of other interventional procedures.
Diagnostic ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves to create high-quality, high resolution, gray scale images of the body. Ultrasound can display live images of moving tissues and can also provide up to 4-dimensional imaging.
Fluoroscopy is a test that uses a steady beam of X-ray to look at parts of the body and movement within the body, such as blood moving through a blood vessel. Fluoroscopy also can be used to help find a foreign object in the body, position a needle for a medical procedure, or realign a broken bone. A dye (contrast material) that shows up on fluoroscopy can be put in a vein (IV) or swallowed so vessels or organs show up clearly.
Fluoroscopy usually is done during other diagnostic procedures. For example, fluoroscopy is done during cardiac catheterization to look at the coronary arteries and the flow of blood through them. Fluoroscopy also may be used to look at the urinary tract or during a hysterosalpingogram to look at a woman's reproductive organs.
Fluoroscopy uses more radiation than standard X-rays.
X-ray imaging (radiography) is the most widely used exam to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. During the exam, an X-ray creates images by sending a low dose of ionizing radiation through the body part being examined.
X-rays are used to image every part of the body. They are often a fast and easy method for your doctor to make a diagnosis.