Novant Health Imaging offers a full range of imaging services with board-certified radiologists, certified technologists and service-oriented staff.” All diagnostic imaging procedures must be recommended by your physician and require a physician order. Your physician's office staff can assist you with your appointment or you can schedule your procedure directly with us.
Our diagnostic imaging services use advanced technology, including 3T MRI and 64-slice CT scanners, ultrasound, X-ray, and screening and diagnostic Mammography. Novant Health Imaging is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care in diagnostic imaging services.
A bone density test is a noninvasive, evaluation procedure that uses x-rays to measure bone mass or the weight of the skeleton. The exam provides a measurement corresponding to the mineral density of bone, used to diagnose osteopenia and osteoporosis.
A computed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan), is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of the body, including the bones, muscles, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays.
Mammograms are one of the best ways to find the early stages of breast cancer. It can reveal small tumors up to two years before you or your doctor can feel them. These scans also catch images of tiny calcifications that are often non-cancerous, but if they form clusters, could become cancerous. These micro-calcifications cannot be viewed by an ultrasound and may be missed by a breast MRI. This is why mammograms saves lives--it could save yours.
Recommended for women with dense breasts or with a family history of breast cancer. Images are taken at the same time as a regular mammogram with the same system. The X-ray arm sweeps in an arc over your breast while taking multiple images in one millimeter slices. It provides a higher accuracy rate.
A branch of medicine and medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases. More specifically, nuclear medicine is a part of molecular imaging because it produces images that reflect biological processes that take place at the cellular and subcellular level.
An ultrasound, also called sonography, is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel to expose the body to high-frequency sound waves to create images of blood vessels, tissues and organs. Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs real-time to assess function and blood flow through various vessels.
Women's services at Novant Health Imaging are provided by board certified radiologists who sub-specialize in diagnostic mammography. These services are provided using state-of-the-art mammography equipment in an environment that is focused on women's health.
Your doctor may recommend a breast biopsy to examine the growth more closely than possible with a mammogram. Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center offers stereotactic breast biopsy, an alternative to the traditional surgical biopsy. The procedure uses a special imaging technology to accurately target a questionable lesion, with significantly less pain and no scarring.
Fine needle aspiration of the breast is a procedure that is performed using a needle to draw out a small amount of cells or fluid from the breast. The area of concern is anesthetized before the procedure, with very little discomfort involved. It generally leaves no scar and is considered a simple office procedure, performed using ultrasound guidance.
A procedure, called sentinel node biopsy, is used to determine if cancer cells have spread to the lymph nodes. This surgical procedure may be performed during the initial diagnostic period to aid in staging of the breast cancer. This procedure involves injecting a dye and/or radioactive substance near the tumor. This injection helps to locate the lymph node closest to the tumor (sentinel node) - the one that is most likely to have cancer cells present if the cancer has spread. The surgeon removes the lymph node that absorbs the dye and radioactive substance and sends it to the pathologist to examine it closely for the presence of cancer cells.
This is an alternative to a more invasive surgical biopsy. The area of concern is anesthetized before the procedure. There is only mild discomfort and generally no scarring of the breasts. The breast is gently compressed for this procedure. The stereotactically guided breast biopsy uses computer technology that enables our radiologists to locate and obtain a sample of the precise center of the area in question. The procedure uses x-rays and a special biopsy needle.
This is an alternative to a more invasive surgical biopsy. The area of concern is anesthetized before the procedure. There is only mild discomfort and generally no scarring of the breasts. An ultrasound scan detects breast changes by sending high-frequency sound waves into the breast. The echo patterns from the sound waves are converted into an image of the breast's interior. The radiologist will insert the biopsy needle and remove samples of tissue, using the ultrasound for guidance.