X-rays are the most common form of radiology. They use electromagnetic radiation that can penetrate through the human body and produce shadow-like images of bones, and some soft tissue. If an x-ray shows an area of concern, your physician may recommend further diagnostic radiology procedures such as CT, MRI or Ultrasound.
Fairlight's x-ray suite is equipped with a new DR system which makes exam times shorter, decreases patient exposure to radiation, and increases diagnostic quality of images. We also have the capabilities to perform special x-ray procedures such as; HSGs, joint steroid injections, arthograms, and much more.
CT (Computed Tomography)
CT scans are x-rays that rotate in a full arc around the patient to image the body in cross sectional slices. The computer calculates tissue absorption and produces a representation of the tissues that demonstrates the densities of various anatomical structures. CT can aid in the diagnosis of tumors, infractions, bone displacement, appendicitis, and much more. Occasionally dyes may be injected via IV or orally; this can increase the visibility of abnormal tissue and/or blood vessels.
Our Hitachi Eclos 16 slice system is compliant with the Medical Imaging & Technology (MITA) Smart Dose Standard which identifies four key attributes of CT systems. These attributes are designed to help clinicians with dose optimization and management in order to maintain the standard of care established by professional societies and regulatory agencies such as the ACR.
We perform a wide variety of CT exams, some of which include: head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and spine.
There are also special procedures that we perform with our radiologist with guidance under CT, these include: spinal injections, mylegrams, biopsies, and more.
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Ultrasound is an oscillating sound pressure wave with a frequency greater than the upper limit of the human hearing range. Ultrasound is used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, to capture their size, structure, and pathologic lesions. We offer a wide variety of exams under ultrasound including: abdomen, pelvis/fertility, vascular, breast, and more.
Equipped with a Hitachi ultrasound machine we are able to perform a wide variety of studies including; vascular, breast, abdomen, pelvic, soft tissue exams, and more.
Our Radiologist uses ultrasound to perform different special procedures including biopsies, joint injections, and more.
Mammography is an x-ray picture of the breast that can detect breast cancer early- often before a lump can be felt. For screening mammograms (no problems/ concerns/ abnormalities) you can make your appointment or request your doctor to make a referral.
A new mammography system was installed in October of 2019 which provides 3D imaging capabilities.
A breast biopsy is a procedure that is used to diagnose a variety of breast abnormalities.
Fairlight Medical Center offers stereotactic biopsies using our mammogram machine for guidance as well as ultrasound guided breast biopsies. Our biopsy procedures produce an incision so small that you do not require stitches, simply a small adhesive bandage, resulting in minimal scaring.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
MRI scans use radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field to provide remarkable clear and detailed images of internal organs and tissues. MRI has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions in all parts of the body including cancer, heart & vascular disease, stroke, joint, musculoskeletal disorders and more. Click here to learn more!
About the ACR (American College of Radiology)
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.