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Abdominal Imaging

Our services & your test results

We use special guidelines called protocols to determine the best test, the best approach and the number of images needed to make a diagnosis. This reduces your exposure to radiation and provides us with the information we need.

Although we perform a multitude of imaging tests, our primary services are: 

Computed tomography (CT). CT imaging uses x-rays beams from different angles to create cross-sectional pictures inside the body.  A CT provides more detail than a standard x-ray and can be done with or without a contrast. A contrast is a dye is used to highlight areas.  CT is useful for imaging internal organs such as the lungs, heart, blood vessels, abdominal and pelvic organs, and bone.

Gastrointestinal/Genitourinary (GIGU) exams. GI exams are x-rays of the upper and lower digestive system. They include an upper GI and a lower GI. GU exams are x-rays of the genitourinary tract (the kidneys, ureters and bladder) and the male and female genital tract.

Upper GI. Also called a barium swallow, an upper GI test examines the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. It involves swallowing a liquid (barium sulfate) with water while a special camera tracks its progression.

Lower GI. Also called a barium enema, a lower GI is x-ray examination of the large intestine. An enema tube is inserted into the rectum. The tube is attached to a bag of barium sulfate, which helps to highlight certain areas for clearer images.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Uses a strong magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce cross sectional images of organs and internal structures. MRI provides very detailed information that is not always visible with other study types. Certain implanted devices are contraindicated for an MRI scan. Please let the staff know if you have any implanted metal or electronic devices. All jewelry and hearing aides need to be removed before entering the scanner.

Ultrasound (US). An ultrasound uses sounds waves or sonar to create cross-sectional images of structures within your body. Often the sonar device is place outside the body but sometimes it is placed inside the body. We primarily use ultrasound for patients with suspected structural or vascular abnormalities of the abdomen, pelvis extremities, and head and neck.