Diagnostic Imaging & Radiology: MRIs, X-Rays, Ultrasounds and CT Scans
Thanks to CT scanning (computed tomography, often called a “CAT” scan) doctors can view a “slice” of the human body painlessly. Often used to diagnose life-threatening conditions and issues like cancer, blood clots, infections, lung and liver disease, head and spine injuries and internal bleeding, Easton Hospital includes CT scans among the variety of diagnostic tools we use to give patients of all ages a clear picture of illness and injury.
Osteoporosis means, literally, “porous bones,” and is a debilitating disease that can lead to bone fracture. More than 52 million Americans have low bone density and are at risk for osteoporosis — 80% are women. DEXA scans (which stands for Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) are an advanced test available for measuring bone density. If a loss of bone mass is discovered, especially early, patients can receive treatment to prevent breakage and further loss. Easton Hospital is proud to offer this advanced test, and echoes the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s recommendation that women over 65 should get a DEXA scan every two years to diagnose bone density loss and hopefully prevent osteoporosis.
Digital & 3D Mammography
More than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are discovered in the U.S. each year. At Easton Hospital, we know the value of early detection and mammography is a tool we use to identify potential issues. An x-ray of the breast, mammography is used to look for breast disease in both women and men. It is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that is generally not painful. At Easton Hospital, we’re dedicated to providing you with the most proactive care possible. If you have questions about your test or the results, your doctor or nurse can answer all of your questions.
Easton Hospital also provides 3D Mammography services at the Health and Wellness Center location.
Easton Hospital's mammography facilities are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Think of fluoroscopy like a video x-ray. With the help of a contrast agent like barium (which helps illuminate physical structures when introduced into the patient’s body), fluoroscopy gives doctors a real-time view of bodily systems at work. The procedure is especially helpful in diagnosing issues of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
It’s clear — precision is important during diagnosis. Of all imaging technologies, MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging gives doctors the clearest, most precise image of the inside of the body. It’s sophisticated, and uses a strong magnetic field to show the structure and detail of organs, soft tissue and bones, which can pinpoint all types of issues from abnormalities to disease. Easton Hospital performs MRIs with your comfort in mind. Nervous about your test? Just speak to one of our staff.
Easton Hospital uses ultrasound as a painless, non-invasive way to diagnose a variety of diseases and conditions without the use of radiation, making this a widely used procedure during pregnancy. Sometimes called sonography, ultrasounds bounce high-frequency sound waves off the body to produce a real-time picture of the internal structures including organ formation, movement and blood flow.