Radiology and Imaging
Radiology is a branch of medicine that uses imaging technology to diagnose and treat disease.
Radiology may be divided into two different areas, diagnostic radiology, and interventional radiology. Doctors who specialize in radiology are called radiologists
When your doctor needs to see inside your body, you can count on Fortune Healthcare Diagnostics Centre radiology professionals to deliver the sophisticated images that support the best care for you and your loved ones.
Comprehensive Radiology & Imaging Services
Choose Fortune Healthcare Diagnostics Centre for access to the full spectrum of advanced imaging and radiology services. Designed to detect, diagnose and treat diverse health conditions, these innovative tools support our comprehensive approach to continuous care. And you benefit from the skilled image interpretation provided by our experienced doctors and technologists.
Convenient & Accessible
No matter where you live across our five-state Upper Midwest region, you’re not far from our radiology and imaging services. Get expert care close to home at sites such as Fortune Healthcare Diagnostics Centre:
Six regional hospitals with inpatient and outpatient services
Freestanding imaging centers for outpatient care
Mobile imaging services, including Fortune Healthcare Diagnostics Centre mobile mammography unit and mobile MRI unit
Telemedicine and teleradiology specialty services with remote consultations in your local community
What is a Diagnostic Imaging Center?
Diagnostic imaging is the term used to describe all the different ways that physicians are able to look inside your body. A diagnostic imaging center has equipment and trained specialists to perform those tests. A doctor is then able to take the results from the diagnostic tests and draw conclusions from them.
Screening is used by healthy people to look for potential problems. If possible, it tries to detect them even before the patient experiences any symptoms. Diagnostic imaging is used to monitor an existing health condition, investigate a concerning symptom, or pin down a diagnosis. It can be used to guide treatments so that the doctors can give the least invasive treatments possible.
Diagnostic imaging centers use several kinds of imaging machines. They can be used separately or combined depending on the patient’s needs.
Gentle Imaging for Children
Should your child need an imaging test, trust the specialized training of Fortune Healthcare Diagnostics Centre pediatric radiologists and technologists who understand that smaller bodies require a tailored approach to care. Rest assured that you and your children receive top-notch support while we keep kids safe during imaging procedures.
Screenings & Diagnostic Imaging Tests
Get clear, accurate pictures that help your doctor accurately detect or diagnose medical conditions. Rely on Avera for a wide range of diagnostic imaging services, including:
Bone density scan (DEXA)
Computed tomography (CT)
Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Mammography and breast imaging services
Positron emission tomography (PET),Ultrasound,X-ray
Fast, Reliable Imaging Results
You’ll appreciate our ability to instantly share your imaging test results with your doctors—so you can get a rapid diagnosis. Through Fortune Healthcare Diagnostics Centre integrated radiology information and picture archiving and communication systems (RIS/PACS), your physicians can quickly and efficiently access your digital images anywhere they can connect to our network.
Minimally Invasive, Image-Guided Procedures
Depending on your specific situation, you may be a candidate for an interventional radiology (IR) procedure from the experts with Avera Medical Group Image-Guided Therapy. These minimally invasive techniques may be excellent options for conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysm, pulmonary embolism, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cancer, bile duct obstructions, uterine fibroids, biopsies, and more.
During IR procedures, you’ll receive effective, targeted treatments for your specific situation while experiencing less pain and shorter recovery time compared to traditional surgery. Learn more about the many expert services Fortune Healthcare Diagnostics Centre Medical Group Image Guided Therapy can offer you.
DEXA Bone Density Scan
A bone density scan is a simple and non-invasive procedure that is used to measure bone mass and assist in the diagnosis of osteoporosis in men and women who are usually over the age 50.
Osteoporosis is a disorder of the bones characterized by a progressive loss of bone tissue, which can result in an increase in the risk of fractures. The DEXA bone densitometry machine uses a very low dose of radiation (X-rays) to produce an image of your bones and calculate bone strength.
Independent Imaging uses the GE Lunar Prodigy Densitomer.
What to Expect During a Bone Density Test
- There are no special instructions to prepare for a bone densitometry procedure.
- The scan will generally take 10 minutes or less to complete. The test is painless and simple to conduct and has minimal radiation exposure.
- A certified radiologic technologist will prepare your images for the radiologist. The radiologist will interpret your results and prepare a report.
- Your physician will convey the results of the procedure to you within 24 to 48 hours.
Computed tomography (CT) is a non-invasive, state-of-the-art diagnostic procedure used to diagnose a wide range of health conditions, including vascular disease and heart disease.
During a CT scan, low-dose X-rays rotate around the patient and produce a series of cross-sectional images of selected parts of the body. These images provide physicians with an unobstructed look at organs and structures not seen clearly on conventional X-rays.
Independent Imaging utilizes the Toshiba Aquillion 64-Slice CT Scanner, offering the most advanced multi-slice technologies on the market. It produces high-speed, high-resolution imaging at the lowest dose. It is designed to improve patient comfort and safety while offering uncompromised performance.
Although CT is an effective diagnostic tool, certain medical conditions may exclude its use or use of contrast media. Please inform your physician and our clinical personnel at the time of scheduling if the following applies to you:
- If you are taking medications on a daily basis
- If you take glucophage, metformin, glucovance, metaglip, or advandamet
- If you have allergies to iodine or other medications
- If you have asthma
- If there is any possibility that you may be pregnant or are breastfeeding
- If you are 65 or older and/or diabetic, a BUN or Creatinine measurement is needed within 4 weeks of testing.
What to Expect During a CT Scan
- Preparation for a CT scan can begin up to 24 hours prior to your appointment, depending on the type of scan. Please review the preparation instructions that are listed here: Preparing for Your CT Scan.
- The CT procedure generally takes about 30 minutes (or less), depending on the specific type of scan requested by your physician.
- After the scan, a certified CT technologist will prepare your images for the radiologist, who will interpret the images and report the results back to your physician.
- Within 24-48 hours, your physician should have the results of your CT scan and contact you.
State-of-the-Art CT Imaging
Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center medical team includes multiple technicians and fellowship-trained radiologists who are certified in CT imaging.
Positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) is an imaging tool that is highly advanced. It combines two different types of imaging into one diagnostic procedure to produce a more accurate picture of what is happening in the body than PET or CT alone. PET/CT scans can provide information useful in diagnosing and staging many types of cancer, as well as coronary artery disease and some neurological disorders.
Prior to scanning, a very small amount of radioactive “tracer” (radionuclide or radioisotope) is injected into a vein by a PET/CT technologist. The tracer is tagged to a form of sugar that is used for energy by all cells in the body. Areas of abnormally high uptake of the tracer appear as brighter areas on the scan.
Your primary care physician and/or referring specialist, in consultation with a radiologist, will determine if a PET/CT procedure is appropriate for your situation. Call +880 1887045555 to make an appointment.
If you are diabetic, pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, please inform your physician and the scheduling staff.
- Generally, PET and PET/CT scans are not performed on pregnant women.
- Diabetic patients will have special scheduling and procedure preparations for the procedure. A glucose serum blood test may be taken on diabetic patients prior to the procedure.
What to Expect at Your PET/CT Scan
- Preparation for the PET/CT scan begins 24-48 hours prior to your appointment. Please review our special instructions to help you prepare: Preparing for a PET/CT Scan
- The whole PET/CT procedure generally takes 3 hours to perform including registration, injection of radioactive tracer, waiting period, and the time it takes to scan the body. Actual scanning times can vary depending on the type of procedure ordered by your physician; typically, 30 minutes is the average.
- Following the injection of the radioactive tracer, you will rest comfortably in a quiet room for up to one hour to give the tracer time to distribute through your body. You will be asked to empty your bladder just before the procedure begins.
- Most of the radioisotope will collect in your bladder. After the exam, you should drink plenty of fluids to flush it out of your body.
- Our certified PET/CT technologist will prepare your images for the radiologist, who will forward the results to your physician within 24-48 hours after the procedure.
Advanced Imaging for Diagnostic and Interventional Procedures
Radiologists at Independent Imaging have advanced training in diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures. It would be our pleasure to work with you. Find a location near you i or request an appointment online.
Radiography, known to most people as X-ray, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. X-rays allow physicians to perform a quick evaluation, often detecting diseases in the early stages, where the chance for recovery is improved. X-rays can also rule out the presence of disease, reduce the need for invasive surgery, and provide a guide for surgeons when surgery is unavoidable.
Independent Imaging uses GE’s digital flat panel detector technology to provide state-of-the-art image processing and high quality digital images.
What to Expect
- There are no special instructions for regular X-rays.
- If you are having an IVP X-ray, there are a few preparation instructions listed here: Preparing for an IVP X-Ray
- If you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or might be pregnant, please inform your physician and the center personnel prior to your X-ray.
- It usually takes less than 15 minutes to get an X-ray.
- Your results will be sent to your physician immediately following evaluation by the radiologist.
Digital X-ray for Clear Images and Instant Results
Digital mammography is a diagnostic and screening tool for women that provides a low-dose X-ray of the breasts. Its primary purpose is to detect lesions (abnormal growths) in the breast that may be too small or deeply buried to be felt in regular breast self-examination. Mammography is also used to evaluate breast implants for possible rupture.
3D digital mammography is now available
Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center Imaging uses the GE flat panel detector, which offers superior image quality and performance, including fewer retakes and complementary views, resulting in a total lower dose for patients.
Our patients will find our mammography services to be private, compassionate, and complete. We understand the normal anxiety that is often associated with mammography, so we strive to make each patient’s experience as comfortable as possible.
If you are pregnant or there is a possibility you are pregnant, it is very important that you inform your physician and the center personnel prior to your mammogram procedure.
How Often Do I Need a Mammogram?
The American Cancer Society recommends that every woman have a baseline mammogram around age 35, to establish what is normal in her breasts. It is recommended that women have a mammogram every one to two years between the ages of 40 and 49, and once a year after age 50.
Your doctor may recommend mammography earlier or more frequently if your medical history indicates that you are at risk for breast cancer.
The Women’s Center at Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center
Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center, we understand the concerns of women who come to our facility for diagnostic testing. Our professional and compassionate associates treat patients in a courteous and respectful manner.
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is an advanced diagnostic imaging procedure that creates detailed images of internal body structures without the use of ionized radiation (X-rays). MRI is able to produce these detailed images through the use of a powerful magnet, radio waves, and a computer. MRI assists physicians in diagnosing disease or other abnormalities in very early stages.
At Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center fellowship-trained radiologists prefer the GE Signa EXCITE 11.0 MRI scanner. This scanner operates at a higher field strength, producing extremely detailed scans and clear images. Not only does this technology improve image quality, it has unprecedented scanning speed.
Our breast MRI offers VIBRANT (Volume Imaging for Breast Assessment), which provides high-definition bilateral breast imaging in one exam with the GE Signa EXCITE MRI.
Open, High-Field MRI
Our open MRI unit in Wellington is ideal for patients who are claustrophobic, obese, or suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, as well as pediatric patients.
In the past, high-risk patients, particularly those who are renal-compromised, were not eligible for an MRA due to the potential risk associated with the contrast agent. Now, Independent Imaging offers a diagnostic tool that eliminates the risk while allowing physicians to clearly visualize vascular structures and flowing blood in a high-performance machine with advanced applications.
What to Expect During an MRI Scan
- If you cannot lie still for 30-60 minutes at a time due to pain and/or anxiety, please inquire in advance about taking sedation or pain medication prior to your procedure. Additional preparation instructions are listed here: Preparing for an MRI
- A typical MRI procedure will last 30-60 minutes, depending on the area of the body to be scanned and the specific procedure requested by your physician.
- Your physician will have access to your images and the radiologist’s report promptly, generally within 24 to 48 hours.
Nuclear medicine tests use a radioactive tracer (radionuclide or radioisotope) and a special camera to take pictures of organs and tissues in the body. Nuclear medicine is commonly used for the following:
- Cardiac Stress Test
- MUGA Scan (Heart Ventricles)
- HIDA Scan (Liver, Gallbladder, Bile Ducts)
- Thyroid Scan
- Parathyroid Scan
- Renal Scan
- 3-Phase Bone Scan
- Gastric Emptying Scan
- DaTSCAN™ (Brain SPECT Scan)
A very small amount of tracer, specific for the organ or tissue to be scanned, is injected into a vein by a nuclear medicine technologist. Images may be taken during the injection, immediately after the injection, or following a delayed period to allow the tracer to distribute to the organ or tissue of interest. The gamma rays emitted by the tracer are detected by a special camera that is positioned near the organ or part of the body being imaged.
The amount of radiation from a nuclear medicine procedure is comparable to that received during a routine X-ray. The tracer only remains in the body for a short period of time before being eliminated in the urine or stool.
What to Expect
- Preparation instructions vary by the type of procedure your doctor has ordered. For a complete listing, go to Preparing for a Nuclear Medicine Procedure.
- Inform your physician and the nuclear medicine tech if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or might be pregnant.
- The actual nuclear medicine procedure generally takes from 30 to 60 minutes to complete. However, it can take several hours to complete all of the preparation steps depending on the type of images your doctor needs.
- The results of your test will be forwarded to your physician without delay, typically 1-2 days after the procedure.
Advanced Nuclear Imaging Studies at Dhanmondi, Dhaka
Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center Imaging is an accredited facility that specializes in diagnostic and interventional radiology.
Ultrasound is a fast and non-invasive procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of tissues and organs inside your body. While this procedure is generally used in pregnancies and is considered one of the best methods for viewing an unborn child, it is also used to image the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, prostate, testicles, thyroid, and breasts.
Ultrasound can also look at and listen to blood flow within arteries and veins in the neck, abdomen, and legs, as well as the valves and chambers of the heart.
A small device called a transducer is used to send sound waves into the body, which are then reflected off of internal structures. The returning sound waves (echoes) are then sent back to the same transducer and the attached equipment electronically changes the echoes into a picture (image) of your internal structures.
What to Expect at Your Ultrasound
There are special instructions to follow when preparing for an ultrasound. Please reference the information here: Preparing for an Ultrasound.
The length of your ultrasound will depend on the type of procedure your physician has ordered:
- Abdomen, gallbladder, kidney, pelvis, breast, thyroid, and testicular ultrasounds usually take 30 minutes or less.
- Obstetrical ultrasounds generally take approximately 45 minutes.
- Doppler exams, which evaluate the blood flow in your vessels, may last from 45-60 minutes, depending on which blood vessels are studied.
Most patients can be imaged using ultrasound. However, due to differences in body frames, size, etc., other diagnostic tools may be necessary in addition to ultrasound.
Ultrasound results will be prepared by the technician and interpreted by a board-certified radiologist. Your physician will receive the results within 24 to 48 hours, who will then follow up with you to discuss.
Comprehensive Ultrasound Imaging in Central
Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center performs a wide variety of ultrasounds for referring physicians throughout Palm Beach County. We offer state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging technology
Fast and accurate reporting with a dedicated case manager
Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center Imaging has played an integral role in many personal injury cases. We will accommodate special arrangements to honor the partnerships between attorneys, doctors, and patients to facilitate a speedy diagnosis in injury claims. Our dedicated case manager is available to coordinate the details, including scheduling procedures and reporting findings in a timely manner.
Our imaging services are designed to streamline the communication process and reduce time spent waiting on the results of a diagnostic MRI, CT scan, or X-ray. Our Doctors Portal, for example, gives referring physicians in Palm Beach County online access to their patients’ images and notes.
If you have a personal injury case that requires a diagnostic imaging test, do not hesitate to contact us. Independent Imaging is open six days a week with late evening hours in three locations, so you can get the images you need without delay.
Workers’ compensation is insurance paid by companies to provide benefits to employees who become ill or injured on the job. Through this program, workers are provided with benefits and medical care, and employers have the assurance that they will not be sued by the employee.
Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center Imaging partners with numerous third-party administrators and municipalities to meet the objective to get their employees back to work as fast as possible. Our goal is to support that objective by offering them quick and efficient scheduling, authorizations, and turnaround time on reports. Adjusters and case managers must be furnished with a report as soon as possible.
Should you have any questions or need assistance, call Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center Imaging at +880 1887045555 and ask to speak with someone about workers’ compensation claims.
Why Choose Us
Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging Center
Health Images has the specialized staff necessary to assist with all your medical radiology & imaging needs without the unnecessary commute. Health Images is revolutionizing imaging while maintaining the foundation of efficiency and consistency. Our promise to our community is unmistakable quality and spectacular service, and we pair top-notch technology with our focus on exceptional patient care to raise the bar for Fortune Healthcare & Diagnostic Radiology & Imaging Center standards
Experience the Health Images Difference
We are privately owned and local, with a hand-picked, accomplished staff and a commitment to maintaining the latest and most accurate technology. As science advances, we engage in constant professional development, making our staff the most qualified and prepared to stay in line with the ever-growing field.
History of Radiology
Radiology began in Germany in 1895 when Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen made an energized, lightproof cathode ray tube that started to fluoresce when situated a couple of feet away from a screen painted with fluorescent material. He knew the screen was responding to unknown rays transmitted throughout the room, which he called “x-rays.” After Röntgen’s discovery, people began creating radiographic images that started as a burst of ionizing radiation and created a contrast image on a piece of film.
Diagnostic radiology helps health care providers see structures inside your body. Doctors that specialize in the interpretation of these images are called diagnostic radiologists. Using the diagnostic images, the radiologist or other physicians can often:
- Diagnose the cause of your symptoms
- Monitor how well your body is responding to a treatment you are receiving for your disease or condition
- Screen for different illnesses, such as breast cancer, colon cancer, or heart disease
The most common types of diagnostic radiology exams include:
- Computed tomography (CT), also known as a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, including CT angiography
- Fluoroscopy, including upper GI and barium enema
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
- Nuclear medicine, which includes such tests as a bone scan, thyroid scan, and thallium cardiac stress test
- Plain x-rays, which include chest x-ray
- Positron emission tomography, also called PET imaging, PET scan, or PET-CT when it is combined with CT
Interventional radiologists are doctors that use imaging such as CT, ultrasound, MRI, and fluoroscopy to help guide procedures. The imaging is helpful to the doctor when inserting catheters, wires, and other small instruments and tools into your body. This typically allows for smaller incisions (cuts).
Doctors can use this technology to detect or treat conditions in almost any part of the body instead of directly looking inside of your body through a scope (camera) or with open surgery.
Interventional radiologists often are involved in treating cancers or tumors, blockages in the arteries and veins, fibroids in the uterus, back pain, liver problems, and kidney problems.
The doctor will make no incision or only a very small one. You rarely need to stay in the hospital after the procedure. Most people need only moderate sedation (medicines to help you relax).
Examples of interventional radiology procedures include:
- Angiography or angioplasty and stent placement
- Embolization to control bleeding
- Cancer treatments including tumor embolization using chemoembolization or Y-90 radioembolization
- Tumor ablation with radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation, or microwave ablation
- Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
- Needle biopsies of different organs, such as the lungs and thyroid gland
- Breast biopsy, guided either by stereotactic or ultrasound techniques
- Uterine artery embolization
- Feeding tube placement
- Venous access catheter placement, such as ports and PICCs
If you’re diagnosed with cancer, your Avera oncology team may recommend radiation therapy as part of your treatment. Take advantage of the same advanced technology and therapeutic procedures at Fortune Healthcare Diagnostics Centre that you expect to find at major medical centers, including:
Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy)
External radiation therapy
Why Is Radiology Important?
Every sector within the health care field relies on radiology, including:
- Emergency medicine
- Infectious disease
In many cases, early diagnosis can save lives, including those of patients diagnosed with cancer. Family doctors and emergency care physicians cannot effectively manage patients without diagnostic imaging, which is why they rely on radiology to find the right diagnosis and course of treatment.
What Is Radiology Used for?
Radiology is used for a wide range of conditions and is classified depending on the type of radiology and the exact imaging test used. The various imaging exams include:
- Radiographs: X-rays to look at bones, the chest or the abdomen.
- CT (Computed Tomography): A CT captures multiple x-ray angles of the patient using a doughnut-shaped machine, then creates computer-processed images.
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): An MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves with computer processing to create images.
- Mammograms: Especially powered x-rays that look at breast tissues.
- Ultrasound: An ultrasound uses sound waves to create moving images that display on a monitor, commonly used for echocardiograms and examining the womb during pregnancy.
- Fluoroscopy: X-rays that make moving images of the body in real-time. This imaging is crucial for many procedures, especially those involving the gastrointestinal tract.
- Nuclear medicine: These are short-acting radioactive substances that generate light from bodily processes. A camera collects the light, so a computer can process it and develop an image.
Diagnostic radiology uses these imaging results to identify a wide range of problems, from broken bones to heart conditions and blood clots. Interventional radiology also uses imaging such as CT scans, MRI, and ultrasounds to guide medical procedures. Patients are typically awake during these procedures, whether it’s treating cancer, back pain, or liver and kidney problems. In some cases, interventional radiology eliminates the need for surgery and scopes.
Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Radiologists
For doctors, there is no greater feeling than being able to help improve the quality of and prolong our patients’ lives. We do this with a combination of education, training, and a dedication to helping others. There are always new developments in the field of radiology. We stay on top of them by completing advanced coursework, reading literature, and maintaining membership in professional organizations. Nothing excites us more than a new idea – a way to care for you, the people we see every day, better than ever before.
The best doctors are the ones who care. If a patient is nervous or is anxious to see their test results, we will sit and talk to them, answer their questions, and do our best to make them feel at ease. It’s the same level of care that we would want for our own family members.
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