Radiology

The Radiology Department at Greenbrier Physicians provides diagnostic x-ray examinations, mammography, DEXA for bone mineral density testing, and ultrasound.

Bone Densitometry - Osteoporosis is often called the “silent disease”. There are rarely signs until a lot of bone has been lost. One of the best ways to detect osteoporosis is a bone densitometer test, which measures the amount of bone. The bone densitometer uses small amounts of x-ray to produce images of the spine, hip, or even the whole body. The x-ray is composed of two energy levels which are absorbed differently by the bones in the bone. A computer is able to determine com these differences how much bone mineral is present. The spine and hip are measured because this is where osteoporosis fractures occur most. (DEXA scan)

Digital Mammography – Digital mammography is a specific type of x-ray imaging that produces images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen or printed on special film similar to conventional mammograms. The images can be viewed instantly by the technologist and radiologist, and easily transferred electronically with no loss of image quality. This makes the mammography process much quicker since there is no need to wait for film images to be developed. Of even greater benefit to the patient, computer-assisted optimization helps the radiologist detect micro-calcifications that may have been missed on the traditional film mammograms. Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.

Ultrasound - Ultrasound scanning, also called ultrasound imaging or sonographs, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The sound waves are recorded and displayed as a real-timeimage. Became the images are captured in real time, they can show movement ofinternal tissues and organs, and enable physicians to see blood flow.

X-Ray - An X-ray examination uses electromagnetic radiation to make images of your bones and internal organs. Simply put, an X-ray allows your doctor to take pictures of the inside of your body.