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Medical Imaging Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common offered by radiologists. These radiologists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. If you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here, please call (708) 660-INFO (4636) to find a doctor that can help you.

  • Angiogram: A type of X-ray that uses contrast dye delivered by IV to create images inside the arteries.
  • Angioplasty: Minimally invasive procedure to open a blocked heart artery using cardiac catheterization.
  • Arthrogram: Contrast dye injected into a joint to make the soft tissue injuries or damage visible.
  • Cardiac catheterization: A thin tube is put into a blood vessel in your arm, neck or upper thigh and threaded through a blood vessel to your heart.
  • CT scan: Creates detailed cross-sectional pictures (often called slices) of the body.
  • DEXA bone density: Helps predict conditions such as osteoporosis.
  • Digital mammography: offers enhanced, extra-clear images of breast tissue and abnormalities.
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG): Records brain electrical activity to help evaluate and diagnose brain tumors, head injuries, infections, sleep problems, unexplained fainting and seizures.
  • Fluoroscopy: A continuous x-ray on a monitor, offering moving images of what’s happening inside the body.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Uses a magnetic force instead of radiation to create images of soft tissues and blood vessels as well as bones and cartilage.
  • Myelogram: A liquid dye injected into the spinal column to create images and find the cause of back pain, weakness or numbness and pain in the arms or legs.
  • Nuclear medicine: Uses radiopharmaceuticals—drugs injected into the body with tiny amounts of radioactive materials that can be detected by a gamma camera to create images.
  • Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves are used to view the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, liver and other organs and the fetus during pregnancy.
  • X-ray: Often used to check for broken bones, pneumonia or cancer.