Positron emission tomography, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine—while the terms alone of diagnostic medicine may sound intimidating enough, many of the procedures themselves are painless and critically important to protecting your health. If your doctor has recommended a diagnostic screening, talk with your physician or screening center to learn more about the test and what you can expect.
- Positron emission tomography, more simply and commonly called a PET scan, utilizes a tracer to locate affected cells and organs. This WebMD guide to PET scans provides more information on how the test is performed and how it differs from other tests, like CT scans.
- Where traditional x-ray screenings produce still images for your doctor to examine, fluoroscopy uses x-rays to produce moving images of your organs. Read more about fluoroscopy, how to prepare for one, and what to expect after the procedure.
- While “nuclear medicine” may sound slightly threatening, it actually describes a field that works to protect your health through medical imaging. This radiology overview of nuclear medicine describes its uses, risks and benefits to help you become a more empowered patient.
For more information about diagnostic imaging, contact SWDIC today. Providing the highest standards of service and a patient-centered approach, Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center is a Dallas leader in diagnostic imaging and health screening. Visit us online to find a location near you, or call us today at (888) 530-1053.