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If your child breaks a bone, she will probably heal faster than you can; but when it comes to radiation, she is more sensitive. If her doctor has recommended an imaging procedure that requires ionizing radiation, like fluoroscopy, you might feel concerned about the effects of radiation on your child. Keep reading to learn more about fluoroscopy and how to make sure your child is safe.
Fluoroscopy uses X-ray radiation and contrast materials to view images of body organs and observe their functioning. Contrast materials like barium can be introduced orally or through injection, so that the X-rays can “read” the organ and produce an image. With the contrast in place, the X-rays create still images of the organ or, with computer assistance, a video of the organ as it works.
Uses of Fluoroscopy
Fluoroscopy works very well in the intestinal and digestive tracts, as it is easy to introduce contrast materials orally or rectally. Doctors can use the process to find tumors and ulcers, or diagnose and monitor other illnesses.
Making Fluoroscopy Safer for Children
One of the most effective ways to keep your child safe from radiation is carefully following all instructions for procedure preparation. For example, allowing your child to eat before a test that requires fasting may mean the radiologist has to repeat the procedure, thus exposing your child to twice as much radiation. If your pediatrician has recommended fluoroscopy and you are concerned about radiation exposure, you can talk to both the pediatrician and radiologist about possible alternatives. However, if both agree that fluoroscopy is necessary, the benefit of the imaging procedure will likely be much greater for your child than any possible risks from radiation exposure.
If your child needs diagnostic imaging, you’ll be glad to know that Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center provides individualized care through tailored exams and procedures. We can make your child as safe and comfortable as possible during MRIs, CT scans, CAT scans and other imaging procedures. Call us today at (888) 530-1053 to learn more.
At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, we offer advanced imaging technology to help diagnose and treat your health problems as effectively as possible. The information in these links explains some of the common medical imaging tests we perform.
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Ultrasounds are one of the most frequently used types of imaging technology. Most people associate ultrasounds with the screenings done during pregnancy to track the development of a baby, but there are other uses for this diagnostic tool. Here is what you need to know about this type of medical imaging technology:
What Are Ultrasounds?
Ultrasounds are medical imaging tests that work using sound waves and echoes. During the test, high frequency sound waves are directed at a specific area of the body using a hand-held probe. The sound waves travel through the body, bouncing off objects along the way. At each object, some of the waves pass through while others are reflected to the probe. The information from the probe is transferred to the larger ultrasound machine. Millions of these sound waves are transmitted and reflected per second during an ultrasound. Once the ultrasound is complete, the machine uses the information from the reflective waves to calculate the distance between internal objects. This information is then translated into a 2D image of the targeted area.
What Are the Types of Ultrasounds?
The most commonly used ultrasound is the type that produces 2D images. A different type of ultrasound, called Doppler ultrasound, measures moving objects. Doppler ultrasound measures the frequency of sound echoes to determine movement speed. Faster speeds produce higher frequency echoes. Doppler ultrasound is used to determine blood flow rates in the heart and blood vessels.
Why Are Ultrasounds Used?
Ultrasound testing is used for a variety of reasons. During pregnancy, doctors use ultrasounds to determine the position and sex of the baby and to track the development. Cardiologists use ultrasounds to diagnose blood flow obstructions. It can also be used to detect kidney stones and tumors. Ultrasound is a preferred imaging technology for many doctors because it’s faster than X-rays and doesn’t involve radiation.
Ultrasounds are just one of the medical imaging tools we offer at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center. If you need an MRI, CT scan, or other type of medical imaging, make an appointment at our Dallas clinic by calling (888) 530-1053.
If your doctor has ever ordered an imaging test to diagnose a medical problem, then you’ve experienced radiology. Radiology is broad term that encompasses a number of powerful diagnostic testing tools that help doctors treat everything from broken bones to cancer.
This video explains some of the different types of radiology exams. Common tests include X-rays, PET scans, CAT scans, and MRIs. Doctors typically order a particular type of test and send patients to a radiology expert to carry out the exam.
At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, our doctors rely on advanced imaging technology services and provide quality patient care. When you need diagnostic tests, make an appointment at our Dallas clinic by calling (888) 530-1053.