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Diagnostic Imaging

We have the best diagnostic imaging department in the eastern part of the country.

Our image department is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that allows complex diagnostic studies to be carried out in a comfortable environment. Our facilities include a new equipment to perform open magnetic resonances.

The diagnostic imaging department of our hospital is attended by qualified specialists, who guarantee you to receive accurate diagnostic reports.

Our offer of diagnostic studies includes:

Open Magnetic Resonance

It is a technique that uses the phenomenon of nuclear magnetic resonance to obtain data on the structure and composition of the body. These data are processed by computers that generate images of the interior of the body that is being analyzed. It allows the doctor to observe alterations in the tissues and detect various pathologies. The magnetic resonance is able to differentiate internal organs, blood vessels, muscles, joints, tumors, infected areas among others. The magnetic resonance is not invasive, does not resort to surgery or any type of X-ray, its principle of operation is the magnetic field, this makes it a safe diagnostic method without side effects documented to date.

Because magnetic resonance imaging uses an intense magnetic field, you should inform the doctor if you are pregnant, take oral hypoglycemic drugs, or have any of the following devices or implants:

  • Pacemaker
  • Neurostimulators
  • Aneurysm staples
  • Cochlear implants
  • Metal implants
  • Steel surgical staples
  • Drug dosing device
  • Composite steel implants

Tomography

Through the computed tomography, multiple images of cuts or sections of body parts are obtained, when exercising, a source of X-rays in rotation movement around the body. The representation of the tomographic image is obtained by capturing the signals, x-ray detectors, and their subsequent process by algorithms of image reconstruction.

The obtaining of images by computerized tomography is not invasive and does not cause pain. Computed tomography is able to obtain images of bones, soft tissues and blood vessels at the same time.

The uses of CT include the exploration of:

  • Internal hemorrhages.
  • Fractured bones.
  • Tumors.
  • Blood clots.
  • Heart diseases.
  • Pathologies of the abdominal region.

To perform the procedure the patient must remain immobile on a narrow stretcher. The stretcher passes slowly through the center of a circular X-ray machine.

Mammography

Mammograms, also called mammograms, are x-rays of the breast, which use low doses of x-rays. These can be useful in detecting breast cancer in the early stages, even before it can be felt. Doctors, specifically radiologists, look for changes in breast tissue that may be signs of cancer in women who do not have any symptoms or breast problems.

Mammograms can not confirm that an abnormal area is cancer, but they can help doctors decide if more studies are needed. The two main types of changes in the breasts that are found with a mammogram are calcifications and masses (lumps).

To make a mammogram, a machine designed to examine the tissue of the breast is used. The machine has two plates that compress or flatten the breast to separate the tissue. This creates a better image and allows the use of less radiation. Mammograms expose the breasts to small amounts of radiation. However, the benefits of mammography outweigh any possible damage that could be caused by exposure to radiation.

Ecosonography

Ultrasound, also called ecosonography or ultrasonography, is a diagnostic procedure that uses ultrasound to build two-dimensional and three-dimensional images of structures inside the body. A small instrument called a transducer, similar to a microphone, emits high-frequency sound waves, these waves are transmitted to the area of ​​the body to be studied, returning an echo that the transducer, upon receiving it, transmits signals to a computer that constructs the images.

The procedure is non-invasive and does not cause pain and is considered totally harmless. The specialist who performs the test will spread a gel on the skin and slide the transducer over the area of ​​the body to be studied.

Abdominal ultrasound is the most frequent and you can explore the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, aorta and retroperitoneum. It is also the method par excellence for monitoring pregnancy, where x-rays and computed tomography would not be appropriate.

Bone densitometry

It allows to determine the bone mineral density. It is done with x-rays, ultrasound or radioactive isotopes. Its main function is to diagnose osteoporosis. The test is performed with a computer that measures the images and gives a figure of the bone mineral amount per surface. The exam focuses on a specific bone, usually the spine, hip, or forearm. The density of these bones is compared with a standard value based on age, sex and size. The comparison is used to determine the risk of fractures and the state of osteoporosis of the person.

Patients who undergo densitometry during a given period of time can be studied the evolution of calcium loss, develop a prognosis and therefore find the fracture threshold, allowing to apply the corresponding preventive treatments.

At the time of the study, the patient must change their clothes for a hospital gown, also remove all personal items. The test is not invasive and does not cause pain.

X-rays

Radiography is a rapid, safe and easy to perform diagnostic technique. It consists of obtaining images of areas of the body, which need to be studied, through the printing of photographic plates with a minimum amount of radiation, which passes through the area of ​​the body under study, which is positioned between the plate and the source of x-rays. Each type of tissue of the organism allows different amounts of this radiation to pass through, so the plate is impressed with more or less intensity in each zone, according to the tissue in front of it, allowing us to obtain an image of the internal composition of the studied area . X-rays allow to discard or diagnose bone fractures, tumors, cysts, or infections among other causes of disease.

The realization of an X-ray exposes the human body to a minimum amount of radiation, this technique is subject to rigorous controls that seek to reduce the exposure time, the amount of radiation, and the use of lower-risk types of radiation. Exposure to X-rays always carries risks, so X-rays should be performed when they are strictly necessary, pregnant women should avoid X-rays, since X-rays represent major risks in embryos.

When an x-ray is to be performed, any metallic object should be removed from the area to be x-rayed.

 

 

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