What is the Difference Between Diagnostic, Therapeutic and Interventional Radiology?

According to the American Medical Association, one of the most technologically advanced fields of medicine is radiology. A radiologist is a medical doctor that diagnoses and treats diseases using radiation.…

DEXA Scans: A Guide to Diagnosing Osteoporosis

What is a DEXA Scan? A DEXA scan (also called bone densitometry scan, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan or a DXA scan) is a non-invasive imaging test used to measure bone…

Understanding Radiation Therapy Options

Radiation therapy, a cancer treatment option performed by radiation oncologists, is used to destroy cancer cells and reduce tumor growth without harming nearby tissues. It uses high-energy X-rays or proton…

What to Expect from Your Barium Swallow Test

An exam called a barium swallow test is often used to diagnose disorders that make swallowing difficult or affect the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract (esophagus, stomach and the first part…

Image-Guided Back Injections

Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) have been used since the 1950s for many forms of low back pain and leg pain. The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae, with…

MRI for Cancer Detection: What to Expect

Doctors use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect cancer, look for signs that cancer has spread elsewhere in the body and plan cancer treatment. MRI is painless and simple. Here’s…

Common Types of Medical Imaging

Some health problems are difficult to observe with the naked eye. In these cases, doctors may use imaging techniques to help diagnose, monitor or even treat your condition. Medical imaging…

What Else is an Ultrasound Used for?

Most people associate the term “ultrasound” with pregnancy—whether it’s to examine the baby in the womb or determine the baby’s gender. Although this practice, called fetal imaging, is one of…

X-Rays: What to Expect

X-rays are commonly used for diagnosing fractures and numerous other conditions. This simple procedure is the fastest and simplest way for a doctor to view and assess fractures, injuries or…

Bone Density Scan

Bone Density Scan

We don’t always think of them this way, but the bones in our bodies age right along with us. One condition of aging bones is osteoporosis, a disease where bones…