Radiology and Diagnostics

Modern, Noninvasive Imaging Tests to Identify and Monitor Disease

Often, illness and injury isn’t visible to the naked eye, but can be seen through the use of diagnostic radiology. This medical field involves imaging procedures designed to obtain images from the inside of the body, which are then interpreted by a diagnostic radiologist. Many medical problems can be identified through diagnostic radiology, from broken bones to blood clots and gastrointestinal conditions, just to name a few. Your diagnostic radiologist can also use imaging tests to monitor how your body responds to current treatments.

Diagnostic imaging tests include:

  • X-rays (radiography): The oldest and most well-known form of diagnostic radiology is called radiography, or simply “X-rays.” These diagnostic imaging tests see through the patient’s skin to reveal images of the bones to check for fractures, but X-rays can also diagnose pneumonia and breast cancer through chest X-rays and mammograms, respectively.
  • CT (computed tomography) scan: Similar to an X-ray, CT scans combine multiple X-ray images into a 3D model to view a region of interest. By taking cross-sectional pictures of the patient’s body, CT scans can find fractures, blood clots, signs of heart disease, and more.
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans: This type of imaging test is useful to look at the organs and other soft structures in the body. Patients undergoing an MRI lie on a table that slides into a tunnel-like machine where you must lie motionless during testing. MRI is used for examining the brain, spine, joints, blood vessels, heart, and many other body parts.

To make an appointment with one of our diagnostic radiology providers, please visit our Physician Locator to find a provider and either make an appointment online. You can also call the office directly or visit healthconnect.rwjbh.org/hcweb to book directly.