A Full Variety of Diagnostic Scans

When you choose Middle Village Radiology for your diagnostic imaging needs, you know you're in good hands. With more than 30 years of combined experience, our MRI clinic staff is compassionate and knowledgeable, ensuring your comfort and security at all times. In addition to high-contrast CT scans and MRIs, we provide a number of other imaging methods as well.

High-field MRI and Open MRI for Claustrophobic Patients

When you and your doctor are concerned about fractures, obstructions, cysts, tumors, or any other abnormalities, an MRI is done. Using Hitachi open MRI unit, we perform full-body scans with or without contrast to allow you and your doctor to determine your next course of action. MRI scans take about 45 minutes, and all of your images are available to your doctor as soon as we read the scan and upload them to the database.

Scans

High-Contrast CT Imaging for In-Depth Diagnostics

To view high resolution images of your abdominal body, chest, head, sinuses, spine, or head, a high-contrast CT provides the insight your doctor needs to determine if there are any injuries or damage to your body. For high-contrast CT scans, you must drink a barium mixture two hours prior to your procedure. Scans take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete and results are viewable by your doctor on the same day. We use the GE's CT scanner (closed unit) to obtain detailed diagnostic images.

What are the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening

Benefits

  • Because CT scans are able to detect even very small nodules in the lung, Low-Dose CT (LDCT) of the chest is specially effective for diagnosing lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage.
  • CT is fast, which is important for patients who have trouble holding their breath.
  • CT Scanning is painless and noninvasive.
  • X-rays used in LDTC of the chest scans have no immediate side effects.
  • Low-Dose CT scans of the chest products images of sufficient quality to detect many lung disease and abnormalities using up to 90 percent less ionizing radiation than a conventional chest CT scan
  • Lung cancer screening with LDTC has been proven to reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer in patients at high risk.
  • Lung cancer found by screening with LDCT is often at an earlier stage of disease.
  • When cancer is found with screening, patients can more often undergo minimally invasive surgery and have less lung tissue removed.

Risks

  • False positive results occur when a test appears to be abnormal but no lung cancer is found. Abnormal findings may require more testing, such as additional CT scans or PET/CT, to determine whether or not cancer is present. A more invasive test in which a sample of lung tissue is removed (biopsy) may also be warranted in certain circumstances.
  • Test results that appear to be normal even when lung cancer is present are called false-negative results. A person who receives a false-negative test may delay seeking medical care.
  • Not all of the cancers detected by LDCT will be found in the early stages of the disease. Screening that detects lung cancer may not improve your health or help you live longer if the disease has already spread beyond the lungs to other places of the body.
  • LDCT lung screening and all other screening exams can lead to the detection and treatment of cancer which may never harmed you. This can result in unnecessary treatment, complications, and cost.
  • Health insurance companies may not cover the cost of a LDCT scan to screen for lung cancer.

Source: www.radiologyinfo.org

 

The U.S Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved CT lung cancer screening for patients meeting the following criteria:

  • 55 to 77 years of age and
  • no sign or symptoms of lung cancer, and
  • have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (pack-years is the # of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by the # of years smoked, divided by 20), and
  • currently smoke or have quit smoking within the past 15 years

Please refer to your private insurance provider for the specific criteria.