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Breast Imaging  |  Computed Tomography (CT SCAN)    |  Bone Mineral Measurement/DEXA
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)  |  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)  |   Thyroid Biopsy
Uterine Fibroid Embolization  |   PICC Line  |  Ultrasound  |  Diagnostic X-Ray



3 –D mammography is the latest improvement in imaging to detect breast cancer. Conventional 2-D mammography produces pictures in which an X-ray passes through the breast along a single line, giving an image in which all of the breast structures along that line are overlapped with each other. >>>



Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor, and transmitted and stored just like computer files. It is very much like having a conventional screening with compression and x-rays used to create a clear image of the inside of the breast. >>>



Breast ultrasound (us) is an extension of the physical exam: instead of placing one’s hands on an organ or mass to feel it, the US probe (transducer) is placed on the skin over the breast making an image of it by bouncing ultra sound waves   off the surface of the anatomy and receiving the reflected waves which are processed by a computer into a picture. >>>



An initiative to effectively identify patients who are genetically at high risk for developing breast cancer has been the focus of Waterbury physician task force and is ready for implementation throughout the Waterbury area. The task force consists of representatives from obstetrics/gynecology, breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology and radiology. >>>


Your physician has requested that you undergo aspiration of a breast cyst. Breast cysts are initially seen as round densities on a mammogram. Cysts cannot accurately be diagnosed by mammography, as they cannot be distinguished from other well-defined masses. >>>

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CT scan, also know as a CAT scan, provides the radiologist with detailed images of the organs and deep parts of the human body. It uses a rotating x-ray device and a sophisticated computer to create an image through the human body, similar to how a slice of bread shows us what the inside of a loaf of bread look like. >>>



DRA in Middlebury will be offering low-dose, non-contrast CT imaging as a screening technique for lung cancer for people meeting specific criteria. Computed tomography is a radiographic imaging technique that can provide high quality images of the lungs during a single breath hold. Due to its speed and sensitivity in detecting small lung lesions, CT imaging has been proposed as a screening test for lung cancer in high risk individuals.>>>


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Bone mineral density (BMD) measurement is a test that measures the amount of calcium in certain bones, it assess the severity of osteoporosis and can estimate the risk for fracture. BMD is also referred to as bone density. This test is easy, fast, painless and non-invasive. >>>

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An intravenous pyelogram or IVP, is a test that uses X-ray dye or contrast to outline the kidneys, ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder) and the bladder on an X-ray.

An IVP in conjunction with a CT scan is recommended for patients with kidney pain, blood in the urine, increased urination, pain with urination, and suspected kidney stones or tumors. >>>

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Diagnostic Radiology Associates now offers advanced 3T Ultra High Field MRI at its Middlebury location, Turnpike Office Park, 1579 Straits Turnpike.  3T MRI provides unsurpassed image quality and resolution outperforming lower strength MRI units.  The 3T MRI captures images with a level of detail, clarity, and speed never before possible, establishing a new benchmark in imaging.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic technique that combines a powerful magnet with an advanced computer system and radio waves to produce detailed images or “slices” of the human body.MRI does not use radiation and has no known side effects. >>>



Arthrography is an X-ray study of a joint containing radiologic dye or contrast material. Arthrography can identify abnormalities in the shoulder, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle. No special preparation is necessary for this study… >>>

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Your doctor has scheduled your for a needle biopsy of your thyroid gland. Ultrasound imaging is used to guide a very fine needle into the thyroid. The skin on your neck will be cleansed and local anesthesia will be used to make the procedure more comfortable. A fine needle is used to take a tissue sample. The sample is sent to a laboratory to be analyzed by a pathologist. >>>

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UFE blocks the blood supply to fibroids, causing them to shrink. It is clinically proven to reduce the major symptoms of fibroids, including pain, excessive and prolonged bleeding, and frequent urination. UFE is minimally invasive, requiring only a small nick in the skin. >>>

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A PICC line is an intravenous line that can stay in a patient for approximately 6 to 8 months. Antibiotics, nutrition, and chemotherapy are common medications that may need to be infused over a long period of time. The PICC is inserted in the inside of your upper arm; the end of the PICC is positioned in the Superior Vena Cava. >>>

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Ultrasound uses sound waves that you can’t hear to “see” the internal organs in your body. An ultrasound test does not use x-rays, is completely painless and in most procedures noninvasive. Ultrasound is one of the safest medical tests available today. >>>

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Diagnostic X-ray (radiography) is an examination using electromagnetic energy beams to produce images onto film or computer. X-rays are performed for various reasons such as diagnosing bone injuries or tumors. Even though the field of imaging has grown significantly over the years, X-rays are still the most commonly used modality within the field of radiology. >>>

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