Computerized Tomography (CT or CAT scan)
A highly advanced diagnostic scan using computer-enhanced x-rays. CT scans show images of areas surrounded by bone and can also help doctors see details within tissues, such as organs and blood vessels. CT scans are much clearer and detailed than ordinary x-rays and can often detect certain problems at an earlier stage.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
A highly advanced diagnostic technique which combines a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency waves and computers to produce high quality images of the body's internal tissues. These images help physicians diagnose specific medical conditions.
A type of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material (called tracers) to help diagnose and/or treat a variety of conditions or diseases. Nuclear medicine scans give doctors important information about how various parts of the body are working.
PET Scans (positron emission tomography)
A highly advanced medical imaging that shows your body’s metabolic activity. When combined, the PET and CT scans show what’s happening inside your body, including both normal and abnormal metabolic activity, as well as the anatomic details of the area where the activity is taking place.
Interventional Radiology (Special Procedures)
A medical sub-specialty of radiology utilizing minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system.
An imaging technique that uses x-rays to create "real-time" or moving images of the body. It helps doctors see how an organ or body system functions. Fluoroscopy is used in a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. A radiologist (x-ray doctor) and radiologic technologist perform the procedures together.
Bone Densitometry (Dexa)
A scan similar to an x-ray that quickly and accurately measures the density of bone. It is used primarily to detect osteopenia or osteoporosis, conditions in which the bone's mineral and density are low and the risk of fractures is increased.
A diagnostic medical imaging technique using sound waves to visualize muscles, tendons, tissues and many internal organs. Imagery can show size, structure and/or abnormalities with real time images.
Imaging for children
Even the simplest x-ray exams can be scary for children. Through Deaconess' partnership with Riley Hospital for Children IU Health, children receive special attention, making the procedure comfortable and easy for each child. Conscious sedation may be needed for tests that require a child to remain motionless for a period of time.
In addition, we offer a Child Life Assistant to help meet the special emotional or developmental needs of your child. Please notify us if your child has any special needs. Child Life Services will do everything possible to ensure a positive experience for you and your child. If you have questions about Child Life Services, please call 812-842-3834.