What is Medical Imaging?

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Medical Imaging

Image-guided diagnosis and treatment studies, carried out with state-of-the-art medical technology by a team of highly trained professionals, who, in close communication with the treating physicians, take care of the performance of the procedure, minimising risks for the patient and issuing reliable and reliable results. Opportune.

Nuclear medicine

Imaging studies using radiotracers or radiopharmaceuticals (formed by a transporter drug and a radioactive isotope) to diagnose and treat various diseases.

Cardiology, endocrinology and oncology are specialities that benefit from this technique.

Radiopharmaceuticals are applied within the body by various routes (the most used is the intravenous route). Their distribution is detected by a radiation detection device called a gamma camera, which digitally stores and processes the information, obtaining images of the entire body or the organ in the study.

Unlike most of those obtained in radiology, these images are functional; that is, they show how the organs and tissues explored are working or reveal their alterations.

The facilities of the Nuclear Medicine area of ​​the Foianini Clinic meet international standards endorsed by the Electricity and Nuclear Technology Supervision Authority – AETN (previously IBTEN).

  • Gamma Camera:  Specially adapted to provide comfort and safety in patient care. It has a piece of state-of-the-art equipment, which allows the detection of pathologies in the early stages of their development and the evaluation of the therapeutic response throughout the treatment.
  • Myocardial perfusion: Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy is a diagnostic imaging method that allows the study of blood flow in the myocardium and the integrity of its cells after intravenous administration of a radioactive tracer. Myocardial perfusion can be studied under resting conditions, during controlled physical exertion or after administering different drugs. These cardiological studies are performed in the presence of a cardiologist.
  • Iodine I-131 Treatment: Therapeutic used for the treatment of specific diseases of the thyroid gland, among which are hyperthyroidism and cancer. This type of treatment is very safe and effective. Still, at the same time, caution is necessary to reduce the possibility of exposure to the small amount of radiation that comes from the patient’s body and body fluids that other people may receive. For this reason, we have a particular room for patients with metabolic treatment who require hospitalisation for clinical control and radiological protection.

This service has it

  • Hot room: For properly handling radiopharmaceuticals and samples taken from patients for analysis.
  • Application room: Where radiopharmaceuticals are administered to patients.
  • Injected room: For the rest of the outpatients.

Magnetic resonance

Non-invasive imaging studies evaluate patients of all ages, including pregnant patients, according to medical indication. It uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce internal 3D images of the body without radiation.

Our team has the most updated software to conduct conventional, dynamic and functional studies.

This study allows the visualisation of anatomical structures with more excellent resolution and sharpness, which helps to locate small lesions, requires less duration and provides greater comfort to the patient.

Magnetic Resonance

In special situations, studies can be carried out under sedation, with the accompaniment of an anesthesiologist, to reduce the feeling of confinement that can make the patient uneasy and prevent the study’s conclusion.

Contrast administration is performed with injection equipment that controls the time and volume of application to the patient according to the type of study and patient weight.

Tomography

A study that provides a multiplanar and three-dimensional reconstruction of the images of the organ studied in different planes allows for obtaining detailed images with a higher resolution.

It is an effective technique for diagnosing different medical conditions, and in particular situations, studies can be carried out under sedation with the accompaniment of an anesthesiologist.

Contrast administration is performed with injection equipment that controls the time and volume of application to the patient according to the type of study and patient weight.

We have equipment that reduces radiation exposure time, which is favourable for the patient.

Ultrasound

Medical images are obtained from ultrasound waves, and it is not an invasive procedure because it does not use ionising radiation.

Diagnosis of diseases through images of the body obtained by ultrasound

It has multiple applications depending on the medical speciality that requires it to carry out routine and specialised studies. Radiology

Studies that allow obtaining images of the entire human body in high diagnostic quality with low doses of radiation allow an adequate evaluation of the patient, contributing to the diagnostic and therapeutic process.