Medical Imaging: Radiology
General Radiology/Radiography or x-ray uses x-rays passed through your body to create a picture of internal structures of your body. These images are used to identify disease or injury.
What is digital tomosynthesis?
Digital tomosynthesis is a specialized x-ray exam where the x-ray tube moves over the patient in an arc of 20 to 40 degrees, taking a series of pulsed exposures.
The computer reconstructs the x-rays into a series of images at various depths within the body. It is similar to a CT scan but delivers a much lower x-ray dose. The dose is more than one x-ray exposure but much less than a CT scan.
Digital tomosynthesis is used when your care provider wants to view multiple layers of the structures of your body.
St. Joseph’s digital tomosynthesis services include:
- Abdominal imaging for kidney stones
- Orthopedic/skeletal imaging for fractures and or where bones are not properly joined
- Head (cranial) imaging to look at sinuses, jaw joints (temporomandibular or TM joints), etc.