(AMI) Advanced Medical Imaging of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
AMI offers the following diagnostic services. For details on preparing for any of these exams, please click here.
Bone Densitometry, or DEXA scan (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry), is a technique that measures the mineral content of bone. The hip, spine, and occasionally wrist are the sites evaluated. These are the sites where osteoporosis occurs initially. The measurements of bone density obtained are then compared against reference populations based on your age, sex, weight, and ethnic background. This information is used by your doctor to assist in diagnosing osteoporosis, response to treatment, and likelihood of fracture.
Breast Services: Our breast imaging and diagnostic services mirror many of those available at The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center including: all digital screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, clinical breast exams, stereotactic breast biopsy, minimally invasive breast and thyroid biopsy (FNA), and cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, and testing.
We provide same-day results for screening and diagnostic mammograms. Next-day (24-48 hr) appointments are available for mammograms and breast ultrasound.
In-depth information about breast care and imaging can be found here. (Please note, AMI does not offer all tests and treatments available at the Leslie Simon Breast Care Center).
Computerized Tomography (CT) is performed by a special machine, which is shaped like a doughnut. It directs a series of x-rays through the body to produce images which are cross-sections or “slices” of the body.
A CT scan does expose you to a small amount of radiation, although well within safe limits. The amount is about the same amount as we get from “background” radiation from being outside for 3 years.
Digital Mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer. Digital mammography uses less radiation than film mammography. Our Radiologists also use software known as CAD (Computer Aided Detection). This software program is designed to help improve how radiologists interpret digital mammograms. The CAD technology basically works like a second pair of eyes, reviewing a patient's mammography image after the radiologist has already made an initial interpretation. For the comfort of our patients, we also provide a MammoPad breast cushions while performing the mammogram. These cushions are designed to benefit women undergoing mammograms by providing more comfort. It is also believed to aid in better tissue acquisition and ultimately improved outcomes.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a way of obtaining very detailed images of organs and tissues throughout the body without the need for x-rays. Instead, it uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, a rapidly changing magnetic field, and a computer to demonstrate whether or not there is an injury or some disease process present. MRI provides much greater contrast between the different soft tissues of the body than CT does, making it especially useful in neurological (brain), musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and oncological (cancer) imaging.
Ultrasound (US) Imaging, also called sonography, is a method of "seeing" inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. Ultrasound imaging is based on the same principles involved in the sonar used by bats and ships. The sound waves are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. This allows for visualization of the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. There is no radiation associated with an ultrasound exam.
X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. It involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of radiation to produce an image of the internal organs and bones on a sheet of film.