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3D mammography (tomosynthesis) Edward is one of the few centers in the western suburbs to offers 3D mammography - the latest technology in detecting breast cancer. 3D mammography helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.
During a 3D mammogram, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast. View this video on 3D mammography to learn more.
VIDEO: Detecting breast cancer with 3D mammography.
Digital mammography Edward's state-of-the-art mammography technology uses low-dose radiation to screen for breast abnormalities. With digital mammography, mammograms are performed the same way as conventional mammograms, the difference is in how the image is acquired and read. Digital mammography uses less radiation than film and the images have extremely high contrast, so they're very detailed. And because they're on a computer, the images can be altered and magnified, and the radiologist can quickly pull up other images and compare them. The benefits of digital mammography also include faster image acquisition, shorter exam times, easier image storage, and ability to transmit images over a network.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Magnetic resonance imaging is a non-invasive technology that uses a large magnet, radio waves, and computerized graphics to produce high-quality, cross- sectional images of organs and body structures. MRI produces two-dimensional and three-dimensional pictures, and can be used to evaluate any part of the body. Most commonly, MRI is used to diagnose internal injuries or conditions, and to monitor the effects of medications and treatments inside the body.
Open MRI Edward offers a completely open-bore MRI for patients in the western suburbs. This MRI system offers a more comfortable exam experience for patients while allowing medical staff to conduct high-quality MR imaging.
Ultrasound Ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves to scan body tissues. Ultrasound is often used to evaluate and monitor the fetus during pregnancy. In other cases, ultrasound may be used to obtain additional views of suspicious breast tissue.
Lung Screening Program Edward Cancer Center offers a CT Lung Screening for at risk patients. This lung screening, designed to assist in early detection, can give those at risk the opportunity for a healthier lifestyle. Learn more about who should have a CT Lung Screen and more about the procedure.
Computerized Tomography (CT scan) A CT scan, also known as a CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography) scan, is a special kind of x-ray that can produce pictures of a cross section of the body. CT scans provide clear pictures of soft tissues, such as the brain, sinuses, or the organs in the abdomen, to determine if there are injuries, tumors or disease.
CT scans are used for many diagnostic procedures. They can show brain structures including tumors, blood clots and enlarged ventricles. A CT scan of a body part can distinguish between bone, tissue, fat, gas and fluid. CT scans can detect if a growth is solid or fluid-filled and if an organ is normal in size or shape.
CT scans can be used to diagnose brain tumors, the spread of cancer, cysts, sinus disease, aneurysm, pancreatitis, kidney stones, liver disease, and more.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Stereotactic breast biopsy uses an X-ray to precisely position a needle to retrieve samples of suspicious breast tissue discovered on a mammogram. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in the women's imaging area on the Edward Hospital campus.
Bone Density Testing (DEXA scanning) DEXA scanning is a painless x-ray procedure that measures bone density in the lumbar spine and hip. This screening helps physicians identify and monitor osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. DEXA scans are interpreted by board-certified physicians with Naperville Radiologists. A physician referral is required.
Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine images how the body works (physiology), rather than how the body is built (anatomy). By injecting, ingesting or inhaling a tiny dose of radioactivity, nuclear medicine cameras can find out how well your blood flows through your arteries and veins, how well your lungs work, and how your liver, your stomach, your kidneys, your bladder, your brain and even your bones are functioning.
PET/CT Positron Emission Tomography, commonly referred to as PET scan, is a specialized nuclear medicine procedure that produces pictures of chemical and physiological changes in the body. PET scans can detect, for instance, cancers and cancer spread before they're big enough to be seen by other imaging techniques but PET alone is not as anatomically specific. With the addition of a CT scanner, which provides specific anatomic localization, PET/CT shows both metabolic and anatomic data throughout the body on one exam.
PET/CT is most commonly utilized to scan the whole body but can be performed specifically to scan just the brain or the heart, for example. Because PET/CT scans can detect changes in body tissues, they are useful for:
Determining benign versus malignant
Identifying lung nodules to see if any one of them is cancer
Looking for how extensively cancer has spread in the body. Can also see how well treatments are affecting cancer
Assessing causes for memory disorders such as Alzheimer's disease
Determining the location of seizures and if patients with uncontrolled seizures might benefit from surgery
Assessing brain metabolism in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
Learning how blood is flowing in the heart to assess for coronary artery disease and to check for heart muscle damage
Finding out if a damaged part of the heart would benefit from surgery
PET/CT scans are available at Edward Hospital , 120 Spalding Drive, MOB 2, Naperville.