A-Z PROCEDURES

  • 3D Breast Tomosynthesis Mammography

    This new type of mammography produces a 3D image of the breast, providing breast imaging radiologists with a clearer view through overlapping breast tissue. The result is a more detailed picture, making breast abnormalities easier to see, even in dense tissue.
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  • Arthrography

    Arthrograms are a diagnostic tool performed in conjunction with MRI, CT or X-ray to evaluate joints. This procedure involves a contrast injection into the joint that enhances the visualization of structures and aids the evaluation of joint abnormalities, such as cartilage tears and other injuries.
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  • Bone Density

    DEXA Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry.DEXA is the most accurate and advanced test available for measuring bone density (strength). Its results are reproducible, therefore allowing measurements to be taken over time showing progression of disease or improvement in bone density due to treatment. Minimal radiation (less than 1/20 of a chest x-ray) is used to determine the bone density of the spine, hip or wrist. A DEXA test is more sensitive than ordinary x-rays, more accurate than heel measurements and can diagnose bone loss at an earlier stage. Safe and painless, the 20 minute DEXA scan is the most reliable test to determine even the earliest stages of bone loss associated with osteoporosis.
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  • CT Angiography

    Angiography is a minimally invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Angiography uses one of three imaging technologies and, in some cases, a contrast material to produce pictures of major blood vessels throughout the body.
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  • Fluoroscopy

    Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous x-ray image on a monitor, much like an x-ray movie. It is used to diagnose or treat patients by displaying the movement of a body part or of an instrument or dye (contrast agent) through the body.
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  • Interventional Radiology

    Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use x-rays, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease non-surgically. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine.
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  • Kyphoplasty

    Kyphoplasty is a treatment for patients immobilized by the painful vertebral body compression fractures (VCFs) associated with osteoporosis or cancer. Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can reduce compression fracture pain by a moderate to significant amount and additionally may stabilize the fracture, restore height and reduce deformity.
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  • Mammography

    Raleigh Radiology is committed to providing patients with the most advanced mammography technology available. Digital Mammography with CAD (computer aided detection) is the best tool available to help detect breast cancer in its earliest stages – when it has the best chance of being cured. In clinical studies, digital mammography screening detected up to 28% more cancers than film screen mammography in women under the age of 50, premenopausal and perimenopausal women, and all women with dense breast.
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  • MRA

    During an MRA exam, special types of pulses are used to create pictures of flowing blood and blood vessels. MRA is performed without need for catheters, and in many cases without need for any type of dyes or contrast injections. Sometimes, to produce exceptionally detailed pictures, MRI dye (gadolinium) is injected into a vein in the arm.
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  • Musculoskeletal Imaging & Sports Medicine

    Whether an elite athlete or weekend warrior, the team of seven fellowship trained musculoskeletal radiologists at Raleigh Radiology have you covered for your imaging and interventional needs. We offer a range of bone and joint imaging procedures including MRI, arthrography, ultrasound, and therapeutic joint injections. Open bore MRI and IV valium sedation are offered at select locations for added comfort to those patients suffering from claustrophobia.
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  • Pediatric Imaging

    Raleigh Radiology provides pediatric imaging services at several of our locations including walk-in x-ray, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI. Our professional and certified technologists provide a kid-friendly environment to make both parent and child feel at ease. Our radiologists and staff follow special pediatric techniques to ensure the lowest radiation dose possible for your child. All procedures are read by board-certified radiologists. We value the importance of a timely diagnosis and providing your child with expert care.

    We encourage parents to learn more about radiation safety in pediatric imaging. Please view the links below for helpful information and down loads, including a valuable record to track your child’s medical imaging procedures. This record will also be available in our facilities, please ask your technologists for a copy or download a copy from this page. For more information on pediatric radiation safety please visit the American College of Radiology (ACR) resource for parents “Image Gently.”

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  • Sclerotherapy

    Spider veins are very small, superficial veins that can be treated using sclerotherapy. These delicate yet unsightly veins can diminish within weeks of treatment, making legs appear years younger, healthier, and more attractive.
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  • Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Block Procedure

    SPG stands for sphenopalatine ganglion, a group of nerves near the nose cavity that sometimes causes migraine headaches, face and head pain. This nerve group can be sensitized by infection, trauma, or other things, resulting in recurring pain. SPG blocks have been reported to treat cluster headaches, migraines, Trigeminal neuralgia, Herpes zoster, Temporomandibular disorder, Nasal contact point headache, Vasomotor rhinitis, and more.
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  • Thermal Ablations

    In thermal ablation, an interventional radiologist makes a small nick in the skin above the tumor site, then guides a probe through the skin into the liver, lung, or kidney. Using imaging guidance such as ultrasound, CT, or MRI, the interventional radiologist is able to place the probe directly adjacent to the tumor.
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  • Ultrasound

    Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams are safe and non-invasive, and do not use ionizing radiation (x-ray). Since ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound imaging is usually a painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
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  • Vascular Radiology & Vein Treatment

    Our team of board-certified interventional and vascular radiologists is committed to treating problem veins and vascular issues, while providing patients with the utmost quality of care.
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  • VenaCure EVLT™

    Unsightly varicose veins can cause considerable discomfort and may progress over time to more serious conditions that can be treated with minimally invasive therapies in our office to minimize the disruption to our patients’ busy lives.
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  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy

    Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove varicose veins on the surface of the leg. This procedure involves making very small punctures or incisions in the skin near the affected vein. Veins are very collapsible and are easily removed through these tiny incisions. Phlebectomies can easily be done on an outpatient basis using local anesthetic.
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  • Barium Enema

    Lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract radiography, also called a Lower GI or Barium Enema, is an x-ray examination of the large intestine, also known as the colon. The appendix and a portion of the distal small intestine may also be included. The lower GI uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material called barium.
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  • Breast Density

    On July 23rd, 2013, Governor Pat McCrory signed a law to standardize dense breast tissue reporting to women.  North Carolina joins several other states to standardize dense breast tissue reporting.  Addy Jeffrey, Greensboro, North Carolina resident, brought the issue of dense breast to the legislature after her advanced stage cancer diagnosis within 8 months of a normal mammogram.
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  • Breast MRI

    Breast MRI is a new imaging technique that is used for certain women at very high risk for cancer, whose breast tissue can’t be fully evaluated in the usual ways. In some of these women, clinical exam, self breast exam, mammogram, and ultrasound alone may not give enough useful information. MRI isn’t recommended as a substitute for screening or diagnostic mammography.
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  • CT Scan (Computed Tomography Scan)

    During a CT scan, multiple images are taken and compiled into complete, cross-sectional pictures (or slices) of soft tissue, bone and blood vessels. The resulting images reveal details that are typically invisible or difficult to see in a traditional x-ray.
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  • HSG

    Hysterosalpingography is primarily used to examine women who have difficulty becoming pregnant by allowing the radiologist to evaluate the shape and structure of the uterus, the fallopian tubes (tubes leading to the ovaries), and any scarring.
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  • IVP

    An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder that uses iodinated contrast material injected into veins. When a contrast material is injected into a vein in the patient’s arm, it travels through the blood stream and collects in the kidneys and urinary tract, turning these areas bright white. An IVP allows the radiologist to view and assess the anatomy and function of the kidneys, ureters and the bladder.
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  • Low Dose CT Lung Screening

    The Low Dose CT Lung Screening is an exam with the ability to detect lung cancer in its earliest stages when it is most treatable. It consists of a low dose, non-contrasted CT that uses X-rays to scan the entire chest in about five to ten seconds during a single breath hold. The exam takes about 15 minutes in its entirety to complete.
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  • Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy

    Minimally invasive breast biopsy was developed in the 1980s.This technique allows for a highly accurate diagnosis through 5mm (1/4 inch) incision without the need for open surgery (other names for this type of biopsy are stereotactic biopsy, Mammotome biopsy, and vacuum assisted breast biopsy). A minimally invasive biopsy allows the tissue in question to be removed through a needle attached to a vacuum device.
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  • MRI

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive medical test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio waves to create images of the body’s internal organs and structures. The resulting images reveal details that are invisible or hard to see when using other imaging methods, such as x-rays, ultrasound exams or CT scans. Physicians often rely on these MRI images in order to properly diagnose a variety of injuries, conditions and diseases.
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  • Open Bore MRI

    An open bore MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system differs from a traditional MRI by the size of the opening, or bore, in which the patient lies within a large cylindrical magnet. This magnetic field, along with radio waves and a computer, create a detailed image of the patient’s organs, tissues and bones that aid physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. In a traditional MRI, the bore is only slightly larger than the patient, creating a restrictive and to some, uncomfortable environment. The open bore MRI technology was designed to accommodate those obese or claustrophobic patients who could not be served by a traditional MRI.
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  • Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

    More than 30% of women complain about lower abdomen pain in their lifetime. Most of these women are between the ages of 20 – 45 having a history of multiple pregnancies and have a condition known as Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS). It is believed that this condition is associated with varicose veins in the pelvis. The varicose veins usually develop during pregnancy and become larger as time progresses. In veins functioning normally, blood flows in only one direction, and is prevented from flowing backwards. When the valves in the veins are defective, blood starts to flow backwards and engorge the veins in the pelvis. As the blood pools, the vein walls are stretched and the veins get larger. These are known as varicosities.
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  • Selective Internal Radiation Therapy

    Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) is a revolutionary treatment for advanced liver cancer that utilizes new technologies to deliver radiation directly to the site of tumors.
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  • Therapeutic Joint Injection

    Therapeutic joint injections are a minimally invasive treatment option used to relieve pain caused by inflammatory joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis and gout. Corticosteroids, used to reduce inflammation and minimize pain as a result, are injected into the affected joint. This medication only affects the targeted area and does not usually cause side effects in most patients. Joint injections are administered under local anesthesia and usually only cause mild, brief discomfort for most patients.
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  • UFE

    Uterine fibroid tumors are benign growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus and may cause problems for some women. Symptoms may include pain and heavy and prolonged menstrual periods leading to anemia, as well as bowel or bladder irritation from direct pressure.
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  • Upper GI

    Upper gastrointestinal tract radiography, also called an Upper GI, is an x-ray examination of the pharynx, esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine (also known as the duodenum) that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and an orally ingested contrast material called barium.
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  • Vascular Ultrasound

    Vascular ultrasound provides pictures of the body’s veins and arteries. A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of a vascular ultrasound examination.
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  • Women’s Imaging

    Women’s Imaging is a very important subspecialty of Raleigh Radiology. We take great pride in providing imaging services that are tailored to the unique needs of our female patients. Our facilities have been designed to provide a private, comfortable atmosphere to help alleviate some of the anxiety and stress often experienced by women undergoing imaging procedures. Our staff of registered professionals are there to answer questions, provide comfort and help our patients through their procedures with the highest degree of professionalism and accuracy.
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