MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a diagnostic procedure used to create clear, cross-sectional pictures of the human body. MRI is a safe, painless and simple diagnostic tool that provides detailed pictures of the body without radiation. MRI utilizes computer technology, a magnetic field and radio waves to diagnose injuries, tumors and diseases of the muscles and bones of the body.

MRI produces highly detailed images of soft tissue structures near and around bones, blood vessels, organs and the brain. Some common uses are for spinal and joint problems, small tears in tendons and ligaments, sports injuries, arthritis, organs of the chest and abdomen.

Stand-Up MRI (Upright MRI)

High Field Imaging is proud to announce that we are the only facility in the area that uses this leading technology. This is the only true Open MRI in the industry. There is nothing directly in front of the patient's face to cause a “closed-in” feeling. This means that highly claustrophobic patients who are unable to tolerate other MRI scanners, including some "open" MRIs, can now successfully undergo an MRI exam. Additionally, because the scanner is unusually quiet, patients can sit and watch their favorite television programs on a wall mounted TV.

Patients can be scanned in a multitude of positions, including standing, sitting, flexion, extension, rotation and lateral bending, as well as the usual lying down positions. Patients can be scanned in positions that demonstrate their symptoms or pain, providing crucial diagnostic information that is impossible to obtain on a conventional MRI. In fact, the stand-up MRI has detected pathologies that have gone undetected on traditional MRI scanners

Closed MRI

The closed or high-field MRI is the preferred testing method for many conditions that are neurological and orthopedic in nature. In a high-field or "conventional" MRI, patients lie on a table and pass through the center of the magnet. Tests are completed quicker with this type of MRI.

MRA

MRA stands for Magnetic Resonance Angiography. It is a specialized MRI that provides more detailed images of blood vessels in the brain and in the body. Blood vessel disorders such as aneurysms, narrowing or blockages can be detected by using MRA.

Please let our staff know if you are pregnant, have recently had surgery or another procedure, or if you have any of the following things, as they may not be compatible with MRI: pacemaker, defibrillator, aneurysm clips, spinal cord stimulator, metallic implants, prosthetic heart valves, stents, surgical clips or staples, neurostimulator, cochlear implant, breast tissue expander, metallic fragments in eyes, body piercings, medication patches, tattoos.

CT Scan

A CT scan uses X-ray, a special scanner, and computer equipment to produce cross-sectional views of specific body areas and organs. These views are commonly referred to as slices and enable the radiologist to focus on problem areas. The images produce a 3D view of your body. CT imaging is useful because it can show several types of tissue, such as lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels. One of the great advantages CT offers patients is speed. This sophisticated machine is capable of scanning the entire torso in a single breath hold.



CT scans are commonly used for:

  • Head traume
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sinus problems
  • Cancer diagnosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Kidney stones
  • Stroke diagnosis
  • Lung cancer screening

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT)

Combined are both unique imaging technologies that allow physicians to diagnose and treat many diseases, particularly cancer. A non-invasive test, PET accurately images metabolic information in the body, while the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the internal anatomy in a single scan.

PET gives information about the body's chemistry that is not available through other imaging procedures. It also reveals metastatic disease that other imaging techniques simply can't detect. Because changes in metabolism occur before anatomical changes become apparent, PET provides your doctor with life-saving insight. This advantage can eliminate the need for unnecessary surgeries or treatments.

Each imaging test has particular benefits and limitations, but when PET and CT are combined, the image provides comprehensive diagnostic information on disease location and metabolism. In the past, PET and CT images were performed independently, laid side by side and compared. Recent advances now allow us to combine both technologies into one scanner.

Common Applications

PET/CT has emerged as an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and brain disorders. PET/CT helps to diagnose cancer and guides physicians to the most beneficial therapies.

It is commonly used to:

  • Stage cancer patients after initial diagnosis
  • Measure the effectiveness of cancer treatments
  • Evaluate whether a tumor is benign or malignant
  • Diagnose early dementia and brain disorders like Alzheimer's disease
  • Differentiate recurrent brain tumor from radiation necrosis
  • Localize sources for intractable seizures

X-Ray

General Radiography or X-ray is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones, joint or spinal injuries. X-ray is performed every day in hospital emergency rooms, diagnostic centers, sports medicine centers and some physician offices. It uses a controlled beam of energy to produce remarkably clear images of the body on either film or a computer.

Common Applications

General radiography exams have many uses, but they are frequently used to evaluate:

  • Broken bones
  • The location of a foreign body
  • Bone structure
  • Pneumonia and other lung ailments
  • Skeletal bone health
  • Joint space narrowing

Ultrasound

What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that is effective and safe. It uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the organs in your body. Widely used since the 1950s, ultrasound is a simple, non-invasive technique that does not use radiation. It is a completely painless procedure.

Common Applications

Ultrasound produces very detailed pictures of the soft tissue and organs of the body. It is also sometimes used to evaluate the following:

  • Liver disorders
  • Gallstones
  • Blocked arteries or veins
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding
  • Breast lumps or calcifications
  • Testicular pain, swelling or lumps

Dexa

The screening procedure known as a bone densitometry (DEXA) is the best defense in the early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. It is a quick, simple, and painless exam that uses X-rays and highly sophisticated software to diagnose osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a condition that often affects women after menopause, but can often be found in men. It involves the gradual loss of calcium, which causes bones to become thinner, more fragile and more susceptible to breakage.

The DEXA test can assess your risk for developing fractures. DEXA is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss. The test takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

Who should be tested?

  • All women ages 65 and older
  • All women under 65 years of age who have undergone menopause and have one or more of the risk factors of osteoporosis
  • Women who are considering therapy for osteoporosis
  • Women who are on prolonged hormone replacement therapy.
  • Postmenopausal women wtih a bone fracture

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine involves the use of small amounts of radioactive materials (often called "tracers") to help diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. Your doctor has referred you for a test in the nuclear medicine department because the information obtained from the test will be important in determining the diagnosis and treatment of the medical problem you may have.

Unlike an X-ray which determines the presence of disease based on structural appearance, Nuclear Medicine helps to determine the cause of the medical problem based on the function of a tissue, bone, organ, or system. Millions of nuclear medicine examinations are performed each year in the United States alone.

Nuclear Medicine tests (also known as scans, examinations or procedures) are safe and painless. In a Nuclear Medicine test, the radioactive material is introduced into the body by injection, ingestion, or inhalation. Different tracers are used to study different parts of the body. The amount of radioactive material used is carefully selected to provide the least amount of radiation exposure to the patient, while ensuring an accurate examination.

A special piece of equipment, a gamma camera, is used to obtain the images. The camera does this by detecting the tracer in the organ being imaged and then records this information on a computer screen and/or film. Because nuclear medicine procedures utilize very small doses of short-lived isotopes (ones that only stay radioactive for a few hours or days), the amount of radiation received is generally less than or equal to that of an X-ray. Whole body and healthy tissue doses can be minimized while the radioisotope is targeted toward the affected tissue or organ.

Common Applications

  • Thyroid function
  • Evaluating organ function
  • Diagnosing and staging cancer
  • Evaluating cardiac muscle health
  • Stress or fracture identification

Immigration

We offer immigration physicals seven days a week with same day appointments available. Our team of dedicated staff makes every effort to assist immigrant clients to get their medical documents completed efficiently. We do understand the importance of time for immigration and make sure to serve every applicant promptly.

Call us at 412-920-1700 to learn more about our immigration package that includes doctor's visit, TB testing and necessary blood work.

All immigration related services available on site (TB testing, Bloodwork, X-rays Vaccinations and form I-693)

Please bring your original photo I.D. - Driver's License or State I.D. or Passport or Consular I.D. or School I.D. AND your vaccination records at your appointment.

USEFUL LINKS: Download form I-693 | USCIS Portal