DIAGNOSTIC PARTS


Malda Apollo Nursing Home is proud to offer the community the highest quality of care with our state-of the-art diagnostic imaging equipment. It's among the most advanced you'll find in the area, but our true focus is providing the best care for our patients. As part of that commitment, we offer a comprehensive range of services to cover your needs from regular x-rays to cardiovascular procedures.

X-RAY (or radiography) is the oldest and most often used form of medical imaging. X-ray technology passes small, highly controlled amounts of radiation through the body and captures the resulting reflections and shadows on a photographic film or plate. X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones, fractures or chips. X-rays are used in orthopedic surgery, treatment of sports injuries and the diagnosis and monitoring of arthritis.

Ultrasound uses sound waves rather than x-rays to produce a medical image or picture of various organs and tissues in the body. The soundwave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. Ultrasound is used to diagnose tumors and other masses in various organs of the body and is also commonly used to determine the condition of a pregnant woman's fetus.

Vascular Ultrasound evaluates the body's veins and arteries to determine blockages to blood flow, such as clots or even congenital malformations. Ultrasound images may also be used to plan or review the success of procedures that graft or by-pass blood vessels.

Breast Imaging or Mammography uses low doses of x-rays to provide an image of the breast and breast tissue to diagnose breast diseases in women. Screening mammography refers to routinely using mammography to check for cancer in women without symptoms. It is the most effective tool available today for the early detection of breast cancer.

Diagnostic mammography refers to using a mammogram to check for cancer in women who are experiencing symptoms such as discoloration, swelling, firmness, thickening or dimpling of the skin. St. Mary’s ImageChecker system can help detect breast cancer earlier in a percentage of patients by highlighting suspicious areas for additional review by the radiologist.

Nuclear Medicine scans are diagnostic examinations in which radioactive material, or isotope, is injected into the patient. The isotope travels through the blood stream to the target organ. These isotopes transmit a pattern of rays representing the organ size, shape and function. The rays are detected by a special camera which, when coupled with a computer, produce an image on a screen.
Nuclear medicine images can assist the physician in diagnosing diseases. Tumors, infection and other disorders can be detected by evaluating organ function. Specifically, nuclear medicine can be used to:
  • Analyze kidney function
  • Image blood flow and function of the heart
  • Scan lungs for respiratory and blood-flow problems
  • Identify blockage of the gallbladder (cystic duct)
  • Evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis or tumor
  • Determine the presence or spread of cancer
  • Locate the presence of infection
  • Measure thyroid uptake to detect hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism

CT or CAT Scan sometimes called CAT scan, uses special x-ray equipment to obtain images from different angles around the body, and then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs.
CT imaging is particularly useful because it can show several types of tissue—lung, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels—with great clarity. Using specialized equipment and expertise to create and interpret CT scans of the body, radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma, and musculoskeletal disorders. CT of the body is a patient-friendly exam that involves little radiation exposure.