Imaging

Services

The imaging center offers diagnostic x-ray, ultrasound and MRI exams in a comfortable, kid-friendly environment. Walk-in patients for general x-ray are welcome. We can also accommodate urgent care patients from Driscoll Children’s Urgent Care, which is located in the same building.

imaging-xrayX-ray

X-ray is a fast and painless exam that helps doctors see the bones, organs and tissues inside the body.

Risks & benefits
An x-ray exam does expose the patient to a small amount of radiation. However, our doctors take great care to use only the smallest amount of radiation necessary and believe that the knowledge gained from the exam outweighs any risks from the radiation exposure.

 

imaging-sonogramUltrasound

Ultrasound is a safe, low-risk exam that helps doctors evaluate soft tissues and blood flow.

What to expect
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce a live view of the inside of the body. After applying some gel on the area to be imaged, the technologist will place a small handheld device called a transducer over the gel. The transducer sends sound waves into the body and then a computer collects the information that bounces back to produce a live view of the soft tissues.

Risks & benefits
There are no known risks involved with ultrasound and it is considered safe for all patients. The technologist stays right next to the patient throughout the exam and is able to talk with him/her and answer questions in real time.

 

imaging-mriMRI

MRI is a painless exam that uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of organs, tissues and bones inside the body.

What to expect
An MRI machine looks like a big circle, which is the magnet, with a hole in the center. The patient is positioned on a table so the body part to be imaged is right in the center of the magnet. Magnets and radio waves work together to read signals from your body that are sent to a computer, which creates detailed images. An MRI is painless but does require the patient to remain still throughout the exam, which could last up to an hour, depending on the area to be imaged.

Risks & benefits
An MRI exam has few risks and produces extremely detailed images, which aid in the diagnosis of many different injuries and illnesses.