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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical examination that does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays). The MRI machine uses a large magnet and a computer to take pictures of the inside of your body. The scan usually takes between 45 to 60 minutes. Breast MRI scans should be scheduled within 7-12 days of the onset of one’s menstrual cycle unless the request is urgent.
Ultrasonography, which is sometimes called sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images. The primary use of breast ultrasound today is to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected during a physical exam (such as a lump) and to characterize potential abnormalities seen on mammography or breast (MRI).
C-View synthesized 2D software
The C-View software option creates synthesized 2D images from tomosynthesis data sets. C-View images may be used with tomosynthesis in the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer, eliminating the need for a separate 2D exposure. The radiation dose with tomosynthesis and C-View offers the clinical benefits of tomosynthesis at about the same average dose of 2D digital mammograms in the USA.
Digital mammography, also called full-field digital mammography (FFDM), uses a low dose x-ray system to take pictures of the breasts electronically rather than with film. Radiologists read the mammograms for early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. Stanford also uses computer-aided detection (CAD) on the mammograms, which uses a computer program and neural networks to find cancer.
Tomosynthesis uses low dose x-rays to take mammogram images of the breast, and shows only a few layers of the breast at a time. Preliminary studies show higher cancer detection and lower false positives than full-field digital mammography (FFDM).
A procedure which uses ultrasound images to locate suspicious imaging findings, usually a breast mass. Small tissue samples are then removed using a fine needle to remove cells or a hollow needle (called a core biopsy).
An enhanced form of X-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss or density.
Cardiac PET perfusion
An evaluation of the blood flow (perfusion) to the walls of your heart using a high resolution PET scanner. Usually performed using a cardiac stress test.
Cardiac PET sarcoid
Similar to Cardiac PET Viability except with different eating instructions prior to the exam. An evaluation of the functional status of the heart (viability) and whether the heart has suffered permanent damage from sarcoidosis.
Combined PET/CT scans provide images that pinpoint the location of abnormal metabolic activity within the body. The combined scans have been shown to provide more accurate diagnoses than the two scans performed separately.