X-Ray, Bone Density, Mammography, Ultrasound
NorthShore has state of the art digital x-ray equipment allowing NorthShore’s x-ray technicians to preview immediate images eliminating costly film processing and showing a wider dynamic range which makes images more forgiving for over- and under-exposure. The ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the images is also available. All of these improvements lead to better images for diagnosis.
A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis – a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break. NorthShore can provide in-house bone density screenings at our Scottsdale and Lake Station medical offices. Screenings can begin as early as the age of 50, but most screenings are done after the age of 60. Screenings are done normally every 2 years or as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
NorthShore is proud to be able to offer digital mammography at our Lake Station Health Center. With the state of the art equipment, NorthShore has been able to provide mammogram screenings to help with early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. Annual exams should be performed on women age 40 and older. If there is a family history of breast cancer, it may be recommended to start having mammograms at age 30. NorthShore is also proud to be recognized as a Pink Ribbon Facility and be recognized for excellence in breast health.
Screen Film Mammography
In screen-film mammography, the breast image is captured on x-ray film. The film is then developed, and a physician who specializes in the interpretation of x-rays and other types of diagnostic imaging studies, reviews the films on a high intensity light box.
In digital mammography, the breast image is captured on specially designed digital detectors. The digital detector converts x-rays into an electric signal, which is then sent to a computer. The radiologist can review the digital mammogram on a high-resolution computer monitor.
Tomosynthesis 3D Mammographpy
Tomosynthesis is a special kind of mammogram that produces a 3-dimensional image of the breast by using several low dose x-rays obtained at different angles. For Tomosynthesis the breast is positioned and compressed in the same way as for a mammogram but the x-ray tube moves in a circular arc around the breast. It takes less than 4 second for the scan time (highest technology at our Hammond site). The information from the x-rays is sent to a computer, which produces a focused 3-D image of the breast. The x-ray dose for a Tomosynthesis image is similar to that of a regular mammogram.
NorthShore ultrasound technicians can provide ultrasound-based diagnostic medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs to capture their size and structure real time images. They can also provide Ultrasound during routine and emergency prenatal care.
NorthShore also offers 3D/4D ultrasound at our Lake Station Medical location which will provide amazing 3D images and 4D video of your growing baby. The ideal time to get the best images on 3D/4D ultrasound is between 26-30 weeks of pregnancy. These 3D/4D pictures do not require a physician’s order because they are not used for any medical diagnostic purpose. They are for family enjoyment only. For the cost of $120, a patient receives a CD of images and DVD of ultrasound video as well as allow up to 6 additional family members to attend.