Special Diagnostic Imaging

In some cases, special diagnostic imaging other than ultrasound may be recommended. These procedures may include radiographs (X-rays), contrast studies, or MRI/CT images. A short description of some of these procedures is listed below:[custom_frame_right shadow=”on”][/custom_frame_right]

  1. Contrast studies. These are specific studies designed to evaluate specific areas of the body. They may include an upper GI or barium series which allows visualization of the stomach and intestines; an excretory urogram, which allows visualization of the kidneys, ureters, and urinary bladder; positive/negative/double contrast cystograms, which allow visualization of the urinary bladder; esophagram, which allows visualization of the esophagus; and fistulagram, which permits evaluation of chronic draining wounds.
  2. MRI. Magnetic Resonant Imaging is a technique that is used to evaluate for space-occupying lesions within the brain or spinal column.
  3. CT. Cat Scan is used almost exclusively used to evaluate the nasal passages and ear canals.