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IMAGING CENTER - DIAGNOSTIC TESTING


About The Center

Stony Brook University Imaging Center
CONTACT INFO
Stony Brook University
Imaging Center
3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
SBU Heart Center Phone 631-638-0600
SBU Heart Center Fax 631-638-0625
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Diagnostic Testing

Bone Densitometry

A bone mineral scan evaluates bone mineral density, an important part of patient care. The Imaging Center is equipped with the Dexa Scan Bone Densitometer, the most up-to-date scanner used to ensure accurate test results. The scanner provides superior image quality to determine bone mineral density and to aid in the treatment of osteoporosis. Bone density scans are noninvasive, painless, and usually take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

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Breast Imaging

Breast imaging is performed at the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center, located in the same building as the Imaging Center. The Breast Care Center is equipped with three digital mammography machines and a specialized R-2 computerized mammogram double-checker. Breast imaging specialists use the latest technology to perform minimally invasive image-guided breast biopsies, including stereotactic mammotome and ultrasound-guided core biopsies.

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Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed tomography (CT), often called "CAT" scan, is a system that uses special x-ray equipment to obtain image data and then uses computer processing to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs. Because CT is capable of providing detailed, cross-sectional views of all types of tissue, it is an invaluable tool in studying the chest and abdomen, and is often the preferred method for diagnosing many different cancers. CT examinations are also used to plan and administer radiation treatments for tumors and as a tool to guide physicians performing biopsies or minimally invasive procedures. The Imaging Center is equipped with the GE Lightspeed VCT 64-slice scanner, the latest innovation in CT technology. This state-of-the-art scanner delivers images with increased accuracy and at a faster rate than any other CT scanner available. It also provides three-dimensional (3-D) views, including 3-D views of blood vessels.

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Magnetic Resonence Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses high power magnets and radiofrequency waves instead of x-rays to capture images that give physicians a literal view inside the body. MRI produces soft tissue images and is used to distinguish normal healthy soft tissue from diseased or injured tissue. In some instances, an injection of contrast dye may be required. The Imaging Center has two GE 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanners that offer increased speed, exceptional resolution, and accuracy, allowing for non-invasive diagnosis of a wide range of conditions. MRI technology is useful in diagnosing such things as multiple sclerosis, tumors of the pituitary gland and brain, strokes at their earliest stages, infections in the brain, spine or joints, and tendonitis. It is also used to visualize conditions related to sports injuries, and helps physicians evaluate masses in the soft tissues of the body, bone tumors, cysts, and bulging or herniated discs in the spine.

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Positron Emission Tomography / Computed Tomography (PET/CT) scan

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scan is a relatively new technique that combines the strengths of PET, which shows metabolism and function of cells, with CT, which has the ability to capture detailed anatomy. The PET/CT scan allows for highly defined, three-dimensional images of the inside of the human body, helping in the treatment of conditions such as cancer and heart disease. The PET scanner provides information about the metabolic function of cancer cells and can detect very small tumors (although it cannot indicate their exact location), while CT provides the anatomic information necessary for an accurate diagnosis. PET/CT scanner technology provides physicians with a powerful system that can help to detect and diagnose conditions such as cancer earlier and more accurately.

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Positron Emission Tomography / Magnetic Resonence Imaging (PET/MRI) scan

As its name suggests, the PET/MRI scanner allows two different modalities to be performed on one machine simultaneously. This means that it combines the soft tissue contrast of the magnetic resonance imaging with the molecular information provided by positron emission tomography. However, performing the tests simultaneously - capturing metabolic activity and anatomy together - offers doctors a more precise and accurate assessment of disease, as well as an improved understanding of the physiologic process. The precision it offers cannot be emphasized enough. Because body parts are continually in motion, a separate PET and MRI scan of the same spot may produce slightly different images. When done simultaneously, the images are completely aligned, giving exceptional precision and image quality.

Why it is used: For patients with cancer, the PET/MRI can be used for diagnostics and staging. And because it can more accurately localize the tumor, it is ideal for surgical planning. It can also be used for cardiac imaging, neurodegenerative disease and psychological disorders.

In addition, with the PET/MRI, patients are exposed to much lower levels of radiation than with the PET/CT. This not only benefits patients who have to undergo multiple scans, but also sensitive populations such as children. The new scanner also helps improve the overall patient experience, requiring just one appointment for two modalities. During the testing itself, patients need minimal changes in positions between tests, which in turn, allows physicians to compare tests more easily and get information as accurately and quickly as possible.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound services are available for sonographic needs, including breast, abdominal, pelvic, and gynecological exams.

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