STUDIES

OUR RADIOLOGY STUDIES

Premier Radiology is proud to provide compassionate, convenient diagnostic imaging services in Tennessee. As the largest outpatient diagnostic imaging network in Tennessee, we partner with Ascension to bring nationally recognized radiology care to communities across the state. Our expert team offers a comprehensive range of imaging services and interventional procedures. We are committed to providing accurate, personalized care using state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology.

OUR RADIOLOGY STUDIES

Premier Radiology is proud to provide compassionate, convenient diagnostic imaging services in Tennessee. As the largest outpatient diagnostic imaging network in Tennessee, we partner with Ascension to bring nationally recognized radiology care to communities across the state. Our expert team offers a comprehensive range of imaging services and interventional procedures. We are committed to providing accurate, personalized care using state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology.

PET/CT

Positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) are diagnostic examinations that use radiation to create a real-time image of the body. A PET/CT scan allows doctors to evaluate a variety of diseases anywhere in the body, including the heart and brain. PET/CT scans are most commonly used to detect cancer and examine the effects of cancer therapy on the body. Oral or injected dye may be used to create a contrasted image.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, uses a strong magnet and radio waves to provide detailed diagnostic images of internal body organs and tissues. It is commonly used for detection of body structures and tissue changes that may not be visible with other diagnostic imaging methods. Sometimes, a dye may be injected for a contrasted image to help diagnose. 3T MRI is an advanced magnetic resonance imaging. These state-of-the-art scanners allow for faster, more accurate imaging, compared to conventional MRI.

CT

Computed Tomography, also called CT, uses x-rays and computer technology to produce images. A CT scan shows greater detail than x-ray and can image tissue, blood vessels and more. Contrast or dye may be used for higher contrast imaging studies.

ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound imaging—sonography—is a noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves to create real-time images of the human body. Technicians use a small ultrasound probe to detect soundwaves, which are reflected to a computer to create an image. Ultrasound is commonly used for pregnancy, the abdomen, veins and pelvis. An ultrasound can also help radiologists guide needle for biopsies and catheter procedures.

3D MAMMOGRAPHY

Mammography examines the breast with x-rays. It is considered the most effective tool for early breast tumor detection because it shows changes in the breast before a patient or physician can feel them. A 3D mammogram (breast tomosynthesis) combines multiple breast X-rays to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast, which may improve breast cancer detection over traditional mammography, especially in dense breast tissue. Annual mammograms are recommended for women beginning at 40.

BREAST MRI

Unlike a traditional mammogram, breast MRI uses radio signals and magnetic fields to produce images. Breast MRI can be used to determine the stage and severity of breast cancer and is recommended for women at an increased risk of cancer. In addition, breast MRIs are also used to check silicone gel breast implant integrity.

BONE DENSITY | DEXA

Bone mineral densitometry is a procedure to measure bone loss, or bone mineral density. It is most commonly used to accurately detect osteoporosis, typically in the lower spine and hips. This test can also assess fracture risk and used to track the effects of osteoporosis treatment.

X-RAY

X-Ray uses electromagnetic radiation to create an image of the body, including bone structure and internal organs. Typically, x-rays are used to detect broken bones. However, x-rays can also be used to detect conditions like pneumonia. Mammograms can also be used in conjunction with x-rays to detect breast cancer.

NUCLEAR MEDICINE

Nuclear medicine uses a small amount of a radioactive substance to produce images of the body. These studies are used primarily for tumor detection, organ function and more. Nuclear medicine produces two- or three-dimensional images that show greater detail in the body.

INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY

Premier Radiology offers a full range of radiology services, including interventional radiology. Our interventional radiology team includes board-certified radiologists who have sub specialized expertise in a range of procedures utilizing image guidance and minimally invasive techniques to minimize patient risk. We have interventional radiology services available at many of our locations throughout Middle Tennessee, including two dedicated outpatient centers in Nashville (Belle Meade) and Briarville. To learn more about our interventional radiology procedures, providers and more, visit PremierIR.com.

Premier Radiology offers a full range of radiology services, including interventional radiology. Our interventional radiology team includes board-certified radiologists who have sub specialized expertise in a range of procedures utilizing image guidance and minimally invasive techniques to minimize patient risk. We have interventional radiology services available at many of our locations throughout Middle Tennessee, including two dedicated outpatient centers in Nashville (Belle Meade) and Briarville. To learn more about our interventional radiology procedures, providers and more, visit PremierIR.com.

ANGIOGRAPHY

Angiography is an image-guided procedure that shows blockage in arteries throughout the body. Because an angiogram visualizes arteries, it is often used to diagnose conditions in which the arteries of the body are blocked or narrowed, often due to atherosclerosis.

ARTHERECTOMY FOR PAD

Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is narrowing of the arteries in the legs. PAD is often the result of plaque build-up, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Atherectomy is a procedure to remove plaque from blood vessels. An interventional radiologist uses a catheter to remove plaque and restore normal blood flow.

BARIUM ENEMA

A barium enema is an examination to visualize the large intestine. During the study, barium is injected into the lower intestine through the rectum to produce a detailed image of the colon. Barium enemas can help your doctor identify abnormal growths (polyps) or inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns and Colitis).

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Discography is a procedure to study disc space in the spinal column. Sometimes back, neck, arm or leg pain might be caused by an abnormal disc in the spine, and a discogram can help determine which if any disc is causing pain. An interventional radiologist uses x-ray guided technology to inject contrast into disc spaces along the back to determine the origin of pain.

EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTION

Epidural Steroid Injections are minimally invasive procedures to reduce pain in the back, neck, legs or arms. During an injection, an interventional radiologist uses x-ray guided technology to inject the steroid into the spinal column.

KYPHOPLASTY

Kyphoplasty is a procedure to relieve compression fractures in the spine. Spinal fractures can happen because of osteoporosis, tumors or other conditions and are more common in older patients. A compression fracture happens when vertebrae collapse. Kyphoplasty returns vertebrae to a more normal shape, reducing pain in the spine.

LUMBAR PUNCTURE

A lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, is a diagnostic procedure to collect spinal fluid. Lumbar punctures are commonly performed to diagnose infections, nervous system disorders or cancer. It can also be used for numbing or dye injection for other procedures.

MYELOGRAPHY

A myelogram is an x-ray examination of the spine used to diagnose pain in the neck, spine, legs and arms. Myelography is a minimally invasive procedure, where an interventional radiologist injects x-ray contrast into the spine before taking x-rays and a CT scan.

UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure to treat uterine tumors—or fibroids. During UFE, and interventional radiologist guides a small catheter through the femoral arteries and injects inert particles to block blood flow to the tumor. Fibroids are the most common uterine tumor in the female reproductive system, and while benign, are found in 25-40% of all women.

WELLNESS IMAGING

Premier Radiology offers a range of wellness studies and screening tests to help patients live a healthy and active lifestyle. Through preventative screening, radiologists can detect problems and disease processes at earlier stages before symptoms begin, allowing treatment to begin sooner. Premier Radiology offers comprehensive wellness studies, including cardiac testing, lung cancer screening and more. Learn more about our wellness imaging studies.

Premier Radiology offers a range of wellness studies and screening tests to help patients live a healthy and active lifestyle. Through preventative screening, radiologists can detect problems and disease processes at earlier stages before symptoms begin, allowing treatment to begin sooner. Premier Radiology offers comprehensive wellness studies, including cardiac testing, lung cancer screening and more. Learn more about our wellness imaging studies.

3D MAMMOGRAPHY

Mammography examines the breast with x-rays. It is considered the most effective tool for early breast tumor detection because it shows changes in the breast before a patient or physician can feel them. A 3D mammogram (breast tomosynthesis) combines multiple breast X-rays to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast, which may improve breast cancer detection over traditional mammography, especially in dense breast tissue. Annual mammograms are recommended for women beginning at 40.

CALCIUM SCORING CT

Calcium scoring is a screening exam to determine if a patient has coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is the leading cause of death for American women and men. Calcium scoring measures calcium build-up in the arteries, which effects blood flow throughout the body.

CORESCAN

Premier Radiology was the first in the region to offer CoreScan, a wellness screening exam. CoreScan is an FDA-approved technology that measures VAT (visceral adipose tissue) and bone density using a bone mineral density scan.

CTA ANGIOGRAPHY

A coronary computed tomography angiogram, or cardiac CTA, uses CT technology to produce images of the heart and blood vessels. During the procedure, a dye is injected to create high-quality images that physicians use to detect plaque buildup in the arteries.

LOW-DOSE LUNG SCREENING

A low-dose CT lung screen is a lung cancer screening for high-risk patients. This study uses computed tomography (CT) technology to produce high-quality images of the lungs with a low dose of radiation.

PAD SCREENING

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition that effects circulation in the legs. When plaque builds up in the arteries, blood flow can be reduced, increasing risk for heart attack and stroke. Having plaque in the legs often indicates there is plaque in other areas of the body, including arteries that lead to the heart and brain.

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