American Health Imaging Augusta
Welcome to American Health Imaging-Augusta. This website is part of our effort to be informative and accessible for both patients and physicians.
Diagnostic imaging is a highly sophisticated tool to help physicians determine the best course of treatment for their patients. To deliver maximum value for our imaging services, American Health Imaging takes pride in performing two jobs exceptionally well:
- We make the imaging experience comfortable, pleasant, safe and efficient for patients.
- We provide superior service, quality, and support for our patients referring physicians.
We want patients to leave American Health Imaging of Augusta with the confidence that their care was top-notch. That’s why we guarantee our performance to all patients and to their physicians. Please feel free to fill out our patient survey card and let us know about your experience at our center.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves (no radiation) to create an image of many parts of the body, especially the brain, spine, and joints.
American Health Imaging Augusta MRI utilizes the Siemens MAGNETOM Espree 1.5T wide bore MRI which represent the highest advances in MRI technology, including the most recent sophisticated diagnostic software upgrades.
The wide bore Augusta MRI provides a 70cm opening, allowing a pleasant non-claustrophobic exam. The openness also facilitates the scanning of large people with a higher level of comfort. You will be able to see and communicate with the technologist performing your exam. To add further comfort, you may have a family member or friend sit in the room with you.
Using new magnet design and technology, the 1.5T wide bore MRI system delivers better accommodations than any other high-field design for the needs of all patients, including those who suffer from claustrophobia. The result is the widest and shortest whole body magnet available.
American Health Imaging Augusta MRI can offer the most precise image quality and clinical performance without compromising patient comfort. A typical exam will last between 30 and 60 minutes and requires no special preparation. You should eat normally and follow the normal dosage of your prescribed medications unless your doctor gives instructions to do otherwise.
Computed Tomography (CT), widely known as a CAT scan, is medically referred to as simply CT. In its early days of development and use, it was called Computerized Axial Tomography, hence the term CAT. At American Health Imaging, we have the GE Brightspeed16 slice CT scanner.
CT is generally a relatively quick procedure that uses x-ray beams to create a computer-generated image of soft tissue structures, such as tumors and internal organs, and air cavities (sinuses, lungs). It also has advantages in skeletal and neurological imaging. Its radiation doses to the human body are considered minimal due to the speed in which the x-ray is delivered.
The procedure requires you to lie in a horizontal position, either on your back or stomach, and remain comfortably still. A flat, moving table goes through the center of a donut-shaped x-ray machine. X-ray beams from a number of positions are aimed at the area being studied. A special detector measures the amount of absorbed radiation. This data is transformed by a computer into a digital image.
American Health Imaging Augusta also offers Ultrasound for a one-stop-shop imaging experience.
Ultrasound (US), also called Sonography, is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Ultrasound involves the use of a transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body that bounces back and a computer uses those sound waves to create an image. Ultrasound does not use radiation (as used in X-rays), therefore there is no radiation exposure to the patient. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Doppler Ultrasound is a technique that allows the physician to see and evaluate blood flow through arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs, neck or within various body organs such as the liver or kidneys. Color Doppler is an array of colors that show the speed and direction of blood flow through a blood vessel. Spectral Doppler displays blood flow measurements graphically, in terms of the distance traveled per unit of time, rather than as a color picture. It can also convert blood flow information into a distinctive sound that can be heard with every heartbeat.
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