Imaging Technique to Visualize Abnormalities within the Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis
Body imaging aids your doctor in the treatment of diseases and conditions within the chest, abdomen and pelvis. Loyola Medicine uses body imaging to examine abnormalities in the lungs, liver, stomach, spine, pelvis, kidneys, colon and pancreas. Our body imaging experts work closely with primary care physicians, pulmonologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists and urologists to provide detailed imaging for the prompt and precise diagnosis and treatment of our patients. With proper imaging, your doctor can determine if treatment is needed—and if so, formulate a precise and comprehensive plan of care.
Loyola offers state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic techniques in order to provide timely and accurate diagnosis for our patients. Our expert radiologists are recognized nationally and internationally for clinical excellence, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic methods and skilled use of the latest technology. Our experienced technologists provide testing in a caring and compassionate environment where we want you to feel comfortable asking any questions you may have about your test or procedure.
Why Choose Loyola for Body Imaging?
As an academic medical center, Loyola provides compassionate, comprehensive care to patients and trains future leaders in advanced imaging technology. Loyola takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and provides support services for patients and families. Your entire Loyola healthcare team has one goal: restoring you to better health.
Electronic images are available to your doctors instantly through an electronic medical record system, allowing us to deliver timely, effective care to our patients. At Loyola, we understand the importance of continuity of care and will provide seamless communication with your doctor through our secure medical information portal, LoyolaConnect. You can also access results from your lab tests and evaluations through myLoyola.
What Body Imaging Services are Available?
Loyola’s expert clinicians know that early detection is the key to providing successful treatment. We educate at-risk patients on the importance of screenings and are experienced in using a variety of tools to detect and diagnose health conditions, diseases and cancers. Loyola’s dedicated team will deliver the highest quality of care—from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.
We offer advanced body imaging technology, including:
- CT imaging (computed tomography) — CT body imaging is a fast, non-invasive and accurate tool for the examination of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels typically provide greater detail than traditional X-rays. Loyola’s expert imaging team provides this technology as a diagnostic and surgical planning tool as it allows your doctor to confirm the presence of a tumor, as well as its size, precise location and involvement with nearby healthy tissue.
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) — MRI body imaging is a non-invasive medical test which uses radio waves and a magnetic field to produce detailed images of your organs, tissues and skeletal system. Your Loyola doctor may request an MRI of your chest, abdomen or pelvis, as well as any part of your musculoskeletal or cardiovascular system. MRI aids your doctor in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of medical conditions and does not use radiation.
- Nuclear imaging — Nuclear imaging uses very small amounts of radioactive materials to examine organ function and structure. Loyola’s radiology experts use nuclear technology to obtain images of the heart and blood vessels, bones, thyroid and other organs, as well as to detect cancer and monitor the effectiveness of treatment.
- Ultrasound imaging — Ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of structures within your body. These images are used to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases and conditions, as well as to monitor the health and development of an embryo or fetus during pregnancy. Your Loyola doctor may request ultrasound imaging to diagnose conditions in the abdomen, pelvis, thyroid, testes, musculoskeletal or vascular systems. Ultrasound technology is used to diagnose tendon, ligament and muscle tears, tendinitis, masses or fluid collection, sprains, inflammation and hernias.
Ongoing Research to Advance Body Imaging Techniques
Loyola’s expert radiology team is actively pursuing new research, with studies that include:
- Breast imaging and intervention
- Helical CT
- Ultrasound imaging
- Vascular and neurovascular intervention
As an academic medical center, Loyola is dedicated to improving future treatments by conducting research on new diagnostics and treatments. Loyola’s patients benefit from research discoveries made here. Read about Loyola’s current clinical trials.