Nuclear Medicine Scan

What is a nuclear medicine scan? A nuclear medicine scan is a painless test that measures the behavior of an injected radionuclide in the body. How long does a nuclear medicine scan take? A nuclear medicine scan typically takes about 30-60 minutes. However, a bone...

Bone Density

Bone Density What is a bone density scan? A bone density scan (also known as a DEXA scan) is a painless test that uses low-dose x-rays to measure the calcium and mineral content of your bones and therefore, its strength. Typically, measurements can be taken from the bones in the...

Mammogram

Mammogram What is a mammogram? A mammogram is an imaging technique that uses low-energy x-rays to examine each breast for possible cancer. The breast is placed on a level surface of the mammogram machine and briefly squeezed between two paddles for a few seconds. Some...

Ultrasound

Ultrasound What is an ultrasound scan? An ultrasound (sonogram) scan is an imaging method that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. How long does an ultrasound take? A typical ultrasound study takes about 30 minutes or so. Some water...

X-rays

X-rays What is an x-ray? An x-ray or radiograph is a painless imaging test that uses small amounts of radiation to produce pictures of bones, organs and tissues. Most studies are now produced digitally rather than on photographic film. How long does it take for an x-ray?...

PET scan

PET scan What is a PET scan? A PET scan or positron emission tomography scan uses radiotracers to see and measure changes in metabolic processes, diseased cells and blood flow. How long does a PET scan take? The entire process can take about 2 hours or more since it takes...