Diagnostic Radiology at White Plains Hospital

When you need to have diagnostic imaging, you want nothing but the highest quality services that are comfortable and convenient. White Plains Hospital’s experienced board-certified radiologists and their team of imaging specialists offer a full range of advanced diagnostic services using state-of-the-art equipment that provide you and your physicians with the information needed to confidently plan the next steps of your care.

 

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Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

Computed Tomography (CT) scan uses X-ray and computer equipment to produce cross-sectional images of body tissues and organs including the heart, lung, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels. It is also used for coronary calcium screenings to detect the earliest signs of heart disease and for lung cancer screenings.

White Plains Hospital offers traditional CT scans as well as the newer, state-of-the-art 64-slice CT scans that work twice as fast as conventional scanners and provide highly detailed three-dimensional images. We were the first hospital in Westchester County to acquire a 64-slice CT scanner, a testament to the importance we place on having cutting-edge technology for our patients.

We offer a special low-dose CT Scan technology for coronary calcium screenings and lung cancer screenings.

Coronary CT Angiography

A coronary CT angiogram is a minimally invasive diagnostic imaging procedure that can check your heart for coronary artery disease and can explain chest pain or other conditions that may put you at risk of a heart attack. At White Plains Hospital our state-of-the-art CT scanner provides high-speed X-ray images of hundreds of cross-sectional views of the heart. The images provide extremely accurate information for our radiologist to make a diagnosis so your cardiologist or primary care physician can determine the best course of treatment for you.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, obtains images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. Ultrasound is used to examine many of the body's internal organs, including the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder. It can also show movement of internal tissues and organs, enabling physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions. It is also used to guide procedures such as needle biopsies.

X-Ray

X-ray, the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging, can produce diagnostic images of the human body and is useful in guiding orthopedic surgery and in the treatment of sports-related injuries. X-ray may uncover more advanced forms of cancer in bones, although early screening for cancer findings usually requires other methods.

At White Plains Hospital our radiologists use state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology, which is more accurate and faster than conventional film X-ray, and it is safer because it emits less radiation.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses strong magnet and radio waves to provide clear and detailed images of internal body organs and tissues. MRI is often conducted to provide more information about a finding that was previously seen on an X-ray, ultrasound or CT scan.

 

For questions or help scheduling your appointment, you may also call 914-681-1260.


Nuclear Medicine

White Plains Hospital offers a variety of nuclear medicine exams and nuclear cardiology testing. These tests use radioactive tracers that collect inside the body and create high-quality images to detect disease. The following nuclear medicine exams are provided at White Plains Hospital:

Bone Scan

A bone scan identifies new areas of bone growth or breakdown. Bone scans can be used on the entire body, or just a part of it, to evaluate damage to the bones, find cancer that has spread or metastasized, and monitor conditions that can affect the bones such as infections or trauma. A bone scan can often find problems sooner than can a regular X-ray.

SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography)

SPECT uses a special camera called a gamma camera to capture images from various angles, which are reconstructed by a computer to produce 3-D images. The results can show thin slices of a section of the body, similar to those obtained through MRI, CT and PET scans.

Thyroid Scan

A thyroid scan is used to check thyroid gland function and can reveal overactive or underactive areas of the thyroid. Testing can also be performed on people who have had thyroid cancer to determine if the cancer has spread.

Lung Scan

A lung scan is commonly used to detect a clot or pulmonary embolism, which prevents normal blood flow within the lung. A lung scan consists of two tests performed in conjunction: a ventilation scan in which radioactive tracer gas is inhaled, and a perfusion scan in which the tracer is injected intravenously. If the lungs are working normally, blood flow in the perfusion scan matches air flow in the ventilation scan. A mismatch between the two scans may indicate a pulmonary embolism.

Nuclear Cardiology Test

A nuclear cardiology test is a non-invasive means of assessing blood flow to the heart and it’s pumping function. The most common nuclear cardiology test is myocardial perfusion imaging, in which the patient is injected with a radioactive dye first while resting and again while exercising on a treadmill. The patient then lies under a camera at rest and after exercise. The camera records how much of the radioactive material has been taken up by the heart, and shows clearly where blood flow is weak.

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan

A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan is a nuclear medicine imaging test used to find cancer, check blood flow, or to evaluate how an organ is working. PET scans are a helpful tool in radiation oncology, helping physicians see the spread or metastases of cancer and determine the most appropriate treatment plans for patients. Often, a radiologist or nuclear medicine specialist will analyze and compare the PET scan to CT and MRI results to accurately diagnose patients.

Bone Densitometry

As we age it’s important to maintain bone health, but sometimes certain medications, health conditions and the aging process itself can cause bone density loss, or osteoporosis. Post-menopausal women are at risk for developing osteoporosis, as are men and women who are on medications known to cause bone loss for an extended period of time. At White Plains Hospital our radiologists perform bone densitometry using a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan that measures bone density by taking low-dose X-rays of the hip and spine. The DEXA scan can also assess your risk for developing fractures and is effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that can cause bone loss.

Bone densitometry is recommended for:

  • post-menopausal women age 60 or older who have risk factors for developing osteoporosis
  • patients with a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or smoking
  • post-menopausal women who are tall (over 5 feet 7 inches) or thin (less than 125 pounds)
  • men and women who have hyperparathyroidism
  • men and women who have been on medications that are known to cause bone loss for an extended period of time.

To make an appointment for bone densitometry call:

(914) 935-0011 for the Women’s Imaging Center at Rye Brook
(914) 336-5900 for the Imaging Center at New Rochelle
(914) 849-7979 for the Imaging Center at Armonk