The facilities state-of-the-art equipment in MRI, CT, X-RAY, Fluoroscopy, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, and Bone Densitometry offers patients and medical professionals the most accurate and timely diagnostics available in Alaska. The imaging center is located to the right of the main doors inside the Alaska Spine Institute Building.
University Imaging Center is equipped with state of the art MRI scanner - a G.E. High-Field 1.5T MRI - as well as a full complement of other diagnostic equipment.
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio frequencies to generate detailed anatomical and functional images. MRI scans have been performed safely and successfully for 20 years. MRI scans have an advantage over other forms of scanning because they can image different types of organ tissue without ionizing radiation. More traditional forms of imaging, such as X-rays, are limited in how much tissue they can image.
CT is an abbreviation for computed tomography - a valuable diagnotistic medical exam that combines X-rays and computers. Often called CAT scans, CT scans have been performed successfully for almost 30 years. A CT scan gives the radiologist a non-invasive way to see inside your body. Using a computer, these 2-D images can be presented as 3-D pictures for in-depth clinical evaluations.
In a Nuclear Medicine scan, a small amount of radioactive material, or tracer, is injected or taken orally by the patient. After a period of time during which the radioactive material accumulates in one area of the body, a scan is taken by a special radiation detector, called a radionuclide scanner. This machine produces an image of the area for analysis by the medical team.
Ultra-sound is non-ionizing (doesn’t use X-Rays), fast (images are displayed in real time), and versatile. Because of these characteristics, Ultrasound has been famous for its application in prenatal examinations of the developing baby. But ultrasound is used in many other applications. In fact, ultrasound is frequently used in almost every soft tissue in the human body. Ultrasound does not image bone or air well, which makes it unsuitable for studies of the lungs or deep into the skeletal system. But with almost every other part of the body suitable for ultrasound studies, the applications are broad.
It’s often referred to as a cardiac echo or simply an echo study. It’s a type of sonogram or ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves to create a moving picture that can be viewed on a video screen. This is a non-invasive test that provides information about how the blood flows through the heart. The complete study will be read by a local cardiologist.
Fluoroscopy is an enhanced X-ray that produces its moving image on a television-like monitor. It is especially useful in diagnosing problems of the digestive tract, kidneys and gallbladder. C-arm Fluoroscopy is also used to guide the placement of the needle in pain management procedures.
An X-Ray (radiograph) is a medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat broken bones and other medical conditions. A part of the body is exposed to a small dose of radiation, producing pictures of the inside of the body. X-Rays are used to determine whether a bone has been broken or a joint dislocated, to see whether a fracture has been properly aligned and stabilized for healing, to evaluate changes in bones, and for other purposes.
A bone Densitometer measures bone mineral density (BMD). The amount of bone mineral relates directly to bone density. The bone Densitometer uses small amounts of X-Ray to measure BMD and to produce images of the spine, hip, or even the whole body. The technical term for the method is “dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry,” or DXA.
University Imaging Center has partnered with North Star Medical Imaging to provide full service diagnostic imaging and premier specialty interpretations.
North Star Medical Imaging is staffed by fellowship trained radiologists that provide the interpretation for the studies that are performed. Specialties include Neuroradiology,
Musculoskeletal (MSK), Body Imaging and Nuclear Medicine.