Medical diagnostic imaging technologies, like those used by Sim Hoffman at Advanced Professional Imaging Medical Group, create images of the inside of the body as an aid in diagnosing medical conditions and diseases. There are many different kinds of medical imaging technologies that can be used to make a medical diagnosis. Here are some of the most common technologies used to check for abnormalities in the body.
- X-rays – these are quick and painless and use electromagnetic radiation to create images of the inside of the body. Denser objects, like bones, are highlighted and less dense objects, like fat, appear in shades of gray.
- CT Scans – a high-powered type of x-ray, this technology can determine if a patient has internal bleeding, broken bones, blood clots, musculoskeletal diseases, heart disease, and arterial blockages.
- Ultrasounds – this technology uses waves to create an image of the body’s tissues. They are used to examine the progress of a fetus, the heart, kidney, liver, blood vessels, and other internal organs.
- MRIs – these types of medical diagnostic imaging tools are used to capture images of the brain, heart, spinal cord, blood vessels and other organs. It uses magnet and radio waves to create three-dimensional images.
- Nuclear scans – these use radioactive substances and a gamma ray camera to capture images from inside the body.
Sim Hoffman and his colleagues at Advanced Professional Imaging Medical Group are all highly experienced and skilled in using these types of medical diagnostic imaging technologies.
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A leading radiology expert in the United States, Sim Hoffman is naturally fascinated by the potential of molecular imaging. In simple terms, the premise of the method is to one day be able to successfully identify local biological processes with the help of medical imaging. The body has an inflammation somewhere that the radiologist wants to see? The doctor wants to understand certain metabolic processes? The answer to these medical conundrums can be molecular imaging.
We Are Not Actually That Far
Molecular imaging is more than a concept. In fact, it is already used in some form, mainly in the oncology field. Pharmaceutical companies are basing some of their medical solutions on this technology. There are ongoing clinical trials that could change the process of imaging evaluation, as we know it.
Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging
What’s available in the field of oncology, is not much more than a mere concept when it comes to cardiovascular imaging. With that said, the metabolic imaging of the myocardium (heart muscle) is already available. It involves the injection of a contrast material that contains glucose into the arteries of the patient. Then the imaging technology shows the glucose uptake of the myocardium. Even some inflammatory processes can be detected that way, but the technology is simply not refined yet to really work as a wide-spread molecular imaging solution.
Fighting the good fight in the last several decades, Sim Hoffman fully understands the impact that a readily available, diverse molecular imaging technology could mean to the field of medicine, and to science in general.
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