Computerized Tomography (CT)
CT scans use X-ray technology to take pictures of cross-sections of the body. CT can be used to image soft tissues, such as the brain, and other parts of the body that cannot be imaged using regular X-ray.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses powerful magnets, radio waves and advanced computer technology to produce detailed images of the body’s organs and structures.
King’s Daughters provides MRI imaging at the main hospital and the Center for Advanced Imaging in Ashland. A mobile MRI provides services throughout eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio.
3T MRI: Our most powerful magnet, the 3T is particularly well-suited for
- detecting aneurysms and vascular stenosis
- extremely detailed scans of the brain
- detecting multiple sclerosis plaques and tumors
- viewing nerve structures in neurological and spinal disorders
Open Bore MRI: accommodates patients who cannot tolerate small/confined spaces
Breast MRI: considered to be the greatest advance in the early detection of breast cancer since the invention of mammography, breast MRI excels in detecting small tumors in women with dense breast tissue, implants or scar tissue
Mobile MRI: our mobile unit provides a 1.5T magnet with digital images
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan
PET/CT scanning enables physicians to pinpoint disease and its effects on the body. PET scanning provides the ability to detect physical changes in the body while CT provides the anatomic detail necessary to localize the disease within the body.
The majority of PET/CT scans are related to cancer treatment. PET/CT also is used to measure blood flow to the heart muscle and determine how well the coronary arteries are working.
This imaging technique uses low-dose radioactive agents to detect disease and evaluate organ function. Cardiac stress testing is one of the most commonly performed nuclear medicine studies. Tests for liver function, bone diseases and thyroid disorders are also performed.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to image soft body tissues. Its most well-known application is ultrasound of the developing fetus. Ultrasound also may be used to evaluate blood flow in blood vessels, the heart, gall bladder, abdomen, pelvis, liver or kidneys.
X-ray procedures are used to evaluate hard body tissues, such as bone. It is the most commonly performed imaging study.