Quality imaging provided by Board Certified Radiologists and certified
Technologists, combined with easy access and fast and accurate
interpretation of imaging studies are hallmarks of our Imaging Services.
Commonly known as an x-ray, radiography is the oldest and most
frequently used form of medical imaging. X-rays produce diagnostic
images of the human body on film or digitally on a computer screen. A
fast diagnostic tool, x-ray imaging provides a rapid method of
evaluating the entire body—especially the joints, bones and chest
DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scanning is a simple, painless
way to detect whether an individual has thin bones or is at risk for
developing fractures. This enhanced x-ray measures bone density of the
lower spine and hips and also tracks the effectiveness of treatment for
osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss. During the
procedure, the DEXA machine sends lowdose x-rays through the bones via
two energy streams. Two energy peaks are captured—one absorbed mainly by
soft tissue and the other by bone. The difference between the soft
tissue amount and total is the bone mineral density.
The mammogram remains the most reliable method to detect breast cancer.
This special x-ray of the breast can find abnormalities in breast tissue
up to two years before they are large enough to be felt. Our
board-certified radiologists interpret or “read” the mammograms.
Complementing the physician’s findings is the Image Checker®
computer-aided detection system, which draws the radiologist’s attention
to areas that may be abnormal. In effect, the tool gives the radiologist
a second look at the mammogram.
Like DEXA scanning, high-resolution ultrasound can safely examine many
parts of the body, such as the kidneys, liver and spleen, pancreas,
brain and pelvis. It uses high-frequency sound waves that “echo” off the
body to create pictures. Today’s ultrasound machines return extremely
detailed images in real-time—a feature that is useful for guiding
minimally-invasive procedures such as needle biopsies, and for
visualizing movement in tissues, organs and blood vessels.
The simple procedure is painless. A specially-trained technologist
applies jelly to the skin on the area to be studied and moves a wand, or
transducer, over it. Sound waves reflect back to the transducer and the
image is displayed on a monitor. A picture can be printed from the
screen or stored electronically in our computer system.
CT (Computed Tomography) scanning provides an unparalleled window to the
inside of the body by combining x-rays and computers. Using a highly
focused x-ray beam, CT scans create a set of wafer-thin, cross-sectional
images of internal organs, tissues and structures. These 2-dimensional
x-ray images are displayed in 3-D on a computer screen for in-depth
Today’s GE LightSpeed® 16-Slice CT Scanners, available at the Main Line
Health Center at Lawrence Park, are powerful, sophisticated and more
patient-friendly than the early CT technology that required patients to
lie still for long periods. With today’s 16-slice CT scanners, a
head-to-toe scan takes ninety seconds compared with thirty
minutes on older machines. The test is completely painless, although
patients having certain studies may be injected with or be asked to
drink a contrast material.
All images are read at the Main Line Health Center at Lawrence Park by a
Bryn Mawr or Lankenau Medical Center radiologist. All radiology
equipment is connected via a computer network to Bryn Mawr and Lankenau
Medical Center, allowing radiologists to consult with each other when
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New Appointments 1.866.CALL.MLH or 484-580-1000
Health Center: Broomall 1991 Sproul Road
Lawrence Park Shopping Center
Broomall, PA 19008
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.