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bone mineral densitometry (BMD)


Bone Mineral Densitometry is used to estimate the bone mineral content in different parts of the patient’s body using x-rays.  The procedure is noninvasive and painless. The patient is asked to lie still and breathe normally. The bone mineral density is compared with a reference database. In conjuction with other risk factors, it is used to estimate fracture risk and to diagnose osteoporosis.


LOCATIONS:


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mammography


Mammography is a specific medical imaging method that uses low-energy x-rays to visualize the breast tissue in order to detect early signs of breast diseases, particularly breast cancer. Screening mammograms are performed as a screening tool for women who do not have any breast symptoms, while diagnostic mammograms are used when breast symptoms are present.

Although most mammograms are performed on women, men also may undergo this imaging service. Compression is used by placing the breast between two plates - one above the breast and one below.  Although this may cause some minor discomfort, it is important in order to obtain a high quality image for diagnosis. 

LOCATIONS:

Prince County Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital

radiological technology


General Radiography uses x-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. The x-ray machine generates the x-rays which penetrate through the body to produce an image.  It employs medical photography in which a snapshot is made of the specified body part.


During the exam, the patient is positioned so that the part of the body being imaged is located between the receptor and the x-ray tube. Common X-ray procedures include imaging of extremities (hand, foot) and the chest. Although best for bones, x-rays can see many soft tissue structures.


LOCATIONS:


Community Hospital O'Leary

Kings County Memorial Hospital

​Prince County Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Souris Hospital

​Western Hospital