When it comes to arriving at the correct diagnosis of complex gastrointestinal disorders, high-quality imaging is key. That’s why Borland Groover offers a full range of diagnostic imaging delivered with unparalleled expertise.
Our Diagnostic Imaging tests include:
Ultrasound, also called sonography, is most commonly used for diagnosing conditions and guiding physicians through a medical procedure. The images safely provided during a diagnostic ultrasound will assist your gastroenterologist in accurately diagnosing and treating certain diseases and conditions.
What do I need to do to prepare for my ultrasound?
Your individualized preparation will depend on the type of exam that you need. Some exams do require fasting, but our staff will provide you with your specific instructions when you schedule your appointment.
How should I dress?
It is best to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your exam. Depending on your type of exam, you may be asked to wear a gown.
Are there risks to having a diagnostic ultrasound?
Diagnostic ultrasound is a safe procedure with no direct risks.
How long will my exam last?
The exam takes 30-45 minutes to complete.
During an MRI, body tissues are scanned to send out tiny radio signals using a magnetic field and radio waves. Each type of tissue sends out a different signal, which can then be converted into a computerized image. The result is a clear, exceptionally detailed "picture" of the scanned area.
This exam is particularly useful in examining internal organs in the abdomen and pelvis, musculoskeletal system and the brain and spinal cord. These detailed images allow radiologists to detect problems previously unseen with other diagnostic procedures, eliminating the need for a more invasive procedure or operation.
To ensure the most accurate results, Borland Groover specialists utilize the most powerful and advanced MRI scanner available, a state-of-the-art, 3.0T GE Discovery MR750w scanner.
You cannot be examined by MRI if you have any of the following:
- Aneurysm clips in the brain
- Inner ear implants
- Metal fragments in an eye
- Implanted spinal cord stimulator
Sometimes a paramagnetic contrast agent (a special "dye" that enhances the image) is given intravenously before the exam to highlight certain body parts.
If contrast is required for your exam, please tell your physician:
- If you are pregnant or think you might be
- If you are breastfeeding
- If you have anemia or any diseases that affect red blood cells
- If you have asthma or other allergic respiratory disorders
- If you have a renal condition
Will I be comfortable during my MRI?
With more headroom, legroom and elbowroom, our MRI system is designed for the comfort of patients of all sizes including obese patients, no matter what study is performed.
Other comfort measures include:
- Images have more detail with diagnostic information provided in shorter scan times, with most completed within 15-45 minutes.
- Imaging of blood vessels without the need for injection of contrast
- More openness and space for claustrophobic patients
What is an MRI used for?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to diagnose and follow liver disorders such as:
- Hepatic steatosis
- Iron deposition
- Fatty liver
- Liver mass
It can also offer special protocols for:
- Liver mass
- Renal mass
- Pancreas mass
- MRCP: Gallbladder ejection fraction
- MR Enterography - Less radiation for Crohn's and ulcerative colitis patients
A "CT scan," also known as a "computerized tomography" or CAT scan, is a noninvasive type of X-ray that generates images of bones, soft-tissues, the pelvis, blood vessels, the lungs, the brain and abdomen. These images help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions that may not be visible on other types of studies.
CT scans allow our radiologist and your gastroenterologist the ability to see more than what a regular X-ray would provide and gets them your test results in just a few minutes. This means an earlier diagnosis with higher quality images and a more accurate treatment plan for you.
Virtual colonoscopy, also called computerized tomography (CT) colonography, uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to create images of the rectum and entire colon. This procedure can show irritated and swollen tissue, ulcers and polyps while viewing the colon from many different angles not easily seen with conventional colonoscopies.
How is virtual colonoscopy different from colonoscopy?
Virtual colonoscopy differs from traditional colonoscopy in several ways. A virtual colonoscopy is an X-ray test, so it does not require a gastroenterologist to insert a scope into the entire length of your colon. It also takes less time than colonoscopy and does not require any sedation or anesthesia. However, it is important to note that virtual colonoscopy may not be as effective at finding certain polyps. Also, doctors cannot remove polyps or treat certain other problems during a virtual colonoscopy, as they would during colonoscopy. Your health insurance coverage for virtual colonoscopy may also be different. For more information on insurance and billing, click here.
Why do doctors use virtual colonoscopy?
Borland Groover physicians may use virtual colonoscopy when a colonoscopy is incomplete or not possible due to other medical reasons.
Will I still have to empty my colon prior to the procedure?
If you’re leaning toward a virtual colonoscopy so you can avoid the colon-cleansing prep, think again. This procedure still requires the same bowel prep as a standard colonoscopy. Click here to learn more about Borland Groover colonoscopy prep procedures.
Your colon must be completely empty to ensure clear images and an accurate diagnosis, so preparation is extremely important. Follow your physician’s instructions completely with no variance.
At the start of the procedure, you will be asked to lie on your side on the exam table, usually with your knees drawn toward your chest. The technician will place a small tube (catheter) inside your rectum to fill your colon with carbon dioxide. This gas, which helps create clear images, may cause you to feel pressure in your abdomen.
For the next part of the exam, you will be asked to lie on your back. The exam table will be moved into the CT machine, and your body will be scanned. Then you'll turn over to lie on your abdomen or your side, and your body will be scanned again.
Virtual colonoscopy typically takes about 10 minutes once the scanning begins, but the entire exam can take up to an hour due to the complexity of your colon. Your patience and cooperation are key factors in accomplishing a thorough exam.