The Olson Women's Imaging Center includes a team of four radiologists and ten radiology technologists. All screenings and diagnostic services listed below are performed in the Olson Center. If necessary, immediate consultation with your doctor or surgeon for further care can be provided immediately giving patients no restless nights. All tests and screenings listed below are performed conveniently in the Olson Center. No more trips back-and-forth to radiology or another location! NEW MAMMOGRAPHY UPDATE!!! Click here to read Dr. Silva's comments to the recent update in mammography guidelines.
Diagnostic radiology is the process of creating images of the body, its organs, and other internal structures with external radiation. Diagnostic radiology techniques include the use of x-ray tubes that emit radiation, radionuclides, ultrasonographic devices, and radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.
Diagnostic radiology techniques are generally non-invasive, meaning the body is not entered with any equipment or cut open for imaging. However, certain procedures do combine diagnostic radiology techniques with minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat a condition. In addition, diagnostic radiology is often used to assist during minimally invasive surgery.
Many different diagnostic scans and procedures are also performed in nuclear medicine. Nuclear medicine utilizes small amounts of radioactive agents, such as thallium or technetium, to examine various organs and their structures. These scans are used to diagnose, manage, and treat medical disorders and diseases.