Imaging Services

Kaufman Cancer Center
500 Upper Chesapeake Drive
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
443-843-PINK
Klein Ambulatory Care Center
520 Upper Chesapeake Drive
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
443-643-3520
University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital
501 South Union Avenue
Havre de Grace,
Maryland 21078

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Cutting Edge Imaging Services

From the most basic X-ray procedures to the 64-slice CT technology in the world, our comprehensive imaging services offer cutting edge technology in a setting that promotes comfort and quicker services.

With our state-of-the-art Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), we digitally store your images and can even transmit image results electronically to your physician as soon as the procedure is interpreted.

To learn more about our advanced imaging services, click on one of the links below.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) produces images of internal body structures using a large magnetic field and a computer system to create images. Our high-field strength magnet, the available today, provides superior images in the shortest possible scan time. In addition, our scanner is less confining and claustrophobic than many other MRI systems.

Before going into the MRI room, you will be asked to discuss your medical history and be told about the procedure. We will also make sure that you remove all metallic objects (i.e. jewelry, glasses, zippers, dentures) before you are scanned. Be sure that you tell the MRI technologist if you have any metal inside your body (i.e. shrapnel, implants, pacemakers).

Before the scan, the technologist will help you on the scanning table. The table will then slide into the interior of the magnet that is located in a SHORT tunnel that is open at both ends. You will be asked to be very still, but will be able to communicate with the MRI technologist throughout the entire procedure.

CT (Computed Tomography)

Our CT System uses advanced spiral scan technology to rapidly image thin sections of the body. Because scans can be completed in just a few minutes, the radiation exposure is much less than with conventional CT systems.

The CT scan technology in the world is available on the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) Campus. The LightSpeed VCT (Volume Computed Tomography) scanner offers incredible speed and image quality and delivers up to 73 percent more coverage per second of a region of the body over previous CT technology.

VCT scanning is the innovation in computed tomography technology, a diagnostic tool that allows the visualization of structures within the human body. VCT captures images of the heart in just five heartbeats, and other organs in only a second, turning them into 3-D views that physicians can use to diagnose and decide the best course of treatment.

This scanner can be used for a variety of procedures, including cancer care, stroke workup, and kidney and liver exams, but the LightSpeed VCT is most beneficial for cardiac imaging. This new technology can decipher between aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, and coronary artery disease, the three major causes of mortality in patients with chest pain.

In addition to the new diagnostic power in cardiac cases, the LightSpeed VCT offers the speed and resolution needed for immediate imaging of blood vessels after a stroke.

  • CAT Scan of the Body-CT Scan of the Body
  • CAT Scan of the Head-CT Scan of the Head

General Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a medical procedure that uses sound waves to visualize internal structures. Sound waves pass through the skin and bounce off organs and tissues in the body. Thee sound waves are then reflected back and converted to diagnostic images.

Ultrasound is a simple procedure that does not require the use of radiation or special medications or dyes. During Ultrasound a small device called a transducer is placed over the area being examined. Sound waves pass through the skin from the transducer and bounces off organs and tissues in the body. These sound waves are reflected back to the transducer. The sound waves will then be converted to an image that will appear on a monitor that will be evaluated by the radiologist.

Some Ultrasound procedures require special preparation (i.e. fasting for several hours before the procedure; emptying or filling your bladder), so pay special attention to any instructions given to you at the time your procedure is scheduled.

  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Doppler Ultrasound
  • Duplex Doppler Ultrasound
  • Parathyroid and Thyroid Ultrasound-Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasound
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Vascular Doppler

General Diagnostic Radiology

Basic X-rays (chest, extremities) are performed on a walk-in basis. Appointments for more complex procedures that require special preparation can be made by calling ScheduleFirst at 443-843-7000 or toll-free at 1-800-301-4799.

  • Abdominal X-ray
  • Arm or Leg X-ray-Extremity X-rays
  • Arthrography
  • Barium Enema
  • Barium Swallow-Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Series
  • Chest X-ray
  • Cystourethrography
  • Hysterosalpingography
  • Intravenous Pyelography (IVP)
  • Myelography
  • Skull and Facial X-ray
  • Spinal X-ray

Nuclear Medicine

Our Nuclear Medicine equipment is capable of performing standard nuclear medicine images such as lung, thyroid, and bone scans. During a Nuclear Medicine procedure small amounts of a radioactive material are administered by IV, capsules or inhalation. This radioactive material will then travel to the organ or tissue to be evaluated. The radioactive material will give off a form of radiation that can only be detected by our Nuclear Medicine equipment.

During the scan you will be made comfortable on the Nuclear Medicine table, and your body will be scanned by the Nuclear Medicine camera. The images created by this camera will be interpreted by a radiologist who specializes in Nuclear Medicine procedures.

3D Mammography

3D mammography may be helpful for women who have either very dense breast tissue or a personal or
family history of breast cancer. The added cost for a 3D mammogram is $100 and is not currently covered by insurance. Ask your doctor if 3D mammography would benefit you.

Women's Imaging

Women's Imaging in the Kaufman Cancer Center, Klein Ambulatory Care Center and at University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) offers a private, comfortable area exclusively for women. Our services include mammography, sonography (ultrasound) and bone densitometry as well as a breast biopsy system.

Click on one of the links below to learn more about our women's imaging services:

Mammography

Mammography (breast imaging) is an x-ray technique used to detect breast cancer and other breast conditions. Mammography shows changes in the breast before a woman or her health care provider can detect them.

The procedure usually takes less than an hour. There will be breast compression during the procedure that may be uncomfortable. This discomfort will only last a few minutes. Scheduling this procedure after your period (when breasts are less tender) can help.

Please do not wear deodorant or perfume on the day of your test; it can interfere with the quality of the image. For your convenience, deodorant will be provided in the dressing rooms.

Our radiologists will interpret the images and have results available within 24 hours.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Our technology gives women a less invasive option for the diagnosis of breast cancer.

Lumps or suspicious areas of the breast can be biopsied through a very small incision.

This technology uses mammography to locate the lump or area in question. A computer-guided needle is then inserted and takes a tissue simple. The tissue sample is then evaluated by the pathologist.

The procedure takes less than one hour and is performed under local anesthesia. Instead of stitches, you will go home with just a Band-Aid.

Bone Densitometry

Bone densitometry determines the strength of your bones and the likelihood of fracture. The advance in bone densitometry is Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) for measurement of the spine and hip. This state-of-the-art imaging technique detects small changes in bone mass with minimal radiation exposure.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a medical procedure that uses sound waves to visualize internal structures. This simple procedure does not require the use of radiation or special medications or dyes.

During Ultrasound, a small device called a transducer is placed over the area being examined. Sound waves pass through the skin from the transducer and bounces off organs and tissues. These sound waves are reflected back to the transducer. The sound waves are then converted to an image that will appear on a monitor and saved for interpretation by the radiologist.

Some ultrasound procedures require special preparation (i.e. fasting for several hours before the procedure; emptying or filling your bladder), so pay special attention to any instructions given to you at the time your procedure is scheduled.

  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Pelvic Ultrasound

How does a breast MRI work?

Breast MRI

For a breast MRI, the woman usually lies face down, with her breasts positioned through openings in the table. In order to check breast positioning, the technologist watches the MRI through a window while monitoring for any potential movement.

A breast MRI usually requires the use of a contrast dye that is injected into a vein in the arm before or during the procedure. The dye may help create clearer images that outline abnormalities more easily.

MRI, used with mammography and breast ultrasound, can be a useful diagnostic tool. Recent research has found that MRI can locate some small breast lesions sometimes missed by mammography. It can also help detect breast cancer in women with breast implants and in younger women who tend to have dense breast tissue. Mammography may not be as effective in these cases. Since MRIs do not use radiation, they may be used to screen women younger than 40 and to increase the number of screenings per year for women at high risk for breast cancer.

MRI guided Biopsy: An MRI breast biopsy is a procedure that uses computer technology to guide a needle to an abnormality seen on a breast MRI.

This is a simple and safe procedure performed at our center by our team of breast imaging specialists. The procedure requires little recovery time and there is no significant scarring to the breast.

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