Imaging Services

Welcome to Imaging Services at Tucson Medical Center. Our services include CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine and Radiology .

Understanding CT

Computerized Axial Tomography (CT) imaging is a simple and safe exam. The scanner produces a series of images and can detect many conditions that do not show up on conventional X-rays. Some CT scans require the use of radiographic dye that is injected or given orally to enhance the images by outlining blood vessels or visualizing organs of the body.

If you come in for a CT Exam, you will be asked to lie quietly on the scanning table during the CT scan. The body part being scanned will be positioned in the middle of the "doughnut" shaped scanner ring. You will feel the scanner table move every few seconds as it produces a series of image necessary to complete your exam. The entire examination will take between a half hour and an hour, depending on what part of the body is scanned.

Understanding MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a special imaging technique that allows physicians to see detailed images (pictures) from within the body without the use of X-rays. These three-dimensional images of the body can lead to early detection and treatment of disease. The MRI exam is a simple and painless procedure.

If you come in for an MRI, you will be asked to lie quietly on the "scanning" table. During the exam, you can listen to music via headphones.

Understanding Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses safe, painless and cost-effective techniques to both image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine imaging provides medical information that may otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique in that it documents organ function and structure. Diagnostic radiology, on the other hand, is based upon anatomy.

You may be concerned about a procedure that involves the word "nuclear." Please be assured that nuclear medicine is safe. Some people have even asked questions such as, "Will I glow in the dark?" The answer is "no," but please feel free to ask us questions. Here are answers to the questions that people most often ask.