X-ray films, mammograms, nuclear medicine and CT examinations use radiant energy to produce images of your body for your doctor to view. The information they produce can be critical in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and conditions.
This radiant energy is a form of radiation (X-rays or gamma rays) to which patients are exposed during an exam. Radiation exposure in extremely high or repeated doses is a potential risk for developing cancer.
Most imaging exams result in negligible and small exposure to radiation. At SSM Imaging, under the supervision of our highly trained radiologists and radiologic technologists, we are committed to conducting your imaging exams using the minimum and safest amount of radiation necessary to achieve the best image quality. This includes ensuring that the imaging exam is done correctly the first time to avoid repeat testing. Continual investment in newer and faster imaging technology reduces exam times for improved patient experience and decreased radiation exposure.
Keep in mind that ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provide an alternate means to produce images and answer your doctor's needs.
SSM Imaging ensures the right exam for the right indication with the appropriate and safest technique.
Learn more about safe radiation dosing at imagewisely.org, imagegently.org and radiologyinfo.org.