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Medical Imaging

Nix Health offers a complete range of advanced medical diagnostic tools, including MRI, CT, x-ray, mammography, angiography, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and nuclear medicine.

Various services are available at both Nix Medical Center and Nix Alamo Heights. Please contact the facility for specific services available. Click on the services below to learn more about exam preparation.

3D Breast Tomosynthesis

Barium Studies
Barium studies (x-rays) are used by the imaging team to examine the gastrointestinal tract and identify irregularities.

CT Scan
A CT Scan combines a series of x-rays and advanced computer imaging to produce pictures of the body’s organs and arteries.

MRI/MRA
A MRI assists radiologists and physicians in the earlier diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions including brain and nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer and organ disease.

Multiple Gate Acquisition (MUGA) Scan
This scan produces an image of the heart to measure the left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) or the amount of blood pumped out of the left ventricles with every heart beat.

Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials to safely diagnose and treat various medical conditions.

Ultrasound
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal organs and view blood flow through arteries.

Total Body Bone Scan (TBBS)
The total body bone scan identifies damage to bones, infections and bone cancer.

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Barium Studies

Your physician may recommend a barium study if you are experiencing abdominal discomfort, constipation, diarrhea, or blood in the stool.

Exam Preparation

Barium Enema

  • On the day before the exam drink a clear liquid lunch and dinner, this includes plain water, broth, fruit juices without pulp, tea or coffee without cream.
  • Please do not eat or drink after midnight.

Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) and Small Bowel

  • On the day before the exam, please do not eat or drink after midnight.
  • Continue any medications unless told otherwise by your physician.
  • Diabetic patients should continue their diets as recommended by their physician.

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CT Scan

A CT Scan produces an image slice of the area to be examined. These slices can be reconstructed to view many different angles.

Exam Preparation

  • Continue any medications unless told otherwise by your physician.
  • Please speak with your physician if you are a diabetic patient. You may need to stop using Glucophage for 48 hours after a CT scan.

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MRI/MRA

MRI Scans provide clearer, more detailed scans of your internal organs and tissues from many angles without using radiation. A typical exam lasts between 20 minutes to an hour.

Nix offers several MRI scans including:

  • Bolus infused MR Angiography produces images of vascular disease.
  • Diffusion Weighted MRI helps identify risk of stroke or changes after a patient has suffered a stroke.
  • Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) produces images of the biliary system.
  • Breast MRI is a safe and non-invasive test used to distinguish between benign and malignant masses.

Exam Preparation

MRI/MRA

  • Please do not wear any jewelry.
  • Certain medical devices, such as pacemakers, are not recommended. Please talk with your physician before the test.

Abdomen MRI

  • Please do not eat any solid foods six hours before the exam.
  • Continue any medications unless told otherwise by your physician.
  • Diabetic patients should continue their diets as recommended by their physician.

Breast MRI

  • A breast MRI exam will last approximately 45 minutes.

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Multiple Gate Acquisition (MUGA) Scan

Exam Preparation

  • No preparation is required for this scan.

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Nuclear Medicine

Exam Preparation

Gastric Emptying, Hida Scans, and Meckels Scans

  • On the day before the exam, please do not eat or drink after midnight.

Thyroid Scans

  • Patients should not be on thyroid medication for 6 weeks prior to the exam.
  • On the day before the exam, please do not eat or drink after midnight.

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Ultrasound

Exam Preparation

Abdomen/Abdominal Aorta, Bile Duct, Gallbladder, Liver or Pancreas

  • On the day before the exam, please do not eat or drink after midnight.

Biopsy or Cyst Aspiration

  • Please do not take blood thinners or aspirin for 1 week before the exam.

Pelvic

  • Drink 32 ounces of water an hour before the exam. Please do not use the restroom until after the exam.

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Total Body Bone Scan (TBBS)

Exam Preparation

  • No preparation is required for this exam.
  • This scan takes approximately three hours.

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