About the Procedures
abdominal aortic aneurysm
Ultrasound scan for an aneurysm, a ballooning or weakening of the wall of the abdominal aorta, which could lead to rupture. AAA's have no symptoms but are most often fatal if they rupture.
ankle brachial indexes (ABI)
Screening for blockage in leg arteries - PAD (peripheral arterial disease) which increases your risk of a heart attack 2-4 times more than the general population.
carotid artery ultrasound
Screening for plaque in the carotid arteries - the leading cause of strokes.
According to the National Stroke Association (NSA), your risk of stroke doubles every decade after age 55.
CT studies may be performed on all body parts: head, abdomen, spine, extremity, and colon. Spine studies can be performed after myelography to better evaluate the spinal canal. Marietta Imaging is proudly accredited by the ACR (American College of Radiology).
cardiac calcium scoring
Cardiac Calcium Scoring (which only takes 5 minutes) is the best noninvasive test for quantifying coronary artery calcium content. The procedure begins with a fast, convenient and painless computed tomography (CT) exam. During the exam, the patient will lie on the CT table as it slowly moves into the donut-shaped gantry. The scanner takes an image or picture, of the beating heart while the patient holds their breath for several short intervals. The procedure requires no injections, treadmills or preparation such as fasting. The information acquired during the CT exam is then processed with HeartBeat CS, a cardiac scoring software package that evaluates and quantifies the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries. The patient then has a consultation with the radiologist, and the results are discussed.
We offer a short bore, high field MRI imager which has the largest opening of any MRI system in the industry. This 1.5T system allows extremely fast scan time, so that the patient spends very little time in the scanner, while allowing the radiologist to obtain very high quality images. MRI has become a preferred method for diagnosing potential problems in many different parts of the body. While x-rays are best for showing bones, the MRI creates pictures that can show differences between healthy and unhealthy tissue. Physicians use MRI to examine soft tissue - organs, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and tendons in many parts of the body. That means MRI is helpful when looking at the brain, spinal column, abdomen, pelvic region, and joints such as knees, and elbows. Marietta Imaging is proudly accredited by the ACR (American College of Radiology).
Our East Cobb location offers the technology of low-field, patient-friendly magnetic resonance imaging systems. Claustrophobic and larger patients, along with those suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, are often able to comfortably undergo MRI examinations in these "open architecture" systems while failing to tolerate traditional "closed" MRI systems. Open systems are quieter and more comfortable for patients.
Women's Imaging Center
Our Women's Imaging Center provides a separate waiting area for women undergoing ultrasound, mammograms, or bone density scans.
Our digital mammography equipment is ACR (American College of Radiology) accredited, and offers the ICAD technology. ICAD is a computer aided detection system that digitizes a digital mammogram and analyzes it using a proprietary signal processing software, which highlights areas of the mammogram, which contain features associated with cancer. After a radiologist views the original mammogram conventionally, he then reviews the ICAD markers displayed on the monitors. The ICAD system is like a spell checker for medical images.
Ultrasound procedures can be performed to assist in the evaluation of the abdomen, breast, kidneys, pelvic and ob, thyroid and vessels.
DEXA, or Bone Density scans may be performed to evaluate bone loss in women and men with a simple, non-invasive test. The patient lies comfortably for 15 to 20 minutes while the scan is acquired. Once this is completed, a report is printed and sent to the referring physician.
Nuclear Medicine exams may be performed to evaluate the gall bladder, kidneys, thyroid, and bones. Exams such as gastric emptying, and lung scans may also be performed.
All fluoroscopic exams, such as upper GI's, barium enema, and myelogram's can be performed.
Routine radiology examinations such as chest x-ray, IVP, cystogram, bone, sinuses, and all other x-ray's can be performed on a scheduled or STAT basis.
EEG is used to show the electrical activity of the brain. Brain cells send messages to each other using small electrical impulses or brainwaves. These can be measured to make sure everything is normal. EEGs are used to help diagnose many illnesses. These include seizure disorders such as epilepsy, encephalopathies, meningitis and can detect sleep disorders. EEGs can show doctors whether treatments are helping a person, especially for people with seizure disorders. Doctors can look at earlier EEG results to see if a special treatment has made the new results better and helped the patient.
Our staff can order pre certification, and immediate appointments are available for all studies.
We welcome your patients to our office, and give our promise for a prompt report to you, the physician. If any of our staff can be of any assistance to you or your staff, please do not hesitate to call and we will be more than happy to assist you.
It is a pleasure to serve you and your patients.