What Does An Imaging Exam Look At?

Jul 21, 2015

Imaging exams like CT or MRI take detailed pictures of the inside of your body. Depending on what type of exam your healthcare provider ordered, different areas of the body are studied. Some of those areas include:

  • Head/Brain
  • Soft Tissue Neck
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis
  • Spine


An exam of the head could evaluate the brain, head and facial bones, eyes (orbits), sinuses, veins/arteries, or surrounding tissue.

Soft Tissue Neck
A soft tissue neck exam evaluates lymph nodes, blood vessels in the neck, thyroid gland, and adjacent structures in the neck.

An exam of the chest could look at the lungs, heart, blood vessles, ribs, spine or lymph nodes.

An exam of the abdomen could evaluate the liver, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, intestines, lymph nodes, abdominal aorta, or other blood vessels of the abdomen.

An exam of the pelvis could look at the intestines, lymph nodes, bladder and urinary system, or reproductive organs.

This exam looks at all three areas of the body. Your healthcare provider would order this exam to get a complete view of your internal organs, lymph nodes, and/or adjacent structures.

An exam of the spine could evaluate the cervical (neck/upper spine), thoracic (middle spine), lumbar (lower spine), or sacrum/coccyx (tailbone). It could assess spinal anatomy, alignment, vertebrae, disks, spinal cord/nerves and surrounding anatomy.



Category: Radiology Services

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