COPC Imaging (Radiology)
Central Ohio Primary Care Imaging Services performs more than 50,000 tests annually. We want you to know in advance what to expect and how to prepare for your procedure. Below are the tests we preform with details on preparation required. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
What is an MRI Scan?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one form of imaging modality used by physicians to look inside the human body to obtain clinically useful diagnostic information. Incorporating an advanced technology, MRI produces images of the anatomy without the use of radiation required with other imaging modalities such as x-ray and CT scanning. If you are scheduled for an MRI, please download our MRI patient preparation sheet for instructions on your procedure.
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What is a CT Scan?
Computed Axial Tomography (CT Scan or CAT Scan) is a diagnostic test that combines the use of X-Rays with computer technology. A series of X-Ray beams from many different angles are used to create cross-sectional images of the body. These images are assembled into a three dimensional picture that can display organs, bones and tissues in great detail. Below are the specific test preparation sheets for each of the CT procedures we offer.
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What is a DEXA Scan?
Bone densitometry (DEXA) is an accurate method of measuring the calcium content (or density) of bones using low dose x-rays. The amount of calcium in a bone gives some idea of how likely it is to fracture at a later date. If the density is low, then there is a greater chance of fracture. Please click here to download your DEXA Scan Preparation Sheet.
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What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is defined as sound with a frequency greater than 20,000 Hertz, above the range audible to the human ear. An ultrasound exam, or sonogram, is a safe and generally non-invasive procedure that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to image an internal body structure. Below are the specific preparation sheets for each of the ultrasounds we offer.
What is an X-ray?
General X-rays are used to look for broken bones, problems in the lungs and abdomen, and other ailments. X-ray examination is painless, fast and easy. Patients are given instructions if special preparation is required.
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Ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsy
What is a Thyroid Biopsy?
A thyroid biopsy uses ultrasound and a fine needle to remove thyroid cells for examination. The thyroid is located in front of the trachea (windpipe) at the top of the neck. In most cases, numbing medicine is not needed because the needle is very thin. Prior to this procedure, patients may eat normally and take their normal medication unless otherwise instructed. A typical biopsy takes less than ten minutes.
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