Q. When is a CT better than an MRI?

A.  They sound similar – so which one is better?

It depends on what part of your body your doctor is interested in and the reason for the exam. Radiologists are the doctors who specialize in reading these images and collaborate with your doctor to determine what issue they want to diagnose.

Medical Director of Radiology

Q. What is the difference between a CT and a MRI?

A: Many patients ask about the differences between a CT (Computed Tomography) scan and an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan: “Which is better?” or, “Should I have one over the other?” While the machines look similar, what occurs is quite different.

Medical Director of Radiology

Q. I have a long family history of Breast Cancer. What other risks for Breast Cancer should I be concerned about?

A. Because Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States with exception to skin cancer, knowing your risks gives you the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of a Breast Cancer diagnosis.

Risk factors include:
• Age: half of all women diagnosed are over age 65
• Weight: being obese or overweight
• Diet & Lifestyle: Lack of physical activity, a diet high in saturated fat, drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day

Oncology Nurse

Concussions and Sports: How Can I Tell if a Bump on the Head is Serious?

Q: I worry about my children playing sports and getting a concussion. How can I tell if a bump to the head is serious?

A: Concussions are a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body that interferes with the normal function of the brain. The severity of a traumatic brain injury can range from "mild", with a brief change in mental status or level of consciousness, to "severe", with an extended period of unconsciousness or symptoms.

Milltown Family Physicians

What is an MRI?

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is an imaging test that has been used since the early 1980’s.  MRI does not use radiation; instead it uses a powerful magnet and radio waves that are sent through the body.  They body responds by sending out radio waves of its own that are picked up by the scanner and computerized into a picture.  An MRI scanner has the ability to yield pictures of almost all of the tissue in the body. 

There are a number of situations in which MRI can be particularly useful:

Assistant Manager, Imaging Services

Dementia Defined

Dementia is described as a loss of mental function, thinking, memory, and reasoning that interferes with a person’s daily life.  Dementia is not a disease in and of itself but rather a group of symptoms and depending on the cause can sometimes be cured.  Dementia is usually linked to diseases that cause degeneration or loss of nerve cells in the brain or disease of blood vessels.

Adult Geriatrics of Wooster

Low Dose CT

CT is an x-ray imaging technique, which presents body structures in three dimensions.  The information content of a CT scan is extensive, allowing in many instances, a more accurate diagnostic assessment of patient health than is possible from other imaging techniques.

Manager of Imaging Services