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Urology

Imaging

High quality imaging studies are essential to a urologist in providing an accurate diagnosis and recommending a course of treatment.  Advanced imaging helps the phsycian see the causes of many medical problems. Imaging is a general term for any technique used to provide pictures of bones and organs inside the body.

St. Mary Imaging is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our expert team performs and interprets more than 250,000 studies annually and is committed to offering the highest level of care and most advanced technology.

Imaging techniques used in urology include

  • Conventional radiology, or x rays
  • Voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG)
  • Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)
  • Ultrasounds
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Prostate MRI
  • Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans - sometimes with the use of a contrast medium
  • Radionuclide scans
  • PET-CT

A physician may use several different imaging techniques depending on a person’s medical history and symptoms.

 A PET-CT is performed to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of urologic malignancies such as prostate carcinoma, kidney, bladder and testicular malignancies.

Interventional procedures may include:

  • Nephrostomy tube placements and stent placements
  • CAT Scan or Ultrasound guided urologic drainages and biopsies
  • Percutaneous placement of suprapubic catheters
  • CT and Ultrasound guided ablation of renal tumors
  • Preoperative embolizations
  • Embolization of renal arterial and venous malformations as well as tumors