Imaging Services
Women's Imaging
An imaging center designed for the unique needs of women. Women's Imaging at Radiology Associates is unlike any other medical imaging center in Corpus Christi; and, you'll know it the minute you walk through the door. Click here for more information.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a test that uses a computer, magnetic fields and radio waves to generate images of the inside of the body. It can be used for virtually all parts of the body, including the specific area troubling you. MRI does not use any form of ionizing radiation, so no special preparation is needed. You may eat normally and take your regular medication. On the day of your examination, you will be asked to changed into a gown as some clothing may cause artifacts on the image. Click here for more information.
Also known as a "CAT scan," CT (Computed Tomography) combines multiple X-ray images to produce a two-dimensional cross-section view of anatomy with as much as 100 times more clarity than conventional X-ray. CT imaging is used to clearly show soft tissue, like the brain, as well as dense tissue, like bone. The information gathered during a CT scan is processed by a computer and interpreted by a radiologist to diagnose, or rule out, disease. Some CT scans require the use of a contrast medium. Given intravenously, the contrast agent highlights certain body parts to enable the radiologist to better see any abnormalities. CT scans of the abdomen and pelvis often require the patient to drink a barium-based liquid to outline the intestines for better viewing. Click here for more information.
P.E.T. and Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine is a safe form of diagnostic testing. It is unique in that it provides doctors with information about function. Therefore, it is ideal for identifying abnormalities at an early stage of a disease-before medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.

P.E.T., or Positron Emission Tomography, is similar to nuclear medicine and is used to detect the presence and severity of cancers, neurological conditions and cardiovascular disease. P.E.T. works by measuring the amount of metabolic activity, typically glucose (a type of sugar), in certain areas of the body. Because cancer cells have a higher metabolic rate than normal cells, P.E.T. can be used to diagnose, stage, and restage cancer and/or monitor response to therapy based on this metabolic activity. P.E.T. is combined with CT to allow both analysis and localization of active tumor tissue. Click here for more information.
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