How do I see a radiologist?
Radiology is a distinct branch of medicine that deals with digital imaging machines to find and treat diseases. You will see a radiologist if your doctor wants an x-ray, CT scan, ultrasound, or MRI done. A radiologist uses their equipment to take images that will help the doctor in his diagnosis. You cannot see a radiologist without a request or referral from your doctor.
Are ultrasounds bad for the baby?
Many pregnant women will periodically have ultrasounds performed on their unborn child while they are pregnant. Keep in mind that an ultrasound is not an x-ray. An x-ray uses electromagnetic rays that are slightly radioactive, while an ultrasound only uses non-radioactive sound waves. The sound waves produce an image that appears on the ultrasound screen. The ultrasounds a pregnant woman receives during her doctor visits are harmless to the unborn baby.
What is a MRI?
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It is often used by doctors after previous radiology rests like x-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds were unsatisfactory, since MRI scans can reveal problems not found by other types of radioactive imaging. There are two types of MRI machines. One is the standard MRI, which is closed inside so that the magnetic scanner can fully revolve around the body. An open MRI works just like a standard MRI, only it is not completely enclosed. However, not all types of MRI scans can be done on an open MRI.