Our Services

InMed Diagnostic Services offers advanced imaging services such as PET/CT, MRI, Dedicated Breast MRI, Digital Mammography, Ultrasound, Stereotactic Biopsy, Bone Densitometry, Nuclear Medicine, and X-Ray.

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PET/CT Scan

PET/CT is an examination that can detect cancers in their earliest stages often showing tumors before other imaging technologies.

By combining PET and CT, (Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography), high resolution images are taken to view more detailed anatomy and are extremely valuable in viewing the staging of cancer, the presence of recurrence, and to examine the progress of cancer therapy. The combined scans have been shown to provide more accurate diagnoses than the two scans performed separately.

Special instructions for your PET/CT:
Wear comfortable clothing. DO NOT eat or drink anything for 6 hours before the test, except water. If you are a diabetic and your blood sugar is over 200 before the test, please call our office.

The following centers offer this service:

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CT Scan

CT Scans produce a series of highly detailed cross-sectional diagnostic images that allow physicians to look at anatomy deep inside the body.

This exam has replaced the need for exploratory surgery in most cases. Certain CT exams require the patient to drink a liquid contrast prior to the exam. Some tests require the injection of contrast media to clarify certain structures and blood vessels. Certain blood tests could be required prior to the exam to determine if the contrast media can be excreted effectively through the kidneys.

The following centers offer this service:

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MRI

MRI uses a large magnet which emits radio waves and then a computer collects and processes images of soft tissues within the body.

It involves no x-rays nor radiation and there is absolutely no physical sensation or discomfort from the imaging process. Patients are asked to lie on a table and remain still for the test. The system makes a repetitive tapping and humming sound as it creates the images. Earplugs and/or music are provided for patient comfort, and the exam can last from 30-60 minutes.

Open MRIs may be more appropriate for some patients, such as true claustrophobics, those with a larger body or who have conditions that may result in painful positioning and those involved in movement studies.

The following centers offer Open MRIs:

Mt. Vernon, IL; Duncan, SC; Florence, SC; Myrtle Beach, SC;

High field MRIs are indicated for central nervous system and vascular studies - particularly contrast enhanced MRA studies, abdominal work that requires the patient to hold their breath, fat saturation techniques, certain cancer studies and any study that requires high resolution.

The following centers offer High Field MRIs:

Carterville, IL; Columbia, SCCoral Springs, FL; Kissimmee, FL

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Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI

What is the Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI? The Aurora System is the only commercially available, FDA-cleared MRI system designed specifically for 3D bilateral breast imaging.

Its unique technology provides high quality images that assist your physician in making the most accurate diagnosis. The Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI system is intended exclusively for breast imaging, designed for a woman’s comfort. This superior system has a uniquely contoured examination table where you lay face down, with both breasts suspended away from the chest, without compression and with maximum comfort. Additionally, you enter the Aurora System feet first, thus the feeling of claustrophobia is greatly reduced.

The Aurora Breast MRI System is ideal for a wide range of indications in breast disease, including:

• Detecting cancer in higher risk women, especially those with dense breast tissue or for whom mammography is technically limited due to anatomic     factors, such as surgical alteration or implants.

• Determining the extent of cancer for better treatment planning.

• Evaluating patients to determine if there are positive surgical margins indicating residual cancer.

• Surgical planning.

• Staging of breast cancer and treatment planning.

• Post-surgery and post-radiation follow-up Monitoring cancer response in patients being given chemotherapy.

• Evaluating breast implant integrity and detecting cancer in women with breast augmentation.

The following centers offers Dedicated Breast MRI:

Bourne, MA

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Mammography

Digital Mammography uses revolutionary direct capture technology to convert x-ray energy into digital data.

Unlike film (analog), the digital data can be manipulated by computer software to maximize the interpreting radiologist’s ability to see any abnormalities. A recent published study called DMIST (Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial) involving fifty thousand women showed the digital mammography to be superior to analog for the following three groups:

• Women with dense breasts

• Women under fifty years old

• Women who are peri-menopausal

Diagnostic mammograms are used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other symptom or sign of breast cancer has been found. Signs of breast cancer may include pain, thickened skin on the breast, nipple discharge, or a change in breast size or shape. This type of mammogram also can be used to find out more about breast changes found on a screening mammogram, or to view breast tissue that is hard to see on a screening mammogram.

Women should start getting mammograms at 40 and annually thereafter. 

The following centers offer Mammography:

Bourne, MA

Norwell, MA

South Dennis, MA

Coral Springs, FL

Kissimmee, FL

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses reflective sound waves to measure blood flow and to study characteristics of internal organs and tissue, such as gallbladder, kidneys, thyroid, ovaries and breasts.

There is no radiation involved. A transducer (a hand held instrument which resembles a microphone) produces and receives sound waves that are reflected off internal organs and structures to create images. The sound waves used cannot be felt or heard, and will cause no discomfort.

The following centers offer this service:

Mt. Vernon, IL

Coral Springs, FL

Kissimmee, FL

Carterville, IL

Bourne, MA - Breast Only 

Norwell, MA - Breast Only

South Dennis, MA - Breast Only 

Florence, SC

Myrtle Beach, SC;

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STEREOTACTIC BIOPSY

A Stereotactic Needle Biopsy is a non-surgical alternative to obtain a tissue sample from the breast to test for the presence of cancer.

This procedure is conducted with the assistance of mammography to ensure that the biopsy sample is taken from the correct location. Unlike some other types of biopsies, this procedure is minimally invasive, generally painless, and doesn’t require a hospital stay.

The following centers offer this service:

Bourne, MA

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Bone Densitometry (Bone Density)

Bone Densitometry measures the strength of bones by testing how dense they are.

During the scan, fully clothed patients lie down and spend only minutes being tested. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thinner and brittle. It is the cause of 1.5 million fractures each year. One in three women over 50 has osteoporosis. One in eight men will have an osteoporosis related fracture.

Women should began bone density testing post-menopausal and every 2 years thereafter. Men age 50 and up who may have certain risk factors associated with osteoporosis should began bone density testing as well.

The following centers offer this service:

Bourne, MA

Norwell, MA

South Dennis, MA

Coral Springs, FL

Kissimmee, FL

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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a diagnostic imaging technique that produces images revealing the actual functions of the body as well as organ scans such as brain, heart, lung, liver, and bone scans.

Nuclear medicine is a diagnostic imaging technique that produces images revealing the actual functions of the body as well as organ scans such as brain, heart, lung, liver, and bone scans. Nuclear medicine exposes patients to about the same amount of radiation as a common X-ray. Only tiny amounts of short-lived nuclear isotopes are used.

The following centers offer this service:

Coral Springs, FL

Kissimmee, FL

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X-ray

X-ray is a procedure used to evaluate organs and structures with the body for symptoms of disease or injury.

They are a form of radiation that can penetrate the body and produce an image on an x-ray film.

The following centers offer this service:

Carterville, IL

Mt. Vernon, IL

Columbia, SC

Duncan, SC

Coral Springs, FL

Kissimmee, FL