Medical Xpress provides the latest news on radiology & medical imaging, clinical diagnosis, treatment and disease monitoring A variation of conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The flow of blood or other fluid to an organ. CONTINUE SCROLLING OR … See also tumor. metastatic tumor lumpectomy Relating to the organs involved in producing and passing urine. genetic marker An inflammation of the epididymis. electronic media They are used in embolization procedures to stop bleeding or block arteries that provide blood flow to a tumor. A flexible, hollow plastic or rubber tube that may be passed into a blood vessel to withdraw fluids or inject medicine or contrast materials. Also called a radiotracer. A liquid that, on evaporation, leaves a protective film over cuts. cyclotron Part of the bodyâs digestive tract and a component of the digestive system. A stroke in which blood flow to part of the brain is interrupted as a result of a ruptured blood vessel. Also called peripheral vascular disease (PVD). This tract is part of the digestive system, a complex process that enables the body to break down and absorb food and eliminate waste. An injury to the brain that occurs when the head or body is struck hard enough that the brain bounces against the skull. The main vein that carries blood from the digestive tract to the liver. vacuum-assisted biopsy antibiotics The use of medications called anesthetics to produce a temporary loss of sensation in a specific area of the body during a surgical or other medical procedure. Unable to process the form. A plug, composed of a detached blood clot, mass of bacteria or other tissue, air or other foreign body, completely or partially blocking a vessel. biologic therapy radiosensitizers A benign tumor usually occurring in breast tissue. For more information see the Angina Pectoris page. pathology perforation A type of coil, made of soft platinum wire smaller than a strand of hair and available in different diameters and lengths, used in a procedure called a detachable coil embolization to treat an aneurysm (a bulge) or a blood vessel malformation called a fistula (a false passageway) that occurs in the brain and other parts of the body. One of a large system of branching vessels that collect blood which the arteries have distributed to body tissues and returns it to the heart and then the lungs. C-11 PIB attenuation William Alexander Newman Dorland. When valves are not working properly, the normal flow of blood slows and creates pockets of backflow, called turgidity, where clots can develop. Also called PlavixÂ® Since the discovery of the X-ray in 1895, radiology has been at the forefront of minimally invasive medical imaging. A condition characterized by high levels of calcium in the blood, typically the result of overactive parathyroid glands. guide wire sternum absence seizure Veins that carry blood from throughout the body to the heart rely on a series of valves that work like gates to prevent blood from flowing backwards. one who makes or takes x-ray images. ileostomy pathologic pancreas The suction of fluid from the amniotic sac through the use of a needle inserted through the abdomen. Usually a non-radiologist physician who sends a patient to a specialist for more information or treatment. A wire coil placed around the breast that sends and receives radio waves within the magnetic field of an MRI unit to create images. In the male, this consists of the testes, penis, seminal vesicles, prostate, and urethra. glandular To transplant an organ or unattached tissue. resection hydrocephalus A dense breast has a greater amount of ducts, glands, fibrous tissue and less fat. The tissue or organ in grafting and transplantation. congenital heart disease Atomic weight: the mass of an atom, expressed in atomic mass units. The use of imaging modalities, such as ultrasound, CT, x-ray or MRI, to assist in targeting a lesion too small to be felt so that cells can be removed from the suspicious area and examined under a microscope to determine whether the abnormality is cancerous. Radiation of sufficient energy to dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged atoms or radicals in the irradiated material. vascular endometrial cavity It can be a result of trauma, or a bursting (ruptured) aneurysm. An enlargement of the fingertips, which may occur as a result of advanced diffuse interstitial lung disease. false negative test result (Also called gamma rays.) An examination of the lower rectum and the prostate gland in males to check for abnormalities. Disk-shaped pads of fibrous tissue that are interposed between the vertebrae. endoscopic treatments undescended testicle One-thousandth of a roentgen (the international unit of exposure dose for x-rays or gamma rays). ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) Treatment based on alteration of genetic material. An examination of blood vessels by injecting contrast material directly into an artery through a small plastic tube. A bacterial infection of the kidney that may occur when a urinary tract infection (UTI) spreads beyond the bladder to the ureters and kidneys. Masses of fiber and muscle tissue in the wall of the uterus, also known as leiomyomas or fibroid tumors. Fluids, drugs or blood products can be infused or blood drawn through the catheter. A cyclical shedding of the lining, or endometrium, of a womanâs uterus when no pregnancy occurs. See cryosurgery. metastases A tangle of dilated blood vessels that disrupts normal blood flow in the brain. The arteries that supply freshly oxygenated blood to the heart muscle. The use of medications (intravenous or gases), called anesthetics, that cause unconsciousness and help patients tolerate a medical or surgical procedure. intracranial pressure (ICP) A device similar to a heart pacemaker that is implanted under the skin and sends regular impulses of electrical energy through an electrode placed near the vagus nerve to prevent or reduce seizures. myopathy These unusual malformations may be present at birth or may result from injury or infection. A condition in which the skin and whites of the eyes turn a yellowish color caused by abnormal levels of bilirubin, a yellow/orange pigment, in the bile and liver. See the Proton Therapy page for more information. For details see the Proton Therapy page. In men, the urethra carries semen from the prostate and other sex glands out of the body through the penis. respiratory A diagnostic test in which a sample of sputum (mucus) is examined under a microscope to determine whether abnormal cells are present. This surgery increases blood flow to the heart by using a vein, or an artery from elsewhere in the body, and using it to divert blood around the area of narrowing or blockage in the coronary arteries of the heart. The muscular walls of the uterus. Devices that are implanted into the spine and connected to internal or external generators to stimulate the nerves as a means of disrupting pain signals or causing organs to function more efficiently. A hand-held device that sends and receives ultrasound signals. (Also see angiography and angioplasty.). Also called the hepatic portal vein. The decrease in the amount of any radioactive material with the passage of time due to the spontaneous emission of radiation from an atomic nucleus. A group of muscles around the shoulder joint that help stabilize and move the upper arm. A brachytherapy treatment in which a remote-controlled machine pushes radioactive material through a delivery device to the site of a tumor. The scientific discipline of medical imaging using ionizing radiation, radionuclides, nuclear magnetic resonance, and ultrasound. Related to the process of moving air into and out of the lungs, exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide within the body's tissues. pack-years A dilation (widening) of the bronchi (the "breathing tubes"), often caused by infection. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines all of the following as individually identifiable health information: proton neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) See the MRCP page for additional information. The two major types are Crohnâs disease and ulcerative colitis. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Storage media in PCs and removable/transportable digital media such as magnetic tapes or disks, CDs, pen, flash drives, optical disks, or digital memory cards; or transmission media such as the intranet, dial-up lines, and/or private networks. In this exploratory procedure, the surgeon makes a large incision in the abdomen and investigates the internal organs to help determine the cause and extent of a disease. Carbon-11-labeled Pittsburgh Compound B, (C-11 PIB), is a radiotracer used with positron emission tomography (PET) scanning to image the build-up of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, which are associated with Alzheimerâs disease. CT enterography syphilis Also known as partial seizure. natural background exposure A device that projects radiographic (x-ray) images in a movie-like sequence onto a screen monitor. necrosis It causes a thickening of the skin, organs and other tissues. A condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone for the body's needs. This element is present in many radiographic contrast materials. Radiological imaging techniques include x-rays, CT scans, PET scans, MRIs, and ultrasonograms. Syn: ultrasonography. To change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state. Early machines yielded digital images with at least 100 times the clarity of normal x-rays. The injection of a local anesthetic, a medication that produce a temporary loss of sensation, near a specific group of nerves in order to block sensation in a larger, but still limited, area of the body supplied by those nerves. The narrowing of a blood vessel due to excessive contraction of the vessel wall. Radiology: The medical specialty concerned with radiation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, including both ionizing radiation such as X-rays and nonionizing radiation such as ultrasound. pleural space ulcerative colitis A collection of infectious viruses that are spread through intercourse. A minimally invasive treatment that uses extreme cold in the form of liquid nitrogen or argon gas to freeze and destroy diseased tissue, including cancer cells. A wormlike "pouch" several inches long located near the beginning of the large intestine, in the lower right portion of the abdomen. infusion C Radiology definition, the science dealing with x-rays or nuclear radiation, especially for medical uses. Fractures of the vertebrae caused by the compression, or excessive pushing, of one bone against another. The scientific discipline of medical imaging using. A stage of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in which the immune system is so badly damaged the body is unable to fight off infections and disease. anemia Headaches that occur in groups, or clusters, over a period of several weeks or months separated by headache-free periods of months or years. Copyright © 2020 Radiological Society of North America, Inc. (RSNA). synchrotron See permanent brachytherapy. radioisotope osteomyelitis jaundice Drugs used to induce loss of sensation for the patient in preparation for operative procedures. A drug that thins the blood and helps to prevent abnormal blood clotting. A method whereby highly focused beams of high-energy x-rays are targeted at the tumor site to destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissues. To survey by traversing with an active or passive sensing device. See abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The initial section of a radiology report relays the specifics of the study. Unlike a standard intravenous catheter (IV) which is for short term use, a vascular access catheter is more durable and does not easily become blocked or infected. osteoarthritis subarachnoid hemorrhage ablation A white insoluble radiopaque powder that is used as a contrast material to make certain body parts more visible in x-ray images. For details see the MR Angiography page. Within the uterus. An inflammation (swelling) of the prostate gland. endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT) is an advanced form of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) that delivers a targeted three-dimensional dose of radiation to a tumor in one or more treatments. Bleeding into the ventricles within the brain. cathartic thrombosis Radiation therapists work with radiation oncologists. Also called seed implantation. A chronic disease of unknown cause characterized by ulceration of the colon and rectum, with rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, and diarrhea; frequently causes anemia and electrolyte imbalance, and is less frequently complicated by peritonitis inflammation of the abdominal membrane, toxic megacolon (a condition of extreme dilation and hypertrophy of the colon), or cancer of the colon. A protein produced by the prostate gland. An acrylic cement used to repair bone fractures and in other orthopedic procedures. superior vena cava ADVERTISEMENT: Radiopaedia is free thanks to our supporters and advertisers. diarrhea The space within the peritoneum not occupied by the abdominal organs. stenting V S contrast medium An often fatal condition that results when brain tissue, fluid or blood vessels are pushed outside the skull. Blockage of normal blood flow through the liver, usually the result of cirrhosis, which can lead to back-pressure on the veins of the portal (intestinal) circulation, variceal bleeding and ascites. The radiology department at Reliant Medical Group offers comprehensive diagnostic imaging services for patients. A noninvasive procedure does not require any skin incision or the insertion of any instruments or medical devices. bone scan emphysema The thyroid is a gland in the neck that controls metabolism, a chemical process that regulates the rate at which the body functions. The crushing of a stone in the renal pelvis, ureter, or bladder, by mechanical force or sound waves. Tiny air sacs located at the end of the respiratory tract in the lungs that allow inhaled oxygen to enter the bloodstream and carbon dioxide to leave the bloodstream with exhalation. The lower part of the colon. embryo sutures pulmonary hypertension The middle section of the small intestine. cancer Alpha particles, beta particles, and ga…. bronchoscopy Also known as radiation absorbed dose. Radiography of the bladder, following injection of a radiopaque substance. pancreatitis salpingo-oophorectomy A material used to block off blood flow through a vessel. The point in a woman's life when she stops menstruating, or having periods. A condition involving the narrowing of the coronary arteries that carry blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. Frequently a needle will be placed in a vein, often a large arm vein, to deliver fluids and medications, withdraw blood samples, and transfuse blood. An examination of blood vessels that uses X-ray, CT or MR imaging and an injection of a radiopaque contrast material to image arteries in the brain, heart, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, aorta, neck, chest, limbs and pulmonary circulatory system. One of a pair of neck veins that collect blood from the brain and face and convey it toward the heart. A medication that interferes with the normal function of blood platelets and thereby reduces the tendency for blood to clot; commonly called a blood thinner. Radiology Instructions - Chest X-ray. hemothorax acute The image, record, or data obtained by scanning, usually identified by the technology or device employed; e.g.. Abbreviated form of scintiscan (scintigram), usually identified by the organ or structure examined; e.g., brain scan, bone scan. They bind at the site of a wound to begin the clotting process. The radiotracer is injected into the bloodstream and collected in the blood vessels of the lungs. Quítese los objetos de metal, como cadenas o broches metálicos. Removal of tissue or suspensions of cells from living patients through a small needle for diagnostic examination. A condition in which tissue fluid does not drain normally through the lymphatic system but instead builds up in the bodyâs soft tissues and causes swelling, usually of a leg or arm. Also known as radioactive iodine uptake test (RAIU). interstitium See sedation, deep. Having small holes or pores. viscera Medical imaging procedures include: Plain film or digital X-ray imaging. The Gamma Knife delivers 201 beams of highly focused gamma rays to the treatment site. Barrettâs esophagus The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) promotes excellence in education and elevates quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. inflammation Mucous helps protect and lubricate surfaces within the body. Surgical fixation of an unstable segment of the spine. Excess blood in the pleural space caused by a chest injury, tumor or other bleeding problems. Por favor, quítese la ropa de la cintura hacia arriba. inferior vena cava (IVC) filter temporary brachytherapy ureter Threadlike extensions from a nerve cell. Graves' disease peripheral artery disease (PAD) Also called a barium swallow. A rare hereditary condition that increases a personâs risk of a wide range of tumors, including breast cancer and sarcomas of soft tissue. They are present in much higher levels in men and govern the growth and development of the male reproductive system. tonic-clonic seizure Certain imaging procedures, including PET scanning, employ radionuclides to provide real-time visuals of biochemical processes. A general term for chronic diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema that cause the airways in the lung to become narrowed, limiting airflow to and from the lungs and causing shortness of breath. Radiology is a medical specialty that uses images to diagnose disease. See the Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) page for more information. An isotope of artificial or natural origin that exhibits radioactivity.Radionuclides serve as agents in nuclear medicine and genetic engineering, play a role in computer imaging for diagnosis and experiment, and account for a percentage of background radiation to which humans are exposed. The removal of living tissue for microscopic examination by suction through a fine needle attached to a syringe. In a conventional angiogram, a dye is injected into the bloodstream and x-rays are taken to visualize the blood vessels. angiogenesis inhibitors An iodine-131 agent used in radioimmuniotherapy to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma. anus Involving one individual as both donor and recipient in a medical procedure such as a stem cell transplant. A heart problem that has existed since birth. Examination of any part of the body for diagnostic purposes by means of x-rays with the findings usually recorded digitally or on film. A brand name for warfarin. digital certificate A closed sac or envelope lined with a membrane and containing lubricating fluid, usually found or formed in areas subject to friction; e.g., over an exposed or prominent part or where a tendon passes over a bone. A sudden, uncontrollable wave of electrical activity in the brain that causes involuntary bodily movement, a change in attention or a loss of consciousness. trocar pyelography angiogenesis A general term for pain related to the sciatic nerve; it may result from a herniated intervertebral disc in the spine. subdural hematoma A test that checks for hidden blood in fecal material (stool). Ionizing electromagnetic radiation produced by the excitation of the inner orbital electrons of an atom by other processes, such as nuclear delay and its sequelae. prostatitis tumor It is normally empty, with the lung immediately against the inside of the chest wall. intussusception liver Cosmic radiation and terrestrial radiation vary with location. The thyroid is a gland in the neck that controls metabolism, a chemical process that regulates the rate at which the body functions. I A program or hardware device that filters information coming through an Internet connection into a computer system. A member of the family of drugs called analgesics, it is found in many over-the-counter medications, such as TylenolÂ®. posteroanterior view A device or substance used to enlarge a hollow structure or opening. fine needle aspiration The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones that set the rate the body carries on its necessary functions (metabolic rate). fibroid tumor Social workers may be licensed. Once renal function is found to be normal, Glucophage therapy can be started again. A laboratory-produced molecule that is engineered to recognize and bind to the surface of cancer cells. Also called a nerve cell. A blood clot-busting drug used to reduce the severity of an ischemic stroke if given within a short window of time following the onset of the stroke. Instead of displaying Doppler measurements visually as in the color and power Doppler methods, spectral Doppler displays the blood flow measurements graphically, displaying flow velocities recorded over time. A breathing apparatus that helps patients inflate their lungs and exercise breathing muscles to prevent the onset of pneumonia following surgery. encephalography craniofacial concussion Medical Director of Gottlieb Hospital Radiology,Medical Director, IR and Cath Lab at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Treatments include antacids, proton pump inhibitors, dietary changes and surgery. secondary headache A cancer that develops in the thin, flat cells (called squamous) that make up the outer layer of the skin. A medication used to produce a temporary loss of sensation in a specific area of the body during a surgical or other medical procedure; It may be administered as an injection under the skin, applied as a topical cream or a patch to the surface of the skin. A nuclear medicine examination that helps evaluate the structure of the thyroid. T dilator Treatment of disease by means of chemical substances or drugs; usually used in reference to neoplastic (cancer) disease. Bristol-Myers Squibb, the manufacturer of Glucophage, recommends that: glucose Ultrasound imaging, also known as ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining empyema The use of radioactive iodine I-131 to treat an overactive thyroid, a condition called hyperthyroidism. myocardial infarction radiotracer An image-guided procedure in which a balloon-tipped catheter, a long thin, hollow plastic tube, is guided into an artery and advanced to a blockage or narrowing in a blood vessel. Refers to the chest or ribs region of the spinal column, which includes twelve bones, or vertebrae labeled T-1 through T-12. An inherited disease in which the lungs, intestines and pancreas become clogged with thick mucus, interfering with normal digestion and breathing. bursa, pl. An artificial blood vessel connection used to facilitate kidney dialysis. A thin flexible tube with a tiny camera at the end used in a procedure called a sigmoidoscopy, which captures images of the interior of the lower large intestine and rectum. A blood clot (a thickened mass of blood), mass of bacteria or other tissue, air or foreign body that breaks loose, travels through the bloodstream and lodges in either an organ or artery forming a complete or partial blockage in blood flow. Glossary of Radiological Terms (continued from previous page) August 2004 Page 2 of 16 Atomic mass unit (amu): 1 amu is equal to one twelfth of the mass of a carbon-12 atom. Also known as lymphocytes. Types of Doppler ultrasound include: dosimetrists See embolic stroke. benign thrombophlebitis A rim of fibrocartilaginous tissue attached to the scapula, or shoulder blade, that provides a deeper socket for the head of the humerus, or upper arm bone. 92, atomic wt. 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