Christie Clinic’s Radiology Department
We provide high-quality imaging using state-of-the-art imaging technology. Our experienced staff includes board-certified physicians and technologists who perform:
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
- CT (computed tomography)
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 217.366.1285.
A CT scan of lungs may help with the early diagnosis and ultimately, increased survival rates, for lung cancer patients. Click here to learn more about the CT Low Dose Screening currently being offered.
The Role of a Radiologist
Screening exams are done to detect disease processes or the potential for disease before a person is symptomatic. In Radiology; Mammography and Low Dose Lung Cancer screenings are used to detect Cancer.
Mammography has long been used for early detection of breast cancer and has been evolving in technology over the years. The inception of digital mammography offered Radiologists improved visualization of abnormalities over the film-screen technology of the past.
Low Dose Lung Cancer screening was shown to detect abnormalities in the lungs long before a patient would become symptomatic. Early detection of lung cancer can reduce mortality rate by up to 20%. (NLST, NEJM. 2011). Patients who qualify can enroll in a yearly screening program and receive lung scans that are at least 50% lower in radiation dose than a traditional diagnostic CT scan.
A radiologist’s role in cancer detection is to interpret their findings from imaging studies. They sometimes recommend additional studies to help diagnose an abnormality they find.
In addition to screening exams, many of the radiology services such as C.T., MRI, Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound is used to aid in the diagnosis or progression of disease processes including cancer.
- Nuclear medicine
- PET (positron emission tomography)
- Bone density testing (DEXA)