West Coast Radiology
Chest imaging procedures are typically designed to assess cancer, toxin exposure, pulmonary abnormalities, embolism, inflammation, bronchial blockage, pleural effusion, angina and other disorders.
We provide a range of diagnostic and interventional procedures related to the thoracic area, from screening to angiography. We take a multidisciplinary approach, working with surgeons, oncologists and other physicians to determine the most effective (and least invasive) way to evaluate and treat your condition.
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New research from the National Cancer Institute shows CT lung screening reduces lung cancer deaths by 20 percent.
What are my Chest Imaging Options?
In this procedure, the physician examines your lungs using a radionuclide and x-rays; the objective is to detect disease, such as cancer, at its earliest and most treatable stage.
Lung cancer CT screening is one of the most accurate diagnostic tools for finding lung cancer at an early stage. CT scans of the lung are able to detect small abnormalities in the lungs that could be the beginning stages of lung cancer. These indicators are often not visible on a routine chest X-ray. Since a CT lung screening offers the best opportunity for successful treatment of lung cancer before symptoms are noticed, more physicians are opting for lung cancer screening based on risk factors (like smoking and family history), rather than symptoms.
A chest X-ray is a very common medical procedure that can reveal the cause of chest pain, persistent cough or difficulty breathing. A very small dose of radiation is used to image the lungs, heart and other structures in the chest.
When a lesion is found on the lung, a biopsy may be necessary to determine the exact nature of that lesion. Needle biopsies (or aspirations) remove cells from the lesion for further investigation. In a pleural biopsy, the pleural membrane, the layer of tissue that lines the pleural cavity is sampled. Interventional radiologists use CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and ultrasound to guide instruments to the exact location.
If an abscess has formed in the lungs, an interventional radiologist can use images to direct placement of a needle into the affected area for drainage. The drainage tube (catheter) can be guided by CT, fluoroscopy, ultrasound or X-ray.