Tests | Locations
Throughout central Connecticut, patients know they can count on MidState for easy access to the advanced imaging their physicians need for an accurate diagnosis.
Imaging services for MidState patients are provided by MidState Imaging Center. With over 50 years of experience in imaging, MidState Imaging Center is highly regarded for the accuracy of its diagnostic studies, the breadth of studies it offers, as well as its personal approach with patients.
MidState Imaging Center provides a variety of imaging services at MidState Medical Center in Meriden and in our satellite facilities in Wallingford, Cheshire and Southington.
Each site is equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment and staffed by board certified radiologists skilled in interpretive and interventional diagnosis. And all sites are accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
MidState Imaging Center performs an extensive array of diagnostic tests.
A procedure in which part or all of a suspicious breast growth is removed and examined. Tissue is either suctioned through a needle or cut out in a surgical procedure.
This test exposes the breast to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the breast. Its primary use is to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected during a physical exam such as a mammogram. Ultrasound shows if the abnormality is solid or fluid-filled and can detect small cancers that may not be visible with mammography.
Chest X-Ray (CXR)
The chest is exposed to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce images.
Computerized Tomography (CT)
This process produces multiple images of the inside of the body in cross-sectional views. It provides greater clarity than conventional x-ray exams.
During a contrast MRI, contrast agents are sometimes injected to enhance the appearance of blood vessels, tumors, or inflammation to improve the specificity of the MRI results.
CT Cardiac (Cardiac CTA)
A CT Cardiac offers a non-invasive way of determining the location and extent of plaque build-up in the coronary arteries.
This test is used to measure bone mineral density and accurately diagnose osteoporosis. DEXA is a scanner that beams low dose x-rays from two sources towards the bone being examined. It is popular for its accuracy, low radiation exposure and versatility.
In this test, an X-ray is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electrical signals similar to those in digital cameras. Electrical signals used to produce images of the breast can be seen on a computer screen. To get the most out of your mammogram, you should know your risk for breast cancer.
This test provides real-time x-ray imaging. The ability of the fluoroscopy to display motion is provided by a continuous series of images.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
An MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. Telemetry units and infusion pumps may not enter the magnet, and patients with a pacemaker cannot have an MRI. Patients with aneurysm clips, filters or stents, metallic implants and injuries involving metal fragments will need to be evaluated to determine if an MRI can be performed.
Nuclear Medicine comprises diagnostic examinations that result in images of body anatomy and function. The images developed are based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance given to a patient.
An Open MRI is an advanced diagnostic imaging procedure that creates detailed images of internal bodily structures, without the use of ionized radiation. Open MRI systems are quieter and more comfortable for larger patients and those who are anxious or claustrophobic.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Whereas a CT scan shows the body's anatomical structures, a PET scan shows chemical activity in the body.
Special Procedures/Interventional Radiology
This procedure uses fluoroscopy to perform angiogram studies, as well as the insertion of dialysis catheters and ports. Patients having any of these procedures should be able to tolerate a relatively flat position for an extended period of time.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
This test is performed when the abnormal area in the breast is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate the lesion by hand. A special mammography machine uses ionizing radiation to help guide the radiologists' instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.
An Ultrasound involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the targeted area inside the body. It does not use ionizing radiation (x-ray). Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.