DENT has been a leader in diagnostic imaging for over 30 years, providing a comprehensive range of neuro-imaging services using state-of-the-art equipment. Our long experience with these advanced tools, as well as specialized training and certification, uniquely qualifies our physicians and medical staff to advance the science and art of diagnostic imaging.
Neurological imaging falls into two broad categories:
- Structural imaging, which deals with the structure of the brain and the diagnosis of large scale (gross) intracranial disease (such as a tumor), and injury.
- Functional imaging, which is used to diagnose metabolic diseases and lesions on a finer scale (such as Alzheimer's disease).
These tests and procedures are fundamental to helping physicians confirm or rule out a neurological disorder or other medical condition. The Dent Imaging Center offers a full range of imaging services at all 4 existing locations.
Testing at Our Center
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field to create high resolution, 3D images of the body. MRI can more clearly visualize more pathologies than other imaging procedures. The unique properties of MRI allow it to be used to assess neurologic function (brain mapping), produce animations and calculate blood flow, and actually measure the chemical composition of tissue.
We operate four MRI systems throughout our Western New York facilities. The newest addition is a 3T MRI. Using a magnetic field that is twice the strength of 1.5 Tesla machines and 10 to 15 times the strength of low field or open MRI scanners, this MRI system is capable greater precision, faster imaging, and unique functional assessment of complex organs. Patient comfort is a top priority. All of our MRI machines are considerably more comfortable than machines of the past, and technologists are trained to complete your test without causing added stress.
Computed Tomography (CT)
CT is an imaging procedure where an X-ray unit rotates around your body, and with the aid of a computer, generates cross-sectional views, like slices, of the body’s internal organs. Three-dimensional images of the internal organs and structures can also be generated. The images are used to detect a wide range of diseases and abnormalities.
DENT recently added the 320 slice, Aquilion One CT scanner, capable of extremely low radiation doses and lightning fast scanning. This newest addition to DENT Imaging Centers offers scanning not currently available in any other out-patient setting across the country. CT scanning available for newborn to adults.
Dent has been at the forefront of neuroimaging for over three decades, bringing the first Computerized Tomography (CT) scanner to Western New York and third in the nation in 1973. Subsequently, we have become a leader in the field of neuroimaging, including national fellowship programs and participation on government and society advisory committees.
Arthrography is the study of a joint, such as the shoulder, knee, or wrist. X-RAY contrast solution (or dye) is placed into the joint so that images more clearly display the integrity of the tissue surrounding the bones. These images may be in the form of plain X-RAYs, a CT scan, or an MRI scan. A trained and experienced radiologist will then review the images. This study is used to evaluate for cartilage, ligament, and tendon problems in and around the joint.
Ultrasound is a noninvasive, diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood supply inside the body. First developed during WWII to locate submerged objects, this technique is used widely in virtually every branch of medicine.
- Transcranial Doppler (TCD)
- TCD is an ultrasound study that investigates blood flow through the blood vessels inside the brain. This diagnostic study is typically used to assess intracranial disease, collateral pathways inside the brain and assist in support of several neurological conditions.
- Carotid Doppler
- Another noninvasive exam of the carotid and vertebral arteries of the neck, this test provides crucial information about blood flow to the brain. This diagnostic procedure is typically used to help determine risk of diseases such as stroke.
- Venous/Arterial Dopplers
- Venous ultrasound provides pictures of the veins throughout the body. A venous ultrasound exam is to search for blood clots, especially in the veins of the leg. This condition is often referred to as deep vein thrombosis or DVT. These clots may break off and pass into the lungs, where they can cause a dangerous condition called pulmonary embolism.
Neuroimaging Fellowships and Training
We are home to one of nation’s largest fellowship programs in neuroimaging, training physicians from around the world in the use of these groundbreaking diagnostic tools.
Click here for more information on our Fellowship/Preceptorship Program.
Center Directors: Vernice E. Bates, M.D., Laszlo L. Mechtler, M.D.