Jefferson University Hospitals

Tests & Treatments

The list below gives you a short description of the tests and treatments provided by Jefferson’s Department of Radiology. To find additional information, please visit the Radiological Society of North America’s website

  • Abdominal Angiogram
    Also called an arteriogram, an abdominal angiogram is an X-ray image of the blood vessels to evaluate various vascular conditions.

  • Arthrography
    A type of X-ray used to examine a joint, such as the knee or hip, when standard X-rays are not adequate.

  • Barium Enema
    Used to obtain detailed X-ray images of your colon to detect abnormalities that might explain abdominal pain or other symptoms indicative of digestive disease or cancer.

  • Barium Swallow
    Used to obtain detailed X-ray images of your upper digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, the throat and the back of your mouth.

  • Biopsy
    A biopsy is a procedure performed to remove tissue or cells from the body for examination under a microscope.

  • Bone Densitometry
    Typically done using X-rays, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA) or by quantitative CT scanning using special software to determine bone density of the hip or spine.

  • CT Scan
    A series of X-rays that can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body in 3-D is known as a CT scan.

  • Cerebral Arteriogram
    A cerebral arteriogram, also called an angiogram, is a diagnostic study that uses X-ray and dye to visualize the blood vessels in the neck and brain.

  • Chest Fluoroscopy
    A chest fluoroscopy provides diagnostic information about how your lungs are functioning and to detect abnormalities such as cancer.

  • Chest X-ray
    A chest X-ray may be one of the first procedures your physician will perform to arrive at a diagnosis of a wide variety of conditions.

  • Cholecystography
    Your physician may order cholecystography to obtain detailed X-ray images of your gallbladder to detect the presence of gallstones and other abnormalities.

  • Colonoscopy
    The colonoscopy procedure performed at Jefferson uses the most advanced technologies to improve detection of polyps and reduce inconvenience for patients.

  • DEXA Scan
    DEXA scans use special X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone to detect osteoporosis.

  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging
    This imaging technology, performed by neuroradiologists, can help our surgeons better determine the location of tumors for removal.

  • Echocardiogram
    Our radiologists and cardiologists use the latest ultrasound technology while performing an echocardiogram to assess your heart's ability to pump, as well as identify abnormalities with your heart muscle and valves.

  • MR & Ultrasound Elastography
    This advanced imaging method couples the imaging of an MRI with sound waves to provide doctors a visual map – or elastogram – of the stiffness in body tissues.

  • Fluoroscopy
    Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images that is especially useful for guiding a variety of diagnostic and interventional procedures.

  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement & Removal
    If you or someone you care for has a history of or is at risk of developing blood clots in their legs and blood thinning medications have not been successful, your physician may recommend an inferior vena cava filter placement procedure.

  • Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
    IVP is used to evaluate kidney function, the presence of kidney disease, ureteral or bladder stones, enlarged prostate, trauma or injury and tumor.

  • Joint Aspiration
    Our physicians use joint aspiration to determine if you have gout, various types of arthritis or joint infection.

  • Kidney, Ureter & Bladder X-ray
    A kidney, ureter and bladder X-ray is performed to diagnose the cause of abdominal pain, such as masses, perforations or obstructions.

  • Lower GI Series
    Your physician may order a lower GI series to obtain detailed X-ray images of your large intestine to detect abnormalities that might explain symptoms indicative of digestive disease, such as abdominal pain, bleeding or chronic diarrhea.

  • MR Perfusion
    MR perfusion is an imaging procedure that helps to distinguish treatment-related changes from recurrent brain tumors.

  • MR Spectroscopy
    MR spectroscopy is an imaging procedure that helps distinguish brain tumors from other diseases such as abscess, stroke and multiple sclerosis, and also helps the neurosurgeon select the most appropriate place to biopsy certain brain tumors.

  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
    Our specialists often use advanced MRI technology to obtain visual detail of organs and tissues to help detect many conditions.

  • MRI Fusion Prostate Biopsy
    An MRI fusion biopsy can help a urologist determine where the cancer is in the prostate. Jefferson’s radiologists can locate suspected tumors in the prostate with greater accuracy and few samples.

  • Mammogram
    The Jefferson Breast Care Center team provides screening and diagnostic mammograms using an all-digital approach to enables radiologists with specialized expertise in breast imaging to more clearly see abnormalities in the mammogram.

  • Myelogram
    A myelogram, also known as myelography, is performed to assess the spinal cord, subarachnoid space or other structures for abnormalities, particularly when another type of examination, such as a standard X-ray, is inconclusive.

  • Nuclear Medicine Scan
    Nuclear scans show how the heart and many other organs are functioning, and whether there may be tumors or other abnormalities located in various parts of the body.

  • PET & PET/CT
    Positron emission tomography (PET) is an imaging study that is most commonly performed for the oncology patient for the diagnosis, staging and restaging of tumors, and for monitoring therapy.

  • Percutaneous Cryoablation
    Utilizing imaging technology such as CT, MRI or ultrasound, physicians insert "ablation" needles through your skin into the tumor.

  • Radioembolization
    If you have primary or metastatic cancer that has spread to the liver, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is one of the few hospitals in the region to offer radioembolization as a treatment to shrink the tumors.

  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
    Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment of tumors of the liver, kidney, bone and lung; Barrett's esophagus; varicose veins; various pain conditions; and a wide variety of disorders where the heart beats too fast or sometimes irregularly, called cardiac arrhythmia.

  • Radionuclide Angiogram (Resting, Resting & Exercise)
    Our radiologists perform a radionuclide angiogram using advanced nuclear imaging technology to gauge how well blood flows into your heart to detect the narrowing arteries of coronary heart disease.

  • Sinus X-ray
    Our physicians use sinus X-rays to determine if you have sustained an injury or have other problems in the sinuses, to assess inflammation or infection or to determine the location and size of a tumor or other mass.

  • Skull X-ray
    X-rays of the skull remain valuable for evaluating the fractures of the bones of the skull and detecting other conditions of the skull and brain.

  • Spinal Tap
    A spinal tap can be performed to reach an accurate diagnosis of a neurological condition, such as meningitis, encephalitis, bleeding around the brain, certain cancers and inflammatory conditions of the nervous system.

  • Thoracentesis
    If you are suspected of having lung cancer or other lung diseases, we may perform a thoracentesis in which fluid removed from the sac surrounding the lungs is examined for cancer cells.

  • Ultrasound
    Ultrasounds vary by condition, but consist of high-frequency sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body.

  • Upper GI Series
    Your Jefferson physician may order an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series to obtain detailed X-ray images of your esophagus, stomach and small intestine to detect abnormalities that might explain symptoms indicative of digestive disease or cancer.

  • Venogram
    This procedure uses a combination of contrast dye and X-rays to visualize the veins in the legs to diagnose deep vein thrombosis.