While we perform routine exams such as general X-rays, we also offer a high degree of specialization. Many of our Radiologists have sub-specialist training in Neurology, Orthopaedics, and other disciplines. Because of their advanced knowledge, they are able to tackle the most difficult diagnostic issues, such as major diseases, complex conditions, and rare disorders. Our nursing and administrative staff is also experienced in helping patients with more serious conditions, providing them with the special care they need.
UMI uses the most advanced, lowest-dosage technology available. And, we are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which means we adhere to the highest standard of quality in our technology, procedures, and professionalism.
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The most advanced, low radiation dose technology.
UMI is committed to continually raising the bar in diagnostic imaging. We use the most advanced technology on the market to achieve superior speed, image quality, and patient safety.
UMI is a leader in providing low radiation dose technology in our region. We were the first in Rochester to introduce radiation dose-reducing CT scanners, which reduce radiation exposure by up to 40%. Being privately owned makes us quick to respond, and our affiliation with the University of Rochester Medical Center gives us the edge in staying up-to-date on the latest developments in technology. We continually invest in equipment that advances diagnostic accuracy and patient safety.
Candidates for prostate MRI are patients with an abnormal digital rectal exam, elevated PSA and/or negative biopsies, patients with known prostate cancer and or post prostatectomy to rule out recurrence.
ACR accreditation—the gold standard in diagnostic imaging.UMI has a long history of accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a distinction which is not just awarded, but earned. ACR-accredited imaging facilities operate far above accepted standards for accuracy, professionalism, patient safety, and quality assurance. To receive accreditation, our staff must undergo stringent education and training. Our technology is tested and re-tested by medical physicists to ensure the highest degree of accuracy. And our procedures are peer-reviewed to ensure the best standard of patient care. Accreditation is not a one-time designation but an ongoing process of improvement, where we are reviewed every two years. We are proud to have earned this distinction and work every day on improving our service to patients and referring physicians.
FAQ about Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
About Lung Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer deaths amongst men and women in the United States. Each year, more people die from lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
Usually symptoms of lung cancer do not appear until the disease is already in an advanced stage, often an incurable stage. Some lung cancers are diagnosed early because they are found by accident as a result of tests like a chest x-ray or CT for other medical conditions. Even when symptoms of lung cancer do appear, many people may mistake them for other problems, but at that point it may be too late. Early detection is always preferred for the best outcomes. Published data has indicated that a low radiation dose CT (LDCT) is capable of detecting abnormalities, including those suggestive of lung cancer, in asymptomatic high-risk individuals more accurately than a chest x-ray.
For more detailed information about lung cancer, visit the American Cancer Society website at http://www.cancer.org/index
Which patients should consider getting a Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening?
Lung cancer screening using Low Dose CT is considered medically appropriatefor high risk individuals. High risk individuals are defined as:
Between age 55-80 years with 30 pack year history of smoking cigarettes, you have no symptoms, who are either:
- a current smoker; or
- have quit smoking within the past 15 years.
Why Low Dose CT Vs. Standard CT or a Chest X-ray?
Standard CT scans of the chest provide more detailed pictures than chest x-rays and are better at finding small abnormalities in the lungs. Low-dose CT of the chest uses lower amounts of radiation than a standard chest CT but it is more than the dose from a chest x-ray. So LDCT is a balance, offering the detail closer to standard CT with the radiation dose closer to a chest x-ray.
Do all imaging centers provide Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening?
No. Not all imaging centers have Low Dose CT scanners. Screening should only be done at facilities that have the right type of CT scanner and have developed a proper Low Dose CT imaging protocol specific for Lung Cancer Screening. University Medical Imaging was the first to provide Low Dose CT to the Rochester Community in 2006 and is the community leader in reduced dose CT.
Is this test right for me?
Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening is not recommended for everyone. Individuals interested in screening should weigh the currently known benefits of LDCT with the currently known limitations and risks and make a decision as to whether they should be screened for lung cancer. Talk to your doctor about your Lung Cancer risk and whether the Low Dose CT Lung Screening test is right for you.
Is this covered by Insurance?
Some private insurers may or may not cover CT Lung Screenings. Consult with your individual insurance to determine coverage. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) do not currently cover CT Lung Screenings even in people with high risk of lung cancer. UMI will be happy to accept a self-pay fee with a physician referral. Self-payment is required in full before the CT is performed if not covered by insurance.
How do I schedule a CT Lung Screen?
If you are a patient who meets the CT Lung Screen criteria call (585) 341-9100 to schedule an appointment. The following are required for scheduling, a physician referral (order) and insurance authorization if your insurance requires it. We can also assist you with self payment fee information.
Precision imaging that sees the whole picture.Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a non-invasive scanning modality that uses magnetic fields and radio frequencies to produce images of the inside of the human body. A whole-body scan visualizes the body's nuclear atoms and any changes or abnormalities on the molecular level. MRIs can image detailed internal structures that are not visible on X-rays. They are especially useful for imaging the brain, muscles, and heart, and for detecting cancers.
The most powerful imaging technology available.
UMI is one of the few imaging centers in Rochester to have the most powerful Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology available on the market today—the 3 Tesla MRI scanner. This state-of-the art technology offers the finest high-definition imaging, giving physicians improved accuracy in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological, musculoskeletal, and heart abnormalities. 3T MRI enables UMI Radiologists to perform relatively new techniques such as "brain mapping," which pinpoints specific regions of the brain and is highly useful in detecting stroke, epilepsy, and brain tumors.
Enhanced patient experience--Soothing atmosphere of the newly designed 3T exam rooms featuring warm colors, LED lighting, virtual windows and virtual skylights.
Patient comfort and easier exam positions—Our two newest 3T scanners features a 70-cm patient opening, short 173-cm bore length with a 550lb table limit allowing high field imaging for patients unable to be accomodated before.
Detachable table and dual-sided controls for efficiency and patient safety. The multi-channel Head, Neck & Spine coil allows patients to be scanned without getting on and off the table to change coils for combination head and spine MRI exams.
The highest clinical field strength available on the market today. Double the field strength and signal of 1.5T MRI systems—delivering higher resolution and the ability to see smaller structures
Enhanced imaging techniques enable easier visualization of anomalies, resulting in more diagnostic confidence than ever before.
MRI Safety Warning.
Artificial implants known to be safe for 1.5T MRI may not be safe for 3T.
Please consult with our office to facilitate a safety review prior to patient scheduling.
The lowest radiation dose CT in the region.
CT (or CAT) scanners use X-rays to acquire images for examining tissue, bone, vascular structures, and internal organs. Since radiation is always an issue in patient safety, UMI was the first in Western New York to introduce high-definition radiation dose-reducing CT scanners—for peace of mind you may not find at other imaging centers.
Our CT scanners improve image quality while lowering radiation exposure by up to 83% for cardiac imaging and up to 40% for full body scanning. They also have a 33% boost in image quality over traditional scanners, which provides doctors with greater precision, faster results, and more accurate diagnoses.
Breakthrough CT technology—64-Slice Scanners.
Now, for the first time, this revolutionary CT platform puts UMI Radiologists on the leading edge of CT imaging and positions them at the forefront of diagnostic care. Breakthrough technologies offered by UMI’s new CT configuration sets new standards in clarity while providing the tools necessary for UMI Technologists to image using the lowest dose to patients.
Why 64-slice CT scanners?
Faster and more comfortable imaging experience for patients
Higher overall image quality
Reduced artifacts from metal and bone
Reduction in pulsitile motion artifacts
Necessary for a quality coronary CTA examination
Lower radiation dose
We are sorry that UMI no longer provides this service. Please contact the department of imaging sciences at Strong Memorial Hospital to schedule an appointment @ (585) 275-5434.
Detecting coronary blockages without an invasive procedure.
A CCTA scan is a non-invasive method for detecting blockages in the coronary arteries. Plaque is the build-up of fat and other substances, including calcium, which can narrow the arteries and close off blood flow to the heart. This can result in painful chest angina or a heart attack. The images obtained with the CT scanner are assembled with a computer to create 2D and 3D pictures of the heart and vascular system. Although the exam itself takes only a few minutes, you should plan for about 2 hours, as it takes some time to get ready for the exam and for observation afterwards.
Low Radiation Dose Cardiac Imaging
UMI is always concerned with using the lowest radiation dose for all patients. Because of this, we purchased a software package for our Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) scanner utilizing Prospective Gating. This software can lower the dose up to 83% compared to conventional cardiac CT imaging techniques while still producing high-quality images.
Non-invasive imaging that uses sound to see.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive technology that measures high-frequency sound waves within the human body to produce images of structures beneath the skin. It is one of the safest and most widely used diagnostic tools in imaging and does not use ionizing radiation. It is most commonly used in gynecology, obstetrics, cardiology, and musculoskeletal imaging.
UMI exclusively uses advanced digital radiography—a form of X-ray that uses digital imaging instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include faster results, better image quality, and improved accuracy. Most importantly, digital X-rays require less radiation compared to conventional processed film radiography.
Digital radiography (DR) is a form of X-ray imaging where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. DR is essentially a filmless X-ray image capture. In place of X-ray film, a digital image capture device is used to record the X-ray image and make it available as a digital file that can be presented for interpretation and saved as part of the patient’s medical record. The advantages of DR over film include immediate image preview and availability, a wider dynamic range which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure (less need for repeat imaging), as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the image.