Howard B. Schaff MD


Angiogram of the Lung

An angiogram of the lung is an X-ray test that uses a special dye and camera ( fluoroscopy ) to take pictures of the blood flow in the blood vessels of the lung . During an angiogram, a thin tube called a catheter is placed into a femoral blood vessel in the groin (femoral vein) or just above the elbow (brachial vein)…

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Spine

A CT scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of the spine and vertebrae . During the test, you will lie on a table that is attached to the CT scanner, which is a large doughnut-shaped machine. The CT scanner sends X-rays through the body. Each rotation of the scanner takes a second and provides a picture of a thin…

Cervical Spine (Neck) CT Scan

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. All rights reserved. The side view of the spine (figure 1) shows the normal position of the spinal bones. The spinal cord (not visible in this image) follows the path of the long white arrow. Figure 2 shows shifted spinal bones (short thick arrow) from a fracture…

CT or CAT Scan

A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside of the body. During the test, you lie on a table that is attached to the CT scanner, which is a large doughnut-shaped machine. The CT scanner sends X-ray pulses through the body. Each pulse lasts less than a second and takes a…

Abdominal X-Ray

An abdominal X-ray is a picture of structures and organs in the belly (abdomen). This includes the stomach, liver, spleen, large and small intestines, and the diaphragm, which is the muscle that separates the chest and belly areas. Often two X-rays will be taken from different positions. If the test is being done to…