Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (ADI) has been serving the Cedar Valley since 2005 and is the area’s leader in imaging services. ADI has convenient locations in both Waterloo at 4006 Johnathan St. and in Cedar Falls in the Cedar Valley Orthopedics office in the Jacobson Human Performance Complex on the University of Northern Iowa campus next to the UNI-Dome.
ADI provides a comprehensive selection of imaging services, including PET/CT scans, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasound and nuclear medicine, as well as X-rays. So what are the advantages of scheduling your imaging exams at ADI?
“The advantage we have is that we bill as an office place of service, which means it’s less expensive for your insurance and you,” says Operations Manager Del Donaldson. “Also, there’s a convenience factor. The parking lot is a lot closer to the door. If you have to go somewhere else, you walk a lot further outside, and also inside. We are more convenient and user- friendly, and we accept most insurance.”
In addition to favorable logistics, ADI’s machines are accredited by the American College of Radiology. With multiple MRI machines, patients can get in to get their scans done quickly. With an on-site radiologist reading films, your doctor will get the results generally within 24 hours.
ADI recently purchased a new, state-of-the-art 3 Tesla MRI scanner and is currently upgrading one of its other MRI scanners.
“They will have a large opening for the patient, so that will help ease claustrophobia concerns,” Donaldson says. “Images will be of the highest-quality because of the newer software and computers.”
A CT scan is a special kind of X-ray imaging where a thin X-ray beam rotates around the patient, allowing physicians to see highly detailed pictures. The most commonly ordered CT scans are of the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis, but CT can be used on literally every part of the body.
ADI’s CT is a 160-slice scanner. It was obtained about one year ago. It has all the software for radiation dose reduction and provides the best image quality at the lowest exposure. Years ago, this technology was single slice. The new one has increased speed.
“With the old technology of one slice at a time, you would have to hold your breath, the picture would be taken, then hold your breath again, and it would take another picture,” Donaldson explains. “Now, in just a few seconds, you can hold your breath and it’s done. It’s a lot quicker for the technologist and the patient. In one breath we can scan from your chest to your pelvis. There is less chance of needing to redo something.”
ADI offers the only PET/CT technology in-house, which is unique to the Cedar Valley. It combines two scanning techniques: the PET scan shows different metabolic body functions, while the CT scan provides a detailed view of structural anatomy. The software technology then fuses the images together.
Nuclear medicine is a radiology procedure that is able to image the body on a functional level. It uses an injected tracer that gives off a small amount of radiation, allowing the scanner to image the body. Different tracers are injected to capture different functions of the body.
Nuclear medicine is used for cardiac stress tests and bone scans, and it is performed to test a variety of other parts of the body, such as the thyroid gland and gallbladder, among other things. ADI also performs general X-rays.
In addition to Dr. Driss Cammoun, ADI’s full-time radiologist, the office has seven MRI/CT technologists, two nuclear/PET technologists and three X-ray technologists, as well as other clerical and coding staff. All of the technologists are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
“We do a few procedures here that no one else does in the area,” Donaldson notes. “Before ADI, people had to travel to Iowa City or The Mayo Clinic to have these tests done.”
Call ADI at 319-236-2700 to schedule your next radiology exam.