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Diagnostic Imaging

Of all the advances of modern medicine, few have had the impact of diagnostic imaging. NuHealth’s 30-room Radiology Department at Nassau University Medical Center performs more than 150,000 diagnostic procedures every year, helping both own physicians and our colleagues in the community diagnose everything from broken bones to damaged hearts.

  • A complete array of the most in-demand diagnostic imaging services, including Computerized Tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography and other diagnostic imaging technology, delivered by a staff that takes time to ease your concerns and make your visit as easy as possible.
  • New, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including such recent additions as:
    • Two new state of the art Digital mammography machines at Nassau University Medical Center, plus an additional digital unit in NuHealth’s Mobile Mammography Van.
    • New DEXA ( bone densitometry) unit
    • New Breast Ultrasound Unit
    • New Flat Panel Rotational Digital Angiography unit  
    • State-of-the-art 320-slice CT coming soon in the new Emergency Department at Nassau University Medical Center
    • Two new digital x-ray units
    • Sophisticated 3D software for reading exams
  • All-digital X-rays and voice recognition software help quickly put reports in your physician’s hands — usually in less than one hour.
  • Highly-trained radiological technicians with the skills and experience to produce the best possible images for interpretation.

Equally important, NuHealth’s staff of radiologists and technologists never forgets that our subjects are not objects — we’ll do everything we can to ease your concerns and make your visit as easy as possible.

Contact Information


Chairman's Office (516) 572-6633
  Administrator (516) 572-5658
  Residency coordinator (516) 572-6785
Breast Imaging (digital mammography) (516) 572-6635
CT (computerized tomography) (516) 572-6635
DEXA (dual energy absorptiometry) (bone density) (516) 572-6635
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) (516) 572-6635
Ultrasound (516) 572-6635
X-Ray (general radiography) (516) 572-6635

Body Computed Tomography (CT)

A CT scan, also known as a CAT Scan uses x-ray images enhanced by computer to create a three-dimensional view of a body part or internal organ. Originally developed to diagnose brain disorders, CT scans have become widely used to help physicians visualize tissues throughout the body, greatly reducing the need for exploratory surgery.

A CT scan takes cross-sectional images or "slices" using an narrow, low-dose X-ray beam to minimize radiation exposure. NuHealth’s Radiology Department at Nassau University Medical Center is equipped with two 16-slice CT scanners and, coming in Fall 2010, a brand new, state-of-the-art 128-slice CT unit that will provide extraordinarily detailed images faster than ever before. Some of the typical uses of CT scans include:

  • Abdominal and thoracic scans
  • Soft tissue scans
  • Virtual colonoscopies
  • Broken bones
  • Cancers
  • Blood clots
  • Signs of heart disease
  • Internal bleeding

To schedule a CT scan, call (516) 572-8854

Breast Imaging (Mammography)

Detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages is the key to saving lives. NuHealth’s Breast Imaging Center at Nassau University Medical Center uses a variety of diagnostic tools to help ensure that our radiologists have the best possible images on which to base their diagnoses. In addition to three dedicated mammography units and a dedicated breast ultrasound unit, we also perform breast MRIs, and we have recently installed a digital stereotactic breast biopsy machine. And regardless of which technology is used, all NuHealth patients also receive a full breast examination from a qualified nurse — something few freestanding breast imaging centers do.

The latest addition to NuHealth’s imaging arsenal is a $1.2 million digital mammography suite at Nassau University Medical Center. Digital mammography has distinct advantages of traditional mammography. Images are immediately available, and can be electronically enhanced to allow magnification of specific breast tissues without the need for a second visit and additional views. What’s more, digital exams are usually faster — a fact that is expected to increase NuHealth’s mammography capacity by one-third or more.

Even if you do not have insurance, you may be eligible for a screening mammogram through a state grant. For more information on the grant call 516-572-3300.

To schedule a breast exam at NuHealth’s Breast Center at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-5701

DEXA (Bone Density testing)

Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become less dense, more fragile and easier to break, is a common problem, especially among older women. It is a silent and painless risk, usually going unnoticed until a break occurs in the hip, spine or wrist. In fact, many instances of elderly persons falling and breaking a hip actually happen in reverse: the brittle pelvic bone simply gives way, and the patient falls as a result. And by that time, osteoporosis has often caused a loss of bone density that cannot be reversed.

To diagnose osteoporosis at an early stage, NuHealth’s Department of Radiology at Nassau University Medical Center performs DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorption) Bone Densitometry scans. These fast, safe, painless and non-invasive scans provide the information your doctor needs to keep your bones healthy and strong.

To schedule a DEXA exam at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-6635.

General Radiography (X-Ray)

NuHealth’s X-ray department at Nassau University Medical Center is completely digital, producing high quality images which can be processed and interpreted rapidly. Our physicians use the latest voice recognition software so reports are ready immediately and automatically forwarded to your physician — often in under an hour.

We offer a full range of X-ray and fluoroscopic procedures, including:

  • Barium Enema Examinations
  • Cystograms
  • Defecography
  • Enteroclysis
  • Esophagrams
  • Hysterosalpingograms (HSG)
  • Intravenous Pyelograms (IVP)
  • Skeletal X-Rays
  • Small Bowel Series
  • Swallowing Studies
  • Upper GI Series

To schedule an X-ray or fluoroscopic exam at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-6635

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is one of the most powerful diagnostic technologies used in medicine today. MRIs are safe and painless, using magnetic fields and radiofrequency waves to produce highly detailed images. They are particular useful for diagnosing defects or damage in internal organs and other soft tissue. NuHealth’s MRI Unit at Nassau University Medical Center provides quality magnetic resonance imaging performed by experienced and compassionate health care professionals — clear images that will help your doctor diagnose and monitor sports injuries, joint problems, cancer, cardiovascular disease and a variety of other problems.

  • Brain MRI
  • Breast MRI
  • Complete Spine Studies
  • Diffusion MRI
  • Full Body Imaging
  • Functional Imaging
  • High Resolution Orthopedic Images
  • MR Angiography
  • MR Spectography
  • Perfusion MRI

To make an appointment at NuHealth’s MRI Unit at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-8854


NuHealth’s ultrasound technologists use safe, painless sound waves to obtain real-time moving images and scans of soft tissues for patients at Nassau University Medical Center, as well as patients of physicians in the community. Best known for its use in fetal examinations, ultrasound has become a more widely-used multipurpose diagnostic tool used throughout the hospital for a variety of uses. Some of the ultrasound procedures performed in the Ultrasound Unit and throughout Nassau University Medical Center include:

  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Obstetric Ultrasound
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Prostate Ultrasound
  • Scrotal Ultrasound
  • Sonohysterography
  • Thyroid Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
  • Vascular Ultrasound

To make an appointment for an ultrasound examination at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-6635.