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A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that uses a radioactive substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body. A PET scan shows how organs and tissues are working.

CDI Miami | Tuesday March 24, 2015

PET/MRI Better Than PET/CT for Foot Pain?

It’s true, according to a new study published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicince. This study evaluated 13 men and woman who had complaints of foot pain without a clear cause. The images from the PET scan combined with an MRI were significantly clearer than those combined with the CT scan. Continue reading

CDI Miami | Monday March 3, 2014

Osteoporosis Assessment and Prevention

Osteoporosis is a common problem that causes bones to become abnormally thin, weakened, and easily fractured. Fortunately, preventative treatments are available that can help to maintain or increase bone density. For those already affected by osteoporosis, prompt diagnosis of bone loss and assessment of fracture risk are essential because therapies are available that can slow further loss of bone or increase bone density.

Bone is a living tissue, comprised mainly of calcium and protein. Healthy bone is always being remodeled; that is, small amounts are being absorbed into the body and small amounts are being replaced. If more bone calcium is absorbed than is replaced, the density or the mass of the bone is reduced. The bone becomes progressively weaker, increasing the risk that it may break.

Although bone loss will occur in all persons as they age, the rate of progression and the effects bone loss has on the body can be modified with proper early diagnosis and treatment. The professionals at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging and the Comprehensive Breast Care Centers are expanding their solutions to address the continuum of skeletal health care, by offering more options in skeletal health imaging. By using MRI scan, CTA scan, and PET CT scans, the Miami Center for Diagnostic Imaging is raising its standards in osteoporosis assessment.

There are also certain at-home measures that can be taken to prevent osteoporosis. No one is ever too young or too old to begin improving bone health. There are three factors that are essential for keeping bones healthy throughout life: adequate amounts of calcium, adequate amounts of vitamin D, and regular exercise.

Men and women between the ages of 18 and 50 need around one thousand milligrams of calcium per day. Men and women over the age of 50 need around 1,200 milligrams. Low-fat and skim milk, non-fat yogurt, and reduced-fat cheeses are healthy sources of the calcium needed to build strong bones. Fish products, canned sardines, and salmon, eaten with their bones, are also calcium-rich. Soy products help to maintain bone density. And leafy green vegetables, like kale, bok choy, and broccoli, not only have calcium, but also have the potassium and vitamin K needed to block calcium loss from bones.

Don’t overdo protein. High protein intake can raise the bodily excretion of calcium. Around 50 grams of protein should be the daily limit for women; and around 63 grams for men. Also, try to limit caffeine intake to the equivalent of no more than three cups of coffee a day, since caffeine also causes the body to excrete calcium more readily.

Vitamin D is a necessary ingredient the body uses to absorb calcium. Vitamin D is most easily acquired through sunlight, but certain food products, like fortified milk products; have the vitamin D needed for proper calcium absorption. Fish with lots of oils in them, such as mackerel, are also rich in vitamin D. For those who cannot get enough calcium or vitamin D in the daily diet, supplements are a good idea.

Exercise is important because it can help build strong bones and slow down bone loss. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, stair climbing, dancing, or weight lifting, keep bones healthy by working the muscles and bones against gravity.

The bones and joints provide stability and mobility, the freedom to move, and the strength to perform. Just like the rest of the body, they should be taken care of daily. The trained professionals at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging and the Comprehensive Breast Care Centers use the most advanced tools to provide patients with the very best chances of detecting and assessing osteoporosis.

CDI Miami | Tuesday December 10, 2013

PET Scans—The Next Diagnostic Miracle

PET scanning, or Positron Emission Tomography, is a newer form of nuclear imaging. “Nuclear imaging” is a type of medical diagnosis that uses the highly-detectable properties of certain materials to create maps and images of the human body from the inside, without having to perform any kind of invasive procedure. This helps doctors to diagnose many conditions, to diagnose a variety of medical conditions, including cancer, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.


MRA/MRI Miami Provider CDI Miami announced today that they are offering the new, improved PET scanning diagnostic tool for patients. A PET scan is performed by having a patient ingest a small amount of a radioactive substance, then photographing the body with a scanner. The radioactive isotope will spread throughout the bloodstream, and is considered safe.


The technology was developed in the 1950s by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, and developed in conjunction with CT scanning technology. In 1961, the first PET scanner was built, paving the way for consistent improvements to the technology throughout the 20th century and up to now.


PET scans can detect a number of conditions. The technology can be used to produce high-detail maps of almost any part of the human body, which makes it ideal for detecting brain tumors, heart conditions (and even measure the quality of blood-flow integrity), skeletal musculature, malignant and benign growths, and much, much more. In conjunction with a full-body CT scan at the Miami location, a PET scan at CDI can give doctors an accurate and informed picture of exactly what is going on in any area of a person’s body.


Unlike the ultrasound that CDI Miami performs, A CT scan will create a blueprint of a person’s body that helps doctors assess the shape of their anatomy, while a PET scan shows how their bodily systems are working. PET scanning is so robust, it is actually used to track the effectiveness of experimental drugs used on animals. Many drugs can be “radiolabeled” so that they show up on a PET scan, allowing scientists and researchers to see which metabolic pathways a drug travels through.


CDI Miami also offers bone scans, 3D mammography, ultrasounds, and more in Miami. For patients who need help paying for services, CDI Miami offers financing options through their website: http://www.cdimiami.com/.
CDI Miami can be reached at 1(800)371-0002, and by appointment from Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5PM.


Their address is 1380 NE Miami Gardens Drive, Suite 115, North Miami Beach, FL 33179.

CDI Miami | Monday September 9, 2013

Using the Best Technology for Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic imaging is saving lives every day. By detecting the presence of malignancy early on, before a tumor is developed, cancer sufferers can be treated and make a full recovery from certain types of cancer. There is new research into the treatment of cancer being conducted all the time. There are frequent breakthroughs in medical research, and there are more and more types of cancer that are becoming treatable. The success stories and personal accounts from cancer survivors are always very encouraging. This is great news for anyone who has a family history of certain types of cancer, and who are therefore most vulnerable to developing the disease. With early detection, and the most innovative treatment programs, even people at high risk have a good chance of staying cancer free. However, the detection of cancer requires top quality imaging equipment.

CDI, the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, one of the top diagnostic facilities offering breast MRI guided biopsy in Miami, announces new assurances that the very best technology is being used for the early detection of cancer. People searching for breast ultrasound in Miami will find that CDI appears at the top of local listings. The Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Miami has the best ultrasound equipment available. An ultrasound can show vital information about any abnormalities in the body, by using high frequency sound waves to produce images. CDI are also a top choice for people searching for PET scan in Miami, again because the scanning equipment is the best available. A PET scan delivers important information about abnormalities in the body. By having their patients ingest a small amount of radioactive material and then photographing the whole body using a scanner, physicians can gain a lot of information about any problem areas and conduct more tests, such as biopsies. CDI also specializes in 3D mammography. Before any cancer treatment is undertaken, it is important to get as much information as possible about what is going on inside the body. Sometimes there is more than one affected area or organ, and physicians have to take this into account before deciding on a course of treatment. Offering the most advanced technology used for cancer detection, CDI Miami is a “one stop shop” for physicians to send patients to for tests. Each type of test reveals different information and these results can be combined to give the clearest diagnostic picture possible.

About CDI Miami: CDI Miami, the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, is often the number one choice for people searching for MRI in Aventura and surrounding areas. There are convenient locations in South Florida – Aventura, North Miami Beach and South Dade. For more information and to book a consultation, call toll free on 800-371-0002 or visit cdimiami.com


CDI Miami | Wednesday August 28, 2013

Early Detection Services at Dedicated Breast Center

These days, there is more emphasis than ever before being put on the value of early detection of breast cancer. This is just one type of cancer that can usually be successfully treated if caught in the early stages. When treated early enough, survivors often go on to lead normal, healthy, cancer-free lives. However, if left untreated, breast cancer can develop rapidly and even spread to other parts of the body. Women are encouraged by all health advisors to carry out self-examinations and to get regular health checks. There are many investigative procedures that can be performed in cases where a patient has discovered something unusual. One of these procedures is a breast ultrasound guided biopsy. The hope is always that the results will come back negative and there is no cancer present. Even though such procedures may make a woman feel uncomfortable, they are preferable to allowing the potential cancer to develop undetected and untreated. However, because of the sensitive nature of these examinations and investigative procedures, women may find it reassuring to know that there is a comprehensive center where they can go to get all their checks and investigations done.

CDI, the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, one of the top diagnostic facilities in North Miami Beach, announces a new comprehensive center for services dedicated to women’s breast health that includes procedures such as 3D mammography. At the Comprehensive Breast Care Center (CBCC) at any one of three locations in South Dade, Aventura or North Miami Beach, women can expect the highest standards of service at every stage of the process. CDI Miami specializes in all diagnostic imaging, such as bone scans, and has state-of-the-art equipment and highly qualified staff. The center is also working on and developing services involving genetic testing for breast cancer. At the CBCC, members of staff dedicate themselves to ensuring that women feel comfortable. From the ease of booking an appointment, through the level of care during the appointment, and the discussion of results, women often report that they find the standards of service at the CBCC to be extremely high. It is reassuring to them to have a dedicated center where everything to do with breast health is taken care of in one place. This level of service is felt throughout CDI Miami. As a result, people searching for a PET scan Miami will often find that CDI Miami comes up at the top of local listings. Affordable financing packages are available and the list of insurers that CDI Miami works with is published on their website.

About CDI Miami: CDI Miami, the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, is often the number one choice for people searching for CT scan Miami. There are convenient locations in South Florida at Aventura, North Miami Beach, and South Dade. For more information and to book a consultation, call toll free on 800-371-0002 or visit cdimiami.com