Department of Medical Imaging
and Nuclear Medicine

This comprehensive department
features some of Europe’s finest
equipment for medical imaging,
interventional radiology and
nuclear medicine.

Contents

What We Do

Full range of equipment for screening, diagnosis and therapeutic and interventional monitoring

Radiology and
Bone Densitometry

X-ray imaging
Bone density measurement

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging

Breast Imaging

Full range of breast cancer screening exams

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging

CT Scan

Slice imaging

Interventional Radiology

Vascular, oncologic and gynecologic
Interventional cardiology

Nuclear Medicine

Functional imaging of an organ or system

PET Scan

Combination of functional imaging (nuclear medicine) and anatomical imaging (CT scan)

What We Do

The Department of Medical Imaging and Nuclear Medicine offers all the available techniques used for screening, diagnostics, interventional support and therapeutic monitoring.
It combines state-of-the-art technology with multi-disciplinary expertise while fulfilling three essential criteria: 

  • Medical quality 
    The department features an array of equipment ranked among Europe’s finest, entirely upgraded within the last five years.
    All of the physicians have senior status in their discipline, with organ-specific specialization in all technical modalities.
  • Patient Safety
    Reducing the dose of radiation administered to patients while maintaining optimal examination quality is a top priority at the American Hospital of Paris and a guiding factor when it comes to selecting and acquiring new equipment.
  • Ease of access and personalized care
    Almost all x-ray exams can be performed on a walk-in basis. A centralized and specialized administrative team arranges all medical imaging appointments while striving to meet patient requests insofar as possible.

Radiology and Bone Densitometry

Radiology

Despite the current evolution toward slice imaging technologies such as CT scans, MRI and ultrasound, conventional radiology remains an essential, first-line treatment in many fields.

The Department of Medical Imaging at the American Hospital of Paris features three radiology rooms where the full spectrum of x-ray examinations can be performed:

• Two remote-controlled radiology rooms with flat panel detectors capable of performing the necessary procedures for almost all indications, including osteoarticular, thoracic, digestive, genitourinary and pediatric radiology

• A third room is dedicated to pulmonary radiology.


A visit to the Radiology Department

What sets us apart:

• Flat panel detector technology, a new method for capturing x-ray images, incorporates radiology into a digital environment, bringing a host of advantages:
>  patient comfort and safety: reduced exam time and lower radiation doses
> medical efficiency: the x-ray image is added to the patient’s digital file (and can be transferred by network for future comparison).

All exams can be performed on a walk-in basis, except those requiring special preparation, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm.

• The department is available 24/7 to fulfill x-ray requests for hospitalized patients or patients being treated in the Emergency Department.

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Bone Densitometry

After the age of 40, and at an accelerated rate following menopause, bone mineral density (i.e. solidity) tends to diminish and osteoporosis can set in, along with an increased risk of fracture. Certain diseases and long-term treatments can also speed up the demineralization process.

The modern-day method for measuring bone density is bone densitometry, a radiological exam that employs x-rays.

• The exam is rapid, painless and comfortable, and requires no particular preliminary preparation.

• The dose of radiation administered to the patient is very low.

• During the exam, bone mineral density is measured in two key areas: the spine and the hip.


What is Bone Densitometry

What sets us apart:

The Department of Medical Imaging of the American Hospital of Paris operates a latest-generation dual-energy bone densitometer that very accurately measures bone density.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound, or sonography, is an imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves. There is no radiation involved; the exam is therefore risk-free for the patient.

Ultrasound can be used to explore many areas of the body, including the abdomen, urinary tract, pelvis, breasts, muscles and tendons, neck, thyroid, testicles and prostate.

The department also performs carotid and transcranial Doppler ultrasound exams.


Video - What is an ultrasound?

What sets us apart: 

• Latest-generation sonographic scanners featuring the most recent technological innovations

These devices can also be used to perform fine needle aspiration biopsies and conventional biopsies as well as ultrasonic locating (prior to a surgical procedure, drainage, etc.)

A team of sonographer-physicians with organ-specific specializations.

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Breast Imaging

The Breast Imaging Center is staffed by compassionate, available staff members providing high quality medical treatment.

All exams can be performed on-site. Diagnoses are reliable and fast, thus limiting the anxiety caused by waiting for results.

  • 3D Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis: Breast tomosynthesis is the latest technological innovation in mammography. This technique consists in acquiring images of the breast compressed under different angles, which helps reduce the problem of overlapping tissues that can arise with the use of conventional mammography. Thanks to this technology, radiologists can more accurately analyze the size, shape, location and number of tumors. Learn more about breast tomosynthesis.

  • Ultrasound: systematically recommended for women with dense breasts, which reduce the accuracy of mammography results; can sometimes detect cancers that are difficult to see via mammography; also helps determine whether nodules are solid or liquid.  

  • MRI: used in certain diagnostically challenging cases unresolved through mammography and ultrasound; enables analysis of tumoral vascularization.

  • Biopsy: when a biopsy is indicated, it can be performed on-site with little to no waiting period, under local anesthesia.

What sets us apart:

•In September 2013, the American Hospital of Paris acquired one of the ten most advanced mammography systems in the world. Breast tomosynthesis, a 3D digital mammography technique, offers better viewing leading to improved diagnostics.


• Ability to rapidly perform all supplementary exams on-site: MRI, microbiopsy and macrobiopsy.

• All images can be archived for the purpose of future comparison. They are sent via a secure network to the prescribing physician and viewed during multi-disciplinary meetings to ensure optimal management of the patient dossier.

• The American Hospital of Paris is a certified member of the French national program for organized breast cancer screening (Programme National de Dépistage Organisé du Cancer du Sein).

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MRI

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an imaging technique that uses the magnetic properties of the human body. It does not require radiation, and is therefore risk-free for patients.

It is the imaging gold standard for the exploration of a large number of organs

     • Central nervous system (head and marrow) 
     • ENT 
     • Locomotor system (articulations)
     • Liver, hepatic ducts, pancreas (tumors, calculus) 
     • Urology (particularly the prostrate) 
     • Women’s imaging (breasts and pelvis)

This technology offers vast possibilities, including explorations of the heart and blood vessels and the ability to go beyond simple diagnostics (e.g. tumors) to assess a tumor’s aggressiveness (and therefore of the disease prognosis).


Video: What is an MRI?

What sets us apart:

• A highly experienced medical team comprising specialized radiologists (neuroradiologists, osteo-articular radiologists, etc.) ensures optimal medical care and treatment.

• A highly skilled paramedical team whose members consistently take the time to welcome patients and put them at ease.

• A state-of-the-art MRI scanner that produces high-quality images with excellent anatomical accuracy and significantly improves patient comfort. Find out more.

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CT Scan

The CT scan is an imaging technique that uses x-rays.

The low doses of radiation administered, as well as the precautions taken to limit to a minimum the area being examined, make the CT scan a risk-free exam in terms of radiation. However, pregnant women should notify staff to ensure that the necessary precautionary measures are taken.

Exams performed

     • Conventional exams: pulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological, urinary, pediatric (pediatric radiologist)   
     • Oncology: screening for cancer of the lung, breast, colon, etc.
     • CT arthrogram
     • CT angiogram of the aorta, neck vessels and lower limb arteries
     • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy)
     • CT scan of the heart and coronary arteries.


Video: What is a CT scan?


What sets us apart:

• Our state-of-the-art scanner featuring the most recent technological advances.
Its innovative technology guarantees extremely high quality images combined with optimal patient comfort and safety: reduced amount of contrast agents injected; reduced radiation doses and exposure time.

• A team of experienced and specialized radiologists.

• Before every exam, the team systematically strives to identify any risk factors, such as potential reactions to contrast agents used, kidney failure, intake of certain medications, etc.

• In the event of an incident or allergic reaction, the department teams immediately take the necessary action.

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Interventional Radiology

Peripheral interventional radiology

Interventional radiology involves using an imaging device to guide procedures deep within the human body, with no need for incisions.

It is practiced exclusively by radiologists who are skilled in radiation protection, assisted by specially trained technicians and nurses.


Interventional radiology is used to treat a wide range of diseases without the need for surgery.
• Vascular disease
• Cancer
• Gynecology

It can also be used as a complement to surgical procedures: fluids or deep abscesses in the thorax or abdomen can be drained by passing directly through the skin, without the need for a new surgical procedure.

 Video: What is peripheral interventional radiology?

What sets us apart :

• Systematic pluri-disciplinary coordination meetings (involving surgeons, angiologists, gynecologists, oncologists, etc.) to ensure that the treatment proposed is the best therapeutic option for the patient.

• Interventional radiology consultation prior to all procedures in order to plan treatment and inform patients about the inherent benefits and risks as well as alternative techniques.

• Comprehensive anesthetic services: all interventional radiology procedures are performed under loco-regional or general anesthesia

• Optimal safety thanks to the hospital’s pluri-disciplinary medical environment, enabling comprehensive patient management (elderly and/or multi-pathology patients) if necessary.

• Interventional radiology room located in a dedicated operating suite, with access to digestive, urinary and pulmonary endoscopic techniques.

• Enforcement of stringent hygiene measures and use of disposable material, in compliance with precise specifications and adapted to the patient's pathology.

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Interventional cardiology

Interventional cardiology includes all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed on the cavities or vessels (coronary arteries) of the heart without the use of surgery. These procedures are performed by interventional cardiologists in a dedicated room, and include the emergency treatment of myocardial infarction (acute coronary syndrome) by angioplasty (coronary dilation, insertion of stents, etc.).

Diagnostic procedures
• Diagnostic coronary angiogram (radiological examination of the coronary arteries), generally performed using a radial approach, which allows the patient to return home the same day.
• Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS): enables visualization of arterial wall atherosclerosis
• FFR (measurement of intracoronary blood pressure and flow).

Therapeutic procedures
• Percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty or coronary dilation) to treat heart disease and myocardial infarction: use of all percutaneous coronary intervention techniques and 24/7 presence of an anesthesiologist-intensivist in the catheterization room.
• Structural intracardiac procedures: alcohol septal ablation for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy that cannot be otherwise treated
• Peripheral aortic vascular interventions (thoracic and abdominal)


Video: What is interventional cardiology?

What sets us apart:

• Interventional room reserved for coronary angiograms and coronary angioplasty

• Fully digital room enabling the storage of exams on CD-ROM and the transfer of images

• Coronary emergencies handled 24/7, with treatment provided by a team of experienced cardiologists on duty (myocardial infarction)

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Conventional Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a medical imaging modality used to explore organ function at the cellular level.

The exams, called scintigraphies, are performed after a minute amount of a radioactive substance (radiopharmaceutical) is injected into the organ to be examined. This substance becomes “visible” through the use of gamma-cameras, which produce images that not only inform about the organ’s morphology, but also about its function.

Nuclear Medicine can be used to explore a wide range of organs 

     • Thyroid: scintigraphy is used to identify the characteristics of a nodule or goiter, for example
     • Skeleton: now generally combined with a CT scan, these two imaging modalities have considerably improved the understanding of certain bone pain and enabled the early detection of certain tumoral pathologies
     • Heart: thanks to new gamma-cameras, it is now possible to measure blood supply to the heart both at rest and during exercise, within a few minutes
     • Kidneys, lungs

Other organs can also be explored: stomach, esophagus, brain, etc.


What is cardiac scintigraphy?

What sets us apart:

• Vast experience in all fields of scintigraphic exploration and specific, recognized expertise in cardiac scintigraphy

• The new CTZ camera, which enabled a true technological leap in terms of coronary investigation:
  >Reduced exam time: approximately 5 min (15 to 20 min previously)
  >Reduced amount of tracers used
  >Unequalled image quality and increased diagnostic accuracy (95 to 97 %).

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PET scan

The PET scan is a nuclear medicine exam in which a tracer (isotope) is administered to the patient. The exam is used to confirm the type and extent of a lesional tumor and make an early assessment of treatment efficacy. During the monitoring phase, this exam can quickly diagnose a relapse.
The PET exam combines functional/metabolic images (linked to the level of tracer concentration in the tumors) with those of a conventional CT scan in order to determine the precise location of anomalies.

PET scans are used today in the treatment and monitoring of many types of cancer: lung, breast, colorectal, ENT, melanoma, lymphoma, ovarian, uterine, esophageal, stomach, prostate, etc.

Depending on the pathology, it can be prescribed:
• To diagnosis the malignancy of a tumor
• To perform a cancer staging assessment
• To make an early assessment of treatment efficacy
• To determine the field of radiation prior to radiotherapy
• During a cancer relapse assessment (suspected or confirmed relapse)
• While monitoring a patient with a high risk of relapse


Video: What is a PET Scan?

What sets us apart:

The American Hospital of Paris has the most up to date PET scanner offering:
• Increased diagnostic accuracy through very high-definition images enabling small lesions to be detected
• Rapidity: the exam lasts from 10 to 12 minutes
• Reduced dose of radioactive substance administered
• Increased comfort thanks to a wider, shorter tunnel – discover the different steps of an exam
• The use of another tracer (F-Choline) makes it possible to target other pathologies (prostate tumor, primary liver tumor, certain forms of sarcoma, etc.)

The images are immediately interpreted. One of the special features of the American Hospital of Paris is that physicians can immediately call on a radiologist specializing in a specific organ (ENT, urology/prostate, digestive system, thorax, breast, neuroradiology, etc.) in order to fine-tune the final diagnosis with the expertise of several specialists.

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Contact Information

Radiology, Ultrasound,
Breast Imaging,
MRI, CT Scan

Wing H – Levels 1 and -1

Telephone : + 33(0)146412555

Nuclear Medicine and PET Scan

Wings D and E – Level 0

Telephone : + 33(0)146412900

Interventional Radiology

Wing A - Level 2

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