Upstate Carolina Radiology

Diagnostic Evaluation Tools

Diagnostic Evaluation Tools are vital for detection of many diseases and illnesses. Some common diagnostic tools include: MRA, CTA, Angiography and Ultrasound.


MRA uses a large magnet to create images of arteries and veins in the human body without radiation or X-Rays. Some MRA examinations require the use of intravenous Gadolinium-based contrast to make the arteries and veins more visible. Read More about MRA


CTA is a special type of imaging examination that provides detailed pictures of the body’s arteries and veins. Intravenous Iodine-based contrast is given during the study to make the arteries and veins more prominent. The series of images obtained during CT scanning can be used to create a 3-dimensional picture of the blood vessels. Read More about CTA


Angiography is the use of real-time X-ray images to evaluate the arteries or veins following the injection of contrast. The contrast is delivered through a thin catheter into the blood vessel. Read More about Angiography


Ultrasound imaging is a technique used that involves exposing the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images. Ultrasound images are captured in real-time, which enable physicians to evaluate the blood flow, the movement of specific organs, as well as, the structure of the organs. Read More about Ultrasound