Medical Imaging

Medical Imaging 2017-03-09T05:15:00+00:00

The Outpatient Imaging Center sets a new standard in quality of care, providing comprehensive imaging services in a filmless and paperless environment. Our outpatient center is home to state-of-the-art equipment and expert healthcare professionals providing a variety of medical imaging services including:

Computed Tomography (CT) is a diagnostic tool that combines X-rays with computer technology to produce images of the body. These images can show the solid organs, bones, vascular system and soft tissues in great detail. New techniques can even alleviate the need for interventional procedures. A CT scan is quick and painless and usually requires less than 10 minutes to complete.

Our radiologists and staff are highly trained and dedicated to giving the best possible care to our patients. Our Outpatient Imaging Center has remained at the leading edge of CT technology in the area and utilizes the latest imaging techniques to produce quality images to aid referring physicians in planning the medical/surgical treatment of their patients.

The Outpatient Imaging Center uses one of the fastest CT scanners on the market, the Toshiba 128-Slice CT scanner. For patients, this powerful imaging equipment means three-dimensional detail in less than one-third of a second, increasing the potential for faster and less invasive diagnostic procedures.

  • Faster, more comfortable scans
  • Unparalleled image clarity for a more accurate diagnosis
  • 128 scan slices per rotation for better image quality
  • The highest possible image quality at the lowest dose
  • Same day scheduling

Regional One Health has earned ACR (American College of Radiology) Accreditation in the specialty of CT.

Digital Mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and transmitted and stored just like a computer file. The key role of mammography is in identifying a site of breast cancer early in its development when it is very small and often a year or two before it is large enough to be felt as a lump. These small cancers have a much better response to treatment and often require much less surgical or drug treatment. Mammography detects approximately 2-3 times as many “early” breast cancers as physical examination, and is the best method for screening for breast cancer.

Regional One Health has earned ACR (American College of Radiology) Accreditation in the specialty of Mammography.

Fluoroscopy is a procedure that combines x-ray imaging with a fluorescent screen, an image intensifier, and a TV-like camera and monitor to provide real time “live” images. It is particularly helpful in diagnosing problems of the digestive tract, kidneys and gallbladder. A contrast agent such as barium is often used to highlight the area and enables the physician to see the movement of the intestines as the barium moves through them.

General Radiology is a term used to describe basic x-ray procedures. Many x-ray procedures require no preparation and can be done at any time during our office hours. Patients may walk in for these studies without an appointment.

Following are the most common examinations that do not require an appointment.

  • Abdomen x-rays or KUB’s
  • Extremity x-rays (hand, foot, leg, etc.)
  • Chest x-rays
  • Mandible
  • Nasal bones (facial bones)
  • Pelvis
  • Ribs & sternum
  • Scoliosis survey
  • Shoulder
  • Sinuses
  • Skull
  • Spine, Cervical, Lumbar & Thoracic

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No radiation (x-ray) is involved in ultrasound imaging.

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and bladder. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs and enable physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions. This can help to diagnose a variety of heart conditions and to assess damage after a heart attack or other illness.

Our Interventional Radiology division is staffed with Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons. These groups of physicians perform minimally invasive procedures. Using very small catheters, these physicians navigate through the arteries and veins of our patients. When a problem is found our physicians use techniques such as angioplasty and stenting to repair the problems.

Angioplasty involves using a very small balloon to expand open to help fix the problem. Stenting involves using a fine metal mesh to open the affected area. Stents are routinely used in the arteries that supply blood to the: kidneys, legs, and carotid arteries.

Other procedures performed include:  draining abscesses, performing biopsies, myelograms, and embolizations which stop the flow of blood in areas where internal bleeding is a problem.

Our Cardiac Cath Lab division is staffed with Cardiologists who are trained to perform minimally invasive cardiac procedures. These physicians use small catheters to navigate the blood vessels in the heart. When issues are discovered they can generally be treated by angioplasty or the placement of a stent.

Our Cardiologists also insert pacemakers, perform echocardiography exams and perform cardiac stress tests.

Cardiac stress testing is a non-invasive procedure used to determine what if any cardiac disease might be present. This procedure is performed by one of our Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) with the use of a treadmill.

Our non-invasive department also performs ECHO procedures. An ECHO is a very specialized type of ultrasound machine which allows our staff to image the heart. This machine allows our Cardiologists to image the structures inside your heart and determine if any disease is present.

Nuclear Medicine is available for Radiology and Cardiology imaging. This imaging technique is used in conjunction with other Medical Imaging services.

Regional One Health has earned ACR (American College of Radiology) Accreditation in the specialty of Nuclear Medicine.

The imaging center hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Click here for east campus imaging information.

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