Radiology and Imaging

Sometimes, it is the things we can’t see that are critical when making a diagnosis or treatment decision. Your health care provider may use imaging tests to make pictures or images of the inside of your body to determine an individualized treatment plan for you.

We strive to make your Radiology visit a positive experience by providing excellent patient care. Our caring staff is friendly and willing to lend a helping hand, whether it is getting you a warm blanket or a cup of juice or helping you to your vehicle. Our safe and efficient imaging services are fully coordinated with your medical team and provide quick results. It’s a simple concept that produces amazing results for all.

We provide a complete range of imaging services for clinic and hospital patients including:

  • Bone Density
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    A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break.

    In the past, osteoporosis could be detected only after you broke a bone. By that time, however, your bones could be quite weak. A bone density test makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before the fact.

    A bone density test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are located in the spine, hip and forearm.

    During your exam, you will lie on a padded platform while a mechanical arm passes over your body. The amount of radiation you're exposed to is low — much less than the amount emitted during a chest X-ray. The test usually takes about 10 minutes to complete.

  • CT Scan
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    A computerized tomography (CT) scan is a detailed X-ray used to produce three-dimensional images of the body. This type of imagery allows doctors to view the body without having to perform surgery.

    The scanner is shaped like a circle, which the patient slides into the center so the machine can X-ray the body from all sides. CT scans are painless and typically take only a few minutes to complete.

    CT images can be compared to looking down at single slices of bread from a loaf. Your doctor will be able to look at each of these slices individually or perform additional visualization to view your body from different angles. In some cases, CT images can be combined to create 3-D images. CT scan images can provide much more information than do plain X-rays.

    A CT scan has many uses, but is particularly well suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body.

    During a CT scan
    CT scanners are shaped like a large doughnut standing on its side. You lie on a narrow table that slides into the doughnut hole, which is called a gantry. Straps and pillows may help you stay in position. During a CT scan of the head, the table may be fitted with a special cradle that holds your head still.

    The table will move slowly through the gantry during the CT scan, as the gantry rotates in a circle around you. Each rotation yields several images of thin slices of your body. You may hear buzzing, clicking and whirring noises.

    A technologist will be nearby, in a separate room. You will be able to communicate with the technologist via intercom. The technologist may ask you to hold your breath at certain points to avoid blurring the images.

    After a CT scan
    After the exam you can return to your normal routine. If you were given a contrast material, you may receive special instructions. In some cases, you may be asked to wait for a short time before leaving to ensure that you feel well after the exam.

    After the scan, you'll likely be told to drink lots of fluids to help your kidneys remove the contrast material from your body.

    Information excerpted with permission from mayoclinic.org

  • Echocardiogram

    An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. This commonly used test allows your doctor to see you heart beating and pumping blood. Your doctor can use the images from an echocardiogram to identify heart disease. We're proud that our echocardiography lab is one of a select group of accredited laboratories in the entire nation.

    During an echocardiogram
    You will lie on your back on an exam table and the technician will attach sticky electrodes to your body to detect and conduct the electrical currents of your heart. The technician will move a small plastic device, called a transducer, back and forth over your chest. The sound waves create images of your heart on a monitor, which are recorded for your doctor to review. Most echocardiograms take less than one hour.

    After an echocardiogram
    After the exam, you can return to your normal routine. In some cases, you may be asked to wait for a short time before leaving to ensure that you feel well after the exam.

    Learn more about heart care, including Cardiology.

    Information excerpted with permission from mayoclinic.org

  • Fluoroscopy

    A fluoroscopy exam uses X-rays to create a moving, three-dimensional (3-D) picture of a portion of your body. This is useful when a health care provider has to guide small instruments, such as cameras and catheters, into your body or when they want to watch how something is moving inside your body.

    What you can expect and your specific instructions will vary based on your fluoroscopy procedure. You may be awake and go home the same day for some fluoroscopy procedures, such as upper gastrointestinal series to examine your esophagus, stomach and small intestine. You may be sedated or under general anesthesia for other procedures, including cardiac cauterizations and interventional radiology. You may be able to go home or be required to spend the night in the hospital for these types of procedures. Be sure to talk with your provider about what you can expect during your fluoroscopy procedure.

  • Mammography

    A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breast used to screen for breast cancer. We provide digital mammography to help with the early detection of breast cancer. Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is viewed and, more importantly, manipulated. The radiologist can view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. They also can adjust brightness and contrast, and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses and other changes that may be signs of early cancer.

    To supplement this technology, we've also incorporated digital computer-aided detection (CAD). Digital CAD highlights characteristics commonly associated with breast cancer. When activated, it flags abnormalities to help the radiologist detect early breast cancer. CAD is, in essence, a second set of eyes to support and enhance the radiologist's judgment.

    During a mammogram
    Digital mammography feels identical to conventional screening, though you may notice shorter exam times and a reduction in call backs to obtain additional images. You will change into a gown from the waist up. The technician helps you position your head, arms and torso to allow an unobstructed view of your breast. Your breasts are compressed between two film surfaces to spread out the breast tissue. You may find this uncomfortable. Then an X-ray captures black and white images of your breasts, which are displayed on a computer screen and examined by a radiologist. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films, which can be misfiled or lost in transit.

    After a mammogram
    Mammograms usually take less than 30 minutes. Afterward, you can dress and resume normal activity.

    Most breast lumps are not cancerous; however, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s far more common in women.

    Information excerpted with permission from mayoclinic.org

  • MRI

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. It produces high-resolution images that help diagnose a variety of problems.

    Most MRI machines are large, tube-shaped magnets. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily realigns hydrogen atoms in your body. Radio waves cause these aligned atoms to produce very faint signals, which are used to create cross-sectional MRI images — like slices in a loaf of bread.

    During a MRI
    The MRI machine looks like a tube that has both ends open. You will lie down on a movable table that slides into the opening of the tube. A technologist monitors you from another room and you can talk with that person by microphone.

    The MRI machine creates a strong magnetic field around you, and radio waves are directed at your body. The procedure is painless. You don't feel the magnetic field or radio waves, and there are no moving parts around you.

    During the MRI scan, the internal part of the magnet produces repetitive tapping, thumping and other noises. If you are worried about feeling claustrophobic inside the MRI machine, talk to your doctor beforehand. You may receive a sedative before the scan.

    In some cases, a contrast material, typically gadolinium, may be injected through an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your hand or arm. The contrast material enhances the appearance of certain details.

    An MRI can last up to an hour or more. You must hold very still because movement can blur the resulting images. Watch a video about MRI:

    After a MRI
    If you have not received a sedative before the scan, you may return to your normal routine immediately.

    Information excerpted with permission from mayoclinic.org

  • Nuclear Medicine

    Nuclear medicine is the use of a small amount of radioactive material to help diagnose a wide variety of diseases and disorders. The radiation dose that the patient receives is usually less than a routine chest X-ray.

    During a nuclear stress test
    A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart at rest and while your heart is working harder as a result of exertion or medication. A radioactive dye is injected into your bloodstream through the IV. First, images will be taken of your heart at rest. Then, after you’ve exercised or been given medication to stimulate your heart, you’ll receive more radioactive dye through the IV. You’ll again lie on a table while a scanner similar to an X-ray machine creates images of your heart muscle. The two sets of images allow your doctor to compare the blood flow through your heart while you're at rest and while your heart is pumping harder as a result of exercise or medication.

    During a nuclear bone scan
    During a nuclear bone scan a small amount of radioactive dye (tracer) is injected into your bloodstream through the IV. Areas of the body where cells and tissues are repairing themselves most actively take up the largest amounts of tracer. Nuclear images highlight these areas, suggesting the presence of abnormalities associated with disease or injury.

    Some images may be taken immediately after the injection. You will need to wait for two to four hours, however, before the main images are taken, to allow the tracer to circulate and be absorbed by your bones.

    You’ll be asked to lie still on a table while a device supporting a tracer-sensitive camera passes back and forth over your body. The procedure is painless. A scan of your entire skeleton usually takes less than 30 minutes. Scanning a limited area of your body takes less time.

    After a nuclear stress test or bone scan
    When the test is complete, you may return to normal activities unless your doctor tells you otherwise. The radioactive material will naturally leave your body in your urine or stool, but drinking plenty of water will help flush the dye out of your system.

    Information excerpted with permission from mayoclinic.org

  • Ultrasound

    Diagnostic ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce relatively precise images of structures within your body. The images produced during an ultrasound examination often provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.

    We offer a variety of ultrasound services in the areas of abdominal imaging, gynecologic, vascular and small-parts imaging.

    During an ultrasound
    During an ultrasound exam, you usually lie on an examination table. A small amount of gel is applied to your skin. The gel helps eliminate the formation of air pockets between the ultrasound and your body. During the exam, a technician trained in ultrasound imaging (sonographer) presses a small hand-held device (transducer), about the size of a bar of soap, against your skin over the area of your body being examined, moving from one area to another as necessary.

    Based on the same principles as sonar, a technology used to detect underwater objects, the transducer generates and receives high-frequency sound waves that can't be heard by the human ear.

    As the sonographer places the transducer on your skin, crystals inside the transducer emit pulses of sound waves that travel into your body. Your tissues, bones and body fluids reflect the sound waves and bounce them back to the transducer. The transducer then sends this information to a computer, which composes detailed images based on the patterns created by the sound waves.

    Though the majority of ultrasound exams are performed with a transducer on your skin, some ultrasounds are done inside your body (invasive ultrasounds). For these exams, a specialized transducer is attached to a probe that's inserted into a natural opening in your body.

    Ultrasound usually is a painless procedure. However, you may experience some mild discomfort as the sonographer guides the transducer over your body, especially if you're required to have a full bladder. A typical ultrasound exam takes from 30 minutes to an hour.

    After an ultrasound
    When the test is complete, you may return to normal activities unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

    Information excerpted with permission from mayoclinic.org

  • X-ray

    An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones.

    X-ray beams can pass through your body, but they are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, show up as white on X-rays. The air in your lungs shows up as black. Fat and muscle appear as varying shades of gray.

    For some types of X-ray tests, a contrast medium — such as iodine or barium — is introduced into your body to provide greater detail on the X-ray images. X-ray tests are painless and you can’t feel the X-ray passing through you.

    During the X-ray
    A technologist will position your body to obtain the necessary views. He or she may use pillows or sandbags to help you hold the proper position. During the X-ray exposure, you remain still and hold your breath to avoid moving, which can cause the image to blur.

    An X-ray procedure may take only a few minutes for a bone X-ray or more than an hour for more-involved procedures, such as those using a contrast medium.

    Your child’s X-ray
    If a young child is having an X-ray, restraints or other immobilization techniques may be used to help keep him or her still. These will not harm your child and will prevent the need for a repeat procedure, which may be necessary if the child moves during the X-ray exposure. You may be allowed to remain with your child during the test. If you remain in the room during the X-ray exposure, you’re typically asked to wear a lead apron to shield you from unnecessary exposure.

    After the X-ray
    After an X-ray, you generally can resume normal activities.

    Information excerpted with permission from mayoclinic.org

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