Imaging Services Offer High-Tech Tools to Help Diagnose Illnesses Quickly and Accurately
Our imaging department offers a wide range of high-tech diagnostic equipment to help our staff learn what’s happening to our patients — which means patients can be diagnosed and treated quickly and accurately without driving across the valley.
The magnetic resonance imaging technology, for example, produces a magnetic field that’s 10,000 times greater than the earth’s magnetic field. And the computerized axial tomography scan can produce a three-dimensional model of your brain.
Our full-service Imaging Department can find a tumor in the brain, reveal a spot on an organ, or discover any number of abnormalities without even scratching a patient’s skin.
Riverton Hospital’s Imaging Department is staffed by board-certified radiologists, who provide professional services and interpretation, as well as registered and licensed radiology technologists.
Overview of Services
Ultrasound involves bouncing high-frequency sound waves off of tissues within the body, then converting the echoes into images called sonograms.
Sonograms provide a look inside the body’s soft tissues and cavities, including views of a fetus in a mother’s womb.
A CT scan uses x-rays and multiple points of view to create three-dimensional images of body organs, which help physicians identify normal and abnormal structures in the body and help them accurately guide the placement of instruments and treatments.
MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, creates a magnetic field that affects how atoms line up within the body. That alignment is measured using radio waves that are processed by a computer into detailed, three-dimensional images of the body’s soft tissues, including parts of the nervous system ranging from the brain to the spine.
Nuclear medicine involves using radioactive isotope tracers, which are normally introduced intravenously into the body, and recording how the body’s structures react to them to identify the presence, range, and form of abnormalities in internal organs.
Diagnostic imaging generally refers to the use of traditional technologies like x-rays to produce images of tissues, organs, and body parts to help physicians see problems within the body and recommend solutions.
Not only do we have the latest imaging technology, but we can detect problems faster than we ever have before. If someone comes in after having a stroke, we can detect its source in just 30 seconds. After the onset of a stroke, two million brain cells can die in just a minute. Every minute we save could mean the difference between permanent brain damage and full recovery. That’s incredible.
The bottom line is, our patients and visitors can know we’re using the latest technological wonders to help us care for them effectively and efficiently and ensure their safety. Plus, our patients and their loved ones will see that we’re doing all we can to make it enjoyable to be here. Those are important priorities to us.