Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
A CT scan is the same as a CAT scan. It is a diagnostic tool that uses X-rays to produce a series of computerized images of your body. The images are useful in detecting many medical conditions that do not appear on traditional X-rays.
Similar in appearance to a MRI scanner, the doughnut-shaped CT scanner houses an X-ray tube that moves rapidly around a specific anatomical area, sending signals to a computer. The computer reconstructs these signals to form a cross-sectional image of your internal anatomy, including bones, organs and blood vessels. During your CT exam, you will be asked to lie very still and quiet on a padded table for approximately 15 minutes.
We welcome walk-in patients for brain, sinus and any CT exam not requiring IV contrast.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced medical imaging technique. It uses a magnetic field and radio waves instead of X-ray to image different parts of the body. It is an easy, safe, and comfortable exam. It provides an excellent way to diagnose diseases of the brain, spine, skeleton, chest, abdomen, pelvis and blood vessels.
We have two MRI scanners, one of which is a “wide-bore” design that significantly decreases claustrophobia, alleviates patient anxiety and easily accommodates larger patients. Some exams even allow for the patient’s head to remain out of the machine completely.
The MRI exam requires you to lie very still on a table that moves into a scanner housing a large magnet. During the procedure, you may communicate with your technologist by intercom, and they will explain the various noises that you will hear. The procedure lasts 20–60 minutes, depending on the number and types of images needed. In some cases, your physician may order intravenous contrast dye to enable visualization of some specific images.
An arthrogram (joint x-ray) is a procedure that uses fluoroscopy to obtain a series of pictures after a contrast dye has been injected into the joint. This allows the radiologist to better visualize the soft tissue structures of your joint, such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, and your joint capsule. Arthrograms are often scheduled in coordination with a MRI exam to follow and are commonly performed in the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints. For your convenience, MRI appointments are available on Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm.
General Radiology (X-Ray)
Digital radiographs are the most common examination performed in radiology. A small column of radiation passes through the body and strikes the digital sensor on the other side. Like in digital photography, the image can be adjusted. The radiologist can magnify, rotate, lighten/darken, or measure on a workstation to better answer the clinical question.
Radiographs of the chest, abdomen, spine, sinuses and extremities are the most common tests performed. At least two images are taken; additional images may be needed to answer the clinical question. You may be asked to wait if your physician has requested that the result be called to their office prior to your departure from the hospital.
Preparing for an X-ray
There is no special preparation. You may need to change into a gown upon arrival. Typically, these studies require 5 to 15 minutes to complete. Radiographs are offered on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary. A written order from your physician is required. If you are pregnant, you will need to notify the technologist prior to your exam
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create still or video images of soft tissue areas of the body. To capture these images, an ultrasound gel is first applied to the skin over the area to be viewed. A hand-held instrument called a “transducer” is then moved slowly across your skin as an image appears on the ultrasound monitor. Ultrasounds make it possible for the Radiologists to diagnose many diseases and medical conditions without the exposure to radiation.
Ultrasound is painless the majority of the time, but some situations can require the technologist to apply pressure to the transducer in order to image the anatomy in question, which may be painful if the area is already tender. Ultrasound exams usually take less than 30 minutes to complete.