Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging

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Clarion Hospital Offers Easy Access to the Latest Imaging Technology

X- ray – the X-ray machine utilizes electromagnetic radiation to create an image of the inside of the body to diagnose and injury or illness  .Most commonly known for its use in diagnosing broken bones, X-ray is also used in identifying concerns related to the lungs and tissues.

Ultrasound –an imaging method that uses sound waves to create pictures of the inside of the body,   most commonly known for use during pregnancy creating an image of the developing fetus.  Using high-frequency sound waves, ultrasounds can be used to examine a person’s abdominal and pelvic organs, muscles and tendons, or their heart and blood vessels. 

Echocardiogram – a non-invasive ultrasound imaging test that is used to observe the heart in motion.  Sound waves are used to create pictures of the hearts chambers, valves, walls and the blood vessels (aorta, arteries,veins) attached to your heart.  A probe called a transducer is passed over the patient’s chest.  The probe produces sound waves that bounce back off your heart and “echo” back to the probe.  This common test allows your doctor to see your heart beating and pumping blood.

Mammography – A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast and can be used as either a screening test or a diagnostic test to look for breast cancer. A tool to detect early stages of breast cancer in women who have no symptoms, they are also be used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain, skin dimpling or nipple discharge.

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of the organs and structures inside  the body.  MRI is commonly used to help diagnose a variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors.  They are also useful in examining the brain and spinal cord as well as  monitoring treatment for a variety of conditions within the chest abdomen and pelvis.

CT – Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scans allow doctors to see inside your body using a combination of X-rays and a computer to create pictures of your organs, bones, and other tissues.  This advanced x-ray technique creates a more detailed, three-dimensional view of the body.  CT is commonly used if a patient suffered a head injury, in diagnosing a stroke, identifying tumors or other organ abnormalities.   CT scans can be done on any part of the body.

Nuclear Medicine – a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to identify, diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body.  Nuclear medicine is especially valuable in pinpointing molecular activity, which enables doctors to judge the severity of a condition.  Identifying molecular activity  can also  show how  well a patient is responding to therapeutic interventions. 

Dexa Scan – (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiomertry) also known as bone density test is the most widely used test to measure bone mineral density.  This non invasive test is used to assess if a person is at risk of osteoporosis or fracture. 

Fluoroscopy –an imaging technique that allows a physician to see the internal structure and function of a patient, so that the real time motion can be seen during the study.  Useful in both diagnosis and therapy it is commonly used in many types of examinations and procedures such as barium x-rays, cardiac cathereterization, arthrography(visualization of a joint or joints), lumbar puncture, and placement of intravenous (IV) catheters (hollow tubes inserted into veins or arteries).

Diagnostic imaging is ordered for patients by their physician.  Once the exam is complete , Imaging studies are interpreted by on site Board Certified Radiologists and then  are sent to your physician.

 X-ray exams do not require an appointment.  They are completed during normal business hours.

 All other exams need to be scheduled in advance.