Today’s advanced diagnostic imaging technology makes it possible to see inside the human body more clearly than ever before. Our sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment enables doctors to diagnose and treat disease faster and with even greater accuracy. Along with the confidence that comes from knowing that your medical team is equipped with the diagnostic tools to provide better care for you, our investment in technology means you’ll benefit from quicker, more comfortable procedures.
Patient Centered Care
We designed our Imaging Department to maximize your comfort. Our friendly staff is dedicated to making your experience here as pleasant as possible. For the convenience of our patients and their referring physicians, we provide:
- Easy and flexible scheduling, including some walk-in appointments
- Convenient nearby parking
- Comfortable waiting areas
- Prompt delivery of test results
Advanced Imaging Capabilities
Our Imaging department includes some of the most advanced medical equipment in use today. In addition, all of our systems are digital, enabling us to provide higher quality images and faster retrieval. With our board-certified radiologists and experienced technologists making use of these sophisticated tools, our capabilities translate into services for you that are second to none.
Computer Tomography (CT) scans create images of internal organs, tissues and bones. In just seconds, this advanced technology can make a complete scan of your entire body — or produce detailed views of a targeted area, such as the brain or heart. Physicians can view the individual images (called “slices”) for specific detail. Or they can assemble the images to create a three-dimensional view of an organ. The result often is a faster, more precise diagnosis
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
MRI technology relies on a combination of radio waves, computer technology and a strong magnetic field to produce high-definition, three-dimensional images of internal organs and structures. Physicians order MRIs to diagnose a wide range of conditions, from cancer, heart and vascular disease and strokes to joint and muscle disorders.
Nuclear medicine is the branch of medicine that involves the administration of radioactive substances in order to diagnose and treat disease. The main difference between nuclear medicine diagnostic tests and other imaging modalities is that nuclear imaging techniques show the physiological function of the tissue or organ being investigated, while traditional imaging systems such as computed tomography (CT scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scans) show only the anatomy or structure. Nuclear Medicine studies are painless and only require a small injection to deliver the isotopes with minimum exposure to radiation. Most test only take an average of one to two hours with Radiologist providing immediate results to ones attending physician.
X-rays are the most traditional form of diagnostic imaging. Even with the advent of many newer and highly advanced technologies, x-rays remain an important part of our Imaging Department and are commonly used to view broken bones and other medical conditions.
Radiographic/Fluoroscopic (R&F) Unit
Radiographic/Fluoroscopic equipment is most commonly used for upper gastrointestinal and barium studies to detect the cause digestive problems. We also use this technology to detect spinal cord abnormalities, fractures of vertebrae, and certain internal organ functions.
Mammography is used for the screening and early detection of breast cancer. Women over 40 are encouraged to have a mammogram annually. To make this procedure more comfortable for our patients, we use soft, cushioned pads on our mammography equipment.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images inside the body that can be viewed on a monitor. It’s a safe and painless way to view the health and development of a baby before birth. Ultrasound can be used to view other areas of the body, including the heart, liver, bladder, kidneys and breasts.
Faster, Better Communication
Because we use a fully digital, electronic imaging system, your doctor has immediate access to the results of your diagnostic procedures — and can view them on a computer screen, using secure Internet access, from home, the office or the hospital.
Our electronic archiving also makes your entire hospital record available to authorized staff at the click of a computer button. If you come back to the hospital with an emergency, your information is instantly available to your doctors and nurses for faster care.
To schedule an appointment in our Imaging Department, please call 210-921-3528.
Preparing for Your Imaging Procedure
If you have a scheduled appointment, please discuss the procedure and any special instructions with your doctor before you arrive. If a test is ordered while you are a patient at the hospital, your physician, nurse or technician can explain the procedure and answer any questions you have.
These general guidelines will help you prepare for and stay comfortable during your procedure:
- Wear loose-fitting clothes. Don’t wear items containing metal. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown. In some cases, you may be asked to remove jewelry, watches, hairpins, eyeglasses or dentures.
- Some tests require that you go without eating or drinking for a specified time beforehand. Be sure to ask your doctor about this at least 24 hours before your procedure.
- Tell your technologist if there is any chance you may be pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
- Tell your technologist if you are allergic to shellfish or iodine.
- Some procedures require you to remain still for a period of time. Your technologist will explain what you need to do for a successful procedure.