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Diagnostic Radiology (Imaging Services)
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Diagnostic Radiology (Imaging Services) 

The Diagnostic Radiology Department at Yale-New Haven Hospital has a long and distinguished history of providing the full range of imaging services, from traditional X-rays to state-of-the-art scanning procedures.

Diagnostic Radiology (Imaging Services)

More than a century after a Yale physicist made the first X-ray image in the U.S., YNHH's extensive, highly trained team of diagnostic radiologists uses sophisticated techniques to create images of the entire body and its organs. Those images are often critical in diagnosing and treating a multitude of patient injuries, diseases and disorders.

Radiologic technologists are licensed medical professionals who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. They are educated in anatomy, patient-positioning techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety and basic patient care. Technologists often specialize in a particular diagnostic imaging area, such as CT, MR, breast imaging, nuclear medicine, PET or ultrasound imaging. They are all board certified to perform these examinations under the direction of the radiologist. Imaging services are performed for adult and pediatric patients admitted to various units of the hospital and on an outpatient basis at multiple locations throughout the New Haven area.

Why Choose YNHH for Diagnostic Radiology Services?

IMore than a century ago, Yale physicist Arthur W. Wright made the first X-ray image in the United States, just weeks after Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery in Germany of the revolutionary imaging process. Today, the Diagnostic Radiology Department at Yale-New Haven Hospital is a leading provider of traditional and cutting-edge diagnostic radiology services for adult and pediatric patients, including X-rays, CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and vascular imaging, nuclear medicine, PET/CT, breast imaging, and bone density scans.

Led by a team of board-certified radiologists, physician specialists and other imaging professionals, the department also participates in the training of several hundred physicians every year, as well as related research projects and clinical trials, through Yale School of Medicine.

Besides inpatient and outpatient imaging services offered in medical units throughout YNHH, many of the same services are offered at multiple area locations. (See Locations and Scheduling.)

Diagnostic Radiology Services We Provide

General diagnostic radiology includes digital X-rays of the chest, abdomen and extremities. It also includes fluoroscopy (an X-ray "movie") procedures, such as upper and lower GI (gastrointestinal) series and barium enemas.

Computed tomography (CT) scan uses a combination of X-rays and advanced computer technology to produce more-detailed, cross-sectional views -- horizontal, vertical and 3-D views -- of the body, including bones, muscles, fat, organs and blood vessels. Our diagnostic radiologists work in tandem to assure that all CT scans are of the highest diagnostic quality, and use newly developed algorithms that reduce X-ray exposure. Precise imaging protocols are designed and monitored by our radiologists to minimize radiation exposure.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive imaging test that produces high-quality and detailed images of the body without the use of radiation. The images are created by using a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to process the information. YNHH recently installed eight state-of-the-art Siemens MRI scanners, featuring the latest technology to deliver the most accurate diagnosis. We are fortunate to be one of the first in the Northeast to offer dedicated breast imaging and image-guided biopsies at the breast center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

Ultrasound or Sonogram uses ultrasonic (high-frequency) sound waves to produce computer-displayed images of organs, tissues and blood vessels. It is typically a painless procedure that uses no radiation.

Nuclear medicine and PET/CT uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, commonly called tracers, injected into specific areas of the body in order to examine the function and structure of organs, including the heart, kidneys, thyroid and brain. This specialized type of imaging is often used to help diagnose and treat many different medical conditions and diseases.

Breast Imaging (mammogram) is an X-ray of the breast, used to detect and diagnose breast diseases. There are two different types of mammograms. The most common is a screening mammogram, used to detect small growths in the breast, even before they can be felt. A diagnostic mammogram is used to diagnose breast abnormalities, such as a lump, pain, nipple thickening or a change in breast size or shape, which may be detected in a screening mammogram. Besides X-ray mammograms, the Breast Imaging Service at YNHH also provides patients with breast ultrasound, breast MRI and breast biopsies. Learn about Yale-New Haven's state-of-the-art Digital Mobile Mammography Van.

In addition, the Breast Center now performs 3-D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis. This new technology allows the radiologist to view the breast in thin "slices" rather than as a whole and should improve detection of lesions and will also reduce false alarms due to overlapping normal tissues. Currently, our technologists use the new 3-D technology along with standard imaging. This combination provides the radiologist an opportunity to compare the familiar standard images with prior mammograms. The 3-D imaging is performed simultaneously with the mammogram so the length of the exam does not change. While tomosynthesis involves a small increase in the radiation dose, the total radiation dose remains below the federal standards for mammography.

Bone density scans, produced with X-rays or CT technology, measure bone content, mass and strength. This testing procedure is primarily used to diagnose osteoporosis, a disease in which there is loss of bone mass and destruction of bone tissue, and thus a greater risk of fracture, particularly among the elderly.

Pediatric radiology includes a full range of imaging services for infants, children and young adults. We offer two locations: the in-patient imaging facility at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and a specialized outpatient pediatric imaging facility adjacent to the Pediatric Specialty Clinics at 1 Long Wharf, off I-95 in New Haven. Our radiology team — available 24/7 — is specially trained in caring for children. We offer a full array of diagnostic tests in a pleasant, age-appropriate environment. Our technologies include a dedicated plain radiography, fluoroscopy and ultrasound equipment optimized for pediatric patient imaging. Pediatric CT and MRI services are provided on state-of- the-art scanners. Dedicated pediatric nurses supervise sedation when required, and our Child Life specialists are available to ensure children are at ease throughout testing and treatment.

To learn more about diagnostic radiology procedures, please visit our Health Library.


 Locations and Scheduling

To schedule an appointment at any of our facilities,
or to find out your results within 24 hours, call:
 

Phone: 203.688.1010
Fax: 203.688.9258

For Saint Raphael Campus, call 203.789.3124.

Physicians: Download our Diagnostic Radiology Order Form.
 

 

East Haven

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
556 Main St.
East Haven, CT 06512 | Map

 

 

East Haven

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
317 Foxon Road
East Haven, CT 06513 | Map

Hours:
M-F, 8 am - 5 pm

 

Guilford

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
Shoreline Medical Center
111 Goose Lane
Guilford, CT 06437 | Map

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Hamden

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
Hamden Professional Building
2560 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518 | Map


New Haven

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
Temple Medical Building
60 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06510 | Map

New Haven

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
Main Campus (South Pavilion) and Smilow Cancer Hospital
20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06510 | Map

 

New Haven

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
Yale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT 06510 | Map
Hours:
M-F, 7:30 am - 5 pm

New Haven

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
MR Center
801 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT 06510 | Map

Hours:
M-Th, 7 am - 10 pm
Fri, 7 am - 7:30 pm
Sat, 7 am - 3:30 pm

 

Saint Raphael CampusNew Haven

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
MR Center
Saint Raphael Campus
* formerly known as Saint Raphael Magnetic Resonance Center
1450 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511 | Map

Hours:
M-F, 8 am - 8 pm
Sat, 8 am - 4 pm




New Haven

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
Long Wharf Medical Building
150 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511 | Map

Hours:
M-F, 8 am - 6:30 pm
Sat, 9 am - 1 pm




New Haven

Pediatric Diagnostic Radiology
Pediatric Specialty Center
at One Long Wharf
1 Long Wharf
New Haven, CT 06511 | Map


Pediatric patients only

North Haven

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
North Haven Medical Center
6 Devine St.
North Haven, CT 06473 | Map

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Pediatric Specialty Center at Norwalk

Norwalk

Pediatric Diagnostic Radiology
Pediatric Specialty Center
at Norwalk
747 Belden Avenue
Nowalk, CT 06850 | Map

(pediatric patients only)

West Haven

West Haven

YNHH Diagnostic Radiology
500 Elm Street
West Haven, CT 06516 | Map

About appointments

All exams require a physician's order before an appointment can be scheduled. The order can be faxed by the physician's office or the patient. The scheduler also will need to know the patient's:

  • name and date of birth
  • phone number
  • insurance information (including referrals/pre-certifications)
  • examination being ordered
  • symptoms or diagnosis

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