Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Diagnostic imaging is used to diagnose and treat most injuries, medical conditions and disease.The Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging offers advanced imaging technology at many convenient outpatient locations. Adult and pediatric imaging services are available.
Licensed and registered radiologic technologists perform imaging services. Our board-certified radiology physicians (radiologists) are sub-specialty trained in various medical specialties. Radiology images are read by a radiologist who has expertise in the particular area of concern.
Reports and images are available to your physician promptly. Physicians who have Epic electronic medical record system have immediate access to your images and report.
Bone density testing uses X-rays to measure the amount of calcium and minerals in your bones to determine your risk for a bone fracture or osteoporosis.
CT (Computed Tomography) uses a series of very thin X-rays and a sliding table to obtain multiple images. Patients will be asked to lie on a table that will slide into the CT scanner. Some CT scans require the use of contrast. Contrast is a medication that acts as a highlighter to show your organs or blood vessels in greater detail.
Fluoroscopy provides detailed images of the upper and lower areas of the gastrointestinal tract. Fluoroscopy is an X-ray and uses a small dose of radiation to generate multiple images.
Mammography or mammogram is a type of imaging that uses low-dose X-ray to examine breast tissue. There are two types of mammograms.
- Screening mammography is recommended each year to examine breast tissue and check for breast abnormalities.
- Diagnostic mammography may be recommended to further examine an area of concern, lump, cyst or follow-up after a screening mammography.
A new technology called Breast Tomosynthesis or 3-D Mammography can be used in a screening or diagnostic mammography. This new technology allows the radiologist to view the breast in thin "slices" rather than as a whole, which improves the detection of lesions and reduces the need for additional views of the breast.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a diagnostic exam that uses radio waves and a powerful magnetic field to produce images of structures inside of the body. Patients will be asked to lie on a table that will slide into the MRI scanner. Some MRIs require the use of contrast. Contrast is a medication that acts as a highlighter to show your organs or blood vessels in greater detail.
3T MRI is a new technology that can produce sharper images of the brain, spine, hands, wrist feet, abdomen and pelvic areas. 3T imaging is recommended for patients who have specific neurological, musculoskeletal or orthopedic injuries and/or medical conditions.
Nuclear Medicine is a type of diagnostic imaging that provides a detailed picture of what is happening in the body at the molecular and cellular level. This type of imaging may be recommended to determine the presence or severity of a certain medical condition or disease. A radioisotope or radioactive medication is given by IV injection or by mouth. Patients will be asked to lie on a table and a camera will rotate around the patient while taking a series of pictures.
PET/CT is a diagnostic imaging tool used to measure the activity of cells. The images produced provide a detailed picture of what is happening in the body at the molecular and cellular level. This type of imaging may be recommended to determine the presence or severity of a certain medical condition or disease. PET/CT uses nuclear medicine and CT scan imaging to create a combination of images from both scans. A radioisotope or radioactive medication is given by IV injection or by mouth. Patients will be asked to lie on a table that will slide into the PET/CT scanner.
Ultrasound or sonography is a diagnostic exam that uses sound waves to create images of organs, soft tissues, blood vessels and other structures inside the body. You will be asked to lie on a stretcher and will be positioned as needed. The sonographer will apply a water-based gel to the skin while applying firm pressure with an ultrasound transducer or probe to take images of the body part. The pressure applied is necessary to obtain clear images.
Diagnostic Radiology offers walk-in X-ray at all outpatient locations. A physician requisition form is required.
X-ray is imaging that produces pictures of soft tissue, bones or organs. The part of the body that is receiving the X-ray is exposed to a small dose of radiation which generates images of the body part at multiple angles. X-ray is used to examine the chest, abdomen, upper and lower extremities.
We offer a full range of imaging services for infants, children and young adults. Our team is specially trained in caring for children. Diagnostic tests take place in a pleasant, age-appropriate environment. Imaging equipment is optimized especially for pediatrics. Our Child Life specialists are available to ensure children are at ease throughout testing and treatment.