CCMH provides comprehensive diagnostic and minimally invasive radiology and imaging services that assist medical providers in the evaluation of disease. By utilizing state-of-the-art imaging devices, our medical providers can literally get a picture of what’s happening inside the human body without making any incisions.
Inpatient and outpatient imaging techniques employed at CCMH include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) and digital mammography. Radiology services include traditional x-ray capabilities and a special DEXA (bone densitometry) scanner. All services within the Radiology Department are provided Monday through Friday and as needed during night and weekend emergencies. A physician’s order is necessary to obtain all exams offered within the department – with the lone exception of mammography.
Ultrasound is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to view internal organs and produce images of the human body. These sound waves cannot be heard by the human ear. An ultrasound procedure is noninvasive, meaning the exam does not penetrate the skin.
CCMH’s department has ultrasound technicians trained to provide both general and vascular studies. Some common general studies include OB or prenatal exams, pelvic and abdominal studies and gall bladder exams. Vascular studies include arterial exams and echos.
Computed tomography (CT) is a painless procedure that utilizes a sophisticated x-ray technique. During this scanning process, multiple images are taken. A computer then gathers these images and puts them into complete, cross-sectional pictures ("slices") of soft tissue, bone, and blood vessels. The types of images obtained through a CT or CAT scan cannot be seen on a standard x-ray exam. Because of this level of detail, CT scans can sometimes allow an earlier diagnosis to be made and more successful treatment of many diseases.
CCMH uses a 16-slice CT system that can provide both general and arterial studies. In some cases, a contrast may be given to the patient during the exam to highlight a specific area of the body. This contrast is typically administered through an IV injection at the beginning of the exam.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a painless and safe diagnostic procedure that uses a powerful magnet and radio waves to produce detailed images of the body's organs and structures. This type of exam is done without the use of X-rays or other radiation. The images produced by MRI show the exact details of the inside of the body.
CCMH utilizes a mobile MRI service to provide exams three days a week on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, the hospital has purchased a new MRI unit that will be installed at the facility in late April 2012.
CCMH offers bone densitometry tests through our own DEXA Scanner. Bone density scanning is a noninvasive form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss, generally by examing the lower back or hip. This procedure is commonly used for the diagnosis of osteoporosis
The Radiology Department also has two dedicated computed radiography (x-ray) rooms. This technology means the hospital no longer uses film-based x-ray technology.