Designed for patient convenience and physician confidence — with Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) technology, board-certified radiologists can read images immediately, and results are available to physician offices following transcription of report.
Diagnostic Imaging Services at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital include:
Computerized Tomography (CT)— A radiological test where patient lies in doughnut-shaped machine to take pictures of the body. The scanner is used in combination with a digital computer to create "slices" of different organs of the body.
DEXA Scan— A dual energy x-ray absorptiometery, (DEXA) provides bone densitometry testing by measuring the spine and hip where osteoporotic fractures are most likely to occur.
Diagnostic Radiology (X-ray)— A general x-ray used to detect the condition of the skeletal system. Also used for detecting some disease processes in soft tissue.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)— A technique that allows doctors to see inside the body in great detail using a powerful magnet, radio waves and a computer system.
Mammography— A specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system for examination of the breasts to detect breast cancer. 3-D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue, which makes it easier for radiologists to identify breast abnormalities that could be cancerous. To make an appointment for mammography or other radiology services, call (715) 717-1461.
Nuclear Medicine— Very small amounts of radioactive materials - which will attract to specific organs, bones or tissues - are introduced into the body. The emissions they produce can provide crucial information about a type of cancer or disease.
Ultrasound (US)— A method of obtaining images from inside the body through the use of high frequency sound waves.
CORONARY CALCIUM SCORING
The painless, but powerful Calcium Scoring Screening uses computed tomography (CT scan) to look for calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. Calcium is a component of arterial plaque (the fatty build-up that causes atherosclerosis by sticking to artery walls). When the plaque restricts the flow of blood to the heart, it can lead to a heart attack.
The exam takes about five minutes. Potential candidates must be free of chest pain, palpitations, and shortness of breath with exercise. A health assessment will be conducted by a radiology technician to confirm candidates for the screening.
Insurance does not cover this screening; however, the $100 fee includes both the procedure and interpretation. The fee is due the day of the screening. The screening is endorsed as a viable tool by the American Hospital Association and the American College of Radiology.
If you are interested in this service, call 715-717-1461.