Saint Mary’s diagnostic tools provide the highest quality of care
and improved patient outcomes. We offer a wide range of services and our
Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) system allows for rapid
access to images for radiologists and clinicians.
BONE DENSITY SCANNING (DEXA)
DEXA is the preferred technique for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).
DEXA scanning focuses on two main areas of the skeleton, the hip and spine.
Although osteoporosis involves the whole body, measurements of BMD can
be predictive of fractures.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology is some of the most advanced
imaging technology to date. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and
radio waves to form images of the body. Since MRI does not use any ionizing
radiation, it may be recommended in preference to CT, when either could
yield the same information.
Our new state of the art 3T Vida scanner with BioMatrix technology automatically
adjusts to you to deliver an MRI that is precise, comfortable, and fast.
Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan) combines a series of X-ray views taken
from many different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional
images of the bones and soft tissues inside the body. Saint Mary’s
now offers a 64 slice CT scanner. The GE 660 is the latest in its class
and is twice as fast as the typical 64 slice scanner. For precise guidance
when performing biopsies and drainages we offer CT guided interventions.
Our interventional radiology system includes a dedicated interventional
radiology hybrid operating suite. This system is a full OR with integrated
intravascular ultrasound. The suite can also be used for conventional
invasive vascular imaging. When a case gets complicated, surgery can be
performed and there is no need to move the patient. The suite is set up
with anesthesia, positive and negative air flow and a full patient monitoring
system. During these procedures the suite is staffed with surgery and
open heart nurses and interventional radiology technologist.
Our ultrasound technology includes our IE 33, Logic E9, Voluson E8 and
Vivid E9 with advanced 3D cardiac software and advanced probe technology.
Cardiovascular Ultrasound includes echocardiography (sonogram of the heart
in adults, children, and newborns) and vascular ultrasound. This technology
uses high-frequency sound waves to image and obtain hemodynamic data about
the heart and vasculature (arteries and veins). Ultrasound exams are noninvasive,
painless, and, using sophisticated transducers, produce moving pictures
of the heart structure (valves, walls, and chambers) and function (blood
flow). Saint Mary’s Cardiovascular Ultrasound imagers are equipped
with advanced 3D imaging as well as special software to evaluate early
heart muscle damage (strain imaging). We also use a broad array of transducers
to enable evaluation of patients of all ages, including newborn babies
and children. Transesophageal echocardiography is used to support Saint
Mary’s structural heart program where sophisticated valve procedures
In our vascular ultrasound area we obtain real-time images of arteries
and veins in the body to assess blood flow and abnormalities. We can evaluate
blood flow to the arms, legs, brain, and kidneys. We also perform detailed
mapping of the veins contributing to varicosities and lower extremity wounds.
Nuclear medicine is a modality in medical imaging that uses small amounts
of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of, or
to treat a variety of diseases. Because nuclear medicine procedures are
able to pinpoint molecular activity within the body, they offer the potential
to identify disease in its earliest stages, as well as a patient’s
immediate response to therapeutic interventions.
At our downtown campus we have two GE discovery dual head gamma cameras
with advanced software applications that are much faster and provide significantly
improved image resolution. At the Center For Health, a dedicated triple
headed gamma camera for cardiac imaging has been installed.
Positron emission tomography (PET scan) is a type of nuclear medicine imaging.
A PET scan measures sugar (glucose) metabolism to evaluate organs.
Our combined PET/CT scans provide images that pinpoint the anatomic location
of abnormal metabolic activity within the body. The combined scans have
been shown to provide more accurate diagnoses than the two scans performed
separately as in PET/CT fusion.
All of our X-ray equipment uses digital technology. Images appear on-site
and are viewable for immediate interpretation. In the OR, this allows
the surgeons to immediately see high quality imaging, seconds after an
exposure. This has reduced the need for some fluoro which decreases radiation
exposure to patients and staff.
WOMEN’S IMAGING SERVICES
We offer the latest in imaging services for women and are dedicated to
providing a comprehensive line of Women’s Health services.
Our mammography systems offer 3D tomosynthesis and upright stereotactic
breast biopsy which improves quality and accuracy. Our mammography suites
provide privacy and comfort and our locations make it convenient to be seen.
AUTOMATED BREAST ULTRASOUND (ABUS)
Saint Mary’s now offers the area’s first FDA approved whole
breast ultrasound system for women who have dense breast tissue. The Invenia
ABUS can provide additional information when used in conjunction with
ABUS is covered by most insurances!
Saint Mary’s is Nevada’s only certified wire-free facility.
In seeking a more compassionate and precise approach to breast cancer tumor
localization, Saint Mary's Health Network has adopted the SAVI SCOUT®
wire-free radar localization system for breast conserving surgeries. Previously
surgeons relied on placement of a wire into the tumor adding additional
time, inconvience, and discomfort on the day of surgery. SAVI SCOUT®
is a new efficient and precise approach to localization and surgical guidance
and helps surgeons remove cancerous tissue with greater confidence.
Prior to SCOUT, the most common approach for localizing breast tumors was
wire localization. With wire localization, a radiologist would place a
thin, hooked wire through the skin to the tumor location. The surgeon
would then use the wire to locate the tumor. This procedure would be done
on the day of surgery and because the time between the wire placement
and surgery can be several hours, this added procedure can be the cause
of added worry and discomfort.
The SCOUT® wire-free radar localization system is a clinically proven,
FDA cleared, zero-radiation approach to targeting tumors and breast lesions.
SCOUT uses a unique radar signal to detect a reflector, the size of a
grain of rice, that can be placed at the tumor site at any time during
the course of treatment and at the patients’ convenience. During
the procedure, the surgeon scans the breast using the SCOUT guide to precisely
and efficiently locate the reflector to within 1mm of accuracy.
The ability to precisely locate tumors increases the probability of complete
cancer removal and reduces the likelihood of needing follow-up surgeries
– a huge advantage for early-state breast cancer patients. In addition,
the ability to strategically plan the incision may result in better cosmetic outcomes.
SCOUT is also uniquely suited for marking tumors and lymph nodes prior
to neoadjuvant therapy because the SCOUT reflector does not interfere
with imaging studies that are needed after treatment to see if the tumor