Saint Mary’s diagnostic tools provide the highest quality of care
and improved patient outcomes. We offer a wide range of services and our
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, the hip and spine. In certain
situations if the hip or spine can’t be measured, it is measured
in the forearm. Although osteoporosis involves the whole body, measurements
of BMD at one site can be predictive of fractures at other sites.
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, its use is recommended in preference to CT, when either modality
could yield the same information.
Our new GE 450W is loaded with sophisticated software, along with advanced
computing power to create images. Our other MRI, the GE horizon has received
a significant upgrade as well. All electronics are updated, meaning new
software applications, more computing power, and significantly improved
image resolution. At our Galena facility our Siemens Symphony MRI also
received an upgrade.
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 128 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 is state-of-the art with our IE 33, Logic E9,
Voluson E8 and Vivid E9 with advanced 3D cardiac software and probe technology.
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. No film means, no delays.
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 are state-of-the-art. We now 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
Saint Mary’s now offers the area’s first FDA approved whole
breast ultrasound system for women who have dense breast tissue. ABUS
can provide additional information when used in conjunction with annual
screening mammography and when used in a diagnostic setting.
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