St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is proud to provide some of the most technologically advanced radiology services in the region. We ensure that our patients receive the diagnostic testing they need close to home by combining the highest level of technology with convenience.
Imaging Services includes multiple radiology areas of expertise such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic x-ray, Mammography and PET imaging. Whether used to screen, diagnose, monitor or treat disease each specialty of Imaging Services is a critical healthcare tool that enables physicians to “see” inside the human body in order to develop the best plan of care for each and every patient.
The services we provide include:
A CT scanner utilizes x-rays in a 360-degree rotation and then applies a computer algorithm to create a representation of the body part in question. At St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, we use state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) dose reduction software with the latest reconstruction techniques to analyze images in multiple planes and formats including 3D reconstruction to optimize the accuracy of each diagnosis.
A CT scan uses x-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional and, in some cases, 3-D views of the body. Think of the CT images as viewing a loaf of bread. With all the slices together, you can see the entire loaf. However, if you want to look at each slice, you have the ability to see what is inside the loaf. When all the slices are added together again, you have that 3-D view.
Occasionally, contrast may be given to further enhance the scan and various structural relationships. This is usually painless and may involve drinking a solution before your CT scan. You may also require intravenous (IV) contrast for your exam. In this case you will be given an IV before your exam for the contrast to be administered. When the IV contrast is administered, it is very common to feel a warm rush throughout your body.
Most procedures take 5 to 15 minutes and are relatively painless. Your technologist will make you as comfortable as possible.
Low Dose CT (LDCT) Lung Cancer Screening
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is pleased to provide Low Dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening exams for patients at high risk for developing lung cancer. This exam is similar to a CT-chest without intravenous contrast, however, it has been modified to focus on the pulmonary system while providing a reduced dose to patients.
Its purpose is to screen asymptomatic patients at high risk for developing lung cancer in order to diagnose and treat the disease before significant progression occurs. We believe lung cancer will be detected at earlier stages allowing our patients to experience higher rates of success in fighting this disease.
Eligibility requirements may differ slightly for this exam depending on the insurance payer. In general, a patient must be over age 55 years of age, be asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms) of lung cancer, have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack-year equals one pack of cigarettes each day for a year) and be a current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years. Call your provider today to schedule your lung cancer screening and shared decision-making visit to determine if you are eligible for a Low Dose CT lung (LDCT) cancer screening exam.
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St. Joseph Regional Medical Center's magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services are delivered using a Digital GE MRI unit which uses state-of-the-art software for reconstruction. This advanced MRI improves both acquisition speed and resolution for better image quality and greater patient comfort. Here at SJRMC, we use advanced technology to produce profound detailed and accurate results.
Our images are read by radiologist specialists for each area, including musculoskeletal, neurology and general radiology.
- Neurological imaging
- Routine neurological imaging (to include imaging of the pituitary and auditory canals)
- Diffusion imaging
- Neurovascular imaging
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of the brain and carotid vessel
- Magnetic resonance veinography (MRV)
- Musculoskeletal imaging
- All joint imaging
- Musculature imaging
- Breast MRI
- To include MRI-guided biopsies
- Vascular imaging
- Renal MRA
- Peripheral vascular MRA with runoff
- Body imaging
- Organ-specific MRI
- Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography
We utilize the latest digital x-ray equipment available with increased resolution at a lower dose to the patient. Digital x-rays allow for a patient’s image to be available within about 6 seconds of exposure. This dramatically reduces the amount of time an exam takes over conventional hard film or computed radiography (CR) processing. This digital technology also allows staff to provide a lower dose for each image acquired while obtaining higher image quality.
Bone density testing
Bone density testing is performed with the use of a DEXA unit. DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It is a quick and painless way of measuring the density of bones to determine if a patient may have osteoporosis. DEXA exams are performed at the St. Joseph Breast Imaging Center. Please see the Breast Imaging Services page for more information.
Mammography is available at our Breast Imaging Center, which utilizes the latest 3D technology. A 3D mammogram consists of multiple projection images formatted together in a way that allows the interpreting physician to scroll through images much like that of a CT or MRI. This eliminates the issue of superimposition (overlapping of tissue), which enhances the ability to better distinguish normal tissue with potentially cancerous tissue. St Joseph Regional Medical Center utilizes a GE SenoClaire mammography unit at the Breast Imaging Center, which uses the most up to date technology. This new technology coupled with GE’s FDA-approved screening protocol is capable of providing the same dose as traditional digital screening exams. Mammography studies are performed at our Breast Imaging Center and are available through our mobile service at several regional sites in our service area. Please see the Breast Imaging Center Mobile Mammography page for more information and site schedules.
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Nuclear medicine utilizes small amounts of radioisotopes to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, or other abnormalities within the body. Due to nuclear medicine’s ability to pinpoint molecular activity within the body, it offers the ability to identify many diseases in early stages and determine a patient’s response to therapeutic interventions. We are equipped with state-of-the-art nuclear medicine equipment. Our latest technology is capable of providing faster imaging time with some of the highest quality resolution available on the market today.
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasonography, is a method of obtaining internal images of the body utilizing high-frequency waves. These waves are reflected off organs and are recorded as still images or as video clips to better demonstrate a particular part of the body. We provide many types of ultrasound procedures including but not limited to obstetrics, abdominal, vascular, echocardiography, ultrasound guided biopsies/fluid drainage and more. Unlike x-ray and CT procedures, ultrasound exams do not utilize ionizing radiation.
Positron Emission Tomography (P.E.T.)
Positron Emission Tomography known as PET is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. It uses small amounts of radioisotopes to pinpoint the anatomic location of abnormal metabolic activity within the body. The PET scan is combined with a conventional CT exam, which is called PET/CT to enhance the diagnostic quality of the procedure. Images from the PET are fused or overlaid on the CT study to demonstrate the abnormal metabolic activity with enhanced spatial resolution of the affected area. This allows for a better determination of all areas affected by a disease process. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center contracts with Alliance Healthcare Services to provide PET imaging services at our facility.