Radiology

Highly Trained Technologists

The radiology department is staffed by highly trained technologists. Our Imaging department employs the latest diagnostic equipment. Diagnostic imaging offers the following services in the hospital:

  • CT Scanning
  • MRI
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • C-Arm
  • Diagnostic Radiology Procedures
  • Mammography (change wording)
  • PET
  • Special Procedures
  • DEXA-Bone Density

Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center

The Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center offers the following services:

  • CT
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • C-Arm

Top Radiology Procedures by Modality

Ultrasound

  • Gallbladder Ultrasounds not being told to be NPO
  • Pelvic Ultrasound not being told they need to arrive with a full bladder
  • Work-ins not calling for a time so patient doesn’t have to wait

Nuclear Medicine

  • Myocardial Stress Test coming in with wrong diagnosis or no order
  • Bone Scan not being told they have to come back a few hours after injection
  • I-123 Thyroid Scan have to be off thyroid meds and no IV contrast previous 6 week
  • Lexiscan exams take approximately 2.5 hours

Cat Scan

  • Abdomen/Pelvis Patient has not followed prep sheet; not NPO
  • Any CTA Patient has not had recent bun/creatinine and if lab values are high, the patient is unable to have the procedure.
  • Patients that are allergic to IV contrast and are not pre-medicated before they come for their exams that require IV contrast.

Mammography/Dexa

  • Patients coming in with the wrong diagnosis, such as for a breast mass, when they may   have had a mass several years ago, but have since had it removed and are having no new problems.
  • Patients scheduled for Dexa scans with incorrect diagnosis codes.

Radiology

  • Small bowel series patients aren’t told how lengthy the test is, it is dependent on the patient can last from 30 minutes to several hours.             
  • Barium Enema Patients have no idea how invasive the test is. They also don’t realize they   won’t be sedated
  • Barium Swallows are being ordered for choking sensations, or feeling of something stuck in throat, for these indications a modified barium swallow should be ordered.

MRI

  • All MRI heads (Brains) are routinely performed with and without contrast.
  • L-spine scans are routinely performed without contrast
  1. Indications for contrast:
  2. Post-op L-spine surgery
  3. History of cancer or a known history of a mass
  • C-spine exams are routinely performed without contrast
  1. Indications for contrast:
  2. Multiple Sclerosis
  3. History of cancer or a known history of a mass or lesions

Contrast Guidelines:  *Bun/Creatine within the last 30 days for all patients 50 and above, also for all diabetic patients.

*Patients need to bring a list of their current medications for testing  *Importance of NPO orders