Radiology

 

St. Michael Hospital's Radiology Center offers a full range of imaging services and provides our patients with the most up-to-date technological advances and innovative treatment options in diagnostic testing. We are dedicated in providing quality patient care and ensuring that quality and safety standards are upheld.

Our fully qualified Radiologists and Research Faculty are dedicated to discovering more accurate, effective and efficient methods to visualize and understand the intricacies of the human body and disease processes. Our technologists are dedicated to providing patients with comfortable, safe and professional imaging exam using the latest imaging technology (64-sliced CT scan, Mammogram, 3-D Cardiac Echogram, Ultrasound, Digital X-ray).

  • Computed Tomography

A CT Scan is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions by using advanced x-ray technology to take pictures of your body.

  • Mammogram

A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray with high-contrast, high-resolution film for examination of the breasts to assist in the detection of breast diseases.

  • 3D Cardiac Echogram (Echocardiogram)

Echocardiography uses sound waves to produce an image of the heart and to see how it is functioning. Depending on the type of echocardiography test they use, doctors can learn about the size, shape, and movement of your heart muscle. This test can also show how the heart valves are working and how blood is flowing through your heart. Echocardiography can also give doctors information about your arteries.

  • Utrasound

Ultrasound is a simple, safe, painless diagnostic procedure that bounces high-frequency sound waves off parts of the body and captures the returning “echoes” as images. There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound.

We offer many different types of ultrasound exams including abdomen, carotids, venous, pelvis, thyroid, renal, scrotum, and obstetrical. Ultrasound is able to capture moving images of pelvic and abdominal structures.

  • X-ray

An X-ray is a non-invasive diagnostic test that involves a low dose of radiation. An x-ray “beam” is used to produce images of various parts of the body. Because it is limited to the area of interest it is an extremely safe diagnostic tool.

GUIDELINES BEFORE DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATIONS

MAMMOGRAM

  • Do not wear deodorant, powder or lotion on the breast or underarm area. It is important to obtain old mammograms performed elsewhere (originals, not copies) for comparison at the time of your exam. Your doctor or insurance company can tell you where prior exams were performed if you cannot remember.

ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND

  • Nothing to eat, drink or chew 12 hours prior to exam.

PELVIC ULTRASOUND

  •  1 1/2 hours before appointment, empty bladder.You should not urinate again until after the exam.
  •  Drink three 8oz. glasses of water and be finished drinking 1 hour before the appointment.
  •  See receptionist if you feel you must urinate prior to the exam.

* Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

GENERAL PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Please let us know if you have any allergies or adverse reactions to medications or contrast material.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist.
  • Please leave your valuables at home or in your room in the hospital.
  • Please let us now if you need interpreting services, this can be arranged for you.
  • Please bring a list of your current medications with you (out-patient).
  • Stop taking Aspirin or aspirin-containing products, Plavix, Coumadin or other blood thinners at least 5 days prior to the procedure unless specifically instructed to do so. If you are taking blood thinning medications, contact your doctor to discuss if it is OK to stop these medications for 5 days.
  • Bring copies of x-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans (films or CD-ROMs)  if not obtained at St. Michael Hospital.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the exam. Please take your usual medications. Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

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