The ACMH Radiology Department provides physicians with the most recent technology to ensure diagnoses are as accurate as possible. Patients have access to cutting-edge equipment, along with specially trained technologists and expert radiologists, enabling ACMH to offer some of the most advanced diagnoses and minimally invasive treatments available today. The Radiology Department provides a wide range of radiology procedures, including general radiography, special procedures, computerized tomography (CT scan), mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine studies, ultrasound and portable radiography. ACMH has made a large investment in technology in order to provide these services. ACMH has converted to an all-digital format, which permits the distribution of pictures through the PACS. One of the benefits of PACS is the ability to view a patient's images from computers, allowing referring physicians to view their patient's images from their home or office. Additionally, since images are stored electronically there is no need to have patients return them.
Diagnostic x-rays are created by passing small controlled amounts of radiation through the patient's body producing anatomical images. Because of their high energy and short wavelength, X-rays are able to penetrate the body's tissues and bones. The amount of X-rays that passes through will depend on the thickness and density of the area of interest. X-rays are performed for many reasons, a few of which include pneumonias, fractures, masses, tumors, and fluid collections. This information is captured onto film, video or computers. Exams range from simple procedures that require you to hold still for a moment to those procedures that require you to drink a "contrast" or have an injection of "contrast." Every effort will be made to perform your X-ray with little or no discomfort to you. If you have questions or special needs, please ask your technologist. They will do their best to make your visit to our department as comfortable as possible.
also called CT, CT scan and CAT scan—is an X-ray technique that produces more detailed images of your internal organs than conventional X-ray exams. ACMH has a 16 slice CT Scanner with the unique ability to perform at speeds of a 50 slice unit for cardiac and trauma examinations, units; allowing us to gather the most information in the shortest time. Our scanners have a weight capacity of up to 500 pounds.
CT is used to help:
Non-invasive imaging of the heart, peripheral and cerebral vessels and new imaging techniques for stroke detection are now possible and available at ACMH. This advance technology is operated by a registered technologist dedicated to providing the best possible patient care. ACMH's board certified radiologist has the expertise and experience to provide your physician with an accurate interpretation of your images.
Ultrasound is the use of high frequency sound waves directed into the body. A transducer transmits the sound waves and receives echoes back from body tissues. The different tissues and substances in the body produce different wave echoes. A computer creating images processes these waves. The images are interpreted by a radiologist and results reported back to the referring physician. Ultrasound performs diagnostic, therapeutic and interventional procedures on inpatients and outpatients.
A mammogram is a low dose X-ray of the breast. This safe and effective first step to detecting breast cancer is routine and can often identify pathology in a breast long before a physical examination. Finding and diagnosing breast cancer in its earliest stages increases the likelihood that treatment will be successful.
ACMH radiology offers state of the art digital mammography. We are a designated “Pink Ribbon Facility” and the only certified “Softer Mammography Provider” in the area. Additionally, we utilize Computer Aided Detection software on every examination which essentially gives the Radiologist a second pair of eyes in interpreting. With these designations and tools, you can expect the most comprehensive, yet most comfortable examination available.
Bone densitometry is a test that measures bone density and the mineral content of bone in a person's body. The test is safe, accurate and painless. During the test, the patient is required to lie still on a table while the equipment scans two areas, the lumbar spine and hip. The test is extremely helpful in diagnosing and evaluating osteoporosis.
ACMH utilizes a Mobile MRI service to provide our patients with state of the art imaging.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create cross-sectional images of your head and body. Your doctor uses these detailed, clear images to identify and diagnose a wide range of conditions. An MRI is a noninvasive way for your doctors to examine your body. An MRI is used to:
ACMH utilizes a Mobile MRI service to provide our patients with state of the art imaging. Nuclear Medicine is the use of radioactive materials for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of diseases and disorders. Highly skilled professionals use special equipment and procedures along with small amounts of radioactive material to examine organ function to search for and diagnose diseases or results of injury. Patients having studies done in Nuclear Medicine are given small amounts of radioactive material, usually intravenously, but it may be taken orally or inhaled. This material travels through the body to the organ or body part to be imaged. The imaging can take place immediately or up to several days after the dosing depending upon the study requested. Special equipment, like Geiger counters, detect the radioactive material in the patient. This detected material creates an image, which is interpreted by the nuclear medicine physician and reports back to the referring physician.