MRI/Hocking Valley Community Hospital Outpatient Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging/RadiologyHVCH Radiology Department can provide diagnostic imaging with the use of numerous up-to-date machines. The tests are ordered by the physician to help with diagnosis of various issues. The radiology department provides the following:
- X-rays: X-radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation. An X-ray examination is used to find broken bones, problems with lungs and abdomen, cavities in teeth, etc. X-rays are painless, fast and easy.
- Digital Fluoroscopy: This imaging technique obtains real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient through the use of fluoroscope.
- DEXA Scan: Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. This test is recommended for women over the age of 65 and post-menopausal women who have high risk factors for osteoporosis. A DEXA scan uses low dose ionizing radiation and computers to measure the strength of your bones and calculate a personalized risk for fracture.
- 64 Slice CT Scan: This non-invasive imaging technique allows patients to be scanned with very high resolution in the matter of few seconds. CT scans reveal bone and soft tissues, including organs, muscles, and tumors. Images can be adjusted to highlight tissues of similar density, and through graphics software, the data from multiple cross-sections can be assembled into 3-D images.
- Nuclear Medicine: This imaging is unique as it gathers medical information that would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests. It uses small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat disease through the use of computers.
- Ultrasound: Ultrasound imaging, also known as ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. The sound waves’ echoes are displayed as a real-time, visual image. No ionizing radiation is involved in ultrasound imaging.
- Digital Mammography: This process uses low-energy-X-rays to examine the human breast and is used as a diagnostic and a screening tool. The goal of mammography is the early detection of breast cancer through detection of characteristic masses or micro calcification.
- MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging is a diagnostic test that allows radiologists to see inside of the body, which may not be seen using regular x-rays. This imaging method produces a series of cross sectional pictures using a very strong magnet. MRI technology has advance so markedly over the past several years that it has greatly enhanced the patients’ experience. Physicians can detect many conditions in early stages, greatly optimizing patient outcomes. No ionizing radiation is involved in MRI imaging.
- PACS (allows physicians to receive images and reports at their offices and homes)