Diagnostic Imaging Services
Radiology at Spring View Hospital means the most advanced medical technologies and all the latest procedures. The imaging department is equipped with state of the art digital technology with instant access to all images for physician offices. From relatively commonplace ultrasounds and MRIs to more specialized procedures like echocardiography and computer-aided breast cancer detection, we're committed to providing our patients only the best care, with only the best equipment.
Diagnostic Imaging Services Offered:
- 24/7 Radiology Services
- CT Scan
- Digital Mammography
- Nuclear Medicine
UltrasoundEquipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment.
- Unprecedented image quality and sensitivity.
- Earlier detection and treatment for our patients.
- 16 slice CT Scanner technology images cross-sectional slices of the body, creating an exceptionally clear, detailed picture.
- CT is used to diagnose a number of different medical conditions such as strokes, fractures, or tumors that may not have been seen by other routine studies.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
The MRI staff at Spring View Hospital use a state-of-the-art GE 1.5 Tesla providing high quality images.
What is MRI?
MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a means of "seeing" inside the body in order for doctors to find certain diseases or abnormal conditions. MRI does not rely on the type of radiation (i.e., ionizing radiation) used for an x-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan. The MRI examination requires specialized equipment that uses a powerful, constant magnetic field, rapidly changing local magnetic fields, radiofrequency energy, and dedicated equipment including a powerful computer to create very clear pictures of internal body structures.
During the MRI examination, the patient is placed within the MR system or "scanner." The powerful, constant magnetic field aligns a tiny fraction of subatomic particles called protons that are present in most of the body's tissues. Radiofrequency energy is applied to cause these protons to produce signals that are picked by a receiver within the scanner. The signals are specially characterized using the rapidly changing, local magnetic field and computer-processed to produce images of the body part of interest.
What is MRI used for?
MRI has become the preferred procedure for diagnosing a large number of potential problems in many different parts of the body. In general, MRI creates pictures that can show differences between healthy and unhealthy tissue. Doctors use MRI to examine the brain, spine, joints (e.g., knee, shoulder, wrist, and ankle), abdomen, pelvic region, breast, blood vessels, heart and other body parts.
How safe is MRI?
To date, over 150 million patients have had MRI examinations. Every year, approximately 10 million patients undergo MRI procedures. MRI has been shown to be extremely safe as long as proper safety precautions are taken. In general, the MRI procedure produces no pain and causes no known short-term or long-term tissue damage of any kind.
- State-of-the-art digital mammography system.
- FDA-certified facility providing full digital mammography services.
- Digital mammography offers 29% greater detection in women under 50 and in "difficult to image" categories.
- Digital mammography is also twice as fast as conventional film-based mammography.
- The latest technology to assist in the earliest detection of breast cancer by adding computer-aided detection technology.
- Alerts the physician to take a closer look at subtle warning signs that might easily be missed.
- Reduces the number of breast cancers missed.
Technicians in the Nuclear Medicine department perform various scanning procedures using injections or safe, low-dose radioactive isotopes into the bloodstream.
While this isotope passes through the blood stream, the patient lies still on the scanning bed while the detector reads the differing levels of radiation being emitted by the patient's body. Depending on the procedure, the isotope can be tagged to different body parts; the heart, liver, bones, etc.
- Safe, non-invasive procedure used to diagnose cardiovascular disease.
- Allows doctors to visualize the anatomy, structure, and function of the heart.
- Quickly diagnoses the presence and severity of heart valve problems.
For more information about Diagnostic Imaging Services at Spring View Hospital call (270) 692-5267, or email.
Director of Imaging Services