Radiology

The Madison Regional Health System radiology department can play a vital role for someone who has suffered an injury or requires a diagnosis. This department provides a full range of radiological services using sophisticated diagnostic imaging technology. Fast and effective results are provided to local physicians by the ability to transmit digital images directly to a radiologist for rapid interpretation if necessary. The radiology department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and is under the medical direction of a board certified radiologist. The radiologist is in-house once a week for consultation.

3D Mammography

3D mammography or breast tomosynthesis uses a moving x-ray source and a digital detector to create a three-dimensional image of the breast. Several low-dose images from different angles around the breast are used to create a 3D picture. 3D is currently considered standard of care for breast imaging. A number of studies have shown that 3D mammograms decrease the false negative rate and increase the rate of cancer detection.

When caught in the early stages, breast cancer cure rates are at their highest. You can schedule this exam yourself. This requires no referral from your physician. A baseline mammogram should be performed at age 40 with yearly screening mammograms to follow. Despite common myths, most women experience minimal discomfort. Mammograms are worth the small amount of timed required for the exam.

Conventional Radiography

Radiography is the use of x-rays to visualize the internal structures of a patient. X - rays of the skeletal system along with the chest or abdominal cavities may be obtained to help make a diagnosis.

Digital Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy uses radiation to produce real time images. It is the study of moving body structures. It is often used to image the gastrointestinal tract. These tests require the administration of barium to better visualize the anatomy. These exams are performed under the direct supervision of the radiologist.

Computed Tomography

A computerized tomography (CT) scan uses a combination of computers and X-ray images taken from different angles around your body to create cross-sectional (slices) images of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. A CT scan is often a fast way diagnose disease or injury, it can also be used to organize medical, surgical or radiation treatment. Some exams may require the use of oral or IV contrast as directed by your physician.

DEXA Scan

A DEXA scan uses low energy x-rays to measure bone density. Bone mineral density testing is used to evaluate and diagnose osteoporosis, a disease that causes weakening of the bones. This offers a fast, non-invasive way to measure the bone density of the spine, hips and occasionally the forearm. This is a screening tool that will aid your physician in determining your fracture risk and the appropriate treatment.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to visualize inside the body. This includes obstetrical, gynecological, abdominal cardiac and vascular imaging. With OB imaging we have the ability to connect directly to a perinatologist to provide expertise data to your local physician. Our state-of-the art equipment has the ability to provide 3-D and 4-D imaging. Ultrasound is often used in conjunction with other imaging modalities to offer a diagnosis.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRI uses a strong magnetic field along with radio waves and a computer to produce images of internal organs and structures in a safe and non-invasive way. This type of imaging can be done for the head, chest, blood vessels, bones, joints, abdomen and spine to diagnose disease or injury. Our MRI machine has a wide bore design that allows for more space and comfort than a traditional MRI scanner.

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