The best defense against some of today's most deadly diseases lies in early detection. From ultrasound to radiology, CT scans to nuclear medicine, state-of-the-art technology plays a significant role in successful recovery.
Memorial has the very latest in imaging tools needed to diagnose medical conditions early so they have a higher likelihood of being treated successfully. A full range of imaging services is provided at the main hospital campus and at Memorial's Valley Imaging. Comprehensive mammography imaging is also available at `Ohana, Memorial's Mammography Center.
A full range of outpatient and inpatient x-ray procedures from simple to complex are offered through Memorial's full-service radiology department, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These include comprehensive fluoroscopic procedures including upper and lower GI series, myelography (spinal cord x-ray examinations), as well as additional sub-specialized fluoroscopic exams.
Memorial is using software technology that allows for dose to be reduced during a CT scan, while still achieving a usable image for a radiologist. The benefits to patients are three-fold: improved technology without a cost increase to the patient, higher quality images for the radiologist to read, and a radiation dose reduction of up to 60 percent when compared to exams done previously.
Memorial's fully digital special procedures lab features the new Advantix LCA+, which is used to pinpoint the location of blood vessel blockages and to guide the placement of balloons and stents during angioplasty. It is also used to study other types of vessel and organ pathology in other anatomical areas, such as the kidneys or brain.
Nuclear medicine can help determine how organs and bones are functioning. It can be used to diagnose fractures, cancer, arthritis, heart function, kidney function and thyroid uptake.
Memorial's ultrasound department has several procedure rooms enabling technologists to perform a range of ultrasound procedures for both outpatients and inpatients. These include OB/GYN and small parts scans, as well as vascular studies consisting of duplex venous and carotid imaging.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Memorial offers the latest in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology for the benefit of patients and referrals. Designed with the patient in mind, the Magnetom Espree™ Open Bore MRI is particularly useful for brain, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal imaging. Because of its unique design, it allows scans of the lower region of the spine to be taken feet-first with the patient's head remaining outside the magnet's bore.
Acquired at a cost of approximately $3 million, the new unit has been manufactured by Siemens specifically to combine a larger bore or opening for patients and a shorter electromagnet that supplies high-field power (1.5 Tesla) for higher quality images.
The new unit provides up to four times more signal-to-noise ratio over traditional MRI designs, giving doctors more detail for making decisions about healthcare, especially for heavier or more muscular patients with higher body mass.
Computerized tomography is a medical diagnostic tool that allows the visualization of internal structures within the human body using a specific section or cutting image of the body. This aids physicians in diagnosing disease, viewing internal abnormalities and assessing the extent of trauma damage. Memorial performs more than 7,000 CT scans annually including:
- Routine CT examinations of head, neck, body.
- CT angiography with three-dimensional computer enhancements.
- CT-guided biopsy and aspiration procedures.
- Three-dimensional views for bone detail.
- CT pulmonary angiography.
- CT pediatric procedures.
Early detection remains a woman's best defense in the battle against breast cancer. Like all cancers, breast cancer develops when abnormal cells in the body change and grow out of control. When problematic breast tissue cells are diagnosed early, the prognosis for cure is extremely high.
At 'Ohana, Memorial's Mammography Center, women find a comfortable and supportive setting, encouraging them to maintain regular mammogram screenings. Mammograms are the gold standard for detecting breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage. 'Ohana's comprehensive mammography program includes the following services:
- Screening mammography.
- Diagnostic mammography.
- Ductography (uses an injected contrast material to obtain galactograms/pictures).
- Full range of procedures including cyst management and stereotactic (x-ray guided breast biopsy) technique.
- High-definition breast ultrasonography (ultrasound-based diagnostic imaging).
What is Image Gently/Image Wisely?
Memorial technologists in radiology and CT have taken a pledge to Image Gently and Image Wisely. This means they have voluntarily made a choice in how to practice their profession. It also indicates each technologist is concerned about radiation dose while performing every diagnostic imaging exam.
Radiology and CT exams use radiation in the process of gaining life saving diagnostic information and allow doctors to "see" inside the human body for disease and/or injury diagnosis and treatment planning. Clinicians weigh the risk vs. benefit factor prior to any x-ray exam and proceed appropriately.
Memorial's Imaging Services has cut radiation exposure by 50% for all pediatric exams because they realize the importance of reducing radiation during all x-ray and CT examinations. Decreasing pediatric dose during CT and x-ray exams by half means the potential for a radiation induced disease process has been reduced greatly. Parents of pediatric patients should ask their medical providers if radiation reduction techniques are being used during medical imaging.
The American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists created the Image Wisely campaign with the objective of lowering the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies and eliminating unnecessary procedures.
Learn more at http://imagewisely.org/
Image Gently and Image Wisely Pledge
- To make the Image Gently message a priority in staff communications
- To review the protocol recommendations and, where necessary, implement adjustments to processes
- To respect and listen to suggestions from the imaging team on ways to ensure changes are made
- To communicate openly with parents
- To commit to the goal to image gently when imaging or treating children
- To spread the word in departments, practices, hospitals or clinics
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