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Radiology Services

The Radiology Department at St. Mary’s Medical Center offers some of the most advanced diagnostic radiology equipment in the Eastern Jackson County area. Our full-service department includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) capability, CT scans, nuclear medicine, mammography, interventional radiology, ultrasound and the Breast Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center. We offer filmless digital medical imaging called PACS (Picture Archiving Communications System) giving physicians and medical center staff the ability to retrieve and view images and reports on medical center workstations.

Our radiologists are trained in the latest technology and highly skilled in interpreting the results of an exam. Evening and weekend hours allow quick and convenient access to our services. St. Mary’s CT scanners are the latest generation of CT scanners. This means they are much faster and can produce images that can detect cancer or other diseases in earlier stages. Our registered vascular ultrasound technologists utilize the latest technology in ultrasound to assure that your examination is of high quality. Our mammography technologists are all mammogram certified and focus exclusively on breast health to provide the highest quality of care. We offer the latest biopsy techniques including breast MRIs.

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Our Radiology Department offers:

  • Digital Mammography systems
  • CAD (computer-aided detection)
  • Breast biopsy services
  • Breast Center
  • Breast center nurse navigators
  • Radiation therapy
  • Interventional radiology
  • Dexa Bone Density Scanners

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a non-invasive method which can produce two- or three-dimensional images of what’s going on inside the human body. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to provide extremely precise pictures of body tissues such as the brain, spine, joints and even blood vessels.

One of the unique features of MRI is its ability to image parts of the body previously hidden from view by bone. The equipment produces superior images, which are especially helpful in diagnosing strokes, brain tumors, Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis. Because it can distinguish between different types of soft tissue, it is especially beneficial in tumor diagnosis. MRIs are also very useful tools to examine joints such as shoulders or knees. In many instances, an MRI of the spine can eliminate the need to have other examinations that involve needles and injections of contrast. MRIs’ accuracy have the potential to reduce the number of current diagnostic surgeries. They can also be used to monitor the success of treatments for disease.

The MRIs at St. Mary’s are high-field strength systems that offer some of the quickest and clearest scans available in the area. The high-field strength provides much clearer pictures than the low field strength open units. The magnets allow for early stroke diagnosis, which can increase the chances of recovery and decrease disability from stroke. Furthermore, the short length reduces significantly, if not completely eliminating, a patient’s claustrophobia. The design of the magnet also will accommodate larger patients. All in all, this short bore design will make your visit more comfortable.

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If you’d like to know more about our radiology services, call 816-655-5572.

 

CT Scanners

CT scanners also know, as CAT scans, stand for computerized axial tomography. A CT scan uses X-rays and a powerful computer to produce images of the body.

Our CT scanners can capture multiple pictures in one rotation. The faster scanning time produces thinner slices and clearer resolution. This scanner allows health care professionals to identify disease processes at earlier stages and streamlines triages for emergency patients providing quicker feedback to surgeons. CT exams are also very useful in helping physicians perform accurate biopsies and look at structures inside your body.

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If you’d like to know more about our radiology services, call 816-655-5572.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is the imaging of structures of the body by recording the echoes of pulses of ultrasonic waves directed into the tissues and reflected back. Ultrasound is also used to examine vascular structures such as the arteries which supply blood to the brain and other regions of the body and to guide physicians in biopsies of various areas of the body.

Obstetrical ultrasonography is fetal imaging via intermittent high-frequency sound waves to visualize images of the uterus, fetus, placenta and other surrounding pelvic structures. A licensed ultrasonographer assists in performing the procedure, which is pain-free and has no known harmful effects on your baby or you. Ultrasound is used to determine gestational age and accurately date the pregnancy. It’s also used to rule out fetal malformation or abnormalities, to determine the number of fetuses or to locate possible sources of bleeding.

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If you’d like to know more about our radiology services, call 816-655-5572.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is offered at both hospitals. For a nuclear medicine exam, a radioactive liquid is injected into the patient’s vein. The nuclear medicine camera measures the radioactivity from the patient’s body to evaluate the function of specific organs. These tests are used frequently to look at the heart function, the liver, gall bladder and bones. The radioactivity only lasts for a few hours and does not harm the patient.

For More Information
If you’d like to know more about our radiology services, call 816-655-5572.

If you’d like to know more about our radiology services, call 816-655-5572.

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