Medical Imaging Services are often referenced by an acrynom or a few letters. See below for information on the state-of-the-art radiology services available at Mercer Health.
CT Scan – Computed Tomography (CT) is a medical diagnostic tool that allows the visualization of internal structures within the human body. This aids physicians in diagnosing disease, viewing internal abnormalities and assessing the extent of trauma damage. Our CT Scan is often used in emergency room situations, stroke assessment, cancer care, spinal injuries, abdominal injuries and kidney, liver and lung exams.
Digital Radiology – Mercer Health introduced the area to digital radiology. This advanced system provides a more accurate image than traditional x-rays and allows images to be sent directly to your doctor or to other specialists.
MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) creates pictures of the inner body that are clearer and show more detail than conventional X-rays, allowing doctors to diagnose medical conditions earlier and more accurately. Our MRI unit features an extra-large opening or an “open bore” that provides more room and comfort than most MRI scanners reducing feelings of claustrophobia for patients up to 550 pounds. MRI procedures are often used as a primary diagnostic tool providing a quick and accurate diagnose of the joints, spine, brain, abdomen, breasts.
Nuclear Medicine – Nuclear Medicine images are developed when a gamma camera, a specialized camera encased in metal, takes pictures of energy released by a radioactive substance. A computer aids in creating the images from the data obtained by the camera or scanner, making it possible to study both anatomy as well as the functions of the body. This type of Radiology is typically used to study kidney function, blood flow to the heart, bone irregularities and thyroid function.
PACS – Our Radiology Department utilizes a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) to view and “read” radiology images taken here at Mercer Health. Once the image has been acquired, it is delivered to a workstation manned by a Radiologist who will exam the image and dictate a results report that will be sent to your physician. The PACS system allows for greater communication among physicians and a more accurate and timely diagnosis for the patient.
Ultrasound – Ultrasound, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to obtain images within the human body with the most common use for the examination of unborn babies. The reflected sound waves display a real-time visual image which shows movement and blood flow. In addition to babies, our ultrasound can be used to image a variety of tissues including veins and arteries, breast, liver, kidneys, thyroid gland, bladder, abdominal, aorta, uterus, ovaries, bladder and gallbladder.
Vascular/Stroke Prevention Screenings – Mercer Health offers several vascular screenings also known as stroke prevention screenings. This service is a part of the Patient Authorized, Direct Access Testing program.
Women’s Center – Our Women’s Center provided digital mammography and bone density services. The center offers a private and relaxed atmosphere for its patients. Our mammography unit uses less radiation than other units on the market while providing more comfort. In addition, our bone density service offers low density radiation for the diagnosis of osteoporosis.
X-Rays – X-rays images are created when a part of the body is exposed to a small dose of ionized radiation. X-ray images help diagnose and treat medical conditions. This form of general radiography is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging and includes chest, spinal and extremity X-rays.
Our Medical Imaging Services Department is staffed by highly qualified technologists and board-certified radiologists committed to providing the best in imaging and diagnostic services.
For more information about our Medical Imaging Services, call 419-678-5111.