DCH Imaging offers a variety of services at three locations, DCH Regional Medical Center, Northport Medical Center and DCH Imaging at Ruby Tyler Parkway. Imaging services available at these locations include ultrasound, CT scans, 3D mammography, MRI, bone density and stereotactice needle biopsy, as well as various portable procedures. Imaging provides procedures used in diagnosis and therapy of a wide range of conditions. The Imaging staff is trained to provide education and explanations of the procedures, respect patient privacy, comfort and reassure patients who are having procedures performed. A primary care physician’s office schedules imaging appointments with the Imaging Department. A radiologist is available for imaging services at the hospital 24 hours a day.
DCH Imaging facilities serve as the clinical sites for the DCH School of Radiologic Technology
Computerized Tomography (CT scans)
Computerized Tomography produces a precise reconstructed image of a particular area in the body using radiation. The data may be manipulated to produce images in many directions, including three-dimensional formations.
Ultrasound procedures use inaudible sound to produce images or photographs of organs or tissue in the body. Ultrasounds are performed in the Imaging Department from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses magnetic lenses to produce electronic images of specific structures in the body, including tissue and blood vessels. The MRI at Northport Medical Center is a large, open-bore unit to better accomodate larger patients or patients who have difficulty being in confined spaces.
Nuclear Medicine “scans” are used to diagnose certain conditions, including tumors and coronary artery disease. In nuclear medicine procedures, a radioactive agent is injected into the patient, or inhaled, in order to make a diagnosis. Nuclear Medicine scanning tests are performed in the Imaging Department from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast used to diagnose breast cancer. 3D Mammography allows physicians to view breast tissue layer by layer. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, 3D exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers. 3D mammography finds 20 - 65 percent more invasive breast cancers than 2D, an average increase of 41 percent. More information about 3D Mammography can be found here.
The DCH Outpatient Breast Care Center at DCH Regional Medical Center offers appointments from 7 a.m. until 4:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday. Northport Medical Center's Breast Care Center offers appointments from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Mammorgraphy
Northport Medical Center offers the latest technology for stereotactic breast biopsy with 3D Affirm Prone Biopsy System and Brevera Imaging System. This system allows you the comfort of lying down during the biopsy procedure. There is one small incision required to obtain multiple tissue samples, which usually requires only a steri-strip. With 3D technology, the physician is able to see extremely small lesions and target the area of your biopsy with precision. Within five seconds of biopsy, your physician can see the tissue samples on the Brevera Imaging System to ensure adequate tissue has been obtained for your biopsy.
Densitometry is a low-level X-ray procedure used to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of metabolic diseases, such as osteoporosis.