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, 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. The Imaging Department performs mammograms from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Stereotactic Needle Biopsy
The Mammotome Breast Biopsy System, a procedure now available at the facility's Breast Care Center, is a minimally invasive procedure that causes little pain and doesn’t require sutures or stitches. Mammotome is a type of stereotactic needle biopsy that uses unique sampling device that can gather multiple samples from one incision. The procedure assists physicians in obtaining the right amount of breast tissue for a definite diagnosis without surgery.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast used in the detection of breast cancer. Digital mammography makes the mammography experience quicker and provides a digital image for review. This digital image has been reported to be more sensitive in detecting early breast cancer. The Imaging Department performs mammograms from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Densitometry is a low-level X-ray procedure used to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of metabolic diseases, such as osteoporosis.