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CCMC offers a full range of diagnostic radiology services – general x-ray, portable X-ray, C-Arm, CT scanning, and ultrasound – on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Exams are performed around the clock by a licensed radiologic technologist. Digital images are immediately available for view by local physicians, and are also transmitted electronically to a board certified radiologist who will confirm the interpretation within a few minutes to a few hours. These images assist the physician with the diagnosis and treatment of the patient in emergency and routine situations.
Routine or general x-rays are the most frequently performed procedure and are typically used to diagnosis fractures and help detect pneumonia, obstructions and tumors. The portable X-ray is used to take images in the Emergency Department or inpatient unit when it is difficult to transport a patient to the Radiology Department. The C-Arm is an x-ray unit machine configured in a ‘C’ shape that fits over an exam or surgical table and can be used on a surgical patient during surgical procedures.
CT scanning produces multiple images of the inside of the human body, like a traditional x-ray, but much more detailed. The scans are one of the fastest and most accurate tools to examine the abdomen, chest, and pelvis and are most commonly used for trauma patients, abdominal pain, chest pain, pulmonary embolisms, and detection of vascular disease that may lead to stroke, kidney failure, or death.
The 16-slice CT scanner recently installed at CCMC provides the medical staff with detailed diagnostic information in less time than earlier CT machines and with a reduction in patient radiation exposure of up to 40 percent.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body, such as the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and liver. During pregnancy, doctors use ultrasound to view the fetus. Unlike x-rays, ultrasound does not expose you to radiation.
The PACs system improves the hospital’s ability to store CT and x-ray images, and electronically transfer those images to radiologists who read the images and provide a report.