|The Diagnostic Radiology Department at HMC has a long history of providing a full range of imaging services, from traditional X-rays to state-of-the-art scanning procedures. HMC’s highly trained team of diagnostic radiologists uses sophisticated techniques to create images of the entire body and its organs. Those images are often critical in diagnosing and treating a multitude of patient injuries, diseases and disorders.
Radiologic technologists are licensed medical professionals who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. They are educated in anatomy, patient-positioning techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety and basic patient care. Technologists often specialize in a particular diagnostic imaging area, such as CT, MR, breast imaging, nuclear medicine or ultrasound imaging.
Diagnostic Radiology Services Available At HMC:
General Diagnostic Radiology
Includes digital x-rays of the chest, abdomen and extremities. It also includes fluroscopy (an X-ray movie) procedures, such as upper and lower GI (gastrointestinal) series and barium enemas.
Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Imaging
Diagnostic radiology at HMC provides comprehensive imaging and image-guided interventional heart and vascular procedures. Our strict standards for education and training of physicians and technologists, as well as requirements for quality control and safety have earned HMC’s Non-Invasive Vascular Lab national recognition and accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
CT scans use a combination of X-rays and advanced computer technology to produce more detailed cross-sectional, horizontal, vertical and 3D views of the body, including views of bones, muscles, fat, organs and blood vessels. Our diagnostic team works in tandem to assure that all CT scans are of outstanding quality and uses newly developed algorithms that reduce patient X-ray exposure.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI is a non-invasive test that produces high-quality and detailed images of the body without the use of radiation. MRI images are created by using a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to process the information.
Ultrasound or Sonogram
Ultrasounds and sonograms use ultrasonic (high frequency) sound waves to produce computer-displayed images of organs, tissues and blood vessels. It is typically a painless procedure that uses no radiation.
Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials injected into specific areas of the body, commonly called tracers, to examine the function and structure of organs, including the heart, kidneys, thyroid and brain. This specialized type of imaging is often used to help diagnose and treat many different medical conditions and diseases.
Bone Density Scans
Bone density scans, which are produced with X-rays or CT technology, measure bone content, mass and strength. This testing procedure is primarily used to diagnose osteoporosis—a disease in which there is loss of bone mass and destruction of bone tissue that can increase the risk of fracture, particularly among the elderly.
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be scheduled. The order can be faxed by the physician’s office or by the patient.
The scheduler will also need to know the patient’s:
- Name and date of birth
- Phone number
- Insurance information (including referrals/pre-certifications)
- Examination being ordered
- Symptoms or diagnosis