Medical Imaging and Radiology
The Medical Imaging Department at NOCHS combines technologically advanced imaging services with delivery of high quality patient care in a compassionate, professional environment. We strive to provide patients and physicians seamless service. Our patients and physicians have access to state-of-the-art care delivered in an intimate, community-based manner.
The Medical Imaging department is staffed to serve the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for inpatient and emergency services. Routine outpatient hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday-Friday and walk-in patients are accommodated on weekends through registration at the Emergency Department. In addition, outpatient services are provided at Mill Point Health Center in Spring Lake from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Medical Imaging Department at NOCHS performs 45,000 diagnostic cases each year. Each study is performed by a state-licensed technologist using the latest equipment. The exams are interpreted by Board Certified and Fellowship trained Radiologists who practice exclusively at NOCHS.
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Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
Our 64 slice GE Lightspeed CT Scanner is powerful and fast. It provides our Radiologists with the sharpest imaging to ensure a more accurate diagnosis. In addition to its high-resolution capability, it also scans with some of the lowest doses of radiation in the industry. This is safer and more effective for our patients making us a leader along the lakeshore when it comes to imaging technology.
NOCHS has the ability to image patients with coronary artery disease utilizing the most advanced CT protocols. Coronary CT Angiography allows us to image very small blood vessels (coronary arteries) to determine if narrowing of an artery has occurred, often times as a result of plaque build-up. Just like other CT studies, this exam is quick and exposes the patient to minimal amounts of radiation.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
The Medical Imaging Department offers conventional MRI of the brain, spine, abdomen, and extremities in a Siemens Symphony 1.5T Magnet. In our Breast Evaluation Center, we also offer Breast MRI, which scans 1,200 images of both breasts in one single visit. The scans are then interpreted by our Radiologists.
The Breast Evaluation Center
Our Breast Evaluation Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology and is designated as a Center of Excellence. During a visit, each patient is examined by a Registered Nurse and taught the value and technique of a self breast exam. Following the breast exam, screening and diagnostic mammograms are performed by state-licensed technologists. We also provide high-resolution breast ultrasound, as well as ultrasound-guided vacuum-assisted biopsy when necessary. As of January 2013, we are able to provide stereotactic biopsies on site which makes us a truly comprehensive breast care center. We pride ourselves in delivering compassionate care and being there for our patients through the entire continuum of care.
Our Bone Densitometry machine evaluates the density of the bone, specifically in the spine, hips and forearm to help diagnose Osteoporosis and guide therapy. The software package associated with our equipment allows us to assess probability of bone fractures. Are you looking for ways to further evaluate your personal level of health? We also have the ability to evaluate body fat percentage utilizing the same software.
Ultrasonography is an imaging technology that allows us to visualize certain parts of the human anatomy. Unlike taking an X-Ray image or performing a CT scan, sound waves are used to obtain an ultrasound image not radiation. The Department of Medical Imaging has two state-of-the-art ultrasound machines, and we provide full-service imaging from obstetrical ultrasound to vascular ultrasound. Our technologists, also referred to as sonographers, have specialized training and specific certifications to perform these exams.
Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty involving the application of radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The main difference between nuclear medicine and other imaging modalities is that nuclear medicine technology analyzes functionality of human anatomy in addition to capturing an image. Our Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists (CNMT), attend specialized programs to learn about nuclear medicine and how to operate the equipment. At NOCHS, we have two nuclear cameras that allow us to provide the gamut of nuclear imaging.
To schedule your appointment with our Medical Imaging Department at North Ottawa Community Hospital call (616) 844-4800.