Diagnostic Imaging Services at St. Joseph's Hospital is designed for
patient convenience and physician confidence. With Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) technology, board-certified radiologists can read images immediately, and results are available to physician offices following transcription of report.
Diagnostic Imaging Services provides the following services:
Computerized Tomography (CT)— A radiological test where patient lies in doughnut-shaped machine to take pictures of the body. The scanner is used in combination with a digital computer to create "slices" of different organs of the body and makes it possible to detect diseases sooner than with a regular x-ray.
DEXA Scan— A dual energy x-ray absorptiometery, (DEXA) provides bone densitometry testing by measuring the spine and hip where osteoporotic fractures are most likely to occur.
Diagnostic Radiology (X-ray)— A general x-ray used to detect the condition of the skeletal system. Also used for detecting some disease processes in soft tissue.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)— A technique that allows doctors to see inside the body in great detail using a powerful magnet, radio waves and a computer system.
Mammography— A specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system for examination of the breasts.
Nuclear Medicine— Very small amounts of radioactive materials - which will attract to specific organs, bones or tissues - are introduced into the body. The emissions they produce can provide crucial information about a type of cancer or disease.
Ultrasound (US)— A method of obtaining images from inside the body through the use of high frequency sound waves.
NEW! Self-referring Screening: Coronary Calcium Scoring
The painless, but powerful Calcium Scoring Screening uses computed tomography (CT scan) to look for calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. Calcium is a component of arterial plaque (the fatty build-up that causes atherosclerosis by sticking to artery walls). When the plaque restricts the flow of blood to the heart, it can lead to a heart attack.
The exam takes about five minutes. Potential candidates must be free of chest pain, palpitations, and shortness of breath with exercise. A health assessment will be conducted by a radiology technician to confirm candidates for the screening.
Insurance does not cover this screening; however, the $100 fee includes both the procedure and interpretation. The fee is due the day of the screening. The screening is endorsed as a viable tool by the American Hospital Association and the American College of Radiology. St. Joseph's Hospital is the only hospital in the Chippewa Valley that offers this screening.