The Radiology department at the downtown campus of St. Francis Medical Center offers a full range of medical imaging services including diagnostic and interventional procedures. Board certified radiologists, medical doctors uniquely qualified to interpret these diagnostic images, are on staff and available 24/7. The technical staff, made up of licensed technologists, works closely with physicians to conduct these procedures.
- CT Scanning
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear Medicine
- CT/PET Scanning
Computerized Axial Tomography (CT Scanning)
Unlike other traditional x-ray technology, Computerized Axial Tomography (commonly known as CT Scanning) is particularly useful because it can provide images of soft tissue such as organs and fat. It can be used to detect size and location of tumors, blood vessel abnormalities, and blood clots.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an exam that utilizes a large Magnet and Radio Waves that create images to detect brain tumors, strokes, and certain chronic disorders of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis. It is also used to document brain abnormalities in patients with dementia, and it can detect tissue abnormality in patients with disease of the eyes or the inner ear. It is also used in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors, knee and shoulder injuries, musculoskeletal malformations, Spine and Spinal Cord issues and blood vessel disorders.
Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive isotopes to diagnose and treat disease. These techniques are used to image organs including the lungs, liver, bone studies, and cardiac scans which show heart wall damage by imaging the heart at resting stage and stress exercise.
This technology marries the technology of CT and nuclear medicine giving a cutting-edge level of information and is good at meeting the needs and demands of the medical community including radiologists, nuclear medicine professionals, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists and other referring physicians in the following ways:
- Accurate location of lesions, identification of benign versus malignant lesions, and differentiation from scar tissue.
- Excellent sensitivity and specificity, resulting in clinical confidence and the potential reduction of false positives and false negatives.
- Information to help physicians stage cancer.
- Information to aid in surgical and radiation treatment planning.
- The ability to monitor the effectiveness of treatment and adjust the plan during, rather than at the end of, treatment.
Unlike radiology procedures, Ultrasound studies do not utilize radiation to produce images. Sound waves are used similar to Sonar t o produce images of the soft tissue of the body. This type of exam is very useful in pregnancy to view the fetus and the growth of the fetus. Ultrasound is also used to detect abnormalities of the liver, gall bladder, major vessels, and small parts of the body.
If you have questions about the services offered by St. Francis Medical Center's Imaging Department, please feel free to give us a call at (318) 966-4161.