The MGH radiology department has two state-of-the-art facilities that feature the latest in technology, one located at the hospital and MGH Outpatient Radiology is located at South Marion Medical Park, 1410 W. Bella Drive, south on the bypass in Marion. The MGH radiology department features full-field digital mammography and the R2 ImageCheckerTM. SMMP Radiology offers patients the highly-developed PET/CT scan which provides faster scan times and high-quality images.
Breast Imaging Center
MGH's fully digital Breast Imaging Center offers diagnostic and screening mammography, stereotactic breast biopsies, needle localizations and bone densitometry, and utilizes the R2 ImageChecker®, a computer-aided detection system for use in breast cancer screening. The ImageChecker uses specialized software to analyze the mammogram and draw the radiologist's attention to any suspicious features.
Computerized tomography (CT) provides detailed images of cross-sectional anatomy of the internal structures of the body and is extremely valuable in the diagnosis of many diseases. In August 2008, MGH's radiology department installed a new, state-of-the-art Philips Brilliance® CT 64-slice scanner, one of the most advanced CT systems in the healthcare industry. The new scanner gives MGH physicians crucial information more quickly and aids in the process of determining an earlier and faster diagnosis, particularly in the area of cardiac studies.
To make the often-sterile environment of radiology more child-friendly, MGH purchased the first Philips Kitten Scanner® in Indiana, and one of only six in use in the entire country. The miniature CT scanner is used as an educational tool by children to provide them with an opportunity to see how a scanner works prior to their own pending exam. Children select a toy, place it on the miniature exam table and slide it into the scanner to learn why the toy is ill. Animation then appears on the screen and allows children to see what physicians are looking for.
Nuclear medicine produces images by injecting patients with a small amount of radioactive material, a radioisotope, which is directed to the area of concern. Highly specialized equipment then scans the area and analyzes not only the anatomy but also the physiology of that area. Nuclear medicine also can supply therapeutic procedures when ordered by a physician.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides examinations of various body parts without radiation. This type of imaging uses radio waves, powerful magnets and special computer software to create images of the body in different dimensions. MRI can visualize the entire venous/arterial system without using anesthesia or invasive techniques.
In December 2008, a new Philips HFO® open MRI unit was installed in the radiology department offering patients three times more space than a typical closed unit. The extra space provides more comfort for the patient and greatly reduces the patient's claustrophobia by allowing them to feel less confined and restricted. Additionally, patients can relax by choosing what they want to see and hear during their exam. One of ten environments can be chosen including: jungle, sky, tropical island, and underwater. Once chosen, they are projected on the walls along with appropriate audio and lighting, making patients feel far away from worries and concerns.
Positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) are standard imaging tools that physicians use to pinpoint disease states in the body. The PET scan demonstrates the biological function of the body before anatomical changes take place, while the CT scan provides information about the body's anatomy such as size, shape and location. By combining these two technologies, physicians can more accurately diagnose and identify cancer, heart disease and brain disorders. PET/CT is a noninvasive procedure.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to image body parts and is especially useful in determining whether a mass is cystic or solid. Accredited by the American College of Radiology, MGH's ultrasound department offers three-dimensional imaging and vascular studies.
MGH's X-ray area is fully digital and utilizes PACS (picture archiving communication system), which is integrated into a radiology information system and speeds the process of X-ray production, interpretation and reporting for doctors. This, in turn, expedites the process for the patients. PACS eliminates the need for film. All images are available via a hard drive on a computer. The images can be adjusted and fine-tuned by the technologists and radiologists to produce a better picture and give the physicians better diagnostic capability. PACS minimizes steps and improves report time and diagnostic time, allowing images to be instantly transferred to departments in the hospital that need the results of tests quickly.
PACS also allows physicians to look at exam images and results in their offices or homes. This aids them in the treatment of their patients. Patients benefit by being able to take their images on a CD, with no need to transport a folder of films. Revolutionary in the field of radiology, PACS is MGH's commitment to the future and our patients.
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