The Imaging Department provides the community with advanced services in a warm, friendly and caring environment. The Imaging Department includes:
Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray)
From X-Rays and ultrasounds to echocardiograms, GMC offers extensive diagnostic imaging services locally. Conventional x-rays for the chest and abdomen, as well as upper GI’s for the stomach, are also available right here at GMC.
Computed Tomography (CT)
GMC offers advanced CT Scans, often known as CAT Scans, which are noninvasive, painless imaging tests that help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. GMC’s CT Scanner offers 3D multi-slice technology for more detailed images of structures inside the body including the head, chest, abdomen, spine, and pelvis, as well as an arm or leg to detect fractures.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
GMC offers Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which combines computer technology along with a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the body’s tissues. An MRI is most frequently done on an outpatient basis for those with suspected injuries. This procedure is painless, does not use radiation, and can be used for people of all ages to detect athletic or occupational injuries and strokes, or to diagnose certain diseases. GMC offers same-day service with precertification and a physician referral.
Digital Mammography Services
Screening and Diagnostic Services
The system uses an improved imaging plate which is warmed, providing a more comfortable procedure. The digital mammography area offers updated artwork and quiet music, which help provide a calm and relaxing experience. Digital mammography is viewed as an improved technology because the images are digitally enhanced for easier detection of abnormalities. The contrast can be adjusted to be made brighter, for example, and the technologist or radiologist can magnify areas of interest. Previously, studies captured on film did not allow this level of image enhancement.
Nuclear Medicine Services
Cardiac Stress Imaging
Cardiolite Stress Testing
GMC’s Imaging Department offers Nuclear Medicine services, allowing physicians better diagnostic images for certain disease processes Nuclear medicine is specifically good for kidney evaluation, blood flow to the heart, gallbladder, cancer detection and much more.
Services range from an OB ultrasound, used to follow development of an unborn child, to a specific vascular ultrasound used to detect blood clots in the legs, or blockage in the carotid arteries of the neck. Echocardiograms are also available and used to detect thinning walls in the heart, check for proper function of heart valves, and detect leakage or back flow of blood when
heart valves are closed.
Bone Densitometry (DEXA Scan)
This painless, advanced dualenergy X-Ray can determine if osteoporosis is present in males or females. Bone DEXA scans are used to measure bone loss by scanning the spine, hip, and forearm. Standard x-rays show changes in bone density after approximately 40% bone loss, while DEXA scans can detect bone loss after an approximate 1% change. By detecting the changes in bone loss, this technology can help estimate the risk for broken bones, as well as determine the need for treatment and monitor its effectiveness. GHS offers same-day service with a physician referral.
Stereotactic breast biopsy imaging
The procedure is done with the SenoRx En-Cor System, a minimally invasive breast biopsy device that allows doctors to biopsy suspicious tissue through a tiny incision. Studies show biopsies performed with the En-Cor are as diagnostically reliable as open surgical biopsies in determining if a woman has breast cancer. In the procedure, a woman lies on a table while the doctor places the En-Cor probe through a small incision about the size of a match head. Using x-ray imaging, the doctor can accurately pinpoint the suspicious tissue and gently vacuum, cut and remove this tissue for further examination. Only a small adhesive bandage is required to cover the incision. The biopsy itself takes only 10-15 minutes--the whole visit typically takes less than an hour from start to finish, and women can usually return to normal activity immediately following the biopsy.
For people who are experiencing problems swallowing, GMC offers advanced swallow studies with a radiologist and speech therapist.
All imaging services can be scheduled by appointment. For more information call (919) 690-3420.