Imaging Services at The Medical Center

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Imaging Services are used in screening, diagnostics and preparation for most medical procedures today, and the terminologies can be complex.

Below is an explanation of the many available imaging related tests and procedures performed at The Medical Center.

Click here for an explanation of other radiology tests and procedures.

CT (Computerized Tomography)
CT, sometimes called CAT scanning, uses special X-ray equipment to obtain many images from different angles, which are then processed by computer to show a cross-section o f body tissues and organs. CT equipment at The Medical Center provides fast and accurate imaging for evaluating injury or disease.

The Medical Center uses DEXA scan, one of the most advanced and precise tools available to measure bone density in the evaluation of osteoporosis, a disease characterized by decreased bone density. The scan takes a few minutes to complete and involves no invasive procedures or injections.

Because osteoporosis can be treated and even reversed in some cases, DEXA is an important tool for patients and physicians.

Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiology is a medical specialty that uses image-guided, minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that, in some cases, are an alternative to conventional surgery.

These procedures often involve the use of small catheters (tubes) or other devices, inserted through the skin via a very small incision or needle puncture, and guided by radiologic imaging methods. Interventional procedures are generally less costly and traumatic to the patient than traditional surgery, and typically result in shorter recovery times.

Digital Mammography
Mammography is X-ray imaging of the breast which is used to detect tumors and cysts, often much earlier than can be detected by touch. Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer often is linked to early diagnosis.

Our Digital Mammography provides astonishing resolution, so specialists can make accurate diagnoses and, if necessary, develop precise treatment regimens minimizing repeat examinations.

Our equipment compresses the breast so that all breast tissue can be more clearly seen on the film. The pressure needed for a high-quality mammogram may cause some brief discomfort but is necessary for maximum tissue visualization.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
The Medical Center combines the latest in MRI technology available with the experience of registered technologists to provide the highest quality imaging.

MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to provide clear and detailed images of internal organs and tissues, and is helpful in evaluating disease and injury to the body, particularly in the neurological and orthopedic areas.

The Medical Center offers both conventional and open MRI systems for our patients. The open MRI is often helpful for patients who previously could not be tested because of their size or problems with claustrophobia.

Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine imaging is provided at The Medical Center using radioactive isotopes to visualize and image specific body systems and organs.

While the procedures require the injection of a short lived radioactive material, the procedures are painless and have no aftereffect. Nuclear medicine has a wide variety of uses including evaluation to the cardiovascular system, bones, lungs and abdominal organs.

PACS (Picture Archiving Communications System)
The Medical Center was the first facility in the area to implement a total PACS system. PACS eliminates film from the X-ray process through the digital storage of images, allowing medical personnel to download the information at different locations, including on a home computer.

With PACS, a radiologist, a physician and other specialists in different locations in the hospital can examine the same image moments after an X-ray is taken. Images also can be copied to a CD and sent to other facilities.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsy is a technique in which a sample of breast tissue, or biopsy, is removed for analysis by the physician using only a needle, without the need for more invasive surgery.

Taking about an hour to complete, patients are able to go home immediately afterward with only a Band-Aid in place, and can usually return to normal activities the same day.

Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, is a method of “seeing” inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. As the sound passes through the body, echoes are produced that can be used to identify how far away an object is, how large it is, and how uniform it is.

Well known for its use in obstetrics and fetal imaging, ultrasound is widely used to evaluate many body systems to include the organs of the abdomen, pelvis and vascular system.

X-ray examinations provide valuable information about your health and play an important role in helping your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

Most X-rays are available on a walk-in basis without an appointment and take only a few minutes to complete. X-ray examinations provide valuable information about your health and play an important role in helping your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.