RADIOLOGY - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING PROCEDURES

  


Bone Densitometry

Osteoporosis and associated bone fractures can rob you of your mobility and your independence. Osteoporosis is a disease that reduces the strength of your bones, causing them to become brittle and prone to fractures. It is estimated that at age 50, a woman has nearly a 40% chance of developing an osteoporotic fracture during her remaining lifetime. A woman’s lifetime risk of hip fracture alone is equal to the combined risk of developing breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer--and up to 20% more women who suffer hip fractures die within one year of the fracture than those of a similar age who haven’t suffered a hip fracture.

Early detection using a bone density measurement is the best way available to help physicians diagnose osteoporosis. Murray Hospital's Bone Densitometry service, located in the Wellness Center, offers bone density testing to provide physicians with an accurate assessment of patient bone health.

"Bone densitometry accurately measures the density of the spine, hip, and other bones that are the most frequent fracture sites," explains Dr. Casey Hines, a member of our team of radiologists. "Evaluating bone density using conventional x-ray techniques won’t reveal a problem until a person has lost at least 30% of his or her bone mass -- and that’s just too late. Now we can get an accurate picture of a person’s bone density early enough in the disease to make a real difference in the outcome."

 

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac Catheterization is a diagnostic study that provides your doctor with key information about heart conditions that cannot be collected by any other means. Murray Hospital ensures state of the art technology is being used in our Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Here, a specialized team of Cardiac Nurses and Registered Vascular Technologists assist the cardiologist in examining the heart fluoroscopically ("live" x-ray imaging). Our new Cardiac Cath Lab that opened late 2001 shows amazing detailed studies and has added much-needed room space for the crew.


By imaging the heart's arteries and chambers, this procedure helps diagnose heart conditions such as coronary artery disease, defective heart valves, or congenital heart defects. It also provides important information about the heart's pumping function.



Computerized Tomography (CT Scans)

Murray Hospital's CT scanner can produce clearly defined three-dimensional images of all body systems -- including organs, bones, arteries and veins.


Using high speed x-rays that rotate in continuous 360-degree motion around the patient, incredibly detailed laser images of cross-sectional slices of the body are created on a computer screen. Tissue abnormalities, tumor masses, tiny fractures, displaced bones, and unusual accumulations of fluid may be detected so that physicians can pinpoint exact areas for treatment.

 

Low Dose Computed Tomography Lung Cancer Screening


A new lung cancer screening program at Murray-Calloway County Hospital offers those with a high risk of developing lung cancer the opportunity to be screened for lung cancer with the latest in 3-dimensional Computed Tomography (CT) imaging. This allows patients to receive their diagnosis at an early stage, even before symptoms develop. Early detection alone can save up to 20,000 lives each year according to the US Preventive Services.

Click here to learn more about this valuable program.




Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


If your physician recommends an MRI, you don’t have to travel far from home. A brand new MRI suite has recently opened to provide you with state-of-the-art imaging close to home. MCCH has installed a Siemens Magnetom Symphony Scanner, offering a patient friendly design, maximum comfort and shorter exam times. 


Murray Hospital is committed to offering advanced patient care and to maintaining leading medical technology. Providing in-house service locally is just one more example of our dedication to efficient, professional health care. With our expanding range of services and technology, there is less and less need for patients to leave our community to receive quality medical care.


Mammography

There is also no need to travel any further than Murray-Calloway County Hospital when looking for a fully accredited Mammography program. Our Mammography Center is accredited by both the American College of Radiology (ACR), and MSQA (Mammography Quality Standards Act), the FDA's federal accreditation program. Accreditation means you can rest assured that your mammogram will be performed by a licensed radiographer and the mammography equipment meets all the requirements set forth by the ACR and FDA.

Our state-of-the-art equipment is regularly checked for accuracy and is used only for mammography. Our technologists perform required daily, weekly, and monthly quality control tests. To assure the highest quality images possible, "phantom" tests are regularly performed, and a radiation physicist is hired annually to conduct quality tests to assure low-dose exposure. The equipment is also tested each year for compliance by the State of Kentucky.

Murray Hospital's mammography clinic utilizes private, one-on-one consultations and exams with qualified female technologists. Having completed a two-year radiological technology program, each technologist is registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). They also have ARRT Mammography Certification and are Kentucky licensed. Each technologist completes 10-12 hours of required continuing education in mammography each year.

From the equipment, to the technologists, to the radiologists, Murray Calloway County Hospital's mammography team goes above and beyond the call of duty to meet all ACR, State and Federal requirements and your expectations.

 

Nuclear Medicine


Murray Hospital's Nuclear Medicine Department offers the latest technology, including what is known as "Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)." Used for assessing the function of a variety of body systems, this technology creates extremely detailed two or three dimensional images to accurately depict the physiology and function of an internal organ instead of only its anatomy. SPECT often facilitates a more efficient and rapid diagnosis than is possible with other imaging techniques.

Nuclear Medicine scans perform assessments in procedures such as: bone, kidney, thyroid, liver, spleen, and gallbladder scans, as well as lung ventilation perfusion scans, parathyroid lymphoscintiography, cardiac perfusion and function, and red and white blood cell studies.

Nuclear Medicine also offers an Advanced Cardiac Program which allows 3-D computer imaging of the heart in motion; and important assessments can be made while stressing the heart (by walking a treadmill or by receiving pharmacological stress testing by adenosine or dobutamine injection). Being able to watch the heart function on the computer screen helps physicians study blood flow and determine heart damage, if any. This is a non-invasive procedure that physicians can utilize in patients who may be a poor candidate for more, invasive procedures such as cardiac catheterization. The heart image can be manipulated on the screen to allow the physician views of the beating heart from numerous angles. Myocardial perfusion testing in Nuclear Medicine can identify heart disease in its earliest stages, allowing physicians to recommend various effective methods for controlling its progression. With this process, a radioisotope is injected and images of the functioning heart are obtained. The absorption or rejection of the drug solution by different areas of the heart indicate where disease is present and where the damage has occurred.


Teleradiology


Murray Calloway County Hospital also has the technology of Teleradiology, which provides an immediate after-hours and weekend computer link between the hospital and consulting radiologists.

Used for emergency situations only, teleradiology enables a technologist at the hospital to transmit a radiological image to the off-site radiologist with a touch of a button, and to speak directly with the physician to discuss impressions and recommendations for treatment.

Teleradiology is more than a time and money saver -- in an emergency, it can be a life saver as well.


Ultrasound


Ultrasound is a medical procedure that uses sound waves to see inside the body. The sound waves pass harmlessly through the skin and bounce off certain organs and tissues in the body creating "echoes." These echoes are reflected through a transducer to a television monitor.


Ultrasound is used in obstetrical diagnostic studies, as well as studies involving the breast, abdomen and pelvis, thyroid gland, carotid arteries, and various peripheral vascular studies.


At Murray Hospital, our Ultrasound Department employs the latest technology and gains the greatest detail with their latest piece of equipment, the Acuson Sequoia. It's advancements in broad-band flow imaging, tissue harmonic imaging, and pulse inversion harmonics, have led to better enhancements and imaging.




Vascular Angiography

 

Murray Hospital ensures the latest technological advances in vascular imaging, by adopting new techniques of imaging arteries and veins. The new technology uses MRI and CT imaging to view the blood vessels. These modalities have been improved over the years, and now offer comparable quality to the older method of injecting a radiopaque "dye" into the vessels. Not all patients are good candidates for the new modalities; but having these new diagnostic tools can cut down on radiation exposure and procedure costs to our patients.


For more information on these services, call the Radiology Department at 270-762-1919.