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
a 40% chance of developing an osteoporotic fracture
during her remaining lifetime. A womanís 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 havenít suffered a hip fracture.
Early detection using a bone density measurement is the
best way available to help physicians diagnose
Hospital's Bone Densitometry service, located in the
Wellness Center, offers bone density testing to provide
physicians with an accurate assessment of patient bone
"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 wonít
reveal a problem until a person has lost at least 30%
of his or her bone mass -- and thatís just too late.
Now we can get an accurate picture of a personís bone
density early enough in the disease to make a real
difference in the outcome."
Ask your physician about osteoporosis &
bone density measurements. For more information on Bone
Densitometry at , call our Radiology Department at
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
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
For more information on Cardiac
Catheterization call our Radiology Department at
Computerized Tomography (CT
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 more information about our Computerized
Tomography (CT) capabilities, call our Radiology
Department at 270-762-1921.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
If your physician recommends an MRI, you donít 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.
For more information about our MRI service,
ask your physician, or call our Radiology Department at
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
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
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.
For more information, ask your physician
about Murray Hospital's mammography center, or call our
Radiology Department at 270-762-1921.
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.
testing in Nuclear Medicine can identify heart disease
in its earliest stages, allowing physicians to
recommend various effective methods for controlling its
progression. In 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
For more information about the hospital's
Nuclear Medicine program, call the Radiology Department
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
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
TeTeleradiology is more than a time and money saver -- in
an emergency, it can be a life saver as well.
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.
For more information about the
hospital's Ultrasound Department, call the Radiology
Department at 270-762-1921.
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
For more information , call the
Radiology Department at 270-762-1921.