Diagnostic Imaging

If you need imaging services, it's good to know you don't have far to travel.

Diagnostic Imaging Services at Marshall Medical

Marshall Medical offers some of the most advanced imaging systems available.

Peace of mind is what most imaging patients are looking for. At Marshall Medical Centers, we strive to ensure your needs are met with the latest in digital imaging technology, by staff that understands and cares about your health concerns. Time is of the essence with many tests. Patients often can be scheduled the same day the need for imaging services is determined. Three convenient locations in Marshall County eliminate the need for you to travel long distances. After your exam or scan, the images are sent electronically to the radiologist via our PACS system, allowing their findings to be sent to your physician quickly, often within hours.


Marshall Medical offers:

PET/CT CT Nuclear Medicine Mammography

Who interprets the results and how do I get them?

An experienced, board certified radiologist will interpret your exam by analyzing the images. The radiologist will then send a signed report to your referring physician who will discuss the results with you. Most reports are available to your physician within 24 hours and often within the same day of your exam.


Positron Emission Tomography or PET/CT

Most often used to diagnose or stage cancer, this scanner eliminates the need for separate PET and CT scans. Both tests are done at the same time, reducing test time and inconvenience. The dual imaging capability of multi-slice PET and CT allows for improved imaging accuracy which gives the radiologist more overall information of your anatomy. This high volume of dual imaging provides more confidence in the overall findings of each case, thus giving you peace of mind that the radiologist is clearly seeing small tumors that may be present.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a non-invasive test that examines the cellular function of the entire body. It is used to locate diseased areas of the body and is most commonly used to locate or stage cancer. PET may also be used to diagnose or treat brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease or epilepsy and to detect heart disease.

PET scans begin with an injection of a radiopharmaceutical drug ( FDG) which travels through the body and collects in the organs or tissues which are being examined. The patient lies on a table that moves through the scanner stopping at intervals for the scanner to detect gamma rays emitted from the patient. This produces digital 3-D images that detect diseased areas. PET can detect the disease earlier than MRI or CT alone.

Detection of disease is an important use of PET; however, it is also useful in staging the disease. PET can determine if a tumor is benign or malignant, if it has grown or shrunk, and if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

When examining cancer patients, PET is always used in conjunction with CT to provide the most accurate information for diagnosis and treatment. With the benefit of the combined PET/CT scanner at Marshall Imaging Center, the patient does not have to be scheduled for two separate exams. The PET and CT portions are done at the same time, allowing the patient to complete their exam quickly and be on their way. This also provides the radiologist with all of the needed information to provide a complete and accurate report for your physician.


Computerized Tomography (CT)

CT is the fastest growing and constantly changing imaging modality in the world of medicine. Our multi-slice CT scanners have dramatically changed the length of the scan time as well as the volume and quality of the images that are produced. Many of our scans produce image slices which are only 1 millimeter apart. Due to the breakthrough of multi-slice CT, there are many applications that are being routinely used which were unheard of in our area just five years ago. While there are many new and exciting imaging applications that our scanners are capable of performing, virtual colonoscopy currently leads the pack of "wow" CT imaging procedures. This revolutionary technology is a complement to conventional colonoscopy that features an end result series of thinly sliced images that can be viewed on a computer in a way that allows the radiologist to "fly through" the colon forward or backward and view the colon in a 3-D perspective in a 360° radius.

CT combines the technology of specialized computers with x-ray to produce images of the internal organs. The images provide cross sectional views of the area being studied, thus allowing the radiologist to more easily diagnose cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, injury or trauma to an internal organ or musculoskeletal problems. CT is often referred to as a CAT scan.

CT imaging is one of the best tools for studying the brain, chest, abdomen and pelvis and can be used to detect or diagnose vascular diseases that may lead to stroke or kidney failure. It is an excellent means of assessing pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) and abdominal aortic aneurysms. For patients with cancerous tumors, CT is used to plan and properly administer radiation treatments.

You may be asked to not eat or drink for several hours prior to your scan. You also may be given a bottle or two of a contrast material that you should drink prior to your scan. Contrast is often used to aid in highlighting the areas of concern during your scan, allowing the radiologist the best view possible. You should inform the technologist of any allergies or previous reactions to contrast agents or "dye."


Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine uses injections of specific radiopharmaceuticals into a vein in your body that flows and concentrates in the target organ. Our "state of the art" gamma cameras then image the target organ over a period of time. While we have the ability to perform a wide range of imaging procedures in nuclear medicine, scans of the heart, gall bladder, lungs, thyroid gland and bones are the most common. This type of imaging is mainly used to examine or measure blood flow to the target organs, as well as the determination of proper function of the target organs. Imaging time for these procedures vary greatly, but are usually completed in 2-3 hours. The amount of radiopharmaceuticals that are injected into a patient for nuclear imaging is exceedingly small and is usually excreted by the body within 24 hours.


Mammography

Mammography has been the "gold standard" for the early detection of breast cancer for many years. Mammogram technology has undergone a series of improvements over the years. Mammography uses breast compression and low-intensity radiation that is extremely sensitive to the soft tissue of the breast. Mammography gives clear, well-defined images of the breast that is then reviewed and interpreted by our radiologists. All of our mammography machines are also equipped with Computer Aided Detection (CAD) software to further aid the radiologist's ability to distinguish between benign breast calcifications and small breast malignancies.

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