Radiology and Imaging
Under the Ancillary Services is the Department of Radiology is committed to providing accurate and quality diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services to all patients. It is composed of a group of professionals who are dedicated to delivering timely and efficient radiology services with compassion.
UDMC’s Department of Radiology is currently divided into the following sections:
- General Radiology
- Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan & Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
X-ray is a fast and painless imaging procedure that uses a minimal amount of ionizing radiation to produce images of different parts of the human body. It is the first level in imaging to be used to look at the skeletal system and help detect a number of conditions ranging from congenital anomalies of the bones, infections, tumors, and fractures resulting from a traumatic injury.
Routine Plain X-Ray Procedures:
- Abdomen – to look for fecal retention, foreign body, ileus (bowel condition), obstruction
- Chest/Lungs – routine medical exam to check the presence of pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other pathologies of the chest
- Dental Panoramic X-ray – provides images of the entire mouth area, including the gums, and interior of the teeth
- Facial Bones – to look for facial fracture
- Hip and Pelvis – to look for joint diseases, fracture
- Lower Extremities – includes the ankle, foot, knee, leg, thigh, and toe
- Rib Cage – to look for fracture
- Sinuses – rules out acute or chronic sinusitis
- Skull – to look for fracture
- Upper Extremities – includes the arm, elbow, finger, forearm, hand, shoulder, and wrist
- Whole Spine – includes cervical, coccyx/tailbone, lumbar, sacrum, and thoracic
Computerized Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around the body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside the body. A CT scan has many uses, but it’s particularly well-suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.
CT Scan may help:
- Diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumors and fractures
- Pinpoint the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot
- Guide procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy
- Detect and monitor diseases and conditions such as cancer, heart disease, lung nodules and liver masses
- Monitor the effectiveness of certain treatments, such as cancer treatment
- Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in the body.
An MRI scan can be used to examine almost any part of the body, including the:
- brain and spinal cord
- bones and joints
- heart and blood vessels
- internal organs, such as the liver, womb or prostate gland
The results of an MRI scan can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.
Location & Contact Details
Service Hours: 24 hours, CT- Scan and MRI Procedures are scheduled