Radiology

The Madison Community Hospital radiology department can play a vital role for someone who has suffered an injury or requires a diagnosis. This department provides a full range of radiological services using sophisticated diagnostic imaging technology. Fast and effective results are provided to local physicians by the ability to transmit digital images directly to a radiologist for rapid interpretation if necessary. The radiology department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and is under the medical direction of a board certified radiologist. The radiologist is in-house twice a week for consultation.

Conventional X-rays
X-rays are used to evaluate bones such as a fractured wrist or hip. They can also be useful in helping to diagnose symptoms involving the chest or abdomen.

Digital Fluoroscopy
Fluoroscopy involves the use of radiation to produce real time images. It is often used to image the gastrointestinal tract. These tests require the administration of barium to better visualize the anatomy. These exams are performed under the direct supervision of the radiologist.

Computed Tomography
Commonly referred to as CT or CAT Scans, this procedure gives the radiologist a non-invasive way to see inside your body by using a combination of x-rays and computers. CT scans provide a great deal of information in a relatively short amount of time. Some exams may require the use of oral or IV contrast as directed by your physician.

Bone Mineral Density Testing
Bone mineral density testing is used to evaluate and diagnose osteoporosis, a disease that causes weakening of the bones, with the use of the CT machine. This offers a fast, non-invasive way to measure the bone density of the spine. This is a screening tool that will aid your physician in determining your fracture risk and the appropriate treatment.

Mammography
Mammography uses a low dose of radiation to image the tissue of the breast. Currently mammography is the most accurate way to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms can detect cancers too small for a woman to detect herself. When caught in the early stages, breast cancer cure rates are at their highest. You can schedule this exam yourself. This requires no referral from your physician. A baseline mammogram should be performed at age 40 with yearly screening mammograms to follow. Despite common myths, most women experience minimal discomfort. Mammograms are worth the small amount of timed required for the exam.

Ultrasound
Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to visualize inside the body. This includes obstetrical, gynecological, abdominal and vascular imaging. With OB imaging we have the ability to connect directly to a perinatologist to provide expertise data to your local physician. Our state-of-the art equipment has the ability to provide 3-D imaging. Ultrasound is often used in conjunction with other imaging modalities to offer a diagnosis.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI uses magnetic fields and computers rather than radiation to produce safe and non-invasive images. This modality used to image soft tissue including muscle, tendons, ligaments, brain and spinal canal. By utilizing a mobile truck, we offer local convenience.

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