Imaging Services Procedures
X-ray & Radiology
Fisher-Titus advanced its technology with wireless (digital) X-rays in Spring 2012, so that a computer image replaces traditional film, providing faster exam times for patients and minimizing the radiation dose per test. This busy modality also offers radiology services including Fluoroscopy, Intravenous Pyelography (IVP), which is used to examine the urinary system; upper G.I. series, which examines the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine; and barium enemas, which are used to examine the colon.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to make pictures of different parts of the body.
Ultrasound helps detect abdominal, prostate, obstetric, and pelvic disorders. This service can be accessed by patients through the Women’s Health Suite and from an exterior entrance for men and pediatric patients.
64-Slice CT Scan
At Fisher-Titus, our 64-slice spiral scanner is a true modern marvel that provides better quality images with shorter scan times for our patients. Fisher-Titus was the first to acquire this level of technology in the region.
Also known as a CAT scan (Computed Axial Tomography),a CT scan is a diagnostic test that combines the use of X-rays with computer technology. It is an important diagnostic tool used to reveal the relationships between soft tissue and bone. A series of X-ray beams from many different angles are used to create cross-sectional images of the patient's body. These images are then assembled together by a computer to create 3D pictures that can display organs, bones, and tissues in great detail.
1.5 Tesla Open MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to allow physicians to explore the inner workings without radiation. The field strength of the MRI’s magnet is measured in Tesla units—the higher the number, the higher the field strength. The higher the field strength, the better the quality of images produced.
The MRI unit at Fisher-Titus, the Magnetom Aera, is a 1.5 Tesla with a large 70 cm open bore – the tube-like structure of an MRI where the patient lies during the imaging process, providing access for bariatric patients up to 550 pounds. The system’s ultra-short bore also helps to alleviate concerns of claustrophobic patients since many exams can be performed with the patient’s head outside the bore.
Special safety features are in place in the MRI suite to protect patients and staff from the extraordinary strength of the powerful magnetic field. Patient comfort also was addressed in this space with the addition of scenic ceiling panels and side lights to provide claustrophobic patients a feeling of more openness.
Nuclear medicine employs safe and painless techniques to image the structure and function of internal organs and to treat diseases such as hypothyroidism and cancer. To perform exams using nuclear medicine, small amounts of radioactive materials are injected into patients who are then scanned under a gamma camera. Our diagnostic imaging department performs nuclear medicine studies of bones, the liver, spleen, brain, heart, and gastrointestinal tract.
A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan is a unique type of imaging test that helps doctors see how the organs and tissues inside your body are functioning. It is often used to pinpoint exact locations of diseases such as cancer, and can detect actively growing cells in the body. This highly specialized test is not available at all hospitals, and we’re proud to offer it as part of our commitment to truly comprehensive patient care.
Bone Densitometry DEXASCAN
Bone densitometry measures bone density in the spine and hip—the most common fracture sites for women with osteoporosis. It can be used to detect osteoporosis before women experience painful fractures, and to see how well patients are responding to hormone replacement therapy or other medicines used to slow bone loss or rebuild bone. Although used predominately for women, DEXAs also are performed on men. This modality can be accessed through the Women’s Health Suite and through an exterior entrance for men and pediatric patients.
Women’s Health Services
A special suite of services provides women with a comfortable private space to have testing and procedures done. In addition to DEXA and Ultrasound services the suite also features:
Breast Diagnostic Studies
Our breast imaging and diagnostic services include digital mammography, breast MRI, ultrasound, and stereotactic breast biopsy. Our highly qualified technologists are careful to preserve the privacy and dignity of every woman they help. All mammograms are read by our experienced board certified radiologists.