PPRH has the latest X-Ray, MRI, CT, Fluoroscopy, C-Arm Fluoroscopy and Ultrasound imaging equipment, as well as Digital Mammography. Each one is operated by certified diagnostic imaging specialists dedicated to quickly, safely and efficiently providing results for physicians to diagnose and treat patients.
A radiograph (X-Ray) is a traditional, painless and highly effective medical test that uses radiation to produce images of the body. This procedure is commonly used to detect fractured bones as well as abnormalities of the internal organs.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and radio wave energy instead of radiation to view internal structures of the body that cannot be seen using conventional X-Rays. Our state-of-the-art MRI produces exceptionally vivid and detailed images, which enables our physicians to make accurate diagnoses.
Computed Tomography (CT) uses a series of X-Rays to produce detailed cross-section images—or slices—of the body’s internal structures. With an extremely high resolution, our GE Brightspeed CT scanner provides precise details within a matter of seconds. This allows our physicians to see clearly and diagnose with more accuracy. It is also crucial in situations where early detection can mean a better chance for recovery.
Fluoroscopy is a type of X-Ray that is used to perform specific exams on the body. These tests would include evaluation of the gastrointestinal tract (i.e., upper GI series or barium enema). It is also used by physicians to perform certain procedures using direct needle placement such as an arthogram.
C-Arm Fluoroscopy is used in our surgical suites and with pain management procedures. It may be used in conjunction with contrast agents that are visible to special cameras within the unit to capture tissue images during surgical procedures. Using this diagnostic test, the surgeon receives real time images of the part of the body being operated upon, helping ensure proper treatment.
Dexa Bone Scan
The hospital now offers Bone Density Scanning as a part of its advanced imaging services program. Bone density scanning is most often used for the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. This advanced bone density technology allows us to easily and more accurately diagnose bone density loss especially for patients who might have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. We are now able to detect bone loss in the earliest stages at a point where treatment can be more successful.
Mammography utilizes low-dose X-Rays to image the breasts. Mammograms help physicians diagnose masses or breast cancers as early as two years before they can be felt. The Hologic Lorad M-IV unit is designed to offer superior imaging, enhanced operating efficiency and maximum patient comfort. The process is filmless, so the digital images it produces are readily available to the technologist. Images can then be sent to the radiologist for interpretation and forwarded to other facilities for comparison. Once the images are no longer needed, they are stored permanently in our digital archive.
Ultrasound uses reflected sound waves to produce images of the body’s internal structures and organs. These sound waves may be recorded as static or moving in “real time” images.
Our radiologists can perform many image guided procedures which include CT guided biopsies of the liver, lung, lymph nodes and more. Ultrasound guided biopsies can be performed on the abdomen (to include liver, kidney & others), breast, lymph nodes and thyroid.
Diagnostic Imaging Services at PPRH are available 24 hours a day for emergencies and inpatient procedures. For outpatient procedures, the department is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (X-ray and CT only). To make an appointment, please contact the scheduling department at (719) 686-5871.