Summers County ARH Hospital Diagnostic Radiology goes digital

6/20/2014


Summers County ARH rad techs Kevin Darnell (left) and Norval Dunbar (right) use the new digital Flouro/diagnostic equipment with a patient.
Summers County ARH is pleased to announce that its Diagnostic Radiology now is digital.

According to Nesta Logan, Summers County ARH Director of Diagnostic Services, the new digital equipment made by Siemens offers image quality that is state-of-the-art.

“We are thrilled that we can now offer the highest quality digital imaging services here at Summers County ARH Hospital,” said Logan. “This new equipment is top of the line. Not only are the X-ray images sharper but the radiation dose is much lower.”

At Summers County ARH Hospital, digital imaging services include X-ray, CT, Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, Mammography, Open Bore MRI and Nuclear Medicine.

X-rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. An X-ray machine sends individual X-ray particles through the body and images are recorded on a computer. The new digital X-ray equipment accommodates larger patients and offers more comfort during the test.

When a patient enters a CT scanner, the x-ray beam rotates around the patient while the computer creates separate images of the body area, which are called slices. These slices can be stacked together creating three-dimensional models of the body area.

Fluoroscopy is especially useful for guiding a variety of diagnostic and interventional procedures, as it displays motion similar to the way conventional television or video transmits images.

Ultrasound involves the use of high-frequency sound waves to create images of organs and systems within the body, which are stored in a computer.
With Digital Mammography the X-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert X-rays into electrical signals. These detectors are similar to those in digital cameras. The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen.

An open bore MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system differs from a traditional MRI by the size of the opening, or bore, in which the patient lies within a large cylindrical magnet. This magnetic field, along with radio waves and a computer, create a detailed image of the patient’s organs, tissues and bones that aid physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. The new Open Bore MRI accommodates larger patients, and ARH staff has commented that taking digital images is much faster now which means patients spend less time on the exam table.

Nuclear medicine imaging procedures are noninvasive and, with the exception of intravenous injections, are usually painless tests that help physicians diagnose and evaluate medical conditions. These imaging scans use radioactive materials called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers. Radioactive emissions are detected by a special camera or imaging device that produces pictures and provides molecular information.

Summers County ARH Community CEO Wes Dangerfield shares: “Providing the latest digital equipment in our Radiology Department enhances the quality of healthcare we offer here at home. Summers County ARH is here to serve our patients and community, and we are pleased that we can now offer the highest quality digital imaging services in newly renovated rooms that are more patient friendly.”

For more information about Summers County ARH imaging services, call (304) 466-2950, extension 152.

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