Our board-certified radiologists work with registered technologists who specialize in CT, Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, PET, Special Procedures (Interventional Radiology), X-ray, and ultrasound procedures.
Computed Axial Tomography is also known as a CT or CAT scan. It is an imaging test that uses x-rays and computerized imagery to make detailed images of the body, including bones, muscles, fat, and organs. All CT technologists at Cumberland Medical Center are registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT), with advanced registry in Computed Tomography.
For more information: CT Scan at Cumberland Medical Center.
Mammography is the best for early breast health detection. Our Breast Center has earned the American College of Radiology’s prestigious Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation and offers a full range of diagnostic service to serve your breast health needs.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive procedure that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. Unlike conventional radiography and CT, no radiation is used. The facility features a large bore size unit, which better accommodates bariatric patients. The table weight limit is 550 pounds. All MRI technologists at Cumberland Medical Center are American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® with advanced registry in MRI.
For more information: MRI at Cumberland Medical Center.
Nuclear Medicine specialists use radioactive material to access the function of organs or systems within the body. Nuclear Medicine uses small quantities of radioactive materials, called isotope, that are targeted to specific organ systems or tissues within the body. These can be introduced into the body in different ways. Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam you are undergoing, the radiotracer is either injected into a vein, which is most common, but can also be swallowed or inhaled as a gas and eventually accumulates in the organ or area of your body being examined. A small amount of radiation is then detected with the use of a nuclear medicine gamma camera. This safe and painless technique often spots abnormalities early in a disease’s progression. It also provides a way to gather information that otherwise would be unavailable or require surgery or more expensive diagnostic tests.
All Nuclear Medicine technologists at Cumberland Medical Center are American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) and/or Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT) registered.
For more information: Nuclear Medicine at Cumberland Medical Center.
PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography) combines the functional information of a PET scan with the anatomical information of a CT (Computed Tomography) scan. PET scans can detect changes in cellular function, such as; how your cells are utilizing nutrients like sugar and oxygen (this is called metabolic changes). This can pinpoint metabolic activity in cells. CT scans capture cross-sectional images of the body. Once the PET and CT are combined the CT provides more anatomical details of the body to see where the metabolic changes are occurring. This safe and painless technique can provide information for your physician to make an early diagnosis.
PET/CT uses small quantities of radioactive materials, called isotope, that are targeted to specific organ systems or tissues within the body. The isotope is introduced into the body by being injected into a vein. All PET/CT technologists at Cumberland Medical Center are registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) and/or Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT).
For more information: PET at Cumberland Medical Center.
Special Procedures (Interventional Radiology)
Special Procedures (Interventional Radiology) is a subspecialty of radiology when minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. The concept behind IR is to diagnose or treat pathology with the most minimally invasive techniques possible. IR procedures can reduce infection rates, recovery times, and shorten hospital stays. As a result, many IR procedures are performed with conscious sedation. General anesthesia is not usually necessary. Most IR procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and some may require a very short hospital stay.
All IR technologists at Cumberland Medical Center are registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® or American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography®, and nurses are Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certified.
For more information: Special Procedures. Interventional Radiology at Cumberland Medical Center.
Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to obtain images of the inside of the body. Benefits of ultrasound include more comprehensive and reliable exam data, faster tests and improved patient comfort. Ultrasound exams do not use radiation. All sonographers at Cumberland Medical Center are American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS) registered.
For more information: Ultrasound at Cumberland Medical Center.
X-rays are a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves. X-ray imaging creates pictures of the inside of your body. In the hospital-setting, x-rays are emitted by a machine as individual particles that pass through the body and then get detected. Radiation protection and minimization of patient exposure is always considered for patient safety.
Fluoroscopy is a technique for obtaining “live” x-ray images of a patient. A dye that shows up on x-rays can be injected or swallowed to outline blood vessels or organs as it moves through the body. This outlines blood vessels or organs as it moves through the body. This process allows the physician to see images from inside the body on a TV monitor. Fluoroscopy is often used to see the digestive tract. It also can help doctors locate a foreign object in the body, position a catheter or needle for a procedure, or set a broken bone.
All radiologic technologists at Cumberland Medical Center are American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® registered.
For more information: X-ray at Cumberland Medical Center.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is one of the simplest and fastest tests used to evaluate the heart. An ECG records these impulses to show how fast the heart is beating, the rhythm of the heart beats (steady or irregular), and the strength and timing of the electrical impulses as they move through the different parts of the heart. Learn more about electrocardiograms.
Picture Archival & Communication System (PACS)
This technology allows images to be electronically captured, stored and transmitted – all without film.
PACS makes high-quality MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound pictures immediately available by computer. Doctors can readily view any images the patient has had taken at Cumberland Medical Center and other locations in the Covenant Health system.
Patients no longer need to carry X-rays from place to place. In addition, PACS gives such clear images that doctors believe it results in a better, more accurate diagnosis.
Our laboratory helps draw blood for the routine and specialized testing your physician may order.