Our board-certified radiologists work with registered technologists who specialize in CT, mammography, MRI, nuclear medicine, PET, X-ray, and ultrasound procedures.
Computed tomography – also known as a CAT scan – is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body, including bones, muscles, fat, and organs. Click here to learn more about how CAT scans work.
We offer digital mammography that allows for more detailed images – even in women with dense breast tissue.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a large magnet, radio signals, and a computer to make images of organs and tissue in the body. Learn more about MRIs here.
Nuclear medicine specialists use safe, painless techniques to get body images and treat disease. Patients ingest small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals), then special cameras detect the images and send the pictures to a computer for reading and interpretation. Learn more about nuclear medicine.
A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a type of nuclear medicine imaging test. It’s used to examine various body tissues to identify certain conditions by looking at blood flow, metabolism, and oxygen use. PET scans may also be used to see how well the treatment of certain diseases is working.
Ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body.
Digital technology offers several advantages over traditional X-ray methods, including:
- Can be stored and transferred electronically
- Are less likely to get lost
- Can be manipulated to correct for underexposure or overexposure
- Allow radiologists to use software to help interpret and read them
- Have a large dynamic range
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, and outlines blood vessels or organs as it moves through the body. The physician then sees 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.
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.