Diagnostic Imaging Services
MCHD prides itself on providing state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services in Martin County. From general diagnostic radiology to CT scans and ultrasound, we pride ourselves on providing imaging services of the highest standard, assisting our healthcare professionals in the provision of accurate diagnostics and effective treatment.
What is Diagnostic Imaging?
The term “diagnostic imaging” refers to a variety of techniques used to obtain an image of the interior of the body, so that the causes of disease can be identified. It can also be used to determine how well a patient’s body is responding to treatment or to monitor the status of a healing fracture. Diagnostic imaging methods include x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and ultrasound.
Most imaging procedures are non-invasive, easy, and painless. Some scans do require the patient to remain still for long periods of time, often in a confined space inside the machine, which can cause some discomfort.
MCHD’s imaging department offers general diagnostic radiology, computed tomography (CT), MRI and ultrasound.
General Diagnostic Radiology
These are radiology exams used to evaluate conditions from suspected bone fractures to indications of injury to diseases of the gastrointestinal system. They are performed with radiography equipment for excellent image quality and accuracy.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
A CT scan involves a series of x-ray images taken from various angles. Computer software then combines these images into cross-sectional images of the targeted tissues inside the body. CT scans can be used to evaluate the spine, brain, abdomen, neck and chest. They provide clear images of both hard and soft tissues. Doctors can use CT scans to make fast treatment decisions when they are required.
Our GE 32/64 Slice Revolution Evo CT scanner is the industry standard for CT scanning. This incredible machine opens new doors for accessing images of today’s most pressing health care conditions. The 32/64 slice gives 32 crystal clear images per rotation. You will receive a much more accurate diagnosis than ever before, with less radiation. CT scanning is an imaging technology that uses multiple channels and computers to create detailed, cross sectional images of specific areas of the body. These images may be used to identify fractures, infections, tumors, or other abnormalities. CT scanning is under the “Image Gently” standards at Martin County Hospital District to keep radiation doses as low as possible.
Ultrasound, or sonography, is a safe imaging method used to create images of the body’s interior. It uses high-frequency waves, rather than radiation, to create images. This makes it safe for use on pregnant women. This is not its only use, however; it can also be used to assess problems related to abdominal issues, circulation, urology, obstetrics, newborn care and even musculoskeletal conditions.
The new Mindray DC8 & M9 delivers high definition imaging in a compact and ergonomic package designed for a variety of tests including general, pediatric, vascular, and obstetrical ultrasounds. It is a state-of the-art system that provides the best images in the least amount of time to assist your physician in providing you the best care possible. The testing performed is painless and non-invasive while not exposing you to any radiation. Our Sonography Department utilizes the latest equipment in a warm, welcoming environment. Our licensed sonographers perform most on-site specialized testing within 30 minutes. Your results are reported to your physician as quickly as possible.
Our services include: Abdomen, Renal, Aorta Screen, Pelvic (male & female), Small Parts (breast, thyroid, and testicular), OB/GYN, Echo and Vascular Screening.