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We are here for you!

Our Imaging Services team has over 100 years of combined technologist experience here at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC). Many of the technologists are local and have gone through the Hutchinson Community College Radiologic Technologist program. We are proud to announce we have been working with HCC for over 45 years.

Our team consists of skilled technologists who are trained in multiple services. This allows us to give patients a more one on one experience with the same technologist throughout their imaging exams.

Our Radiologists also live locally here in Hutchinson, Kansas. They are all American Board of Radiology certified and have been reading for a combined 50+ years. Not only do our Radiologists read for our community here in Hutchinson, they also read for our neighboring communities.

We are a completely digital facility. When we take an image it is instantly on our screen for viewing. No more waiting around for X-ray’s to be processed. Digital imaging also allows us to use less radiation, therefore cutting down on radiation exposure for all our patients.

Our Radiology team would love to help you in any of the services we offer here at HRMC. We are here for you! If you have any questions please give us a call at 620-665-2126.

Services offered:

Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed Tomography (sometimes referred to as CAT scan) is very useful in studying:

  • Internal organs
  • Vessels
  • Bones

Here at HRMC we offer not one but two Computed Tomography scanners. These scanners produce high resolution images giving our Radiologists more detail to better diagnose small abnormalities. Our scanners also offer Care Dose, meaning they give patients the lowest amount of radiation possible while still getting a beautiful diagnostic image.

Some examinations require an injection of iodinated contrast material to highlight patient’s internal vasculature. Patients may also be given oral contrast to highlight their internal organs. Scan times will vary depending on the exam your doctor has ordered.

If you have any questions regarding scan times or prep please give us a call at 620-665-2126.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI uses Radiofrequencies (RF) and a strong magnetic field to acquire extremely detailed images of the body. MRI is used to image the body in a variety of ways including:

  • Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
  • Back and neck pain or injuries
  • Evaluating internal organs due to injury or disease
  • Monitoring cancer in the body
  • Monitor or diagnose bone infections
  • Evaluate for neurological conditions such as strokes, multiple sclerosis and chronic headaches among others

MRI does not use radiation like traditional x-ray and CT. Patients who have claustrophobia may have difficulty with an MRI exam. If you are claustrophobic or have any metal or implanted medical devices please let your doctor and Imaging Services know before scheduling so we can help you be as comfortable as possible.

Here at HRMC we have a new and powerful 1.5 Tesla MRI magnet. Our magnet is equipped with a short, wide bore (opening) to help patients with claustrophobia. We also have a beautiful skylight and 6ftx6ft window giving patients a more open feel. Our scanner gives us the ability to have higher resolution and decreased scan times for your comfort. This gives the Radiologist more detail to see small abnormalities that previously could have been missed.

Due to how detailed our images are it is extremely important to hold as still as possible during your MRI exam. This allows us to get the best exam for you and your doctor. Thank you for choosing HRMC for your imaging exam. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Please call us if you have any questions regarding your MRI exam, prep or regarding medical implants restrictions at 620-665-2126.

Ultrasound (US)

Ultrasound imaging or Sonography uses sound waves and their echoes to capture the image. As a result patients are not exposed to radiation.

For your ultrasound exam warm gel will be placed on the skin to image anatomy with a transducer that is pressed against the region of interest.

Ultrasound is commonly performed on:

  • Internal Organs
  • Fetus in Utero
  • Veins and Arteries

If you have any questions in regards to your Ultrasound prep, exam, or where you can find us at the fair please give us a call at 620-513-3070.

X-ray

X-ray uses small doses of ionizing radiation to produce images. It is used in various ways to image:

  • Lungs
  • Abdomen
  • Spine
  • Extremities (arms, legs, feet, hands, etc.)

Our facility utilizes all digital imaging. Making exam times anywhere from 5-20 minutes depending on the number of X-rays ordered. Having everything digital allows us to use less radiation which is safer for you.

We have the ability to bring our X-rays straight to your room with one of our two digital portables. In order to acquire the x-ray a board will be placed behind or under you. This may cause some discomfort. If you are feeling uncomfortable please let us know.

X-rays can be done same day we do not require you to have an appointment. Please be sure to bring:

  • ID
  • Insurance card
  • Dr.’s order

If you are coming after hours (after 4:30 pm) waiting times may vary. Please call 620-665-2126 to check what our current wait time is before coming in.

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy uses ionizing radiation for live imaging. It is typically used to examine the gastrointestinal tract such as the:

  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Colon

It can also be used as needle guidance for contrast injections.

In order to image the gastrointestinal tract we use oral contrast that might have a vanilla chalky taste. After drinking contrast our Radiologists will guide the Fluoroscopy tube over your body and watch the oral contrast as it moves through your anatomy.

When using Fluoroscopy for needle guidance we will inject contrast into the anatomy of interest. That will show up on the CT or MRI scanner after your injection. During your exam our Radiologists will numb the area of interest with lidocaine giving you a bee sting sensation. If you feel excessive discomfort please let our Radiologist know so we can make you as comfortable as possible.

Any prep or exam questions please call 620-665-2126.

Interventional Radiology (IR)

Interventional Radiology also uses ionizing radiation to acquire its images. Our IR room is completely digital and acts like a giant X-ray tube to take images all around you without requiring any movement on the table.

These procedures include:

  • Dialysis Fistula Management
  • Drain Placement
  • CT Guided Biopsy’s
  • Pain Management through Steroid Injections
  • Stabilization of Fractured Vertebrae

These sterile procedures are performed for you by our Board Certified Radiologists with specialized training in Interventional Procedures.

For a complete list of all of our procedures, study times, and prep please contact Interventional Radiology at 620-665-2126.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine uses safe, painless, and cost effective techniques to image the body and treat disease. It is unique due to its ability to help doctors view how your body is functioning.

Exams are completed by using small amounts of radioactive pharmaceuticals given intravenously, orally or by inhalation. After these pharmaceuticals have been given our Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist will image the organ of interest at different times with our Gamma Camera.

We have a spacious Gamma Camera at HRMC giving patients a more comfortable feel to help with claustrophobia.

For more information on Nuclear Medicine study times and prep please call 620-665-2126.

 


 


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