Radiology

Radiology

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Our Radiology team consists of multiple Multimodality, and Level 2 Technologists who are Certified and Competent in two or more modalities. We also have Level 1 technologists who are Competent in more than one modality. This allows us to give patients a more one on one experience with the same Technologist throughout multiple exams.

We have over 100 years of experience between all our technologists here at HRMC. Many of the technologists here are local and have gone through Hutchinson Community College program. We currently have been working with HCC’s Radiologic Technologist program for 47 years.

We are a completely digital facility meaning when we take the image it automatically pops up on our screen for viewing no more waiting around for X-ray’s to get 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 many modalities we offer here at HRMC. Whether it be in Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Interventional Radiology (IR), or X-ray we are here for you!

Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed Tomography (sometimes referred to as CAT scan) is very useful in studying internal organs, vessels, and bones. This is due to CT’s ability to separate overlapping structures unlike X-ray.

Here at HRMC we offer not one but TWO Computed Tomography scanners. Between both scanners we offer Metal Deduction, 3D reconstruction, and MIP imaging. This allows us to give our Radiologists more detailed imaging of the bones and vasculature. 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. There is a one hour drinking time for oral contrast. Contrast exams can take up to 15-20 minutes from the time we take you into the scan room to when we send you on your way. If your Dr. has ordered a without contrast study it can be finished in as fast as 5minutes.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI’s are extremely detailed examinations taking 1-8mm slices. They are able to detect tiny abnormalities in the body’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs, blood vessels, and bones.

MRI uses Radiofrequencies (RF) to acquire images therefore there is no radiation. Feeling warm after your MRI is perfectly normal. Due to using these RF’s patient body temperatures might increase as a result. Patients who have claustrophobia might have difficulties with MRI exams. Please let us and your Dr. know before scheduling so we can help you be as comfortable as possible.

Here at HRMC we have a new and powerful 2018 1.5Tesla magnet with 48channels. Our magnet is equipped with a short wide bore to help with patient claustrophobia. We also have a beautiful skylight and 6ftx6ft window in the MRI scan room giving patients a more open feel. Our new scanner gives us the ability to have higher resolution and decreased scan times. This gives our Radiologist’s more detail in order to see small abnormalities that previously could have been missed.

Due to how detailed our images are it is extremely important not to move during your MRI exam.

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 such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder. It is also used for examining a fetus in utero or studying flow of blood through veins and arteries.

Here at HRMC we have five Level 3 Ultrasound Technologists with a total of over 20 years’ experience. Our US program is Vascular accredited and IAC accredited as well.

X-ray

X-ray uses small doses of ionizing radiation to produce images. It is used in various ways to image the lungs, and abdomen. They are also very helpful in identifying fractures, joint conditions, and other bone abnormalities.

Plain film X-rays are acquired in less than a second. Because we are completely digital our images take less than 30seconds to appear on the screen. Therefore making exam times anywhere from 5- 20 minutes depending on the number of X-rays ordered. This will happen whether you are in the Emergency Room, come in as an outpatient, or are admitted to the hospital. Having everything digital allows images to be acquired faster and safer for you.

Depending on the study ordered some images can be done portably with one of our two Digital portables. This allows us to bring the X-ray straight to your room. When doing a portable exam keep in mind that a cold hard X-ray board will have to go behind or under the anatomy of interest. However this should be the only discomfort you might feel. If you are feeling uncomfortable anywhere else please let us know.

Our Technologists with over 50 years’ experience combined are great at adjusting to each patient’s situation. This experience gives us the ability to image a patient in the most comfortable way possible. If you have any discomfort or questions during your exam please let the Technologist know. We are here for you and want you to have the best experience possible.

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy can also be called fluoro for short it involves using ionizing radiation for live imaging. It is typically used to examine the gastrointestinal tract such as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. It can also be used as needle guidance for contrast injections.

In order to image the gastrointestinal tract we use oral contrast in the form of Barium, or Gastrographin. These must be drank orally or injected through a NG(nasogastric) tube. Barium will have a vanilla chalky taste and Gastrographin will have a very bitter taste. Once we have you take a drink our Radiologists will guide the Fluorscopy tube and watch the oral contrast as it moves through your anatomy.

When using Fluoroscopy for needle guidance we will inject you with contrast that will highlight the anatomy in question. Depending on what modality your Dr. has ordered you might be going to CT or MRI after your injection. During your exam our Radiologists will numb up the area of interest with lidocaine. This will have a bee sting sensation. If there is any more pain please let our Radiologist know so we can make you as comfortable as possible.