Cleveland Regional Medical Center's (CRMC) Radiology Department plays an important role in diagnosing illnesses. A complement of advanced X-ray, ultrasound, tomography, and nuclear medicine equipment enables comprehensive diagnostic capabilities. Our staff radiologist interpret the results of examinations provided by the department and report their findings to your attending physician, thus ensuring a prompt, accurate diagnosis.
With care and compassion, the medical staff of our radiology department delivers comprehensive diagnostic testing and screening services with these tools:
- Mammography, a special X-ray of the breasts, can detect lumps and other forms of breast disease that may be too small to be felt even by an experienced examiner. Learn more about our Breast Imaging Center for Women.
- X-rays view bones and help physicians examine the chest. CRMC was among the first in Texas to acquire the Infact digital X-ray system, which allows us to speed up your diagnosis and treatment. Going digital and filmless, means your X-ray results can be delivered to the radiologist almost instantly and to your physician as well.
- Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to evaluate organs in the body and commonly to examine fetal development. No radiation is involved. Most procedures last no longer than 15 to 30 minutes and are performed by the technologist who puts a jelly-like substance on the skin and using a transducer on the area.
- Nuclear medicine uses tiny amounts of radioactive materials to perform heart studies and diagnose bone cancer, bone infections and stress fractures. Special cameras that work with computers detect the radioactive materials to provide sharp images of the body.
- Computerized tomography (CT) creates detailed images of your body’s internal organs using X-rays with computer technology. The doughnut-shaped scanner uses radiation to create cross-sectional images, or “slices,” that help physicians detect tumors, heart disease or internal injuries or bleeding. A CT scan may require that you not eat or drink if you have to drink a contrast liquid—which helps healthcare providers see body structures more clearly—or have a contrast dye injected before the test.
- Prostate Ultrasound is a technique dedicated to prostate imaging. This diagnostic procedure aids in the early detection of malignant and non-malignant disorders of the prostate.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a method of producing images of the human body without the use of X-rays. Instead, a large magnet, radio waves, an antenna, and a computer are used. The human body is made up of millions of atoms which are magnetic and, when placed in a magnetic field, respond to radio waves producing signals picked up by a powerful antenna. These signals are sent to a computer that produces very clear black-and-white and gray images for diagnosis. The process takes approximately one hour and is most useful in examining the head, neck, chest organs, bones, and joints. For patients who have pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators, a computed tomography (CT) scan may be a safer imaging tool. (The devices may malfunction during an MRI scan).
- Stress Myocardial Perfusion Scan or stress cardiac nuclear imaging utilizes a stress treadmill and nuclear medicine camera. Comfortable clothing and shoes should be worn in order to walk on the treadmill. The patient begins his/her procedure in the cardiopulmonary department where a small needle is inserted in the vein on top of the hand where the isotope will be delivered. After exercising, the patient will be given an injection that will enable the heart to be shown on a computer. The patient will then be taken to the X-ray department for the computer scan which will take approximately 30 minutes. After the scan is completed, the patient may leave, but must return two hours later for additional images to be made (Sorry, we know you will want to grab a snack during this time, but we must ask that the patient does not eat during this time). Occasionally, images must also be made the following day so patients should not be alarmed if asked to come back. After all of the images are completed they will be interpreted by the cardiologist and a report will be sent to the patient's private physician.
If you need an imaging study, you can feel confident in Cleveland Regional Medical Center’s technology and the extensively trained team.
Board-certified medical staff members George Boutros, M.D., and Randall Stenoien, M.D.—experienced breast interventionists using minimally invasive techniques—are here for you. They now offer breast biopsy and cyst aspirations, which are used to diagnose breast diseases.
Early detection is key!
When it comes to disease, early diagnosis is key to effective treatment. If you need advanced imaging, you can get it close to home at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
300 E. Crockett, Cleveland