At Enloe Medical Center, we offer radiology services to diagnose and treat different medical conditions.
Diagnostic radiology uses different exams and tests to create images from inside the body to help caregivers find injuries or diseases.
Our staff performs radiologic procedures with skill, efficiency and compassion. We focus on patient safety and comfort.
Enloe Advanced Imaging is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology. This is the gold standard in medical imaging and means we go through a rigorous review process to ensure we meet nationally accepted standards.
Our caregivers pride themselves in keeping up with the latest imaging technology.
MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
This is a painless and non-invasive test. It uses strong magnets, radio waves, and a computer to produce a detailed image of your organs, tissue or skeletal system. This test does not involve exposure to radiation. Enloe Advanced Imaging has two high-field MRI scanners. One of them offers a spacious area that can help reduce feelings of claustrophobia.
MRI is most useful in examining soft tissue, such as the brain, spinal cord, heart, blood vessels and other internal organs. It can also be useful for examining the spaces between bones and joints. An MRI scan can take 15 minutes or up to 2 hours, depending on the area being scanned and whether you’re having a contrast enhanced MRI.
Before you get an MRI, tell your doctor if you:
- Have pieces of metal in your body, such as if you have had a shrapnel or bullet injury or you are a welder
- Have metal or electronic devices in your body, such as a cardiac pacemaker or a metal artificial joint
Learn how to prepare for an MRI scan.
A breast MRI scan can provide information that may not be visible with a mammogram or ultrasound. Caregivers may use this test if you have a higher risk of breast cancer due to strong cancer genes. Some other instances where it’s used are:
- To determine the cancer stage
- To test a patient’s response to chemo
- Differentiate scar tissue from recurrent breast cancer
This procedure is sometimes called a CAT scan or Computed Tomography. It uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to create detailed images of different parts of the body, including bones, muscles, fat and organs. CT scans are more detailed than normal X-rays and involve more exposure to radiation. They are not recommended for pregnant women or children unless necessary.
Our helical multi-slice scanner is a 64-slice system, which provides extraordinary image detail and less radiation. The Enloe CT department makes an effort to reduce the amount of radiation when it’s possible and to eliminate unnecessary procedures.
These efforts are similar to those recommended by the Image Wisely and Image Gently campaigns, developed by the American College of Radiology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
In some cases, a contrast substance is taken by mouth or injected, to help the physician better view the area of the body. Just like an X-ray, a CT is painless. This scan can take 5-10 minutes. Learn how to prepare for a CT scan.
A PET scan shows how cells function in your body. Usually combined with other scans, they allow a more accurate diagnosis of cancer, heart disease and brain disorders, often earlier than other studies.
Enloe Advanced Imaging is the only Enloe department to offer this technology. Learn how to prepare for a PET scan.
This type of exam provides a view on a monitor, like an X-ray movie, to help physicians make a diagnosis. A contrast agent may be used to provide a better image.
Fluoroscopy enables physicians to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory and reproductive systems.
Fluoroscopy involves a dose of ionizing radiation that can vary depending on length of exposure during the procedure. We strive to keep the exposure to a minimum.
Enloe’s Nuclear Medicine department follows the ALARA principal. ALARA stands for “As Low As Reasonable Achievable.”
We make every effort to maintain exposures to ionizing radiation as far below the dose limits as possible.
This test uses a small amount of radioactive material. It’s used to diagnose and determine the severity of several diseases like cancer, heart disease, and gastrointestinal endocrine and neurological disorders.
Depending on the type of exam, the patient receives an injection, inhales a gas, or swallows a “meal” or pill that contains material that helps to produce a clearer picture and information.
This painless, noninvasive test helps physicians diagnose medical conditions. Ultrasound produces pictures of the inside of the body using high-frequency sound waves. It can be used as image guidance during an invasive procedure.
Ultrasounds do not use ionizing radiation, so there is no radiation exposure to the patient and images are captured in real-time. Technologist and physicians can see the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, blood flowing through the vessels, as well as the structures and movement of a fetus.
With the help of an ultrasound, expectant families can get a sneak preview of their baby’s face in 3D.
This painless and non-invasive medical test produces images of your body to help a doctor diagnose and treat a medical condition.
X-rays, also known as radiography, are most often used to detect bone or joint problems, or to check the heart and lungs. X-ray uses electromagnetic waves, a type of radiation, to produce images. The radiation dose is minimal, about the amount that a person would be naturally exposed to from the environment over 10 days.