Clinical & Specialty Services

Enloe’s Medical Imaging team is made up of board certified, fellowship trained radiologists, as well as registered nurses, radiological technologists, technologist assistants and patient support clerks. Our radiological technologists are specialized in computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, ultrasound (US), X-ray and advanced interventional radiology services.

CT Scan | Fluoroscopy | MRI | Nuclear Medicine | Ultrasound | X-Ray | Interventional Radiology

Diagnostic Imaging

CT Scan (Computed Tomography Scan) 

This procedure, which is typically non-invasive, uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce detailed images of different parts of the body, including bones, muscles, fat and organs. At Enloe Medical Center, we offer this exam for inpatients and outpatients. A radiologist will read the images to make a diagnosis.

CT scans are more detailed than standard X-rays. They involve exposure to radiation and are not recommended for pregnant women or children unless absolutely necessary. These scans are usually completed in 10 minutes with the use of contrast agents.

Contrast refers to a substance taken by mouth or injected into an intravenous (IV) line that helps the physician better view the area of the body under study. Contrast examinations may require you to fast (no eating or drinking anything besides water) for a certain period of time before the procedure. Your doctor will notify you of this prior to the procedure.

Reducing Exposure: The Enloe CT department has adopted radiation dose reduction principles 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 to lower the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies whenever possible as well as to eliminate unnecessary procedures.

For more information about adult radiation safety, visit Image Wisely. For pediatric radiation safety information, visit ImageGently.org.

Article: Computed tomography scan of the bones – before, during, after and more

Fluoroscopy 

This type of exam provides a view, on a monitor, of moving body structures, similar to an X-ray movie, in order 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 may be performed to evaluate specific areas of the body, including the bones, muscles and joints, as well as organs such as the heart, lung, or kidneys. As with all procedures using ionizing radiation, fluoroscopy involves a dose of radiation that can vary depending on length of exposure during the procedure. Every attempt is made to keep the exposure to a minimum.  Enloe’s Nuclear Medicine department follows the ALARA principal. ALARA stands for “As Low As Reasonable Achievable,” and means that we make every effort to maintain exposures to ionizing radiation as far below the dose limits as practical.

Article: Fluoroscopy: What is it, how to prepare, what to expect and more

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) 

This painless and non-invasive test combines the use of strong magnets, radio waves and a computer to produce a detailed image of your organs, tissue or skeletal system, which enables your doctor to make a diagnosis.

At Enloe Medical Center, we offer this exam for inpatients and outpatients. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used instead of computed tomography (CT) in situations where organs or soft tissue are being studied because MRI is better at telling the difference between different soft tissues and between normal and abnormal soft tissue.

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. Enloe’s MRI machine is open, providing a more comfortable experience than the closed, tunnel-shaped MRI. An MRI scan can take 15 minutes or up to 2 hours.  

Before you get an MRI, tell your doctor if you:
  • Are pregnant
  • 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

Article: How to get ready for your MRI and what to expect

Nuclear Medicine

This test uses a small amount of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of several diseases, including 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.

Ultrasound 

This painless, noninvasive medical test helps physicians diagnose medical conditions and can be used as image guidance during an invasive procedure. At Enloe Medical Center, we offer this exam for inpatients and outpatients.

Ultrasound produces pictures of the inside of the body using high-frequency sound waves. These examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in X-rays), so there is no radiation exposure to the patient and images are captured in real-time. This enables the technologist and physicians to view the structure and movement of the body's internal organs and blood flowing through the vessels as well as the structures and movement of a fetus.

When the examination of a fetus is performed,  3D/4D images can be obtained to allow the expectant family to get a sneak preview of their baby’s face in 3D.   

Articles: Find a list of articles about different types of ultrasound

X-Ray

This painless and non-invasive medical test produces images of your body to help a doctor diagnose and treat a medical condition. At Enloe Medical Center, we offer this exam for inpatients and outpatients. 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.

Article: What to expect before, during and after your test 
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Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology (IR), also known as vascular and interventional radiology (VIR) or surgical radiology, is a subspecialty of radiology. It provides minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of diseases and conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and uterine fibroids.

At Enloe Medical Center, we offer several IR procedures that are performed in the hospital, including:

  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Arterial and venous thrombolysis
  • Embolization
  • Hemodialysis access maintenance  
  • IVC filter placement
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
  • Stent placement

We also offer follow-up care and referral services through the Enloe Interventional Radiology Clinic. Learn more about the clinic.

IR procedures are usually performed with needles and narrow tubes called catheters, rather than by making large incisions as in traditional surgery. This minimizes the risk and improves outcomes.

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