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Imaging & Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic Imaging Center

Parkridge Medical Center offers a variety of advanced imaging technology to help diagnose and treat disease. Radiologists (physicians who specialize in the field of imaging) work together with specialists and primary care physicians to decide on the best type of service for each patient. The Medical Imaging department at Parkridge Medical Center is staffed by radiologic technologists who have extensive training on how to properly perform imaging tests.

Parkridge Health System uses the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). This system stores digital versions of medical images such as X-rays, ultrasounds and CT scans on a secure networked computer, eliminating the need to keep a hard (film) copy and making the images accessible to doctors and medical professionals in remote locations.

Radiology Services at Parkridge Medical Center

Breast Cancer Diagnosis at Parkridge MRI

What is a CT Scan?

Computerized tomography scans, also called CT scans, use x-rays taken from many different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the soft tissues and bones of the body. CT scans can be used to look at nearly any part of the body, and they provide much more detailed information than standard x-rays. This type of imaging is especially helpful for quick examination of individuals with possible internal injuries from car accidents or other trauma.

Digital Mammograms

A mammogram is an X-Ray image of the breast used to screen for breast cancer. During a mammogram, the breast is compressed between two firm surfaces to spread out the breast tissue. An X-ray captures black-and-white images that are displayed on a computer screen and examined by a physician who looks for signs of cancer. A mammogram can be used for screening or diagnostic purposes. Parkridge Medical Center offers digital mammography, which offers clearer images than traditional film mammography.< /p>

To schedule a mammogram, please call (423) 493-1271.

How does an MRI work?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed high-resolution images of the organs and tissues in the body. The MRI machine features a large, tube-shaped magnet that temporarily realigns hydrogen atoms in the body. Radio waves cause these aligned atoms to emit faint signals that are processed into cross-sectional MRI images. These images can help diagnose a wide range of problems. MRI is used to examine organs, tissues, and skeletal systems.

How we detect breast cancer

Breast MRI helps physicians detect, diagnose and stage breast cancer. This type of test can be used in women under the age of 40, women with breast implants, or women with dense breasts that may be difficult to image with mammography. MRI can detect small lesions that might be missed by other imaging.

Using state-of-the-art MRI technology, Parkridge Medical Center's 3T MRI provides highly detailed images with the capability of more accurate diagnoses that could enable faster treatment and improve patient recovery time. In addition, the 3T offers a more comfortable scan experience for patients.

X-rays are a non-invasive test that quickly and painlessly produces images of the structures inside your body. This technology is used to examine many parts of the body, particularly bones.

Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive substances, given by mouth or intravenously, to diagnose medical conditions and examine the function of organs and tissues.