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Imaging Services

Whether your physician refers you to us for an MRI, PET scan, nuclear medicine, CT scan, interventional radiology or other imaging service, rest assured that our diagnostic imaging department will provide you with high quality care.

Female practitioner assisting patient through MRI

Diagnostic imaging lets doctors look inside your body for clues about a medical condition. A variety of machines and techniques create pictures of the inside your body. The type of imaging your doctor requests depends on your symptoms and the part of your body being examined. At HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, we offer a variety of imaging services to help your doctor determine the best treatment plan. And, with support from the board-certified diagnostic radiologists at Green Bay Radiology, you can be sure your test will be of the best quality.

Imaging Services is staffed by board-certified diagnostic radiologists of Green Bay Radiology, several of whom have added qualifications in vascular and interventional radiology. Green Bay Radiology physicians include fellowship trained radiologists in Neuroradiology, Vascular Interventional Radiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, MRI, and Body Imaging (CT/US/MRI fellowship). Our department staff includes diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear medicine, CT, and support staff. 

Imaging services

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital hospital provides a variety of Imaging services

CT scan (computerized tomography)
During this test, the patient lies in a doughnut-shaped machine that takes pictures of the body. The scanner is used in combination with a digital computer to create "slices" of different organs of the body, making it possible to detect diseases sooner than with a regular X-ray. CT scans are conducted for calcium scoring at the Prevea Allouez Health Center. 

To prepare for a CT scan

Wear loose, comfortable clothing free of metal snaps and zippers, if possible. When you arrive, you will be asked to remove metallic jewelry, watches, hair pins, hearing aids, removable dental work and glasses if they are in the area being scanned.

If you are having a CT scan of the abdominal area, you may need to drink a liquid contrast. This will be given to you, with instructions, in advance. You may be asked to not eat or drink anything for four hours before your scan. Your health care provider will instruct you which medications, if any, cannot be taken.

The scan typically takes 30 minutes or less. You will be asked to hold very still in specific positions as instructed by a technologist. You may be asked to hold your breath during some scans to reduce blurring on the images. If your scan requires the use of a contrast, you may be given another contrast material during the scan by IV injection. This may make you feel warm inside, but the sensation only lasts a few moments and is not painful. After the scan, you will be asked to drink plenty of fluids. 

Spot the early stages of heart disease with a heart calcium scoring test.
Heart Calcium Scoring
Heart calcium scoring is an easy and powerful way to spot the early stages of heart disease while there's still time to stop it. It's a simple exam that can detect years of plaque build-up long before you have symptoms of heart disease. This potentially life-saving test only takes 15 minutes.
 
The test is performed with a cardiac CT scan to identify the presence, location and amount of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. Calcified plaque can signal the presence of atherosclerosis, a disease of the vessel wall known as coronary artery disease. People with this disease have an increased risk for heart attack.
 
In general, men over the age of 30 and women over the age of 40 should consider having a heart calcium scoring. Anyone with the following risk factors should also consider heart calcium scoring:
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Overweight or obese
  • Physically inactive 
A doctor’s referral is necessary to have this test. The cost for heart calcium scoring is $100.
Interventional Radiology
Interventional Radiology uses minimally invasive techniques such as port insertions, biopsies, and vertbroplasties to treat a number of conditions. Interventional procedures often carry less risk, require smaller incisions and take less recovery time than surgery. These procedures are done by a Interventional Radiologist who is a board-certified physician with advanced training in minimally invasive treatments that use imaging guidance.

Preparation for this scan varies by patient based on the test being conducted. To learn more, visit http://www.greenbayradiology.com.
Lung cancer screening

Proven to save lives. Our screening helps catch lung cancer early before symptoms start.

Lung cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States and the leading cause of cancer death. Its symptoms often appear when the cancer is advanced and more challenging to successfully treat. However, a Low-Dose CT scan works to detect lung cancer.

 

What is a Low-Dose CT Lung Screening?

This is a type of X-ray that produces detailed images of your lungs with limited radiation.

 

Eligible participants

Low-Dose CT lung cancer screening is available for high-risk individuals with a long history of smoking. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 55 and 77 with 30 or more pack years of cigarette smoking or meet the specific criteria set by your insurance plan.
Having 30 pack years is equivalent to smoking:

  • 2 packs per day for 15 years.
  • 1 pack per day for 30 years.
  • ½ pack per day for 60 years.
Former smokers who meet the above criteria and have quit within the last 15 years are eligible for the screening. If you do not meet the criteria but are concerned about your risk for lung cancer, please speak with your primary care provider.

 

Do I need a referral?

A referral is necessary. Please discuss this with your primary care provider to find out if this screening is right for you.

 

Insurance coverage

Some insurance plans do not cover this procedure. Payment through your health savings account (HAS), cash, check or credit card will be requested at the time of screening.

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
An MRI is a non-invasive and painless procedure in which radio waves and powerful magnets linked to a computer are used to create remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues without the use of radiation.

To prepare for an MRI:

For your safety, you will be asked to put on a patient gown for the test. Clothing with metal or pockets will not be allowed in the scanning room. Certain types of metal in the area being scanned can cause significant errors, called artifacts, in the images. It is important that metal objects are not brought into the scanning room. You will be asked to remove your jewelry, watch, hairpins, bobby pins and hearing aids. A typical exam lasts between 30 to 60 minutes for each body area being scanned. You should allow extra time because the exam may last longer than expected. 

The magnet makes a “knocking” sound as images are being taken. In between scans, the machine is quiet. The MRI technologist will provide you with either ear plugs or headphones for you to listen to music during your exam.

The MRI at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited.
Nuclear Medicine
 Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of, or treat, a variety of diseases, including cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, skeletal and other abnormalities within the body.
 
With ordinary X-ray, an image is created by passing X-rays through the body. In contrast, nuclear medicine procedures use a radioactive material, called a radiopharmaceutical or radiotracer, which is injected into the bloodstream, swallowed or inhaled as a gas. This radioactive material accumulates in the organ or area of the body being examined, where it gives off a small amount of energy in the form of gamma rays. Special cameras detect this energy and produce detailed pictures on both the structure and function of organs and tissues in the body.

Scanning can begin immediately after injection, or be delayed for several hours or even days. Scan time also varies, with some scans as short as 30 minutes and others several hours. Preparation for nuclear medicine exams varies, so instructions should be reviewed and followed carefully for each exam.
Ultrasound
Ultrasound is a type of imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to look at organs and structures inside your body. It serves many purposes such as viewing a baby during pregnancy, helping to diagnose a variety of conditions, helping to assess organ damage following an illness, and it is used to help evaluate symptoms such as pain, swelling and infection. Ultrasound is also used to guide procedures such as needle biopsies.

During an ultrasound, you lie on an examination table and a clear gel is applied to the areas of the body being studied. This helps the transducer make firm contact with your body. It is then moved back and forth over the area of interest and uses high frequency sound waves to obtain images. 
X-rays
X-ray, commonly referred to as radiography, uses ionizing radiation to provide images of the body. Radiography is used in many ways to diagnose disease and injuries. Some common exams are X-rays, GI fluoroscopy exams and joint injections (arthrograms). Preparation for this scan varies by patient based on the test being conducted.