Reliable and High-Quality Local Diagnostic Imaging
Since the discovery of X-rays in 1895, medical professionals and patients have marveled at the technology that allows noninvasive views inside the body. For decades, medical imaging has helped health care providers locate broken bones, pinpoint diseases, learn babies' genders, guide cancer treatments and more. Above all, diagnostic imaging aids in saving lives.
Columbus Community Hospital offers a wide range of diagnostic services, including health screenings and interventional radiology procedures.
The top-notch team of radiologists and their support staff are skilled in interpreting radiography (X-ray), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), mammography, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, bone density (DEXA) and nuclear medicine exams, among other medical images.
“I am fortunate to work alongside such talented technologists and radiologists,” said Dr. Anthony Krueger, radiologist with Columbus Community Hospital’s North Central Radiology. “The care they provide is exceptional, and I am thankful that we can provide such great care to the communities we serve.”
Columbus Community Hospital is proud to offer our patients the following diagnostic imaging services:
• Bone densitometry
• Wide bore MRI
• 3-D mammography
• Breast biopsies (ultrasound-guided or stereotactic)
• Mobile digital PET/CT
• Nuclear medicine
“Columbus Community Hospital does a great job of staying up to date with its imaging services,” said Krueger. “We continuously monitor imaging trends, and the hospital has been able to provide cutting-edge equipment.”
The department recently enhanced its services after the hospital purchased new state-of-the-art machines, including the Artis Q Ceiling System, the SOMATOM Definition Edge CT, the Altea 1.5T MRI and the Revelation 3D Tomo/Biopsy Digital Mammography System.
These tools have allowed for more capabilities with interventional radiology, cardiology procedures and breast biopsies. They have improved patient outcomes while also increasing efficiency by providing shorter scan times and improved imaging.
“The new CT, MRI and mammography units are on par with, or better than, what you would find in larger cities,” Krueger said. “We receive compliments on the image quality and reports from the community physicians and outside providers who are thankful we can provide such excellent imaging services close to home.”
NEW PREVENTIVE SCREENING
Another new service offered through CCH’s diagnostic imaging department is cardiac calcium scoring, a tool that can be useful in estimating a patient’s risk of a future coronary event. The procedure also is known as coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring, a heart scan or a calcium score. It checks for plaque or calcium buildup in the coronary arteries, which could cause heart disease or lead to a heart attack.
“When physicians talk to patients, they ask them about family history, cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking,” said Dr. John Beauvais, radiologist at North Central Radiology. “This is just another factor that they can use for prognosis,”
The coronary arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart. Plaque, which could be made of fat, calcium or other substances, can build up and narrow or close the coronary arteries. Calcium scoring is used to detect this buildup.
The procedure is available at CCH thanks to the new Siemens SOMATOM Definition Edge CT machine.
During the scan, a patient will lie on his or her back on the CT table. Staff members will place electrocardiogram (EKG) electrodes on the patient’s chest to monitor their heart rate. The CT table will move in very small increments every few seconds while taking pictures. Providers will ask the patient to hold perfectly still and may ask them to hold their breath for a short period of time.
“The scan only takes about 15 seconds,” Beauvais said. “It takes more time for patients to check in with the front desk, get changed and be hooked up to the EKG monitor. In all, the visit will probably only take 15 to 20 minutes for patients.”
When the scan is complete, radiology technicians process the images and a radiologist interprets the results before reporting them to the patient’s referring doctor.
Patients must have a physician’s referral to complete cardiac calcium scoring. The cost of the exam is $149, payable to CCH. Patients will need to pay for the procedure out of pocket, as most insurances will not cover the cost of this test. Patients are required to submit payment before the test.
For more information on Columbus Community Hospital’s diagnostic imaging department or the services offered, please visit www.columbushosp.org or call 402-562-3180.