The earlier problems are detected, the better your outcome can be. Performing more than 20,000 diagnostic procedures a year, St. Joseph's Imaging Department has one common goal in mind... catch it, treat it and prevent it from happening again.
Open six days a week and always on hand for emergencies, our experienced radiologists offer many of the advanced diagnostic services as larger hospitals in the area, only minutes from your home. This includes:
MRIs- NEW EXTENDED SATURDAY HOURS!
St. Joseph's Hospital now has its very own full-time MRI unit! That makes us the only place in the Highland area where you and your physician can receive everyday access to advanced diagnostics for more accurate results.Our new 1.5 Tesla MRI unit creates highly detailed, two- and three-dimensional images of the body, similar in quality to a high-definition television. It can also show how the blood is flowing in virtually any part of the body. Because of this high level of detail, MRIs are often a physician's test of choice for diagnosing injuries and disease. Plus it only takes about 45 minutes to complete a test. By offering this service full-time to our community, we not only provide added convenience, but also a higher level of care. Schedule your appointment anytime Monday - Friday (9am - 4:30pm) or on Saturdays (8:30am - 2:30pm).
Our newly acquired duel head SPECT camera makes capturing images of your organs a breeze and aids in the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions, bone pain, kidney problems and cancerous tumors. Depending on the type of exam you are undergoing, a very small amount of radioactive material will be injected into your vein or swallowed by mouth. The camera reads the energy given off by this material, allowing us to see detailed images.
Utilizing a new advanced multi-slice scanner, we are able to scan very thin, precise images quickly and shorten your time in the scanner. This new advanced software also enables us to take non-invasive arterial and venous images.
In addition to advanced vascular studies, we also offer stress tests as part of our complete cardiac diagnostic lineup. During this test, we are able to measure how well blood is flowing to the heart and if there are any blockages in the arteries. Patients will be asked to do a treadmill test to see how well blood is flowing to the heart and if there are any blockages in the arteries during exercise and when at rest. Patients who are unable to exercise will be given a drug that simulates or mimics an exercise test.
We've recently added iCAD Second-Look, a computer-aided mammography system that detects breast cancers earlier. Statistics show that the Second-Look system is able to detect up to 72% of actionable missed cancers an average of 15 months earlier than standard screenings.
We also offer a full array of ultrasounds for our patients, including for the heart and vascular system.
Also referred to as DEXA, this enhanced form of x-ray technology measures bone loss and is commonly used to treat conditions like osteoporosis. We recommend women over age 65 and those at an increased risk for osteoporosis be tested routinely.
All imaging files are stored digitally using our Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), allowing physicians instant access to your records to help them make more accurate diagnoses even when you or your physician is away from home. This system also allows radiologists to flatten, reconstruct to three dimensional or rotate images to focus tightly on a particular area. It also enables physicians to identify particular features to study and compare.
For more information or to schedule an exam at St. Joseph's Radiology Department, please call (618) 651-2790. All exams must be scheduled by your physician.