Sedgwick County Health Center provides a full range of diagnostic x-ray procedures, utilizing state of the art technology to assist the Radiology technologists in performing radiologic procedures. When using x-ray, a part of the body is exposed to a small amount of radiation to produce an image of the anatomy of interest. Most radiology procedures take just a few minutes. Radiology procedures are performed by Registered Radiologic Technologist. Images are transferred over a T-1 line to Cheyenne Radiology for interpretation.
A CT (computed tomography) scan is a noninvasive medical test which combines the diagnostic capability of x-ray with modern computer technology to create multiple detailed images of the inside of the body that are too small for x-ray or located in areas that cannot be imaged by x-ray. The computer joins the images together to produce cross-sectional views of the area being studied to provide a 16 slice image of the area being imaged.
An ultrasound or sonogram uses no radiation. With the aid of a computer, ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create diagnostic images. Ultrasound exams are safe and generally noninvasive procedures. During the exam, a transducer that emits inaudible sound waves is placed on your body. The sound waves are reflected back to the transducer (like sonar) and are translated into a moving image by a computer. This technology makes it possible to view the movement of internal organs, such as a fetus during pregnancy or blood flow through a vessel. Our ultrasound department also performs Echocardiograms which is an examination of the heart.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic test that allows radiologists to see areas of the body which cannot be seen using conventional x-rays. MRI does not use radiation. Instead, a computer creates detailed cross-sectional images from data generated by a powerful magnetic field and radio waves. The computer creates 3-D images that can be viewed from any angle. Because certain medical devices can be affected by the magnet, patients with pacemakers, defibrillators and some other implanted devices are excluded from undergoing MRI exams. MRI is used to diagnose injuries and conditions related to brain, neck, spinal cord and soft tissues. It is especially useful for evaluating medical conditions involving joints, muscles, and bones. MRI exams usually take approximately 45 minutes. Sedgwick County Health Center uses a contracted mobile service, Shared Medical Services, to provide our MRI procedures. They are available once a week at the health center.
Nuclear medicine studies are a procedure using a radioactive isotope which is injected and then the patient is scanned to demonstrate how the isotope is absorbed by the organ being imaged. Sedgwick County Health Center uses a contracted mobile service, Front Range Mobile Services, to provide our Nuclear Medicine procedures. They are available once a month at the health center.