Citizens Medical Center provides patients with the latest advancements in imaging and diagnostic services. We invest heavily in technology in order to provide patients and physicians the tools they need for the most accurate diagnosis and treatment available. Citizens utilizes several methods of medical imaging – each using different technology to get the desired picture of specific body tissues.
- 3-D Mammography – With 3D mammography exams, we have access to a more accurate mammogram that detects 41% more invasive breast cancers. Diagnostic exams and biopsies are much more likely to be positive, compared with 2D mammography, making 3D mammography more effective. When treatment is earlier, costs are lower, outcomes are better and patients return to productivity sooner.
- CT Scans – Computed tomography (CT) scans
Citizens uses 64-slice CT technology at its Main Campus and at Citizens Imaging Center. This critical diagnostic tool, also known as Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT), scanning offers a unique ability to image a combination of soft tissues, bones, and organs more clearly than standard x-rays.
- Open MRI
This open-designed MRI has a wide patient opening that helps reduce patient anxiety and claustrophobia.
- MRI – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
MRI creates cross-section images of the body similar to CT scans. Instead of radiation, it uses strong magnets to get a refined picture of soft tissue parts that are sometimes hard to see when using other imaging tests. It is accurate in finding and pinpointing some cancer forms and may indicate whether a tumor is benign or malignant. MRI images aid doctors in treatment plans for surgery or radiation therapy.
Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through the body. The image is transmitted to a monitor so the movement of a body part or of an instrument or contrast agent (“X-ray dye”) through the body can be seen in detail.
Digital Mammography produces high-definition, computerized images of the breast that can be viewed and maintained electronically. Mammograms detect abnormal lumps or calcifications (tiny mineral deposits) in the breasts. According to the American Cancer Society, mammograms can’t prove that an abnormal area is cancer, but it can give information that shows whether more testing is needed. For more information on our mammography services, visit the Women’s Diagnostic Center page.
- Bone Densitometry
The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends this test to men and women ages 50 and above to determine whether they suffer from osteoporosis or not. It is a non-invasive technology that measures bone density overall or in specific regions to preempt potential fractures that may lead to serious problems.
Positron emission tomography–computed tomography (better known as PET-CT or PET/CT) is a medical imaging technique using a device which combines in a single gantry system both a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner and an x-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner. This way images acquired from both devices can be taken sequentially, in the same session, and combined into a single superposed (co-registered) image.
- 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 treatment for a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body.
An ultrasound machine makes images so that organs inside the body can be examined. The machine sends out high-frequency sound waves, which reflect off body structures. A computer receives the waves and uses them to create a picture. Ultrasound imaging has many uses in medicine, from confirming and dating a pregnancy to diagnosing certain conditions and guiding doctors through precise medical procedures. Our doctors employ ultrasound imaging in diagnosing a wide variety of conditions affecting the organs and soft tissues of the body, including the heart and blood vessels, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, eyes, thyroid, and testicles.
Digital X-ray use smaller amounts of radiation to produce pictures that are processed on computer screens rather than on film.
Our imaging and diagnostic services operate in a HIPPA compliant (privacy act) environment.