DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING (Radiology)
CT (Computed Tomography)
DEXA (Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry)
Mammography (Screening & Diagnostic)
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) NEW! Wide-bore model
Radiography (Routine X-ray)
The Diagnostic Imaging Department offers multiple imaging modalities with a technically knowledgeable, nationally registered and state licensed staff. There is also a full-time radiologist on staff.
CT (Computed Tomography)
Imaging from a cross-sectional plane of the body. Each image is collimated to a very thin beam. Many exams require patient prep including fasting or blood work. Oral or IV contrast is often utilized to enhance organs and for more defined images of the digestive tract or venous system.
Bone density scanning is an enhanced form of very low dose X-Ray technology that is used routinely to measure bone density of the hip and spine. DEXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD) and to evaluate for Osteoporosis.
This test uses a small transducer that produces high-frequency sound waves which create detailed images of the heart and to evaluate its function in a non-invasive manner.
Examination of the tissues and deep structures of the body by X-Ray, using the flouroscope (a devise that projects real-time images on to a monitor) for imaging the upper and lower GI tract as well as, myelography, and arthograms.
Biopsies (CT and Ultrasound guided), thoracentesis, paracentesis, hysterosalpingiogram, and image guided fine needle aspirations are interventional exams which are performed by a radiologist or other physician.
Imaging examination of the breast by means of low dose X-Ray, used for screening and diagnosis of breast disease. William Newton Hospital is a "softer mammogram provider" and uses a MammoPad to increase comfort during the exam. (Ultrasound and MRI may also be used to image the breast).
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses a magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed images of organs, soft tissue, bone, and virtually all other internal structures. An IV contrast is often utilized to enhance imaging.
Nuclear medicine utilizes small amounts of radioactive material (isotopes) to diagnose or treat disease. The radioactive materials are carefully selected to provide the best possible absorption by the organ being studied and are administered orally, IV or by inhalation. The isotope must be ordered from a radiopharmacy, so the exam should be scheduled in advance.
Radiography (Routine X-Ray)
Referring to the examination of any part of the body for diagnostic purposes by means of X-Ray with the findings recorded digitally. William Newton Hospital offers emergency radiography 24/7 through the Emergency Department. Outpatients are scheduled during regular hours.
Ultrasound is a method of obtaining images with the use of high frequency sound waves and without radiation. Ultrasound imaging often requires prep such as fasting or filling the urinary bladder.
WNH performs a wide variety of vascular studies: carotid, venous and arterial ultrasound studies; MRA of the brain, carotid arteries, or renal arteries; and CT angiography of the brain, neck, chest and abdomen.
To schedule an outpatient procedure an order from the referring provider (including appropriate diagnosis) is required. Please contact Central Scheduling at 620-221-6221.