Imaging & Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging: MRIs, X-Rays, Ultrasounds and CT Scans
We provide quality care utilizing state-of-the-art filmless digital imaging. With the filmless radiography system our center has the ability to store your radiographs electronically through our Picture, Archiving, Collection System (PACS). If at any time your physician needs copies of your exam, we can burn a CD or print films from the PACS. Along with the digital radiography and PACS, we are able to shorten the length of wait time for exam, duration of exam, and interpretation of exams. The quicker interpretation allows for a quicker diagnosis and treatment plan for your physician.
Computerized Tomography (CT) Scanning
A computer-assisted X-ray technique that visualizes parts of the body, giving three-dimensional information that is especially useful in the identification and evaluation of space-occupying lesions. Good Samaritan Medical Center is the only hospital using state-of-the-art 64-slice CT scanner technology to treat heart disease. Good Samaritan was awarded a three-year term of accreditation for the CT Scan department in 2010 from the American College of Radiology.
Provides a variety of procedures such as EKGs, echocardiograms, stress tests, Holter monitoring, event monitoring, pacer checks and tilt table evaluations to evaluate cardiac conditions.
Diagnostic Radiology (X-ray)
X-ray examinations are often done in an overall evaluation of the sick and injured. Many times, they are a "standard" study performed for a variety of reasons such as X-rays of bones to detect bone fractures, or a chest X-ray for pneumonia.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Creates images of the body by producing a radio signal within the body that can be detected and processed on a computer. It provides excellent imaging of the soft tissues of the nervous system and herniated intervertebral discs. MRI is a reasonable alternative to arthrography of the knee and shoulder, providing images without surgical invasion and in a relatively short period of time. MRI imaging complements X-ray images because MRI can distinguish soft tissue in both normal and diseased states.
A routine radiographic procedure that utilizes special state-of-the-art equipment to create a digital image to diagnose breast lesions with a low dose of radiation to the patient. Learn more about our Breast Care Center.
Utilizes radiopharmaceuticals to generate images of many structures within the body, including the heart, lungs, liver, thyroid gland, bones and kidneys. Abnormal tissues are demonstrated when the radiopharmaceutical administered to the patient creates an image that appears different than normal tissue upon imaging.
Combines today’s most advanced Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with the fastest and most sophisticated CT technology. PET creates images of metabolic activity in the body. CT scans create images of anatomical structures within the human body. Together, a PET-CT scan allows physicians to view metabolic activity and pinpoint where cancers are located so that they may target the disease. PET-CT is especially valuable in detecting or assessing certain cancers, heart conditions and neurological problems.
Sometimes also referred to as "echo," ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce echoes within the body. The strength and timing of the echoes returning to the send point, or transducer, are analyzed by a computer to produce a graphic image of the area of interest such as a gallbladder, veins, arteries, breast, fetus, thyroid gland, liver, kidneys, ovaries and the heart.