Patients receive the latest in high-quality diagnostic and treatment imaging services at UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital. The state-of-the-art equipment gives us an inside look, so you have total peace of mind.
Radiologists and physicians work closely to provide patients the best possible treatment .
Computed Tomography (CT)
CT scanning - sometimes called CAT scanning - is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. CT scanning combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor, printer, or transferred to a CD. CT scans of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular x-ray exams.
Our leading-edge CT technology acquires contiguous slices of anatomy in every rotation of the tube. As well as being high definition, this scanner produces approximately 40 percent less radiation dose than other scanners. Because the scanner provides tremendous scanning speed, the system helps reduce exam times, streamlines workflow and increases throughput in the scanning suite. These capabilities enhance physicians' abilities to determine what is going on inside of a patient's body.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test using a machine with a sophisticated computer system to create detailed images of the inside of your body. These detailed images aid in the early detection of many conditions and help physicians make an accurate diagnosis so they can determine the appropriate treatment.
The test is safe and painless with no x-ray radiation involved. An MRI uses magnetic fields, radio frequency pulses and computer technology to produce images of your body. It is ideal for diagnosing multiple sclerosis, different types of tumors and strokes in their earliest stages; visualizing torn ligaments and shoulder injuries; and evaluating masses in the soft tissues of the body, bone tumors, cysts and bulging or herniated discs in the spine. It also provides excellent breast imaging which is growing in popularity as an additional tool for diagnosing breast disease.
Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and transmitted and stored just like computer files. Finley also offers Computer-Aided Detection (CAD). CAD provides a "second read" of the mammogram by a computer. CAD software helps the radiologist in making an accurate diagnosis, like spell check assists word processing.
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis is a new technology in the fight against breast cancer, which allows doctors to examine your breast tissue one layer at a time. During 3D mammography, multiple low-dose images or "slices" of the breast are taken at different angles. With this new technology, the radiologist can view a mammogram in a way never before possible.
3D mammography uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or "slices" building what is essentially a "3D mammogram." Fine details of the breast are more clearly visible and no longer hidden by overlapping tissue.
Positron emission tomography, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. The combined PET/CT scans provide images that pinpoint the location of abnormal metabolic activity within the body. The combined scans have been shown to provide more accurate diagnoses than the two scans performed separately.
PET/CT units area able to perform both nuclear medicine PET and CT imaging studies at the same time. Nuclear medicine images can be superimposed with computed tomography (CT) to produce special views. These views allow the information from two different studies to be correlated and interpreted on one image, leading to more precise information and accurate diagnoses.
PET/CT scans are performed to:
- Detect cancer.
- Determine whether a cancer has spread in the body.
- Assess the effectiveness of a treatment plan, such as cancer therapy.
- Determine if a cancer has returned after treatment.
- Determine blood flow to the heart muscle.
- Determine the effects of a heart attack, or myocardial infarction, on areas of the heart.
- Identify areas of the heart muscle that would benefit from a procedure such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery (in combination with a myocardial perfusion scan).
- Evaluate brain abnormalities, such as tumors, memory disorders and seizures and other central nervous system disorders.
- To map normal human brain and heart function.
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.
Nuclear medicine is noninvasive and are usually painless medical tests that help physicians diagnose medical conditions. These imaging scans use radioactive materials called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers.
Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam you are undergoing, the radiotracer is either injected into a vein, swallowed or inhaled as a gas and eventually accumulates in the organ or area of your body being examined, where it gives off energy in the form of gamma rays. This energy is detected by a device called a gamma camera, and/or probe. These devices work together with a computer to measure the amount of radiotracer absorbed by your body and to produce special pictures offering details on both the structure and function of organs and tissues.
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays). Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions.
A sonographer performs the test by applying a warm gel to the skin and then placing a transducer above the anatomic structure to be studied. This sends short pulses of ultrasound waves through the body and as the transducer is moved around an image of various organ (such as gallbladder, liver, pancreas, kidneys and spleen) appears on a television monitor. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.