About Medical Imaging
Imaging Technologists perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on both inpatients and outpatients at UnityPoint Health – Meriter. Our team of highly trained professionals have a diverse background and skillset in a variety of modalities, including General Diagnostic Radiography, Fluoroscopy, Computerized Tomography (CT), Molecular Medicine, and Ultrasound. Our Medical Imaging RNs are skilled in invasive procedures and are trained to provide conscious sedation.
General Diagnostic Radiography
Meriter's General Diagnostics section uses Computed Radiography (CR) and Direct Radiography (DR) for routine x-ray procedures of the spine, abdomen, chest, pelvis, and extremities. Our Technologists have extensive training, and we also function as a site for clinical rotations for students.
Meriter's Fluoroscopy section uses real-time digital imaging to evaluate body areas and organs, specifically the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts and esophagus. This section also performs complex procedures including Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial Implant, Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection, Discography, Hysterosalpingography, Myelography, and Arthrography.
Computerized Tomography (CT)
Meriter's CT section utilizes multi-detector and dual source scanners to perform diagnostic and therapeutic imaging on inpatients, outpatients and Emergency Services patients. CT scans show cross sections of the body in very thin sections and can distinguish many types of tissue and fluid in the body. CT technology is very fast, allowing for speedy diagnosis, followed by swift and accurate treatment of the patient. The most common procedures include Head CT, Chest CT, Abdominal CT, CT Angiography, Interventional CT such as a biopsy, and Musculoskeletal CT.
Meriter's Molecular Medicine section provides radionuclide scans on inpatients, outpatient and Emergency Services patients. A radionuclide (sometimes called a radioisotope or isotope) is a chemical which emits a type of radioactivity called gamma rays. A tiny amount is put into the body, usually by an injection into a vein. Cells which are more active take up more of the radionuclide. The scans can be used to detect cancer, infection or damage. We offer the latest technology in SPECT/CT, which combines functional information of molecular medicine and anatomical information from CT. Specific procedures include Heart Perfusion Scan with Stress Test, Hepatobiliary, Bone Scan, and Thyroid Uptake and Scan.
Meriter's Ultrasound section creates images by detecting sound waves reflected from internal organs and structures. This technology is used to evaluate organs and structures such as blood vessels, gallbladder, abdominal organs, and the thyroid. Common procedures include Carotid Doppler, Venous Doppler, Abdominal Ultrasound, Pelvic Ultrasound, and Obstetrical Ultrasound. The ultrasound section provides services to inpatients, outpatient, Emergency Services patient and surgical patients and can perform studies bedside when needed.
Interventional Radiology (IR)
Meriter's IR section performs invasive procedures, which can take place on an imaging table such as CT, US and Fluoroscopy. Invasive procedures are sterile procedures that typically involve localizing the skin with numbing medication and entering a blood vessel or tissue with a needle or catheter. Some invasive procedures require conscious sedation by a nurse who works in the Medical Imaging Department. Staff performing invasive procedures have advanced training and skill and work directly with an Interventional Radiologist.
Medical Imaging RN's
The Medical Imaging department has dedicated RNs who work with the Imaging Team on all invasive procedures and some non-invasive procedures that require complex patient preparation. CT Virtual Colonography, for example, requires the patient to take prescribed fluids at home before coming in for the CT. The MI RNs call the patients and provide detailed instructions and support. The RN's are available to provide sedation for patients as needed during procedures. They are an integral part of the MI team in assuring patient comfort and a great patient experience.
The Meriter Advantage
Meriter's Medical Imaging team is dedicated to providing the highest quality and safety, while focusing on the patient's physical comfort and emotional needs. The imaging team consists of dedicated Technologist, Radiologists, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Managers and reception staff all working to assure the best patient experience possible. As a team, we feel it is a privilege to utilize our skills and technology to support a care plan for each patient that comes through our doors.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has awarded accreditation status to specialty department in Medical Imaging, including Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT), and Molecular Medicine.
How to Apply
If you would like to search our available opportunities and apply to open positions, please visit the search page of our Meriter Career Center.
CT, IR, General Diagnostic, and Fluoroscopy Imaging applicants must be certified and registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Ultrasound applicants must be registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Molecular Medicine applicant must be certified with Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (CNMT). Technologist utilizing ionizing radiation must also possess a valid Wisconsin license as a Licensed Radiographer, if applicable.
General Diagnostic, Mammography, and Ultrasound Imaging is performed at select Meriter Medical Group Clinics. The imaging applicants must be certified and registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Ultrasound applicants must be registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Mammography applicants must also be certified by ARRT. See above for detailed modality information.
Medical Imaging RN applications must be Licensed in the State of Wisconsin.