Imaging Services

McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital's imaging services department offers a full array of advanced diagnostic imaging equipment, techniques and services. Our imaging department is fully digital, with a Centricity RIS/PACS system. This allows full connectivity for viewing patient images and interpretation between all our sites. It is also available to physician offices.

Our hospital in Oxford provides diagnostic ultrasound -- general vascular and echo, MRI, mammography, CT, DEXA bone density scan, nuclear medicine and x-ray and fluoroscopic services. The McCullough-Hyde Hospital outpatient services at the Ross Medical Center offers MRI, CT, general x-ray, and ultrasound—general vascular and echo, and mammography.

Caring professionals complement our modern imaging technology. Fully licensed and credentialed technologists and nurses staff our imaging services department, and board-certified radiologists interpret the studies.

For useful information about what patients may experience during various imaging exams, click here: www.radiologyinfo.org.

CT scan

Computed tomography (CT) uses computer technology to produce detailed cross-sectional images of the body. CT often eliminates the need for more complicated and involved procedures, while providing an effective means for early detection and monitoring of diseases.

DEXA bone density scan

Osteoporosis results from a loss of bone mass. An excellent way to detect the amount of loss is through a DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan. The scan uses a small amount of x-ray to produce images of the spine, hip, or even the entire body.

Mammography

One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, but early detection improves the chance for survival. The leading method for breast cancer detection is mammography. The American Cancer Society recommends that women receive annual screening mammograms starting at age 40.

McCullough-Hyde offers digital mammography at the hospital in Oxford and at the Ross Medical Center. We offer breast stereotactic biopsy and needle localization, providing women with options in the evaluation of breast lumps.

MRI

The unparalleled clarity of images produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan makes it a key tool for evaluating the head, neck, spine and joints. MRI uses computer technology, along with radio frequency waves and a powerful magnet, to produce these images. It is also useful in examining bones, muscles, tumors, the heart, blood vessels and abdominal organs.

Our on-site, state-of-the-art MRI equipment combines patient comfort and an open feel with high performance. It also quickly delivers unsurpassed diagnostic detail, from head to toe.

At our Ross facility, a large-bore MRI provides more comfortable testing conditions for larger patients and for those who fear enclosed spaces; 70 percent of all MRIs may be done with the patient's head outside of the magnet. When a head-first exam is done, there is an open view allowing constant eye contact with those present. There is also more head, leg and elbow room with this MRI.

Nuclear Medicine

Radioactive material can be helpful when used in diagnostic imaging. Nuclear medicine involves the injection of a small, safe dose of radioactive material that is then imaged using a modern, computerized camera. We offer a wide variety of testing, including nuclear cardiac stress testing, thyroid and bone imaging.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging is used extensively in obstetrics and gynecology but it has many other applications as well, including evaluation of the gallbladder and other abdominal organs, the heart, and blood vessels. Ultrasound "sees" inside the human body by using high-frequency sound waves and then producing a real-time visual image.

McCullough-Hyde's new state-of-the-art ultrasound technology provides 3-D images with digital quality and sensitivity to blood flow within the body. This enables physicians to more easily detect and define subtle abnormalities, which can potentially lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment.

X-ray and Fluoroscopy

Still photos and video. Both create images, but in different ways. X-ray and fluoroscopy do the same. An x-ray is a two-dimensional static image of a body part, while fluoroscopy helps a physician observe and document a body part in "real-time" and evaluate both its appearance and function. Both imaging techniques have numerous applications.

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