Since Deborah is a specialty hospital, our area of particular expertise is chest radiology. Digital chest radiography is performed using X-ray equipment in the department, as well as our Fuji portable equipment. All images are sent to a PACS system, and are available throughout the hospital at workstations and PC's.
CT angiography is performed by rapidly scanning extremely thin slices through the area of interest while X-ray dye circulates through the body. Radiologists then use the computer to reconstruct the images at any angle, even in 3D, providing high-resolution angiographic images of blood vessels to assist with diagnosis.
We expect that new technology will largely replace diagnostic noncardiac angiography with outpatient CT scanning, allowing many patients to experience diagnostic testing without the trauma of an invasive procedure. Applications include the ability to non-invasively identify vascular anatomy and occlusions, cerebral aneurysms, find narrowing of the carotid arteries, examine the aorta for aneurysms, dissections and narrowing, evaluate renal arteries and check pelvic and leg vessels for aneurysms and narrowing.
The radiology staff has experience with angioplasty and stent placement for peripheral vascular disease, thrombolysis of acute vascular occlusion, and inferior vena cava filter placement for deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Thoracic, cerebral, and pulmonary angiography are performed routinely.
The Dual Source SOMATOM Definition CT Scanner can also be used to accurately evaluate certain cardiac conditions.
As part of the Comprehensive Vascular Program, the latest endovascular techniques are utilized in the department, including Spectramedics laser and Rotablator atherectomy, the latest stent technology, and Angiojet thrombolysis. A full range of vascular ultrasound is offered. Our laboratory is certified by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories for extracranial vascular studies, peripheral arterial studies by both color doppler and continuous wave doppler studies, and peripheral venous studies.
Most routine radiographic studies are offered. Double contrast barium studies of the gastrointestinal tract are routinely performed. Video recorded fluoroscopy is utilized for swallowing studies of the esophagus. Our ultrasound section offers abdominal, chest, and peripheral studies. Our radiologists routinely evaluate CT studies of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis and lumbar spine. CT guided needle biopsy and access drainage are available.