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Minimally invasive interventional radiology techniques are used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Radiologists use X-ray and other imaging technologies (MRI, CT and ultrasound) to guide small wires or catheters (thin, flexible tube) with specialized instruments to treat affected areas of the body. These procedures only require a tiny incision where the catheter is inserted into an artery, so it results in less blood loss, less pain and a quicker recovery for patients.

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Cameron Regional Medical Center offers a range of minimally invasive interventional radiology techniques to offer safe and effective options to treat a variety of conditions, including:

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy uses X-rays to provide real-time images of the area being examined. It is often used to examine various body systems, including skeletal, digestive, urinary or reproductive, as well as organs such as the heart, lungs and kidneys. Fluoroscopy is commonly used to examine the intestines and large bowel, and is most often performed using a contrast solution to make tissues and other structures more visible.

This technology is often used with other diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to provide visual monitoring and guidance for procedures such as:

  • Biopsies
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Image-guided injections

Bone Density

Exercising and eating a diet rich in calcium are both positive steps that you and your family can take to maintain healthy bones. But diet, calcium supplements, and exercise may not be enough to protect you from loss of bone mass and fractures. The medical staff of Cameron Regional Medical Center believes that the more you know about osteoporosis, the better prepared you’ll be to take charge of keeping your bones healthy. Osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease.

Because you cannot see bone loss, a Bone Density Test is taken to determine the health of your bones. Normal healthy bones are strong, dense, and much less likely to break or fracture. Osteoporotic bones are thin and porous, often taking on the appearance of a hardened sponge. We encourage you to consult with our staff to help you become familiar with the Bone Density Test. The hip and spine, are commonly tested sites; and the tests are simple, safe, and painless; most take only a few minutes.

CT Scanner (64 Slice)

Computerized tomography (CT Scan) is a sophisticated imaging technique to show anatomy at all levels within the body. Cameron Regional Medical Center uses 2 state of the art, helical, CT scanners, a 16 row and a 64 row scanner. This provides a more detailed image for our radiologists to interpret. During CT imaging the x-ray source spirals around the patient, providing high resolution, cross sectional images. We are now performing state of the art CT angiography including coronary artery CT angiography. Many scans can be performed in a single breath hold of 20-30 seconds. Ultimately this diminishes the time a patient will need to lie on the scan table.

Your Cameron Regional Medical Center physicians and staff will give you instructions describing the preparation for your exam. Some exams require a patient to drink a special oral contrast to enhance the digestive system. Cameron Regional Medical Center Radiological Technologists are skilled medical specialists and receive licensing with the National Registry for Computed Tomography. Our Radiologists are all board certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Your Cameron Regional Medical Center physicians and staff will give you instructions describing the preparation for your exam. Some exams require a patient to drink a special oral contrast to enhance the digestive system. Cameron Regional Medical Center Radiological Technologists are skilled medical specialists and receive licensing with the National Registry for Computed Tomography. Our Radiologists are all board certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Mammography

New digital technology is gradually replacing traditional film-based mammograms the same way digital cameras have replaced film cameras. Mammography remains the best method of early breast cancer detection. However, traditional film screen mammography is limited in its ability to detect some cancers, especially those occurring in women with radiographically “dense” breasts. For this reason, extensive efforts to improve mammography have occurred. Digital mammography offers theoretical advantages compared to film-screen mammography cancer detection.

The high resolution and contrast needed to produce excellent quality mammography imaging exceeds all other areas of digital imaging. Patients undergoing digital mammographic examinations will see few differences during the examination itself. The examination room includes a small TV monitor which allows the mammographic technologist to view the mammogram in several seconds instead of developing films and waiting ten minutes to see an image. Breast compression, unfortunately, is still required to produce optimal images at the lowest possible radiation dose.

While the procedure for taking the images is the same for both types of mammograms, digital images are recorded and processed on a computer. Unlike film-based mammograms, digital images can be enlarged and manipulated to get a closer look at the breast tissue and any suspicious areas.

PET Scans

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT scans are both standard imaging tools that physicians use to pinpoint disease states in the body. A PET scan demonstrates the biological function of the body before anatomical changes take place, while the CT scan provides information about the body’s anatomy such as size, shape and location. By combining these two scanning technologies, a PET/CT scan enables physicians to more accurately diagnose and identify cancer, and brain disorders.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio frequency waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. There is no radiation involved in MRI technology and there are no side effects. MRI has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions, including cancer, brain tumors, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. Cameron Regional Medical Center uses only High field MRI providing superior quality and images for our patients. Some important facts to consider:

  • High field MRI is typically twice as fast as open MRI
  • High field MRI has higher resolution resulting in superior quality images with less blurring.
  • High field MRI produces thinner slices, so smaller abnormalities won’t be missed.
  • High field MRI is preferred by most medical specialists. Many specialists will not treat or operate based on open MRI findings.
  • Insurance plans are beginning to refuse patients requiring a second MRI after the open MRI proves unsuccessful.
  • High field MRI costs the same as open MRI but offers faster service and better quality images.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound (or sonography) uses reflected sound waves to create real-time images of soft tissues, including muscles, blood vessels and organs. Because sound waves are used, there is no radiation exposure during this procedure.

Although most commonly used to examine the fetus during pregnancy, it is also an effective tool for monitoring blood flow using Doppler ultrasound technology. Ultrasound can be used to discover abnormalities in organs, and detect narrowed arteries, clotted veins, or growths such as tumors and cysts.

Nuclear

The Nuclear Medicine Department of Cameron Regional Medical Center provides a wide scope of procedures helpful in detecting, evaluating, and diagnosing a variety of diseases and obstructions of the organs. Our department has been approved by the ICANL which recognizes high quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine laboratories.

These tests involve injections of radioisotopes into the veins, which are then localized in different areas of the body. Each test provides an intensely precise picture of the area resulting in a significantly greater opportunity for your physician to accurately diagnose your symptoms. Tests are safe, simple, painless, and there are virtually no side effects.

Some of the Nuclear Medicine Tests available at Cameron Regional Medical Center include:

Cardiac Nuclear Stress Exam – A two to three hour exam, which shows detailed pictures of the heart under stress and at rest. The test allows your physician to locate blocked or narrowed arteries to the heart.

Gated Blood Pool Study (MUGA) – Evaluates the wall motion and strength of your heart. Examination time is one hour.

Bone Scan – Detects and evaluates trauma, arthritis, and cancer of the bones. Requires a 15-minute injection, then two hours later, a 30 minute image acquisition.

Liver/Spleen Study – Provides an accurate assessment of liver disease and detection of liver/spleen lesions. The examination time is approximately 45 minutes.

Hepatobiliary Study (HIDA) – Evaluates the canals of the gallbladder and detects blockage. Examination time is approximately one to four hours.

RBC Liver Scan – Locates liver masses. Images are taken immediately, then 1-1/2 hours later, return for 45 minutes of imaging.

Gastric Emptying Study – Several conditions can result in delayed gastric emptying which can lead to various gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, heartburn and even abdominal pain. This study evaluates stomach function measuring how well it empties, and takes approximately 1 1/2 hours.