The physicians at the Augat Imaging Center are all fellowship-trained and board certified, and can provide expert diagnoses in all areas of imaging. Every technologist is credentialed in his or her speciality area. The high caliber physicians, staff and equipment are essential for early detection of potential problems and in attaining accurate diagnoses. The Augat Imaging Center at Sturdy Memorial offers convenient evening and weekend hours.
64-Slice CT Scan
A form of Computed Tomography, the 64-slice CT scan is a high-speed scanner with superior spatial resolution that enables diagnostic radiologists to diagnose abnormalities and diseases with greater visualization, sensitivity, and specificity. The new scanning technology combines increased speed of image acquisition, decreased artifacts related to involuntary and voluntary patient movement, and the most advanced multi-planar and 3-D reconstruction capabilities. The scan has the ability to cover large areas of the body very rapidly, thereby reducing breath-hold time and improving patient comfort.
A Computerized Axial Tomography (CT) Scan (sometimes referred to as a "CAT Scan") is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses x-ray and computer technology to create a three-dimensional image of body tissues and bones. CT Scans aid in the diagnosis of diseases and abnormalities, and offer cross-sectional views of soft tissues, such as organs and tumors, for treatment.
Sturdy Memorial Physicians utilize CT Scan technology to diagnose and develop treatment plans for many conditions. CT Scans are performed in the Hospital's Augat Imaging Center by experienced, credentialed staff.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of imaging study that provides computer-generated images of the body's internal tissues and organs. Sturdy Memorial Hospital's MRI machine uses a 1.5 Tesslar magnet. This MRI machine does not require the patient to be completely enclosed, allowing the patient to receive the highest quality diagnosis in a comfortable environment.
The Mammography Department at Sturdy Memorial is a full-service department that provides patients with high quality care in a state-of-the-art facility. Offered services range from routine digital mammograms to stereo-tactic biopsies, which for some patients offer an alternative to more invasive procedures. The Mammography Department is open six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays, for easy accessibility.
What is Digital Mammography?
For the patient, the examination procedure is exactly the same as for analog mammography. However, instead of exposing film, the x-rays hit an advanced detector, creating a digital image. This capability allows the radiologist to optimize the data and provides more information for interpretation. This mammography system helps Sturdy Memorial Hospital provide the women of our community with the best possible exams.
Nuclear Medicine is a specialized branch of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive substances to examine organ function and anatomy. The amount of radiation a patient is exposed to during nuclear testing is approximately the same as during a standard x-ray.
PET/CT Scan, which stands for Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography, is an exciting new piece of technology that's been available to our patients since November 2006. Not only does a PET/CT scan enable physicians to diagnose diseases like cancer more quickly, it also helps them determine more precisely which stage the cancer is in - information that's invaluable in developing an effective treatment plan. A scan usually only takes about thirty minutes.
What exactly is a PET/CT Scan?
PET (Positron Emission Tomography) is a test that uses special imaging and a radioactive type of sugar (small injection the patient will receive prior to the exam) to produce pictures of the function and metabolism of the cells in the body.
CT (Computed Tomography) is an x-ray test that generates a detailed view of the anatomy or structure of organs and tissues in the body. The CT scan can show the dimensions of vessels, lymph nodes and organ system.
PET/CT integrates diagnostic PET and CT into a single device, making it possible to collect both anatomical and physiologic information during a single exam.
Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the body's internal organs, including but not limited to the heart and blood vessels, kidneys, bladder, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, and testicles. It helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions related to the body's internal organs. It is also used to monitor fetal development in pregnant patients. Ultrasound imaging is non-invasive and usually painless.