Imaging & Radiology
The Augat Imaging Center offers a complete range of imaging services using the latest equipment including bone density, computed tomography (CT), EEG/EMG, EKG, general radiology, angiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 3D and digital mammography, nuclear medicine, PET-CT scan, ultrasound, and the vascular lab, all in one convenient location.
The highest caliber of physicians, staff, and equipment are essential for early detection of potential problems and in attaining accurate diagnoses. Our board certified and fellowship trained radiologists can provide expert diagnoses in all areas of imaging. Every technologist is credentialed in his or her specialty area. We strive to provide exceptional and expert care, while offering convenient evening and weekend hours.
A computed tomography (CT) scan (formerly referred to as a "CAT Scan" or computerized axial tomography) is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses x-ray and computer technology to create a 3D 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. Our physicians utilize CT technology to diagnose and develop treatment plans for many conditions.
64-Slice CT Scan
A form of computed tomography (CT), 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. This scanning technology combines increased speed of image acquisition, decreased artifacts related to involuntary and voluntary patient movement, and the most advanced multi-planar and 3D 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.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of imaging study that provides computer-generated images of the body's internal tissues and organs. Our MRI machine uses a 1.5 Tesslar magnet and does not require the patient to be completely enclosed, allowing for the highest quality diagnosis in a comfortable environment.
PET-CT scan, which stands for positron emission tomography/computed tomography, enables physicians to diagnose diseases like breast cancer more quickly and to determine more precisely which stage the cancer is in; information that is invaluable in developing an effective treatment plan. A scan usually only takes about 30 minutes. 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 noninvasive and usually painless.
Our mammography department is a full-service department that provides patients with high-quality care in a state-of-the-art facility that is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Mammography is open six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays, for easy accessibility.
3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, is a breakthrough technology that to be used in combination with standard 2D digital mammography for breast cancer screening. While 3D and digital mammograms both involve x-ray examination of the breasts, 3D mammography creates multiple layers or “slices" of images to better visualize overlapping tissues, compared to 2D, flat images. These numerous images allow for 3D image reconstruction of the breast tissue. Radiologists are then able to identify very small and/or subtle masses and distortions that might otherwise have been hidden on conventional digital mammograms. 3D mammography appears to be most useful in women with dense breasts.
Both 3D and digital mammograms are advanced breast cancer screening and diagnostic technologies. We aim to provide the women of our community with these sophisticated screening options to enhance cancer detection, and to find these cancers in their earliest and most treatable stages.
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.