A New Look at Health
Advances in radiology and imaging allow safer, more detailed information than ever before. From expectant parents viewing an ultrasound to patients waiting for diagnostic insight, the role of imaging services is crucial for so many of our patients. We understand the many circumstances that may lead you to need our services, and we pledge to offer our compassion and expertise to make your visit as calm and helpful as possible.
Trusted Training and Experience
- The Imaging Services team at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is proud to offer over 100 years of combined technologist experience and all are certified by the American Board of Radiology.
- Our team consists of skilled technologists who are trained in multiple services. This allows us to give patients a more one on one experience with the same technologist throughout their imaging exams.
- The Imaging Services team is proud of our long association with Hutchinson Community College’s Radiologic Technologist program. Many of our technologists are certified through this program, creating a team of trusted local experts to serve you.
Advanced Digital Imaging
Imaging Services at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is a completely digital facility. When we take an image, it is instantly displayed for viewing. Digital imaging also requires less radiation, lessening the radiation exposure for all patients.
We invite you to learn about the advanced digital capabilities offered by Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Imaging Services:
Computed Tomography (CT)
Computed Tomography (CAT scan) is very useful in studying internal organs, vessels, and bones.
- Imaging Services offers two Computed Tomography scanners. These scanners produce high resolution images giving our Radiologists more detail to better diagnose small abnormalities.
- Our scanners also offer Care Dose, meaning they give patients the lowest amount of radiation possible while still providing a beautiful diagnostic image.
- Some examinations require an injection of iodinated contrast material to highlight patient’s internal vasculature. Patients may also be given oral contrast to highlight their internal organs. Scan times will vary depending on the exam your doctor has ordered.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses Radiofrequencies (RF) and a strong magnetic field to acquire extremely detailed images of the body. MRI does not use radiation like traditional x-ray and CT.
MRI is used to image the body in a variety of ways including:
- Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
- Back and neck pain or injuries
- Evaluating internal organs due to injury or disease
- Monitoring cancer in the body
- Monitor or diagnose bone infections
- Evaluate for neurological conditions such as strokes, multiple sclerosis and chronic headaches among others
Are you concerned about claustrophobia? We can help. New equipment offers relief for many patients. The new and powerful 1.5 Tesla MRI magnet is equipped with a short, wide opening to help patients with claustrophobia. The machine provides higher resolution and decreased scan times for your comfort. A beautiful skylight and large window also help create a spacious environment.
If you are claustrophobic or have any metal or implanted medical devices, please let your doctor and Imaging Services know before scheduling so we can help you be as comfortable as possible.
Ultrasound imaging or Sonography uses sound waves and their echoes to capture the image. Ultrasound does not use radiation. For your ultrasound exam warm gel will be placed on the skin to image anatomy with a transducer that is pressed against the region of interest. Ultrasound is commonly performed on internal organs, fetus in utero, and veins and arteries.
X-ray uses small doses of ionizing radiation to produce images. It is used in various ways to image lungs, abdomen, spine, and extremities (arms, legs, feet, hands). Our facility utilizes all digital imaging for shorter exams and less radiation for patients.
We have the ability to bring our X-rays straight to your room with one of our three digital portables. In order to acquire the x-ray a board will be placed behind or under you. This may cause some discomfort. If you are feeling uncomfortable please let us know.
Fluoroscopy uses ionizing radiation for live imaging. It is typically used to examine the gastrointestinal tract such as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon. It can also be used as needle guidance for contrast injections.
It can also be used as needle guidance for contrast injections.
In order to image the gastrointestinal tract we use oral contrast that might have a vanilla chalky taste. After drinking contrast our Radiologists will guide the Fluoroscopy tube over your body and watch the oral contrast as it moves through your anatomy.
When using Fluoroscopy for needle guidance we will inject contrast into the anatomy of interest. That will show up on the CT or MRI scanner after your injection. During your exam our Radiologists will numb the area of interest with lidocaine giving you a bee sting sensation. If you feel excessive discomfort please let our Radiologist know so we can make you as comfortable as possible.
Interventional Radiology (IR)
Interventional Radiology also uses ionizing radiation to acquire its images. Our IR room is completely digital and acts like a giant X-ray tube to take images all around you without requiring any movement on the table. Procedures include:
- Dialysis Fistula Management
- Drain Placement
- CT Guided Biopsy’s
- Pain Management through Steroid Injections
- Stabilization of Fractured Vertebrae
These sterile procedures are performed for you by our Board-Certified Radiologists with specialized training in Interventional Procedures.
Nuclear Medicine uses safe, painless, and cost-effective techniques to image the body and treat disease. It is unique due to its ability to help doctors view how your body is functioning. Exams are completed by using small amounts of radioactive pharmaceuticals given intravenously, orally or by inhalation. After these pharmaceuticals have been given our Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist will image the organ of interest at different times with our Gamma Camera.