Recent investments in state-of-the art imaging equipment provides our medical team with the innovative tools needed to provide definitive interpretations and diagnosis. The St. Clair Medical Imaging Department provides a wide range of diagnostic imaging from conventional x-Ray to CT, CTA, MRI, MRA, Breast MRI, PET CT, Bone Density, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound and OB Ultrasound. These tools combined with our specialized technologists and experienced radiologists create an unmatched resource for medical imaging.
Below are summaries of some of the Hospital’s Medical Imaging capabilities.
A barium enema is a series of x-rays that provide the radiologist with information about the lower intestinal tract, a part of the digestive system. Learn More
A bone density test, also called a “DEXA” scan for Dual Energy x-ray Absorptiometry, measures the bone density at your hip or spine. Learn More
Cardiac MRI allows cardiac imaging physician specialists to visualize any scarring of the heart muscle that might indicate a prior heart attack or other condition. Cardiac muscle can be scarred not only by heart attacks, but also by viral infections, infiltrative diseases, or autoimmune diseases that can attack the heart. Learn More
Digital 3D Breast Tomosynthesis is a new and innovative FDA-approved technology that helps physicians detect breast cancer. Using an x-ray tube that moves in an arc around the patient’s breast, images are taken from multiple angles, while computer processing is used to build these “slices” into a three-dimensional image. Radiologists can then manipulate and scroll through to examine each slice individually, reducing or eliminating problems caused by overlapping or dense tissue. The 3D imaging technology, through these enhanced images, will help physicians detect smaller tumors sooner and allows better screening for women with dense breast tissue. Learn More
Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging is an advanced imaging tool that, when used in conjunction with annual screening mammograms, gives your physician the best chance of detecting cancers. It can also be useful for determining the best course of treatment for women who have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast MRI does not take the place of mammography, but is used to supplement the information that mammography provides. Learn More
A CT scan is a highly sophisticated, computerized scanning procedure of the body (chest, abdomen, pelvis, and head) or organs. This exam is used to diagnose certain diseases or conditions, or to perform a variety of interventional studies. In order to obtain a higher diagnostic quality, a dye might be injected or patients might be asked to drink a special liquid preparation. Learn More
Cardiac CT angiography is a specialized non invasive exam made possible by advanced high speed 64 slice computed tomography techniques minimizing heart motion to create high resolution images of the heart and coronary vessels. Learn More
X-ray involves radiographs of a patient’s body, including the chest, abdomen, head, and extremities. In some cases, a patient might be asked to drink a special liquid preparation or to fast for a specified length of time.
An upper G.I. Series is a series of x-rays of the gastrointestinal tract that provides the Radiologist with information about the condition of the esophagus, stomach and the tip of the small intestine. Learn More
An Intravenous Pyelogram is an x-ray that provides the radiologist with information about the urinary system. A special dye is injected into your arm or hand. The dye is absorbed by the kidneys and passes through the ureters and into the bladder. Learn More
This exam involves a radiograph of the breast. A patient might experience minor discomfort when the breast is compressed in order to obtain high quality images. Digital screening mammography services are available at our Hospital and Bethel Park locations. Certain exams might require a “needle localization” or “stereo tactic core biopsy” which is the placement of a needle into the breast to obtain a tissue sample. The Mammography Center is certified by the American College of Radiology. Learn More
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a safe and painless imaging technique that uses radiofrequency waves and a magnetic field to produce detailed images of the body. MRI allows your doctor to see images of your internal organs and structures in great detail from many different angles. The advanced technology is a valuable tool for diagnosing conditions and abnormalities that might not be seen on traditional x-rays or other tests. Learn More
Magnetic Resonance Angiography, is a specialized MRI that produces detailed images of the blood vessels and blood flow in the brain and body. MRA can detect areas of vessel narrowing or blockage, aneurysms and other blood vessel disorders. Learn More
This exam involves the administration of a radioactive compound by injection or by mouth. Technologists then take a scan that provides diagnostic information about the body (specifically, the bones) or organ function, including the heart, thyroid gland, and lungs.
A tool that provides diagnostic information that no other imaging tests can provide. PET works by creating powerful images of the biological functions of the human body to reveal disease. To create these images, compounds like simple sugars (glucose, for example) are labeled with signal-emitting tracers and are injected into the patient. Learn More
The use of sound waves, often called “Doppler,” to provide diagnostic information about organs and tissues. The most common uses are for pregnancy and diagnosis of conditions of the gallbladder, carotid, and other artery scans. Several tissue biopsies might also be performed. The Ultrasound Lab is certified by the American College of Radiology.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce moving images of the body’s internal soft tissue structures. It is a safe, fast and painless means of diagnostic imaging. St. Clair Hospital’s outpatient services for women includes a new Ultrasound Obstetrics/Gynecology suite that features one of the most sophisticated ultrasound systems on the market today. Learn More
Learn more about medical imaging from our Mayo Clinic Health Information section