Expert: Medical Imaging

Saint Alphonsus Medical Imaging & Radiology

As far back as 1900, when Saint Alphonsus installed the first X-ray equipment in Idaho, we've been known for innovation in medical imaging technologies and treatments.
Saint Alphonsus Radiology and Medical Imaging department provides state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures and treatments - from detecting disease at its earliest phase, to quickly scanning the bones and internal organs of a trauma patient. Our highly-skilled imaging technologists, support staff and board-certified radiologists provide radiology consultation services 24 hours a day with a broad range of comprehensive specialties.

Saint Alphonsus has been the first in the region to:
- develop a 3-D imaging lab to render 3-D and other special images of CT scans so physicians can easily "fly-through" and around a patients anatomy realistically diagnosing conditions, screening disease and planning for surgery
- install a neurointerventional bi-plane angiography suite that defines the exact scope of an aneurysm or other serious conditions in 3-D to enable physicians to set a course of treatment immediately
- establish a Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS) to view digital x-rays and medical images on computers around the hospital and in physician offices
- install a 64 - multi-detector CT scanner to provide patients with a quicker, more accurate diagnosis

Full Service Diagnostic Imaging:

- 64-multi-detector CT Scanning Technology
- High-field MRI
- Diagnostic General Radiology
- Computerized Technology
- Ultrasound
- Nuclear Medicine
- Trauma Radiology
- Neuro bi-plane angiography
- Vascular (peripheral angiography)
- Interventional procedures
- Comprehensive Mammography Program
- Osteoporosis Screening

How Does Imaging Technology Work?

Radiology uses a Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) to create a "filmless environment" that allows all acquired medical images to be reviewed and stored electronically. This provides more efficient and timely processes in diagnosing pathology and allows clinicians the ability to communicate quickly for treatment planning.

64-Multi-detector CT Scanner technology takes an image of the body structure - bone, vessels, muscle, skin - and it's images are transferred into 3-D for a highly realistic view. This technology is extremely quick and highly accurate, and is an important aid in assessing complex traumas, as well as ruling out certain cardiac diagnoses.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The technique has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions in all parts of the body including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders.

Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive isotopes to seek out and identify or treat disease areas that may not be detected with other diagnostic tests. Nuclear Medicine is considered safe, painless, and effective because it provides doctors with information about both bodily structure and function. It is a revolutionary way to gather medical information that compliments other imaging technologies. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures often identify abnormalities very early on in the progress of a disease - long before many medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.

Angiography is the imaging of blood vessels in the body with the use of injected x-ray "dye" and rapid sequence imaging. Applications of this type of imaging are utilized through out the body for diagnosis and treatment.

CAD (computer aided detector) is an assisted screening device system that identifies and marks "areas of interest" on routine screening and diagnostic mammograms, and brings these areas to the radiologist's attention at the same time as an initial reading has been completed. This system assists the radiologist to lessen observational oversights by identifying areas on the original mammograms that may need additional studies. Reportedly, the CAD increases the sensitivity of finding early breast cancers by 20%.

For more information, visit www.saintalphonsus.org.