Radiology, or imaging, refers to medical radiology imaging, such as X-Rays, MRIs, CT Scans. Fortunately, at Townsen Memorial Hospital, we have imaging for both emergent and non-emergent patient needs. Radiology is an incredibly important service, as it allows our medical care team to diagnose and treat patients both quickly and efficiently.
Each type of imaging is useful in its own way, depending on the patient and their medical status. Learn more about the different imaging techniques below.
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING
This medical imaging technique uses strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of organs within a patient’s body. At Townsen Memorial Hospital, we use MRIs to diagnose internal problems, as well as to follow-up from medical procedures without exposing the patient to the radiation of an X-ray.
Depending on each patient and his or her symptoms, MRIs can be a better alternative than other types of imaging, such as CT Scans and X-Rays, as they do not expose patients to radiation.
MRIs are often used in the diagnosis of:
- Neurological Cancers
- Central Nervous System Disorders: Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy
- Vascular Diseases
- Spinal Problems
- Lesions of the Liver, Pancreas and Bile Ducts
COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY SCAN (CT SCAN)
Formerly known as a CAT Scan, a CT Scan uses computer-processed combinations of differently angled X-Ray measurements to see inside of an organ without cutting into it. Additionally, CT Scans are often used in preventative medicine, to screen for diseases.
Furthermore, this type of scanning can be more beneficial than X-Rays, as they can hone in on one area of the body, leaving out surrounding structures. They also allow the medical team to take a more specialized look at the problem area.
CT Scans are used to detect:
- Bone Trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Internal Lung Problems
- Bronchi Inflammation
- Blood Vessels (Contrast CT)
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Abdominal Diseases
- Complex Fractures
- And more
X-rays have been the most widely used medical imaging technique for bone structures since their discovery. The technique shows bone breaks, fractures, and more, allowing medical staff to determine an accurate treatment plan. Moreover, chest X-rays can also see both the lungs and their trapped gasses.
X-rays are typically used to detect:
- Lung Cancer
- Kidney Stones
- Pulmonary Edema
- Some Soft Tissue Diseases
- Bone Breaks and Fractures
- Free Air and Fluid
- And more
If you’re interested in learning more, or have questions about the imaging services at Townsen Memorial Hospital and Emergency Room, call (281) 369-9001 or visit https://www.townsenmemorialhospital.com/contact/.