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Diagnostic Services

Often times it's not easy for your physician to diagnose an illness. Sometimes a diagnosis can only be made after you undergo a specific Diagnosticstest or procedure. Sophisticated diagnostic testing technology that makes us a leader in the region is available at:

 

The combined comprehensive array of services we have assembled among these three facilities means you never have to leave your community to access the care you need:

 

Imaging
Whether it's as simple as an X-ray (a plain film of any body part) or as advanced as nuclear medicine (using radioactive materials to detect abnormal functions or disease conditions), you can feel comfortable knowing that your physician has the best tools available to aid in diagnosing your illness.

Ephraim McDowell Health’s imaging technology uses the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), a fully digital process that produces even better quality images and eliminates the need for film. Your test images can be taken, reviewed and interpreted by a physician from anywhere in the world via a secure, protected computer connection. We can also download images to CD's or portable devices if your doctor needs them.

Our capabilities include:

  • CT Scan. Our CT (computerized tomography) scanners provide computer-enhanced X-ray images. Your doctor can see a cross-Imaging2sectional view of a particular part of your body. Depending on the reasons for the scan, contrast dyes can be used to visualize blood flow.  We have a 64-slice and a 4-slice CT scanner at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center while 16-slice CT scanners are available at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center.

 

  • Open MRI. This magnetic resonance imaging equipment is open on three sides, providing comfort and convenience for you. It uses magnetic fields, not X-rays, to produce detailed images and is very useful for detecting tumors or viewing the spinal canal because it images soft tissues better than other imaging methods. Open MRI is available only at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center while the traditional MRI is available at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

 

  • PET/CT Scan. This technology combines positron emission tomography (PET) and CT scanning to greatly enhance the diagnosis and identification of cancer, heart disease and brain disorders, and damaged areas of the body.  This is available only at Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center.

 

  • Bone Densitometry. This special type of X-ray measures the calcium content in the bones and is useful for assessing your risk for bone fractures. It is very low dose and can be used as a screening for osteoporosis or to monitor the positive effects of certain medications on your bones’ density. This is available only at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center.

 

  • Mammography. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that can reveal a small lump up to two years before it can be felt with fingers. DigitalMammoEphraim McDowell Health offers the world's most advanced technology for the detection of breast cancer with the Selenia® Dimensions® 2D full field digital mammography system. Mammograms may be performed at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center.

 

  • X-ray. This is an image of any body part that assists your physician in making a diagnosis. Images are made using our computed radiographic plates, a digital way to take the images.
  • Ultrasound. This service looks at various organs using high frequency sound waves, not x-rays. This technique produces images that can be reviewed as part of the diagnostic process. It is a painless and quick procedure to evaluate body organs and track the progress of pregnancy.

 

Cardiovascular
This diagnostic service offers you and your physician information about blood flow in your arms, legs, heart and brain:

 

  • Echocardiography/3D Echocardiography. This specialized ultrasound of the heart allows it to be viewed in three dimensions. It shows the valves of the heart clearly, enhancing the cardiologist’s ability to determine if there is any abnormal leaking around the heart.  Available at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital.
  • Cardiac Catheterization/Angiography. These procedures assist doctors in detecting heart and vascular disease. With a cardiac catheterization, a small tube called a catheter is inserted into the arm or groin and passed through blood vessels to the heart. Angiography is similar to cardiac catheterization. Angiography can be performed on almost any part of the body. A special dye is injected during both procedures to highlight any problem areas. Available only at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
  • Carotid Artery Screening. This procedure uses ultrasound to determine the presence of plaque in the carotid arteries. It is useful for determining an individual's risk for strokes. Available at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital.
  • Transesophageal Echocardiograms (TEE). This test allows the cardiologist to view the internal structures of the heart by inserting a probe (a thin flexible tube with a special tip) down your throat while you are lightly sedated.  Available only at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
  • EKG. This test records your heart rate and helps your doctor detect potential problems.
  • Holter Monitor. This 24-hour monitor records your heart's electrical activity for 24 hours while you perform your usual activities at home or at work. The results are used to determine potential problems with your heart.

 

Neurodiagnostics - available only at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center
This service uses special equipment to record brain wave activity, which is then reviewed by a neurologist who looks for abnormalities as a sign of a potential problem.

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) . This procedure helps in the diagnosis of conditions involving the brain and nervous system. Electrodes are placed onto the scalp to measure and record the brain wave activity.

 

Additional Testing - available only at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center

  • Nuclear Medicine. This service uses equipment to detect abnormal functions of disease conditions by measuring the amount of radioactive rays emitted through and concentrating in particular areas of the body. When having this procedure, you receive an injection of a small amount of radioactive material that will allow your organs to be viewed. Within a few hours, the radioactive materials leave your system.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. Using the sophisticated Mammotome biopsy system, you have accurate biopsy results without the physical trauma of biopsy surgery.