Radiology Upgrade: Better Imaging, Better Patient Experience

April 24, 2018
Radiology Upgrade: Better Imaging, Better Patient Experience

The new equipment benefits radiology staff like Eloy Ramirez by producing better quality images.

Miguel Torres

When Miguel Torres fractured his right talus, the bone that connects the foot and ankle, he went to Doctors Hospital of Laredo for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to check the surrounding ligaments and tendons for possible damage. He left pleased with his radiology visit.

“They took me in at the time they said my appointment was going to be. The gentleman, Eloy Ramirez, who did the scan was very professional. I was in there for about 30 to 40 minutes. I actually fell asleep it was so comfortable,” shares Torres.

Torres had his scan done with the brand new Philips MRI 3T scanner, the latest in MRI technology now available at Doctors Hospital as part of the radiology equipment upgrade. Director of Radiology Carlos Farias, RT(R)(CT), explains that overall the new imaging technology means safer and faster scans for patients and enhanced image quality for more accurate readings and improved diagnoses. Each type of scan is different and depends on patient needs. The newest radiology equipment upgrades include:

MRI — Philips MRI 3T

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to create clear pictures of internal organs and tissues to diagnose diseases in all parts of the body, such as cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. The Philips MRI 3T has a magnet double the strength of standard machines on the market, meaning that it produces optimal quality images and has the latest technologies available for brain profusions, as well as breast and prostate imaging.

X-rays — Portable Samsung GM85

An X-ray is an image made by passing a small amount of radiation through a body part to expose structure like bones or internal organs to check for possible fractures or abnormalities. The new machine is lighter and has a longer battery life, which reduces down time between scans. It also produces higher quality images and can be adjusted according to patient size for minimal radiation exposure.

Ultrasound (Sonography) — Philips Ultrasound Epic 7 models

An ultrasound utilizes high frequency sound waves to produce and read echoes to create images of a structure in the body. Ultrasounds are often used to see babies in utero but are also used to see the liver, pancreas, spleen, blood vessels, breast, kidney, gallbladder and heart. The two brand new Philips Ultrasound Epic 7 models provide better penetration with better image quality and automated guiding systems to help radiologists target biopsies faster.

Digital Mammography — Low Dose Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Exams from Hologic

A digital mammogram uses a small amount of radiation and tomosynthesis technology to produce 3D electronic pictures of the breast tissue. Mammograms are used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities. 3D imaging of the breast makes for more accurate diagnoses and reduces unnecessary screening callbacks without adding any discomfort for the patient.

Learn more about radiology services at Doctors Hospital. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-465-5585.