Diagnostic imaging services at St. Claire HealthCare remain at the forefront of advanced technology. To meet this challenge, SCH provides only the most sophisticated imaging and interventional radiology services through its leading-edge digital technology and state-of-the-art equipment.
Our Diagnostic Imaging Services provide patients with easier access to a full range of advanced diagnostic and preventative screening services while providing convenient, close-to-home care by skilled staff with friendly faces.
For most diagnostic imaging services, SCH has extended hours of operation to better accommodate our patients. Hours of service are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
The Toshiba Aquilion 64-Slice computed tomography (CT) scanner is capable of capturing high resolution 3D images of internal organs and anatomy in a matter of seconds. It is especially useful in diagnosing blocked coronary arteries without an invasive procedure.
SCH uses customized protocols to minimize the radiation exposure to our patients, and is committed to our patient's safety and well-being. We proudly adhere to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Possible) and Image Gently concepts.
St. Claire HealthCare is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in computed tomography.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body.
The Siemens Magnetom Symphony MRI scanner acquires detailed images quickly and comfortably, thanks to its patient-friendly design. MRI procedures are faster and simpler for the clinician and patient, thus keeping examination times to a minimum. In many cases, MRI provides different information about structures in the body than can be seen with an x-ray, ultrasound or CT scan. MRI also may show things that cannot be seen with other imaging methods.
MRI does not produce ionizing radiation.
Our technologists are committed to ensuring that our patients are as comfortable as possible during their tests. Patients are encouraged to ask any and all questions they may have so they feel confident and at ease during their visit at SCH.
St. Claire HealthCare is accredited by the American College of Radiology in magnetic resonance imaging.
The Siemens Sequoia Signature II Series Ultrasound provides excellent image quality and is used in a wide range of clinical applications. Most commonly, ultrasounds are used to capture images of the blood vessels, such as those in the legs, neck or abdomen. In addition, it provides 3D images of an expectant mother's unborn baby. Images from the advanced ultrasound equipment provide the clarity of a black and white photograph of the baby's features.
The Discovery™ Bone Densitometry System allows patients to receive the most comprehensive and convenient bone health assessment by conducting both a bone densitometry (DXA) and vertebral fracture assessment (VFA) at the same time. The noninvasive test, similar to a chest x-ray, provides regional patients the highest quality screenings and diagnostic images, allowing early stages of osteoporosis and bone injuries to be detected sooner.
The DXA and VFA assessments are important additions to the annual mammography and PAP smear screenings that female patients currently receive. It is also a valuable annual screening for male patients age 50 or older, or those who have experienced a bone fracture, lower back pain or noticed height loss.
SCH provides nuclear medicine exams in a caring environment using advanced technology and radiation-dose-reduction techniques. Every scan is performed by a registered nuclear medicine technologist and interpreted by a board-certified radiologist. We ensure image quality while making patient comfort, safety and satisfaction our top priority.
St. Claire HealthCare is accredited by the American College of Radiology in both Nuclear Medicine Planar Imaging and Nuclear Medicine Cardiology.
Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS)
PACS allows diagnostic images, such as x-rays and CT or MRI scans, to be stored electronically and viewed on monitors. Physicians and other health professionals are able to access the information and compare it with previous images at the touch of a button. In addition, this new technology enables SCH to place patient images onto a disc that the patient can take with them.