The Boone County Hospital (BCH) Radiology Department offers the latest in state-of-the-art medical imaging technology for everyone involved including the patient, the physician, and hospital staff.
In June 2009, BCH began offering Digital Mammography, the newest technology for breast cancer detection. The new system delivers exceptionally sharp digital images with better contrast and consistency at the lowest possible dose for the patient. “Our new Digital Mammography system uses a digital detector to convert x-rays to a digital signal for computerized display and manipulation on high-resolution monitors,” says Craig Freeman, Boone County Hospital’s Radiology Director. “This system offers capabilities not provided by our previous screen-film Mammography system. Probably the most important advantage of Digital Mammography is the technology is more sensitive than previous systems for certain subsets of women—those women that are premenopausal and those that have dense breasts.” BCH is a certified Pink Ribbon Facility, a distinction awarded only to an elite group of healthcare facilities.
In February 2007, Computed Radiography (CR) was added. CR accounts for 70 percent of all imaging procedures, in comparison to 10 percent for CT scans and six percent for MRIs. In addition to saving time and providing improved diagnostic X-ray images, CR simplifies the process of transmission for physician consultation because the images are already in digital form. Advantages of CR for the patient include safety, less waiting time, and reduced radiation. CR capabilities are also available in a Radiographic Room in the Boone Orthopedic Center at Boone County Hospital.
In May 2007, a Digital General Radiographic and Fluoroscopy Unit (pictured left) was installed. This technology is similar to CR but has a much faster exposure-to-viewing time of as little as three seconds. One of the biggest benefits of this machine is that the digital X-ray gives off less radiation than conventional film-based equipment. A typical use for this equipment is to observe the digestive trach.In May 2007, a Digital General Radiographic and Fluoroscopy Unit (pictured left) was installed. This technology is similar to CR but has a much faster exposure-to-viewing time of as little as three seconds. One of the biggest benefits of this machine is that the digital X-ray gives off less radiation than conventional film-based equipment. A typical use for this equipment is to observe the digestive trach.
In August 2007, a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system was installed. Through a powerful magnet in conjunction with radiofrequency waves, the doctor can see images in great detail from many angles. This technology produces pictures of internal organs and structures.
In September 2007, a Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS) was implemented. This networked computer system is dedicated to storage, retrieval, distribution and presentation of images from the Radiology Department. Benefits include the availability of online images 24 hours a day, all reports and images on one system, mutiple physicians accessing the same study at the same time, and permanently archived images.
In the fall 2007, nuclear medicine was brought in-house. Previously, this service was available three days a week in a mobile unit located in the parking lot on the north side of the hospital. By having a room in-house dedicated to nuclear medicine, Radiology is now able to offer this service Monday through Friday. In addition, the new unit is up to two times faster than the mobile unit. Nuclear medicine imaging techniques give doctors another way to look inside the human body.
The hospital’s high speed, multislice CT scanner produces significantly faster diagnoses and treatments which assists greatly in emergency and trauma level care. The CT scanner permits rapid trauma evaluation and whole body CT angiography at Boone County Hospital.
The Radiology Department has well-trained, friendly staff and an on-site radiologist, Dr. Thomas Gleason, to make fast and accurate diagnoses. Dr. Gleason, a Board Certified physician with exceptional credentials and extensive education, conducts radiological interpretations at Boone County Hospital on a full-time basis for around-the-clock coverage.