When your doctor prescribes a medical imaging procedure, you can rely on Stoughton Hospital to provide access to the advanced, professional diagnostic imaging technology you need, such as bone densitometry, computed tomography (CT), echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, pain management, upper GI and lower GI. Our qualified technologists pursue extensive training to maintain certification and we partner with Madison Radiologists SC to provide the high-quality care you expect. Medical imaging procedures available at Stoughton Hospital include:
Using a bone densitometer, physicians can measure your bone density and follow it over time. Because low or decreasing bone density may put you at risk for osteoporosis, this technology measures the density of the spine, hip and forearm which are the most common for fractures, and alerts physicians to the potential risk of an osteoporosis-related fracture.
Computed Tomography (CT)
Often referred to as CAT scan, Computed Tomography utilizes special x-ray equipment to obtain detailed images of the body from various angles to create a computer generated image of bones and soft tissue inside the body. These images provide the opportunity for earlier detection and diagnosis of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. Stoughton Hospital has a 64 slice CT Scanner capable of providing quality imaging at a low radiation dose of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities.
This diagnostic test uses sound waves and doppler imaging to make images of the heart chambers, valves and surrounding structures. These images can then be used to measure cardiac output, monitor blood flow, verify normal and abnormal valve function, and visualize the anatomy and function of the heart, as well as other tasks that assist in diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions.
Low doses of x-rays are used to examine breast tissue in order to screen for and detect early breast cancer in women who have no symptoms and to diagnose breast disease when symptoms are present.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses radio frequency waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The technique has proven valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions in all parts of the body including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods. Conscious sedation capabilities are available for claustrophobic patients.
Nuclear medicine involves diagnostic examinations that develop images of the body based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance that is given either orally or intravenously prior to the exam.
In order to manage pain, Stoughton Hospital offers therapeutic injections of the spine and joints.
Stereotactic Breast Core Biopsy
Stereotactic Breast Imaging uses x-ray and digital technology to pinpoint the exact location of masses and calcifications in the breast for biopsy. This procedure is an alternative to surgical biopsy, requiring only local anesthetic and a small incision.
An Ultrasound obtains and records images of internal organs through the use of high-frequency sound waves that are recorded and displayed in a real-time image. The technology, also known as ultrasound scanning or sonography, is used to examine internal tissues and organs, and can help a physician determine the source of pain, swelling, or infection in many parts of the body. Services provided at Stoughton Hospital include but not limited to breasts, including breast biopsy, obstetric/gynecologic, abdominal, vascular, thyroid, testicular. For more information regarding our Medical Imaging Services, please call (608) 873-2299.