We have diagnostic services to meet the needs of our patients and our referring physicians.
Diagnostic Imaging provides imaging services using various means of producing "pictures" to be "read" by a radiologist. A radiologist is a doctor who has had special training in image interpretation. The pictures allow the doctor to detect cancer, pneumonia, a broken bone, etc.
All imaging completed for patients at the site can be easily accessible to their physicians through a special website portal where images and results are made available on-line to be viewed by computer.
Certain studies listed will involve contrast injection. Let the office staff know if you have any allergies prior to your appointment.
Some tests do not require an appointment; however some not only require an appointment but also require prior authorization through your insurance carrier. We are happy to assist you with your questions and scheduling.
CT Scan and XRAY Imaging at McLaren Oakland Oxford is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our Radiology Staff is registered by the ARRT.
Mammography McLaren Oakland Oxford is accredited in mammography with the State of Michigan, American College of Radiology and the Federal Government.
Our technologists are female and registered in mammography.
Same day/ Next day and Late Night appointments are available.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET): The positron emission tomography (PET) combined with computed tomography (CT) into one procedure PET/CT to image the entire body. This technology is primarily used to assess cancers, such as lung, colorectal, esophagus, lymphoma, melanoma and breast.
This non invasive testing offered within the community, where physicians need to send patients out of the area.
Other advantages of PET/CT include:
- Early screening for Alzheimer's disease and dementia
- Closed head injury
- Clinic exams performed on children and adults
X ray: Diagnostic x ray is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Ultrasound: Ultrasound is the use of sound waves to see inside the body. Ultrasound is used to study specific areas of the body, and to check the health of an unborn baby. Ultrasound can help diagnose many medical conditions, such as kidney disease, gallbladder disease, cancer and blood clots.
Ultrasound is a medical tool considered -
- Simple: It involves little or no discomfort, and little patient preparation.
- Effective: Ultrasound is often used in place of more exam methods or surgery.
- Safe: There are no known side effects. Ultrasound does not require radiation, special dyes or anesthesia.
- Quick: Most exams take 20-60 minutes. Some are over in as little as five minutes.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)- MRI is a diagnostic scanning technique that produces detailed images of organs and structures in the body. The MRI scanner is a large, cylindrical machine that creates a strong magnetic field, and uses radio waves to create the images. An MRI checks for damage or abnormalities in soft tissues, the brain, and the spinal cord. MRI is used to diagnose tumors, view tissue damage and examine blood flow.
With the MRI's magnetic field, pulses of radio waves are sent from the scanner. Signals from your body's hydrogen protons are received by the computer that analyzes and converts them into a image of the area of the body being examined. The image appears on a viewing monitor.
An MRI assists your doctor in making a diagnosis. A radiologist interprets results from your MRI and sends a report to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss the results with you.
An MRI is an outpatient procedure. If you know you have any allergy, are taking prescription medications, or are a woman of childbearing age and think you may be pregnant, or are breast-feeding, tell the technologist prior to the procedure.
- All jewelry and metal objects must be removed because of the magnet. MRI scanning cannot be used to individuals with pacemakers, defibrillators, brain aneurysm clips or other implanted devices.
- During the MRI, you lie on a table that slides into a tunnel or tube-shaped machine.
- The technologist positions the table in the tunnel so the area to be examined can be imaged.
- During the scanning process, you will hear a very loud knocking sound as the magnetic field is created and pulses of radio waves are sent from the scanner. Earplugs are given to help block the noise.
- An MRI usually takes 30-60 minutes. Some MRI exams require an injection of contrast material.
Bone Density-This is a screening for osteoporosis. No preparation time is needed and the examination only takes approximately 10 minutes. This procedure determines bone mass. Bone mineral measurements are very highly correlated to predict the potential for bone fractures.
For your convenience combine your bone density test with your annual mammogram appointment.
Computed Tomography Scan or (CT Scan)- uses x-rays to make a picture frequently described as a "slice". We offer a 40 slice CT scan which can be performed on the head, neck, pelvis, abdomen, spine, chest and extremities. The radiologist provides a written report to your physician, and your physician will review the results with you. This important service is offered 24/7. Same day or next day appointments are available for some scans.
- For some CT procedures, you will be asked to not eat or drink for several hours prior to the test. See below for specific preparation for specific CT scans.
- For the CT scan, you will lie on a table that moves into a doughnut-shaped hole. As you lie still, the x-ray tube moves around you inside the doughnut-shaped hole. The procedure ttimes vary and can last 5 to 20 minutes. For some procedures, you may be asked to drink a contrast material.
- Once the pictures have been reviewed, the procedure is complete.
- If you are a woman of childbearing age and think you might be pregnant, please tell the technologist prior to the procedure.