Radiology

Radiology at Bolivar Medical Center is one the most advanced medical technologies and offers all the latest procedures. The imaging department is equipped with state of the art digital technology with instant access to all images for physician offices.

The radiology team specializes in computed technology (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, ultrasound and nuclear medicine. All specialty areas are accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Nuclear Medicine

With a brand new nuclear medicine camera, patients are provided the opportunity for an accurate diagnosis with comfort and peace-of-mind.

 

Mammography & Ultrasound

The mammography and ultrasound department is staff with two nurses with with almost 40 years of combined experience.

Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

  • Unprecedented image quality and sensitivity,
  • Earlier detection and treatment for our patients.

CT Scans

CT is used to diagnose a number of different medical conditions such as strokes, fractures, or tumors that may not have been seen by other routine studies. Bolivar Medical Center uses 64-slice CT Scanner technology, which images cross-sectional slices of the body, creating an exceptionally clear, detailed picture.

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging

Bolivar Medical Center uses technology to "see" inside the body in order for doctors to find certain diseases or abnormal conditions. MRI does not rely on the type of radiation (i.e., ionizing radiation) used for an x-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan. The MRI examination requires specialized equipment that uses a powerful, constant magnetic field, rapidly changing local magnetic fields, radiofrequency energy, and dedicated equipment including a powerful computer to create very clear pictures of internal body structures.

During the MRI examination, the patient is placed within the MR system or "scanner." The powerful, constant magnetic field aligns a tiny fraction of subatomic particles called protons that are present in most of the body's tissues. Radiofrequency energy is applied to cause these protons to produce signals that are picked by a receiver within the scanner. The signals are specially characterized using the rapidly changing, local magnetic field and computer-processed to produce images of the body part of interest.

What is MRI used for?

MRI has become the preferred procedure for diagnosing a large number of potential problems in many different parts of the body. In general, MRI creates pictures that can show differences between healthy and unhealthy tissue. Doctors use MRI to examine the brain, spine, joints (e.g., knee, shoulder, wrist, and ankle), abdomen, pelvic region, breast, blood vessels, heart and other body parts.

How safe is MRI?

To date, over 150 million patients have had MRI examinations. Every year, approximately 10 million patients undergo MRI procedures. MRI has been shown to be extremely safe as long as proper safety precautions are taken. In general, the MRI procedure produces no pain and causes no known short-term or long-term tissue damage of any kind.