The Diagnostic Services Center, located on the second floor of the hospital, is a centralized waiting and registration area for patients requiring services in Laboratory, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Respiratory Care, Cardiovascular Services, EEG and EKG, Pain Management Center, Pre-procedure testing and Outpatient Surgery.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI offers incredible value and versatility in diagnosis. Our board-certified radiologists and registered radiology technologists with specialized MRI training are available to assist our physicians and patients. Our quick, professional service allows for preliminary reports on the day of service and a final report available to the physician in 24 hours. This rapid turnaround time helps ease the anxiety of patients waiting for results. We offer a convenient location, plus evening and weekend appointments within about three days. MRI, in combination with mammography, has also proven to be a distinctive screening tool in detecting breast cancer in the earliest stages.
Open Bore MRI
Open Bore MRI addresses issues related to obesity, claustrophobia, elderly and pediatric patients. Our large bore MRI enables clinicians to provide patients with CT-like comfort, avoid any patient repositioning, administer 60 percent of exams with the patient's head outside the magnet. There are many benefits to offering this new high-quality imaging, including:
- The extra-large open bore accommodates patients of all sizes, including the obese (up to 520 pounds), elderly and children.
- The new machine accommodates claustrophobic patients, with a shorter tunnel design and one foot of spacious headroom from the patient to the magnet.
- The magnet provides high quality images twice as strong as currently offered in traditional vertical-field open magnets.
P.E.T. (Positron Emission Tomography)
Is it cancer or isn't it? One of the newer diagnostic tools in the physician's arsenal is the P.E.T. Scan. The non-invasive P.E.T. Scan provides powerful images of the human body and specific
information about metabolism and cell function. With P.E.T. scanning, a physician can diagnose the spread or progression of cancers, and can even determine if some lesions are benign or malignant without a biopsy.
At St. Mary Mercy Hospital, our 64-slice CT system uses state-of-the-art imaging technologies that bring speed along with uncompromised image quality. This CT scanner includes a suite of comprehensive applications that are specifically designed to provide the highest productivity and the best image quality at the lowest possible X-ray dose.
The detector system is designed to acquire 64 simultaneous .5 mm slices which will allow for a true isotropic volume data set of any part of the body. This will allow physicians to view these data sets from any plane in highly detailed 2D or 3D views of anatomy and pathology to support disease detection.
In order to provide patients with optimal breast imaging and comfort with lower x-ray dosage, St. Mary Mercy Hospital offers digital mammography. In addition to increased diagnostic capabilities, this modern technology is also designed to reduce the discomfort often associated with mammography.
Benefits of digital mammography technology:
- High image quality and allows imaging of almost all breast sizes
- Flexible paddles that can sense breast thickness for a more comfortable compression
- Lower doses of radiation exposure
- More efficient access because doctors can electronically transmit digital mammogram images to another physician for viewing or printing
- Doctors can electronically manipulate digital mammogram images for more accurate diagnoses
To schedule an appointment for a digital mammogram, call St. Mary Mercy's Central Scheduling at 734.655.2961.
For years women who suffered from the pain of uterine fibroid tumors had few alternatives for treatment. Fortunately, today there is an effective option called Fibroid Embolization which is a minimally invasive treatment available at St. Mary Mercy Hospital. The procedure involves intentionally blocking the artery that feeds the fibroid. Without a blood supply, the tumor shrinks. But from a patient's point of view, it's amazingly simple because there are one or two small incisions, a one-day hospital stay and a quick return to normal activity. And, as the fibroid tumor shrinks, so do the uncomfortable, painful symptoms previously experienced.
Venous laser ablation is a minimally invasive alternative for the treatment of severe varicose veins. The procedure offers patients an effective outpatient alternative to surgical ligation and vein stripping and lasts about 45 minutes. This non-surgical laser procedure uses a highly concentrated beam of light to deliver energy to the targeted area allowing the body to automatically re-route blood flow to other healthy veins without a hospital stay, lengthy recovery or pain.
Interventional Radiology & Cardiology
Modern medicine strives to find more accurate tests that can lead to improved diagnosis, and make diagnostic testing as easy on the patient as possible. Virtual colonoscopy at St. Mary Mercy Hospital does just that. Compared to a traditional colonoscopy, virtual procedures are less invasive, quicker, and there is no need for sedation. A CT Scanner is used to gather information, which is sent to a computer. The computer turns the information into a 3-D image that is read by a trained, board-certified radiologist. A report is available to physicians within 24 hours.
A virtual colonoscopy is a wonderful alternative for those with a family history of colorectal cancer, who are overweight or eat a high-fat diet, or who have had a recent change in bowel habits.
Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive treatment that can repair Vertebral Compression Fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine usually caused by primary or secondary osteoporosis, cancer or benign lesions. Orthopedic balloons are inserted under fluoroscopy in an attempt to elevate the bone fragments of the fractured vertebra thus minimizing retropulsion toward the spinal cord and returning some height to the vertebra. These studies are performed under local anesthesia using moderate sedation and typically take less than an hour or two to complete. For more information please contact Interventional Radiology at 734-655-2507.