The Radiology Department at Capital Medical Center provides high quality diagnostic services. Staffed by a board certified radiologist and highly qualified, credentialed technical staff, the department provides a complete line of specialty services to the community and the physicians in the area.
- Diagnostic X-Ray
- Nuclear Medicine
- PET CT
- Digital Mammography
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Outpatient Imaging Services
- Interventional Radiology
- Computerized Axial Tomography (CT)
- Bone Densitometry
To schedule an appointment with Capital Medical Center’s Radiology Department, call 360-704-4750.
CMC’s Radiology Department uses medical radiation and diagnostic imaging techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The Department works with the most advanced technology available allowing the early diagnosis of many diseases and disorders without surgical procedures.
Our Outpatient Imaging Center opened in 2011 and is located across the street from our main hospital, we are Open Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm and offer MRI, CT, Ultrasound and walk-in X-ray. This clinic offers decreased wait times and quick, convenient access for outpatient exams. Our outpatient mobile PET CT services are also located at the Imaging Center every Monday.
Medical imaging is a process used to create images of the human body (or parts and function thereof) for clinical purposes. At Capital Medical Center, for example, medical imaging encompasses X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine. These images are used by physicians to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses or injuries.
Bone densitometry is a simple and quick scan used to determine a patient’s bone density. Our professionally trained and certified staff utilizes a state-of-the-art “Lunar DPX Alpha” densitometer for high-resolution imaging and fast, precise measurements. Specifically, it measures bone minerals (calcium) and bone density to determine if the patient has osteoporosis – a condition in which bones have lost minerals, especially calcium – and to monitor patient reactions to osteoporosis treatment.
Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning is an imaging technique that uses x-rays and highly complex computer processing of data to make images of your body. Capital Medical Center operates two high-speed CT scanners. The newest, a GE 64-Slice CT Scanner, located at our Outpatient Imaging Center, provides fast image acquisition and delivers improved image quality with a strong emphasis on radiation dose reduction. The Hi Speed CT technology allows for 3D image reconstruction and multi planar image reformation to provide physicians with improved imaging capabilities of all parts of the human body.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a way to look inside the body without using x-rays. Capital Medical Center operates two MRI units. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves, and an advanced computer to make images. Our Outpatient Imaging Center has been equipped with the GE Optima 450 wide-bore MRI machine, which provides patients with a less confined space during scanning and delivers improved MRI scan image quality, thereby reducing acquisition times and allowing for expanded clinical applications. The wide bore provides additional room inside the “tunnel” that patients travel through during scanning which has proven to ease our patients’ fear and anxiety while in the scanner.
Capital Mammography provides mammograms by appointments and walk-ins. Mammograms are low-energy X-rays of the breast that are used to screen apparently normal breasts for cancer. Early detection of breast cancer is known to save lives. Yearly mammograms are recommended for women 40 and over, though screening schedules should be determined by your physician.
Our new 3-D Tomographic Mammography Unit, GE Senographe Pristina, is the only FDA-approved 3D mammography machine that delivers at the same low dose as current 2D full-field digital mammography. Such technology results improve patient comfort as well as an exceptionally sharp and detailed picture for breast cancer detection.
It also features elements made to be inviting and more comfortable than 2D machines. This machine was designed by women for women, and is designed to pick up smaller cancers more efficiently that can lead to better health for our mothers, daughters and sisters.
Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive isotopes in diagnosis and treatment of disease. With safety as the top priority, radioactive isotopes are combined with other chemicals or medicines. The amount of radiation in a typical procedure is comparable with that received during a diagnostic X-ray. Testing is painless and cost-effective.
Ultrasound is the diagnostic use of “ultrasonic” sound waves to create images of organs and tissues in the body. Ultrasound produces real-time images of your organs, such as the heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, breasts, reproductive organs, vascular system, joints, etc. and detects motion such as blood flowing. Ultrasound is also, as most people are really excited about, a good way to keep track of your baby during the entire pregnancy. Since there is no radiation involved, it is considered risk-free. This helps your clinician make a quick and accurate diagnosis by detecting a wide variety of abnormalities and conditions without the use of radiation.
Interventional Radiology (IR)
Is a specialty inside of Radiology where physicians use minimally invasive image guidance procedures to diagnose and treat disease in almost every area of the body. Interventional Radiologists use X-ray, CT and Ultrasound to guide them in these treatments. Here at Capital Medical Center, we offer numerous procedures, including treatments that are used to care for cancer patients. A few examples of the treatments we offer:
- Chemoembolization and
- Many peripheral vascular interventional procedures.