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Medical Imaging

Now featuring Siemans Somaton Definition AS CT Scanner - Excellent Imaging at Low DoseFrom routine x-rays as part of pre-admission testing to incredibly sophisticated procedures using 3.0 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), 3D ultrasound for pre-natal imaging and the new Siemans Somaton Definition AS Computed Tomography (CT) to image finely detailed structures and vessels to diagnose diseases and conditions of all types, Diagnostic Imaging at Massena Memorial Hospital is a service that impacts practically all of our patients.

Medical Imaging provides general, diagnostic, and interventional radiology and other non-radiation imaging support.  High quality imaging services and care is provided in eight (8) diverse imaging modalities via a combination of in-house and contracted capabilities

World Class Imaging

Radiology & Medical Imaging TeamOur comprehensive state-of the art imaging facility features a specialized team of board certified radiologists as well as certified technologists and support staff.  From routine exams to minimally invasive diagnostics, it’s a team that prides itself in delivering 24/7 diagnostic imaging services with technology that is best in class.

About PACs

Patient being imagedDiagnostic imaging procedures are now fully digital and integrate with our Picture Archiving System (PACS). This system enables physicians to have digital access to patient images and reports from their office computers.

No matter what the imaging needs may be, from digital mammography to bone density studies in the Women's Imaging Center, high-field 3.0 Tesla MRI imaging and dual head Nuclear Medicine equipment, Massena Memorial's Diagnostic Imaging Center is leading the way to faster imaging, greater detail, improved diagnoses, increased comfort and better patient care.

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For more information about radiology services at Massena Memorial Hospital or to schedule an appointment, please contact Medical Imaging:

Medical Imaging Department
Massena Memorial Hospital
One Hospital Drive, Massena, NY  13662

(315) 769-4228

CT Scan

Commonly referred to as CT Scanning, computerized tomography uses a combination of x-ray technology and computers to produce high detailed digital images (or slices) of the human body.

After images are acquired, computers are utilized to restructure these slices in numerous applications to provide the radiologist a detailed anatomical overview of the area imaged, sometimes in 3-D.

CT services are routinely available on a scheduled basis

The new Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ 128-slice low rad CT system will not only meet, but exceed those expectations.  From a safety perspective, the system is a “low dose” scanner. Simply, we will be able to perform scans at radiation dose reductions of up to 60% without loss in diagnostic detail and image quality.  This is important, as CT has become a frequent and essential “first” use tool in the evaluation and diagnosis of patient conditions. 
Because of this increased use, MMH had to find a way to deliver the same quality imaging while remaining a commitment to keep our patient’s radiation doses to an absolute minimum. Additionally, the system includes special protocols and dose reduction strategies for children and infants – insuring that when we perform imaging on your children – it is performed safely and at the lowest achievable dose.

The Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ is a 128-slice system.  The ability to acquire nearly eight times the number of images in a single rotation means your scan is performed faster and more efficiently.  While this is important, it also means more data is available and in greater detail than lower sliced systems.  Put this all together and you have a system that rapidly yields greater diagnostic information for use by the radiologists and physicians in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of our patients.

In addition to patient safety and diagnostic features, MMH felt it important to insure that all patients had access to the benefits of this system.  As a healthcare facility, we actively promote and support healthy choices and lifestyles for our community.  However, not everyone is an ideal body weight and as such, we made sure that the Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ contained special features to allow us to address the imaging needs of that population.  With a generous 80 cm opening coupled with an increased table limit of 650 lbs – we essentially insure that everyone in our community will have access to the benefits of this technology when needed.

Monday – Friday
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM. 
After hour and emergency support is available 24 / 7

Echocardiograms

Echosonography, more commonly referred to as echocardiograms, is the detailed ultrasonic assessment of the heart, both anatomical and functional.

Medical Imaging provides the personnel and equipment to perform echocardiograms in support of the hospital’s EKG Stress Lab and consulting cardiologists.

This included the 2009 purchase of a new echocardiogram unit which allows the additional capability to perform specialized stress echocardiograms.

MRI

MRI servicesMassena Memorial Hospital's new MRI suite features a 3.0 Tesla high-field Open MRI, the only MRI like this in the North Country.

The high-field strength means that more information is obtained during a scan which results in more diagnostically detailed images and in less time than most low-field systems.  It features a “wide” 70cm short-bore which aids in reducing the claustrophobic affect of other scanners.  Coupled with a 550lb table capacity,

Massena Memorial Hospital can produce quick and efficient detailed imaging on most patients, without the limitations or constraints experienced with “open” or other low-field strength units. Patients are scanned within a generous comfortable suite which features an impressive summer skylight scene.  Headphones and the patient’s choice of music via XM-Radio contribute to an overall relaxed and pleasant care experience.

This machine is capable of producing results much more accurately than any other local MRI. Coupled with a highly trained staff that make the experience as comfortable as possible, while obtaining the clearest, most detailed images.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radiofrequency 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 very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions in all parts of the body including:

  • Cancer
  • Heart and Vascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Joint and Musculoskeletal disorders
 

MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods.Because MRI scans produce exceptionally detailed images of soft tissue structures, MRI has rapidly found a niche in the diagnosis and evaluation of diseases and pathology of the joints, spine, and brain.  Additionally, the ability of MRI to delineate arteries and veins, it offers an alternative to riskier procedures which use catheters and high-volume and concentrations of radiographic contrast agents.

Services are available by appointment

Monday - Friday
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM. 
Inpatient, emergent, and other special accommodations are coordinated on a case-by-case basis.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine imagingNuclear Medicine is a diagnostic imaging modality that exploits the way the body reacts to different substances in the presence of a disease. Massena Memorial Hospital has a highly trained and certified nuclear medicine staff that uses state-of-the-art technology and proven procedures in its Nuclear Medicine program to assure the utmost in patient safety and the very best in diagnostic outcomes. The procedures in place are approved by the American Society of Nuclear Medicine and regulated by both state and federal nuclear regulatory agencies.

The Symbia S features a robust cardiac imaging software package that provides detailed quality cardiac imaging support to consulting cardiologists.  Nuclear Medicine imaging of the heart and its functions continue to be the “gold standard” diagnostic tool in the identification, treatment, and rehabilitation of heart disease.

As with the MRI system, patient comfort was a key decision factor in which unit to acquire.  The Symbia S is extremely flexible, allowing individual positioning of each of its two detector heads allowing for not only scanning in the traditional recumbent position, but also scanning in a seated or standing position. This feature coupled with a 500lb table capacity means that Massena Memorial Hospital can provide high-quality diagnostic exams for most patients in a comfortable manner based upon each patient’s unique needs.

An eMedia system and monitor allows patients to listen to music or view movies while being scanned, though the increased sensitivity of the cameras result in much quicker patient exam times.

A Nuclear medicine test is usually done as an outpatient procedure. It is a safe and painless procedure where a radionuclide is administered either intravenously or with food. Radionuclides are medical compounds that are absorbed by the body in a specific way in the presence of a disease. The amount of radiation given off by the radionuclides we use is typically less than what a patient would receive having an x-ray exam.

Unlike other imaging modalities that basically identify diseases, Nuclear Medicine is regularly used to evaluate how body organs are functioning.  For this reason, it is the modality of choice for prognosis and treatment of heart disease and a wide variety of cancers.

Our state-of-the-art Nuclear Imaging Scanner images the patient’s body and records the low level radioactivity emanating from the area where the isotope has concentrated. Using this information, our physicians proceed with a diagnosis and prepare a report for the patient’s referring physician.

Radionuclides used in our Nuclear Medicine Department include many that have been formulated to react with various organs and bone. They are used to check for orthopedic injuries, tumors, thyroid function, cardiac studies and lung scans for blood clots.

Benefits

It is a painless, safe and cost-effective way of obtaining diagnostic information.  As an outpatient procedure it can be conveniently scheduled. Tests can be made organ sensitive speeding up the diagnostic  process.

It can help avoid more expensive and risky diagnostic testing.

Nuclear Medicine is largely an outpatient procedure available

Monday – Friday
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

PET Scan

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

PET scans are similar to Nuclear Medicine scans with the exception that the radioisotope used is glucose (sugar) based.  This sugar based radioisotope concentrates better in the blood stream and is extremely valuable in evaluating the function of very vascular structures, such as the brain.

The majority of cancers are also very vascular in nature and as such, PET scans are rapidly becoming a valuable resource in the war on cancer.  PET sensitivity is such that it can aid in the differentiation of whether a tumor is benign or malignant without the necessity for biopsy.

PET scans are very beneficial in helping physicians track the effectiveness of cancer treatments.  It is also becoming a useful tool in the diagnosis and evaluation of Alzheimer’s disease.

PET scanning is available on an appointment only basis.

The frequency and availability of this specialized service is based upon utilization and demand

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a “radiation free” modality that uses sound waves to produce detailed soft tissue analysis of the body.  Because it produces no radiation, it is the modality of choice for imaging of the human fetus, female pelvis, and both female and male reproductive organs.

The ability of ultrasound to delineate soft tissue structures makes it an ideal diagnostic tool for evaluation and assessment of arteries, veins, and internal organs such as the thyroid, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and spleen.  Cysts or suspected masses are routinely evaluated by ultrasound.   

Ultrasound services are routinely available on a scheduled basis Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

After hour and emergency support are available 24 / 7

Other Ultrasound exams include Breast Imaging; diagnostic imaging for Gallbladder disease and Vascular studies.

  • It is extremely sensitive to organ abnormalities since it monitors physiology.
  • It is a simple way to monitor the management of a disease.
  • It can identify abnormalities early in the progression of a disease and thus help to improve outcomes.

Women's Imaging Center

Team at Women's Imaging CenterBecause one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, Massena Memorial Hospital now offers comprehensive breast cancer diagnostic testing including mammograms, ultrasounds and stereo-tactic biopsies using state-of-the-art equipment and certified technicians.

A mammogram is a set of x-rays that allows a practitioner to find lumps too small to feel in a breast self-examination - even as small as a grain of salt. A screening mammography is the single most effective method of detecting breast cancer in its early stages.

Massena Memorial Hospital offers a new test to help detect breast cancer in its earliest stage. Stereotactic (or X-ray guided) Breast Biopsy, is a procedure using a tiny hollow needle to take a small sample of the suspicious lesion. Stereotactic breast biopsies are often used as an alternative to open surgical biopsies, and use a smaller tissue sample. As such, they are much less likely to leave a scar, and can take samples from a smaller area. During a stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine is used to pinpoint an area of change in the tissue. After a sample of this tissue is collected by the surgeon with the aid of the x-ray tech, the tissue sample is sent to the lab where a determination is made as to whether the tissue is cancerous.

Nurse at Women's Imaging CenterFor a pregnant mother, using ultrasound to check the health and well-being of her unborn baby can represent not just peace of mind, but an opportunity to check for diseases or problems and begin treatment sooner. Massena Memorial Hospital is proud to now offer state of the art 4D ultrasounds for a variety of diagnostic tests, including the monitoring of pregnant mothers or evaluating suspicious lumps found during a mammogram. For pregnancies, 4D ultrasounds take the traditional ultrasound images and provide real-time three-dimensional imagery and movement of the baby in the womb.

We are accredited by the American College of Radiography reflecting achievement of high practice standards for mammography services.