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Radiology

Radiology services involve the use of sophisticated medical imaging technology to provide specialized diagnostic information to physicians.  This information is used to diagnose medical illnesses and injuries as well as to monitor a person’s health and the effectiveness of medical treatment.

Radiology studies performed at Tyrone Hospital are interpreted by a group of highly specialized, board certified diagnostic and interventional radiologists.

Tyrone Hospital provides a variety of radiology serves including:

Bone Densitometry
Bone densitometry (DEXA) is a noninvasive type off x-ray that is used to measure bone mineral density. It is the established standard for measuring bone mineral density.  It is most often performed on the lower spine and hips. It is most often used to diagnose and monitor osteoporosis.
   
CT Scan, technically advanced, hi-speed
CT scan (computerized tomography scan) uses x-rays and sophisticated computer technology to generate images of the inside of the body. CT scanners generate cross sectional images of the body in many different directions in a given plane. Images can also be generated as 3 dimensional images.

CT scans can show images of both bone and soft tissues, including organs, muscles, and tumors.

Fluoroscopy
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique used to generate real-time movie-like  images of  the  tissues and deep structures inside of the body. A device called a fluoroscope is used to project images of the inside of the body onto a computer screen.
  
Digital Mammography
Mammography is technology that is specifically designed to generate x-ray images of the breasts. It is used to diagnose and monitor breast disease.
  
MRI
Magnetic resonance imaging, commonly referred to as MRI,  is a hi-technology imaging exam that gives physicians unparelled views of the inside of the body.  MRI images are generated using a powerful magnet, radio waves and a computer system. No x-rays are used. Physicians use MRI to diagnose every part of the body, and it is particularly useful in diagnosing neurological conditions, disorders of the muscles and joints, evaluating tumors, and showing abnormalities in the heart and blood vessels. The technology can even show images of flowing blood in virtually any part of the body.

Ultrasound
Ultrasound technology is the “sonar” used in the medical field.  It is a technique that sends sound waves into the human body and records the returning echoes as images of the body’s internal organs and fluids. No radiation is used. Ultrasound images help doctors diagnose a variety of medical conditions and the technology has therapeutic uses as well.

Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of body organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Vascular Ultrasound
Ultrasound is a technique that sends sound waves into the human body and records the returning echoes as images of the body’s internal organs and fluids.  No radiation is used.

Vascular ultrasound specifically provides pictures of the body's veins and arteries.

A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of a vascular ultrasound examination.  Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates the speed or rate at which blood flows through a blood vessel.

X-ray 
An x-ray is a noninvasive medical test that uses small doses of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body.  X-rays help physicians diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions. 
   
Interventional Radiology Clinic
Interventional Radiology refers to minimally invasive procedures performed using image guidance. Some of these procedures are done to diagnose patients and some are done for treatment. These procedures  are usually done with needles or other tiny instruments like small tubes called catheters. The images provide road maps that allow the Interventional Radiologist, a specialized physician, to guide these instruments through the
body to the areas of interest.

The types of interventional procedures that are performed at Tyrone Hospital include, but are not limited to:

  • Biopsies to include: Thyroid, breast, liver, and lungs
  • PICC line insertion for long-term IV antibiotics, chemotherapy, and TPN.
  • Ultrasound guided thoracentesis and paracentesis
  • Vascular Access procedures under ultrasound guidance (to include Temporary and Permanent Hemodialysis Catheters, Central Lines, etc.)
  • Nephrostomy tube placements and maintenance
  • Biliary drainage catheter insertion and maintenance
  • Percutaneous Abscess drainage catheters
  • Myelograms/Arthrograms to include joint injections and aspirations

 

  Medical Director of Radiology

  • Kelly Biggs, M.D.