Radiology Department

Gilmore offers its patients access to many advanced procedures including:

Bone Densitometry: A bone mineral density test measures bone strength and quality. It can detect as little as one to three percent bone loss with one-tenth the radiation exposure of a chest x-ray. (As comparison, a general x-ray is unable to detect osteoporosis until bone loss reaches 30 percent.)

Computed Axial Tomography (CT Scanning):
Computerized tomography is an X-ray technique that produces more detailed images of your internal organs than do conventional X-ray studies. Using CT, your doctor can distinguish between adjacent tissues of similar composition that are indistinct on conventional X-ray images. For example, a plain X-ray of your abdomen will show bones and subtle outlines of the liver, stomach, intestines, kidney and spleen. But a CT scan reveals with clarity and precision not only these structures but also the pancreas, adrenal glands, ureters and blood vessels.Nuclear medicine

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MRI is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases MRI gives different information about structures in the body than can be seen with an X-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan. MRI also may show problems that cannot be seen with other imaging methods.

For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is placed inside a special machine that contains a strong magnet. Pictures from an MRI scan are digital images that can be saved and stored on a computer for more study. The images also can be reviewed remotely, such as in a clinic or an operating room. In some cases, contrast material may be used during the MRI scan to show certain structures more clearly.

Nuclear Medicine: This specialized area of radiology uses very small amounts of radioactive material - comparable to the amount used for a diagnostic x-ray - to capture images of organ function and structure as well as treat diseases and disorders of internal organs. Nuclear medicine is particularly unique in that it identifies abnormalities very early in the disease process, earlier than some other diagnostic tests, thereby allowing for early intervention and treatment.

Ultrasound: This technology works by bouncing high-frequency sound waves off of body tissue to form images on a small monitor. Special crystals inside a small plastic device known as a transducer direct these waves (pulses) of sound into the area that's being imaged. During an ultrasound exam, gel is applied over the area being imaged. The gel helps conduct the sound waves and eliminates air between the transducer and the skin. The resulting black and white images can be somewhat hard for the untrained observer to decipher. However, radiologists and ultrasonographers are skilled in reading ultrasound scans and interpreting them to help diagnose certain conditions.

X-rays: X-rays (radiographs) are a form of radiation that can make images of your bones and internal organs. Doctors use X-ray images to help diagnose injury or illness and to monitor conditions such as osteoarthritis and pneumonia.

Other Services Include:
  • Diagnostic radiological procedures
  • Interventional radiological procedures
  • Digital Mammography
  • Specialty procedures
  • Stereotactics