Diagnostic Imaging

OSU Medical Center offers a wide array of imaging services that offers the latest in diagnostic imaging provided by a skilled team of caring specialists. These diagnostic imaging exams are utilized by your physician to assist in the diagnosis of and coordination of your medical care.

Your imaging exam will be performed by licensed/certified/registered healthcare professionals superbly trained to provide the specific diagnostic imaging examination ordered by your personal doctor. Our technologists have many years of experience in their respective specialties, and the radiologists who interpret your exams are all board certified physicians.

Many of the radiologists involved in your care hold additional specialty training and certification in areas such as Interventional Radiology, neuroradiology, and mammography, with our Interventional Radiologists renowned for their procedural work in correcting peripheral vascular problems.

Bone Densitometry, DEXA

DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) is a simple, non-invasive X-ray procedure that is used to measure bone mineral density. Results may help you reduce your risk of developing bone loss, fracture or osteoporosis.

  • When is it recommended? If you:
    • Are a post-menopausal woman and are not taking hormone replacement therapy
    • Have a history of smoking
    • Have experienced bone loss or bone trauma
    • Have a family history of osteoporosis, fracture(s), hyperthyroidism and other related clinical conditions such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease
    • Use certain medications known to contribute to bone loss as a side effect, such as corticosteroids, prednisone, some barbiturates or thyroid replacement medication

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

A CT Scan involves X-ray and computer technology to produce detailed cross-sectional images of the bone and soft tissues in your body. A CT is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate. In emergency cases, it can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives.

Diagnostic X-Ray

Diagnostic X-Rays to this day are still the most common type of radiology exam, using an external radiation source to make clear detailed pictures of bones, organs and other areas inside your body, to help physicians diagnose and monitor health conditions.

Mammography

In your screening, two standard views of each breast are taken to detect lumps that are too small or too deep to feel. The X-Ray machine sends a small amount of radiation through your breasts to produce images that will be examined by a board-certified radiologist.

Screening Mammograms do NOT require a physician’s referral. This is the ONLY diagnostic imaging study (that utilizes radiation) for which this is true. You will need to tell the scheduler to which physician you want us to forward the results.

We recommend that you call your insurance company to determine if your exam will be covered by your insurance policy before making an appointment.

  • When should I get a mammogram?
    • Have family history of breast cancer
    • Annually starting at age 40
    • At any age, at your physician’s direction, if you have unexplained lumps or discharge (this is true for both men and women).

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

An MRI uses pulsed radio frequency and magnets to create images used for screening and diagnosis of a multitude of potential diseases/problems. It is particularly useful for neurological (brain/spine), joint, and other soft tissue diseases. Our advanced equipment and imaging protocols enable us to provide clearer images, resulting in a quicker, more precise diagnosis.

The primary reason that 2-3% of our customers fail this exam is claustrophobia (don’t like small spaces). This occurs because we will be placing you in a 28 inch wide by 72 inch long tube, in the center of the magnet, in order to obtain the exam. To improve the experience, we provide ear plugs and piped in music during the 15-45 minute long study. If you have any level of claustrophobia (don’t like small spaces), please ask your physician to consider a medication to assist you during the exam.

If you have a scheduled exam and believe that you may have difficulty due to claustrophobia, we encourage you to visit us so we can show you the equipment, and possibly give you a “test run” in the magnet. This may help you determine whether or not you would require medication to help you get through the examination.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine uses tiny amounts of radioactive substances to help doctors diagnose and treat a variety of health problems and diseases. It provides information about the structure and function of your body that can’t be obtained using other imaging exams, indeed, Nuclear Medicine is the primary diagnostic means of obtaining functional information about your internal organs and brain.

When you have a nuclear medicine exam, you’ll be given a small dose of radioactive material. This acts as a “tracer” and moves to the organ to be studied where it gives off energy as gamma rays. A gamma camera detects these rays and with the help of a computer, produces images and measurements of organs and tissues for review by your health care provider.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound, also called a sonogram, is a quick and easy diagnostic technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the organs and systems within the body. Ultrasound images are often a valuable first step in diagnoses. Ultrasounds do not use ionizing radiation and have no known harmful side effects. Ultrasound is often used to help diagnose unexplained pain, swelling and infection. It may also be used to provide imaging guidance for needle biopsies or to see and/or evaluate conditions related to blood flow.

OSU Medical Center provides a full range of ultrasound services, including, but not limited to:

  • Carotid Duplex Ultrasound
  • General Ultrasound
  • Gynecological Ultrasound
  • Obstetrical Ultrasound for expectant mothers
  • Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound

Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology (IR) is a medical specialty in which OSU Medical Center’s trained physicians perform minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat diseases. Our Interventional Radiology team has helped thousands of patients avoid amputation.

As pioneers in this advanced field, we deliver safe, effective and compassionate care to our patients by using state-of-the-art imaging and miniaturized instruments to correct or improve various types of illness (see below). Our technology allows us to obtain images of your anatomy in three dimensions, with a 360-degree view, completely and accurately, enhancing our ability to address any problems you may be experiencing.

Benefits include:

  • Avoiding Open Surgery
  • Minimizes Pain
  • Decreased Recovery Time

Common Services for IR:

  • Acute and Chronic Deep Venous Thrombosis
  • Kyphoplasty/Pain Management
  • Pulmonary Embolism/IVC Filters
  • Women’s Health
  • Liver Disease Treatment
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Dialysis Interventions
  • Venous Access

To make an appointment for an Interventional Radiology procedure, please call 918-599-5176

It is our goal to provide a completed report accessible to your physician within 24 hours of your examination, and to provide critical, acute care information to them immediately via phone or fax so that action can be taken to address any acute problems noted during your exam.

Please give your physician 72 hours (or as recommended by them) to receive your imaging results and plan your follow up care.

For all other Diagnostic Imaging scheduling, please call Admissions at 918-599-5555 to schedule outpatient testing.