A radiological exam is designed to capture an image or look inside a specific area of your body for the purpose of providing data to your medical team in order that they may make an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best course of action. All imaging areas are staffed with highly competent technologists. Radiology interpretation and consultations are provided by board certified radiologists from Delta Radiology Medical Group. Our group of radiologists possesses over 30 years of experience offering a multidisciplinary array of specialties and subspecialties. This makes our services fully capable of diagnosing your specific medical condition by providing you the expertise typically found in most major hospital imaging centers.
Lodi Health utilizes the latest state-of-the-art technology in radiological imaging called PACS - Picture Archiving Communication System - along with digital imaging. This system creates a high resolution image allowing multiple practitioners to simultaneously view your digital image, thereby facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration. In addition, the images produced can be instantly compared with any previous images completed at all of the Lodi Health imaging locations, creating a seamless approach to your diagnostic needs.
The radiology department provides its services to outpatients, inpatients, urgent care, clinics and emergency room patients. A physician's order is required for all imaging studies. A detailed description of each imaging service follows:
General Radiography (X-ray) and Fluoroscopy
This is the section of medical imaging that uses very small amounts of ionized radiation to create images of body parts. Traditional x-rays of skeletal structures are taken most often to diagnose injuries to bones and joints. Chest x-rays are taken to reveal any process that changes the airspaces in the lungs. Soft tissue diagnoses can be made by administering "contrast media" by intravenous injection for functional studies of the urinary system. For the gastrointestinal system the contrast has to be administered either by oral or rectal routes.
The most common special procedure is the diagnostic imaging studies of an area or organ after the injection of a radio opaque contrast media. Interventional radiology is a term that describes a procedure to correct an abnormal condition. Angioplasty, peripheral vascular stents, biliary drainage and abscess drainage are some examples of interventional radiology. There are several topics available on the Society of Interventional Radiology website at http://www.sirweb.org/.
X-ray services are conveniently available at Lodi Health. The equipment is state of the art digital systems. Our technologists are properly trained and certified to provide safe and comfortable X-ray services. All X-rays are processed and provided for the doctor to review in our PACS system saving you the wait and travel time you would experience going somewhere else. To ensure accurate and timely diagnosis, our X-ray images are sent electronically immediately to a board-certified radiologist. The following X-rays are offered:
X-ray imaging is a quick and easy way for a physician to view and assess common abnormalities, such as broken bones, pneumonia, gastrointestinal or genitourinary problems utilizing ionizing radiation. The use of Radiography or Fluoroscopy will be employed to best image the specific area of concern. Information obtained will assist your physician in determining your course of treatment.
How to prepare and what to expect
During your procedure, the technologist will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Every effort will be made to make you as comfortable as possible. During your procedure, the technologist will position you for the exam and several images will be obtained depending upon the procedure performed. Very similar to taking a photograph, you will be asked to hold your breath or not move while the image exposure is made to reduce the chance of a “blurry” picture and the need for repeat imaging.
Procedure times can range from approximately 15 minutes to two hours or more.
If preparation is required for your procedure, you will be given this information at the time the procedure is scheduled.