Diagnostic imaging allows your physician to view internal organs and other structures, identify any potential health problems and then provides them with the information to know how to best treat them. Imaging is used for everything from identifying broken bones to finding and assessing cancer. Cullman Regional provides a wide range of sophisticated diagnostic imaging technologies and procedures, and our team includes nationally registered, board-certified radiologists and technologists. Please be aware most imaging services require a physician’s order.
Since 1939, Cullman Regional has served the Cullman community with diagnostic imaging services. Our team is comprised of 45 nationally registered technologists with more than 500 years of combined experience. Our professionals are dedicated to providing the best care possible in a friendly environment and include technologists in radiology, mammography, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI. Our staff takes part in continuing education every year so that they maintain the certifications and education required.
Our Services and Technologies
A CT scan (Computerized Tomography) is a highly sophisticated x-ray that combines a series of images from different angles and uses computer processing that creates cross-sectional images, or “slices,” of bones, blood vessels and soft tissue. It assists in the detection of tissue damage or irregularities throughout the body and provides rapid, detailed results. Some scans are performed “with contrast,” a special dye to help highlight areas of your body, including blood vessels, intestines or other structures.
Diagnostic ultrasound (also called sonography) is an imaging technique using high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. An ultrasound is commonly used to examine the abdominal and pelvic organs, breasts, joints, thyroid gland, blood flow in the arteries and veins, fetal development and to diagnose gynecological problems. Most ultrasound exams are performed using a sonar device outside your body, although some involve inserting or placing a device inside your body.
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body
A myelogram uses contrast dye and x-rays or CT scan to look for problems in the spine – including the spinal cord, nerve roots and other tissues. It is conducted by a radiologist and is also known as myelography.
Fluoroscopy captures moving body structures with a high clarity, live-image x-ray “video.” Using barium or dye injection, the radiologist is able to see and evaluate organs, tissue, bone and blood flow in motion on a computer monitor.
The MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) enables physicians to “see” and diagnose disease or assess internal tissue damage without the use of x-rays. Precise images can assist in early disease detection and treatment, thereby reducing the need for some diagnostic surgeries. Unlike mobile units, the fixed-based MRI greatly improves image quality and thereby offers greater accuracy for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Our Women’s Diagnostic Center provides comprehensive breast imaging services designed to meet the unique needs of women. We use the latest technology in computer-aided detection (CAD) for mammography. It produces digital images, and computer software searches for and highlights abnormal areas of density, mass or calcification, alerting our physicians to the need for further analysis.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Women faced with a small breast lump or suspicious findings on a mammogram have a less invasive, outpatient breast biopsy option at Cullman Regional. The procedure is done with the Mammotome® Breast Biopsy System, a minimally invasive device that allows biopsy of suspicious tissue through a tiny incision. The procedure takes less than an hour and provides for a quick recovery.
Automated Breast Ultrasound
An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. The new ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound System) has been clinically proven to increase breast cancer detection by up to 35.7 percent. The ABUS is approved by the FDA for breast cancer screening in addition to mammography for asymptomatic women with dense breast tissue and no prior interventions.
Measures bone density and compares a patient’s bone quality to that of a “young adult” at peak bone strength to determine a person’s risk for fracture and can indicate osteoporosis.