Imaging Services

imaging

 

Northeast Health System prides itself in having an advanced and capable radiology imaging service. We strive for excellence, and for this reason all of our technologists are licensed and required to have continuing education in their area of expertise. Here are some of the specialty radiology services you can find at our facility.

Nuclear Medicine:

This involves the introduction of radioactive substances into the body to image the extent of a disease process in the body based on cellular function and physiology. To view more information about our joint venture with the Cherokee Nation using this technology, click HERE. For an overview on how to prepare for a nuclear medicine exam, click HERE.

MRI:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a procedure that utilizes a magnetic field as and pulses of radio waves to make pictures of the body. Because of the high intensity magnets used in this test, several precautions must be taken prior to performing it. Because of this, our experienced and accredited technologists must first review the patient’s previous history of exposure to metal, past surgeries, and implants he or she might have had. To view our patient questionnaire, click HERE. Please feel free to print and fill it out prior to your visit if you wish.

Echocardiograms:

Ultrasounds of the heart are used in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. At Northeast Health System, patients can expect quality care by fully licensed and accredited technologists. To know what to expect and better prepare for an echochardiogram, click HERE.

X-ray:

A beam of radiation is used to form a two-dimensional image of the body part being examined. Bone and a few other body structures are visible through this essential modality of radiography. For some procedures, a contrast material is introduced into the area via oral, rectal, or intravenous route. For more information on some of these procedures and how to prepare for them, click HERE.

CT:

Computed Tomography is a quickly advancing technology that uses a beam of radiation to create visual “slices” of the body for preventive, screening, and diagnostic purposes. NHS houses two top of the line 64-slice CT scanners that provide extremely detailed images in a much quicker time. They have the ability to produce 3D renderings of different organ structures and provide our patients with a very advanced service not typically seen in areas the size of Tahlequah. All of Northeast Health System’s CT technologists are accredited through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in order to provide great level of care when performing these advanced studies. Some studies require the use of iodine-based contrast to be introduced intravenously and precautions will be reviewed with you prior to the study. For information on how to prepare for a CT, click HERE.

PET CT:

This highly advanced modality combines technology used in nuclear medicine (PET) and regular CT so that images from both devices can be gathered at the same time. As with nuclear medicine, it also involves the introduction of radioactive material into the body.It allows physicians to pinpoint the anatomic location of abnormal metabolic activity within the body. The combined scans have been shown to provide more accurate diagnoses than the two scans performed separately. To find out how to prepare for this study, click HERE.

Mammography:

X-ray images of the breast tissue have become an essential part of women’s healthcare due to the early detection of cancer they provide. To know what to expect and better prepare for your mammogram, click HERE for more information.

Bone Density (Dexa):

This exam helps to diagnose osteoporosis and to measure the body’s response to treatment of it. More information is available HERE.

Ultrasound:

These studies use sound waves that bounce off organ tissue and are captured to make an image. For more information on this type of examination, click HERE.

 

 

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