Imaging Services & Radiology
The Radiology Department at Capital Medical Center provides high quality diagnostic services. Staffed by a board certified radiologist and highly qualified, credentialed technical staff, the department provides a complete line of specialty services to the community and the physicians in the area.
- Diagnostic X-Ray
- Nuclear Medicine
- Digital Mammography
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Computerized Axial Tomography (CT)
To schedule an appointment with Capital Medical Center’s Radiology Department, call 360-704-4750.
CMC’s Radiology Department uses medical radiation and diagnostic imaging techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The Department works with the most advanced technology available allowing the early diagnosis of many diseases and disorders without surgical procedures.
In mid-2011, the Radiology Department purchased a new CT Scanner, offering the advantages of this new piece of equipment include three-dimensional capabilities and a significant increase in the speed of turnaround time — a test which previously took 30 minutes now takes approximately two or three minutes. In addition, up to a third less injectable contrast material is needed for a procedure. Other recent advancements in the Department include two new, MRI units purchased in 2011. The Department is staffed with Registered Radiologic Technologists and support personnel.
Medical imaging is a process used to create images of the human body (or parts and function thereof) for clinical purposes. At Capital Medical Center, for example, medical imaging encompasses x-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound and nuclear medicine. These images are used by physicians to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses or injuries.
Capital Medical Center’s bone densitometer takes Bone Mineral Density (BMD) measurements, which enable our radiologist to determine a patient’s risk of fracture and osteoporosis. Our professionally trained and certified staff utilizes a Lunar DPX Alpha densitometer for high-resolution imaging and fast, precise measurements.
Capital Medical Center’s GE 64 slice CT scanner, provides patients with a cooler, quieter scanning environment and delivers improved CT scan image quality, thereby reducing acquisition times and allowing for expanded clinical applications.The Hi Speed CT technology allows for 3D image reconstruction which reduces radiation exposure, exam time and provides improved imaging capabilities.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Capital Medical Center’s Optima 450 wide-bore MRI machine provides patients with a cooler, quieter scanning environment that delivers improved MRI scan image quality, thereby reducing acquisition times and allowing for expanded clinical applications. MRI is a painless alternative to X-rays. With a large magnet, radiowaves and a computer, your body is scanned to provide very detailed pictures of areas that cannot be viewed on conventional X-rays. MRI exams make it possible for physicians to examine certain types of tissue and obtain important information that will help them in the diagnosis of disease, bone and joint abnormalities and a multitude of other possibilities.
Capital Mammography provides mammograms by appointments and walk-ins. Mammograms are low energy X-rays of the breast that are used to screen apparently normal breasts for cancer. Early detection of breast cancer is known to save lives. Yearly mammograms are recommended for women 40 and over, though screening schedules should be determined by your physician.
Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive isotopes in diagnosis and treatment of disease. With safety as the top priority, radioactive isotopes are combined with other chemicals or medicines. The amount of radiation in a typical procedure is comparable with that received during a diagnostic X-ray. Testing is painless and cost-effective.
Ultrasound is an examination that utilizes sound waves to produce an image. Ultrasounds have many different uses and since there is no radiation involved, it is considered risk free.