Departments

Imaging

Our Imaging Team

Northern Montana Hospital

The Imaging Department at Northern Montana Health Care uses state-of-the-art Phillips PACS technologies. Patient images are captured electronically and stored electronically, eliminating the need for film. These electronic images are sharper, clearer, and have more detail than films used in the past. Patient images may be viewed on secure computers at the radiologist's home or in the office, so your doctor can consult with a surgeon or specialist for a rapid diagnosis and/or treatment plan.

NMHC Imaging Services are high-tech, delivered by high-touch, caring technologists!

The field of Nuclear Medicine is a discipline that combines chemistry, physics, math, computer technology, and medicine using radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease. It is 3-D technology that produces images with the use of radioisotopes.

MRI-Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a procedure that produces a 2-D view of the patient's internal organs or structures. It is especially effective for viewing the brain or spinal cord. The magnet is extraordinarily strong and measured in teslas; NMHC Imaging Services department's MRI has a 1.5 tesla magnet.

CT Scans are a type of imaging utilizing ionizing radiation to show the internal structure of a person's body.

Mammography uses low dose x-rays to create images of the internal structure of breasts. Stereotactic Breast Imaging is an Image-guided biopsy, performed when an abnormal area in the breast is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate the lesion by hand. A special mammography machine uses ionizing radiation to help guide the radiologist's instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.

DEXA scan is a simple procedure to evaluate bone density.

New Imaging Equipment

Ultrasound is a procedure in which high-intensity sound waves (ultra-sound) are bounced off internal organs or tissues, producing images with the echoes. This procedure is used frequently in monitoring pregnancy.

Northern Montana Hospital's Imaging Department has recently added two new Philips iU22 Ultrasound machines, which feature 4D (or real-time 3D) imaging technology that allows patients to view the fetus and internal organs as if they were being held in the hands. The system's powerful imaging capabilities support a variety of common exams, including vascular, thyroid, and testicular exams. It also offers advanced imaging capabilities specifically beneficial in the evaluation of breast masses.

"Ultrasound imaging is hugely beneficial because it is a relatively low cost and non-invasive way to look inside the body," said Gina Barker.

"With the new Philips system, we are acquiring an extremely high level of diagnostic information and can provide answers for our patients more quickly and easily. Plus, results from the ultrasound exam often reduce the need for more invasive procedures."