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Medical Imaging Services at St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth Health Center
1044 Belmont Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio  44501
Phone: 330-480-3666
To schedule an appointment:  330-884-7219

At St. Elizabeth Health Center, we realize the importance of offering state-of-the-art imaging services.  We are making sure we are equipped with the best tools for diagnosing conditions, as well as the most experienced registered nurses and technologists dedicated to providing the best possible care.  All radiologists are American College of Radiology board certified.

Radiology Services:


General Radiology
State of the art equipment, such as computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR).   All technologists are ARRT certified.

In addition to general radiography, our services include:

  • Myelogram
  • Arthrogram
  • Upper GI studies
  • Barium enema
  • Bronchoscopy

Interventional Radiology/Angiography
Our Angiography suite is led by a board certified interventional radiologist and staffed by a team of registered nurses and registered technologists.  The St. Elizabeth Angiography suite offers a full range of interventional services.  Utilizing the Artis zee® bi-plane imaging system with 2K acquisition, the following procedures are performed:

  • Aneurysm coiling and stenting
  • Peripheral arterial angiography (cerebral arteriography, archogram, aortography with runoff, selective visceral arteriography)
  • Selective venography
  • Fistulograms of dialysis access graft
  • Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (arterial, venous, dialysis access grafts)
  • Stroke Therapy – Solitaire Device
  • Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stent deployment
  • Inferior venacava filter placement
  • Medi-port insertion
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portal systemic shunts (TIPS)
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Selective embolizations (including uterine fibroids)
  • PICC line insertions

The Artis zee® biplane system provides highly detailed images of a patient’s blood vessels and arteries during minimally invasive procedures, enabling physicians to obtain three-dimensional views of the patient’s anatomy, from any direction.  The system features two flat-panel detectors which provide high resolution image quality.  Detectors also help physicians visualize interventional devices, such as guidewires and catheters, in precise detail and from almost any angle.

The Artis zee® biplane imaging system features advanced software technology that creates detailed images of soft tissue.  This technology facilitates differentiation of soft tissue to help detect intracranial hemorrhages, visualize brain tissue, and support quick and accurate therapeutic decision-making.  This software is ideal during that critical time for stroke patients and provides physicians with highly detailed anatomical images while in the interventional suite, reducing the need to move the patient to another location for the procedure.

This is the first biplane within HMHP.  This equipment offers 2K acquisition which allows visualization of the finest vessels, providing four times the information and twice the image resolution.  This new equipment will allow for a more improved throughput of patients while providing the most accurate diagnosis.  This equipment is ideal for stroke patients and aneurysm patients.

Solitaire FR Device
The Solitaire FR (Flow Restoration) device is a mechanical thrombectomy device designed to restore blood flow by removing thrombus in patients with ischemic stroke due to large intracranial vessel occlusion.  The device is designed to be used In the neurovasculature such as Internal Carotid Artery, M1 and M2 segments of the Middle Cerebral Artery, Anterior Cerebral Artery, Basilar Artery and Vertebral Arteries.   The Solitaire FR device is intended to be delivered through a guide catheter and microcatheter to the site of occlusion and deployed across the thrombus.  Once deployed, the device is designed to remove the thrombus by retrieving the device and microcatheter as a unit under constant aspiration into the guide catheter.

Endovascular Coiling/Embolization
Endovascular coiling is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat saccular intracranial aneurysms.  Patients with an intracranial aneurysm frequently present with headaches.  Symptoms can be caused by either the mass effect of the aneurysm, aneurysm rupture or intracranial hemorrhage.  An aneurysm can be diagnosed with a CT or an angiogram.  Once the aneurysm has been identified, it is determined if the patient is a candidate for endovascular coiling.

The endovascular coiling procedure is performed under general anesthesia.  Once the patient has been sedated, the interventional radiologist will insert a catheter into the femoral artery, navigate through the vascular system into the head and then into the aneurysm.   Tiny coils are then threaded through the catheter and deployed into the aneurysm, blocking the blood flow into the aneurysm and preventing rupture.  Patients are admitted post procedure for three to five days then discharged once their conditions are stable.  

CT Scan
The latest in CT imaging is now available at St. E’s in Youngstown. The Siemens Somaton Definition Flash (256 slice scanner) is a dual source, dual energy CT scanner that provides an expanded set of diagnostic capabilities that improve CT imaging in significant ways including:

·         Split second scanning
·         Cardiac Imaging
·         Reduced radiation exposure
·         Automated scan and reconstruction planning.

In accordance with St. Elizabeth Level I Trauma status, the CT department offers on-site, 24-hour coverage. Our Imaging department houses multi-slice scanners, including the lightspeed 64-slice.  This scanner offers sub-second scanning with multiple slices or images per second.  In addition to conventional scanning, it has the ability to do CT angiography (CTA) of the coronary arteries, cardiac scoring, lung windows and bone reconstruction.

Our state-of-the-art, multi-slice scanners improve image quality, dramatically reduce scan time and radiation dose.  In order to reduce radiation dose during CT exams, St. Elizabeth Health Center has established dose limits for both adult and pediatric patients, using guidelines established by the ACR (American College of Radiology).

We offer a full range of services from diagnostic imaging to CT guided interventional procedures.  Imaging may be enhanced using oral contrast or intravenous contrast as indicated by diagnosis.

CT Perfusion 4D
CT Perfusion 4D is a detailed, rapid, high-resolution study that provides valuable information about cerebral blood flow, cerebral blood volume and transit time when diagnosing acute stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage.  The advantages of CT perfusion imaging are that it is non-invasive, and more readily available and cost effective than magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
 

PET/CT
Poison Emission Tomography (PET) is a non-invasive imaging technique that measures the metabolic activity of cells in the human body.   CT and MRI scans only show details about the structure of your body, but PET demonstrates function of different organs of the body.  PET can detect cancer and other diseases before they are evident on other tests.  PET involved the use of a small amount of radioactive material that is injected into the patient.  The PET scanner then takes pictures of the radioactivity as it travels through the body.

 

MRI
The MRI unit at St. Elizabeth is a 1.5T offering a wide range of exams, including magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) studies.  We utilize EXCITE HD software to provide higher resolution, speed and scanning techniques.  This software provides high quality images, which will deliver a more definitive diagnosis.  St. Elizabeth’s features the use of MR vision goggles  and video and audio during the exam.  Patients are invited to bring a CD or DVD of their choice to enjoy during the exam.

 

Nuclear Medicine
Our Nuclear Medicine department offers equipment for both Planar and SPECT imaging.  All diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are available including the treatment of patients with low-grade non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  We offer a wide range of diagnostic procedures including lymphoscintegraphy and nuclear stress testing, both pharmacologic and exercise.

 

Ultrasound and Non-Invasive Vascular Lab
Ultrasound services utilize the Logiq E9 ultrasound units. The Logiq E9 is a powerful and versatile general imaging system that is capable of acquiring a wide variety of images. These state-of-the-art units deliver extraordinary image quality, improve workflows, and can integrate images acquired from other modalities.

Our Ultrasound and Non-invasive Vascular Lab offer a full range of services including:

  • Carotid duplex ultrasound
  • Venous duplex ultrasound (for DVT, vein mapping and venous incompetence)
  • Visceral vascular duplex ultrasound
  • General ultrasound procedures such as thyroid, abdomen and pelvis.
  • Interventional procedures such as biopsies, drainage aspirations and thrombin injections.
  • Peripheral arterial physiologic tests (extremity pressures, Doppler wave forms and exercise testing)
  • Arterial duplex ultrasound our Ultrasound Department and Non-Invasive Vascular Lab is staffed by a team of ARDMS Registered technologists and a registered nurse.

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