Radiology | Imaging Department
The Radiology Department provides diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative radiologic services using the most advanced equipment available. The Radiology Department’s team of board certified Radiologists and highly trained technologists share a commitment to personalized care.
For more information or to schedule an imaging appointment, please call 860.364.4070, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Imaging Services are available 24|7 for Emergency needs through our Emergency Department.
- Bone Densitometry (bone density)
- Helical Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning
- EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatment): EVLT is a quick minimally invasive alternative to traditional vein stripping. It leaves no scarring and is performed under local anesthesia. EVLT features a short, relatively pain-free recovery time. Prior to treatment, a physical examination using an ultrasound machine is completed to map out the vein to be treated. The treatment itself takes less than an hour. First the area to be treated is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein. Once the fiber is positioned, laser energy is applied as the radiologist slowly pulls the fiber through the length of the vein. Delivered in short pulses, the laser energy heats the vein from within, causing it to shrink, collapse, and seal shut. Once it is sealed, healthy veins take over and redirect blood flow back toward the heart. Walking immediately after the procedure is encouraged, and you can return to normal daily activity right away. However, strenuous physical activity should be avoided for 3-4 weeks. You may experience some bruising or soreness for 3-5 days. Walking or taking over-the-counter pain relievers help reduce any remaining discomfort.
- General Diagnostic Radiology (including Arthrograms, Barium Enema)
- Interventional Radiology (special procedures)
- PVR (Peripheral Vascular Testing)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Breast MRI: MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound. For the MRI of the breast, you will lie face down on your stomach with your breasts hanging freely into cushioned openings, which are surrounded by a breast coil, a signal receiver that works with the MRI unit to create the images. During the exam, you will be given an injection of a small amount of contrast which will enhance the tissues within your breast and highlight any abnormalities or areas of concern. The imaging session lasts between 30 to 60 minutes and the total examination is usually completed within an hour and a half. MRI exams generally include multiple runs (sequences), some of which may last several minutes. A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiology examinations, will process and analyze the images utilizing CADstream, a computer aided detection software, and send a signed report to your referring physician, who will share the results with you.
- Nuclear Imaging
- Ultrasound: Ultrasound (U|S) has been used to image the human body for over fifty years and has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine. It is a painless method of imaging almost any part of the body. U|S uses no ionizing radiation and is considered a safe procedure. Our advanced trained and credentialed team of U|S sonographers has years of experience with U|S imaging and work in conjunction with our board-certified Radiologists to use a vast array of imaging procedures from the embryo to the elderly — ensuring that they are providing our patients with the best possible medical care.
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy: Stereotactic Breast Biopsy is used to make a diagnosis when imaging studies indicate a mass, micro calcification, or an are of abnormal tissue. Stereotactic biopsy offers a minimally invasive alternative to open surgical biopsy, especially when no lump can be felt on breast examination. Stereotactic mammography pinpoints the exact location of a breast mass by using a computer and x-rays taken from two different angles. You will lie face down on a moveable exam table and the affected breast or breasts will be positioned into openings in the table and slightly compressed to hold the position throughout the procedure. The table is then raised and the procedure is performed beneath it. A local anesthetic will be injected into the breast to numb it and then several images will be obtained to guide the radiologist’s needle to the location of the abnormality. Once in place, additional images are obtained to confirm that the needle tip is truly within the lesion. Once confirmed tissue samples will be obtained. After the sampling, a small marker may be placed at the site so that it can be located in the future if necessary, and the needle will be removed and a final set of images will be taken. Once the biopsy is complete, pressure will be applied to stop any bleeding and the opening in the skin is covered with a dressing. No sutures are needed. This procedure generally takes between thirty to sixty minutes and you will be free to leave the facility within a half hour post procedure. A pathologist will examine the removed specimen(s) and make a final diagnosis within 48 hours and send a signed report to your referring physician, who will shaw the results with you.
- At Risk for Breast Cancer? Find out using the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call: 860.364.4070
Sharon Hospital’s Radiology Department maintains American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation in mammography, breast ultrasound and biopsy, ultrasound (general, OB, vascular, and gynecological) MRI imaging, Computed Tomography (CT) and Nuclear Medicine. The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice, assessing the qualifications of personnel and the quality and accuracy of the facilities equipment.
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