Many local residents unnecessarily travel to Cleveland or Pittsburgh to
have biopsies, arm ports, and dialysis catheters. ELCH has the capability
to perform these same interventional radiology procedures right here at home.
The ELCH radiology department also performs mammography, 3-D/4-D ultrasounds,
Nuclear Medicine, CT Scans, MRIs and fluoroscopy or x-rays.
Interventional Radiology Expertise
Dr. Trecha, the Chairman of Radiology has the experience to perform medical
procedures that distinguishes us from other area hospitals. His access
to members within the Foundation Radiology Group provides expertise to
diagnose and treat patients across specialized areas of medicine.
The Center for Breast Care
The Center for Breast Care has been renovated to differentiate our care
from other area mammogram suites by providing patients with a very positive
experience. The waiting room is inviting and relaxing with comfortable
amenities and beverages. The private changing rooms include fluffy, warm
ELCH updates Ultrasound Equipment
ELCH acquired a new ultrasound machine that takes 3-D/4-D images. The technology
improves diagnostic capabilities by enabling staff to view more granular
images and it displays two different perspectives of the same section
of tissue. The equipment also improves patient satisfaction, by taking
less time to scan images. ELCH is using the ultrasound technology to perform
prenatal wellness visits.
Ultrasounds use high frequency sound waves to produce cross-sectional images
of internal organs, breast tissue and developing fetuses.
Mammography is performed digitally at ELCH. Digitally captured images are
performed more quickly and images are archived electronically and in greater
detail resulting in fewer patient call backs. Mammography uses low dose
radiation, and it can detect breast cancer in its earliest form, much
earlier than self-examinations. It should be noted that self-exams still
need to be performed in conjunction with annual mammograms.
CT Scans allow technologists to obtain detailed layered images of the any
area of the body through the use of computerized x-ray equipment. ELCH
utilizes a 64-slice CT scanner, which is capable of showing tremendous
detail within the body; such as arteries within the body.
Fluoroscopy and X-rays
Fluoroscopy and x-rays collect images of internal organs. A physician and
technician can use fluoroscopy to look for ulcers and tumors or for the
placement of medical devices.
Nuclear Medicine produces images of organs for diagnosis of cancer, heart
disease and other medical problems through the use of radioisotopes. Doctors
will be able to see what a specific area of the body looks like and whether
the organ or tissue is functioning properly. This method is used to look
for cancers, problems with the thyroid, bone fractures and heart disease.
MRIs use magnets, radio waves and computers to capture layered cross-sectional
images of organs and tissues. MRI’s are exceptional at diagnosing
problems associated soft tissue including ligament tears, strokes and tumors.
Interventional radiology offers a wide variety of services that provide
the best option for obtaining diagnostic samples, alleviating pain, performing
medical procedures and surgeries.