Diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services are essential components of high-quality medical care. Thompson Health has invested in breakthrough diagnostic imaging technology, transitioning to an all-digital approach in the Polisseni Family Diagnostic Imaging Department. Patients benefit because as technology evolves, more procedures to diagnose and treat a range of ailments – without invasive traditional surgery – become available.
High-tech, compassionate care…close to home
Thompson Health offers a wide range of diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services using state-of-the-art equipment, which allows physicians to refer their patients to a health care provider they know and trust. Our physicians and diagnostic technologists are highly skilled and provide the compassionate, expert care that patients have come to expect from Thompson Health.
What is diagnostic imaging?
Imaging is the process by which physicians evaluate an area of the body that is not normally visible. Diagnostic imaging uses radiant energy, including x-rays, radium, cobalt and nuclear medicine applications, to diagnose and treat diseases.
The digital advantage
Digital diagnostic equipment offers advantages to patients: faster tests that are more comfortable and less invasive, as well as faster access to test results.
The technology offers physicians and technologists greater speed and efficiency, because they no longer have to handle large packages of film, and they can zoom in on areas of the image or isolate portions of the image for greater visibility.
Because digital images can be e-mailed, they enable physicians to view their patient’s test results on a computer in their office or at home. This new approach to diagnostic services makes it easier for physicians to consult with each other or with a radiologist at Thompson, since digital images can be viewed simultaneously at different locations.
A nursing area in the diagnostic imaging department gives patients a quiet, private place to receive medical preparation for some procedures and to rest and recover from the effects of any anesthesia afterward. Our staff of nurses monitor patients’ condition, answer questions and provide post-procedure instructions when patients are ready to return home.