The outpatient imaging area at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center is dedicated to those patients who are not “in” the hospital.
That means there are no delays when there is an emergency or “stat” request from an inpatient bed or from the Emergency Department. A different Radiology Department focuses on trauma and inpatient needs. This separation solely for outpatient imaging is a unique approach and is not seen in any other hospital in the area.
Access is convenient too. Once you park near the Medical Plaza and enter the building, all paperwork and procedures are completed within steps of the entrance.
The team of physicians reading the images is well-trained, with backgrounds at institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and the University of Michigan. “Our team covers a broad range, from interventional to pediatric specialists,” notes radiologist Ryan Willis, M.D. “This is really rare; to have such a well-trained and highly qualified group providing services in a rural area.” Most of the staff throughout the Imaging Department is “Registered”, meaning they receive ongoing education to remain at the top of their field.
These are some of the services offered:
Computed Tomography (CT/CAT Scan) – The equipment is 64-slice, cutting-edge for outpatient scans. With new software the radiologists are even better able to visualize blood vessels.
Diagnostic Radiology (X-rays) – Thanks to digital equipment, many people coming in for a chest X-ray are finished in five minutes. According to Gary Price, Director of Imaging at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, the technology has changed significantly. “Now with digital, it only takes two seconds.”
Within radiology they also perform fluoroscopy exams. This is used most often to look at gastrointestinal tracts, the small bowel, backs, swallowing for speech, and even guided joint injection for pain management.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – The high-definition digital equipment makes scanning faster. The short bore, only 3 ½ feet long, offers added patient comfort. The 1.5 magnet offers the most advanced technology in the area, allowing faster exams and much more accurate interpretation. This MIR equipment is 400 percent stronger than the 0.3 magnets in the area, and Good Samaritan offers the only MRI in the area for breast imaging. An entertainment system allows patients to view a video during the exam and a mirror allows the patient to see around the room.
Ultrasound – As an Accredited Vascular Lab, the staff must meet stringent requirements and ongoing education. And the Registered Vascular Technologists participates in routine screenings with Dr. Hoang Nguyen. Go to www.smgsmg.com and click on “Vascular Center” in the search bar to learn more.
Mammography – Good Samaritan is a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This means the American College of Radiology fully accredited its mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy programs. “Accreditation is a real testament to quality of care,” notes hospital President Mike Warren. “I am very proud of our dedicated team of physicians and staff who utilize state-of-the-art equipment in providing high quality services to our patients and their families.”
Evening and weekend appointments are available. When scheduling your test, just call 618.899.1234 and ask the staff for additional availability.