Imaging Services

Wesley has highly trained radiologists and nurses that provide a wide range of medical imaging services to help diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. We have the most advanced imaging equipment and offer personalized care in a comfortable setting.

Imaging Services Available:

Wesley Medical Center offers walk-in appointments for diagnostic exams. Patients can easily schedule testing at any of our conveniently located facilities. All exams are performed by certified medical staff trained in radiology or other specialities. At Wesley Medical Center, patients receive personalized care in a comfortable setting. Our physicians and medical team are dedicated to helping all patients improve their health.

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Walk-In Exams

Walk-in appointments are available for the following routine diagnostic exams:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Spine X-ray
  • Extremity X-ray
  • Abdomen X-ray

Wesley Medical Center also provides specialized imaging at our main campus for scoliosis measurement and leg length measurement. These exams can be scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Diagnostic Exams

The following tests are available at Wesley Medical Center by appointment:

  • DEXA (DXA) — a bone densitometry (also known as DEXA or DXA) is the most common method for diagnosing osteoporosis. The exam uses a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce images of the lower back, spine and hips in order to measure bone loss. A DEXA exam must be scheduled through the Wesley scheduling team. Appointments are offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Mammograms — Wesley Medical Center offers both screening and diagnostic mammograms:
    • Screening mammograms are administered to women who are coming in for their yearly exam, or are not currently experiencing any signs or indicators of breast cancer.
    • Typically, diagnostic mammograms are scheduled for women with a history of breast cancer who currently have a complaint. During the screening, a radiologist will review the images and visit with the patient. Mammograms make take up to 45 minutes and may include an ultrasound of the breast.
  • Fluoroscopy — Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging in which an X-ray beam is passed through the body. Fluoroscopy is used in a variety of exams and procedures for diagnosing and treating patients. Fluoroscopy may be utilized to view the gastrointestinal tract, for catheter insertion, placing stents (during surgery), visualizing the blood vessels and organs during angiograms and for orthopedic surgery. Fluoroscopy exams offered at Wesley Medical Center include:
    • Upper Gastrointestinal
    • Joint injection/steroid injection
    • Esophagus
    • Joint injection with contrast (prior to MRI)
    • Barium Enema
    • Myelogram (spinal canal)
    • Small bowel
    • Spinal tap
    • Swallow study
    • Hysterosalpingograms (HSG)
    • Dobhoff feeding tube
    • Gastric tube exchange

Myelogram

A myelogram is an imaging procedure that involves placing a needle into the spinal canal, and then injecting an iodine-containing contrast agent into the sac that contains the spinal cord and nerve roots. This is done to capture the images.

Frequently Asked Questions about Myelogram:

Why has my doctor ordered a myelogram?

A myelogram provides detailed information about the spinal cord and the nerve roots. This information is valuable in helping your doctor make a diagnosis or plan the appropriate treatment to help relieve your symptoms.

What should I do to prepare for the procedure?

Patients need to arrange for someone to pick them up after the procedure. Your companion will ensure that you get home safely. On the day of the procedure, patients should wear loose, comfortable clothing.

How is a myelogram performed?

A needle is placed in their lower back (lumbar and lumbosacral region) or occasionally in the neck (cervical region). The area for needle placement is localized using imaging guidance. The radiologist will administer local anesthesia. Since the needle tip is in a location near the nerve roots, you may briefly experience symptoms such as pain or an electric shock sensation down the leg; if this happens, the needle position will be adjusted. Contrast is injected, multiple X-ray images are obtained, and the needle is removed. A CT scan is routinely performed after the myelogram in order to provide additional information. The entire procedure from start to finish lasts approximately one hour; the needle is removed at the very beginning of the procedure. You will be awake during the procedure and can ask questions.

What should I do to prepare for a myelogram?

Certain medications are contraindicated and should be withheld because they lower the seizure threshold. Seizure is an uncommon complication. If you are on any medications that lower the seizure threshold, please consult your physician in advance of the procedure. If you are taking any antidepressant medications, such as phenothiazines, MAO-inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, Zyban (for smoking cessation), antipsychotic medications, CNS stimulants, muscle relaxants or any other medication that lowers the seizure threshold, please inform your doctor in advance of the procedure so that these medications can be stopped at least 48 hours before the procedure and resumed no earlier than 24 hours after the procedure.

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Pediatric Exams

Wesley Medical Centers offers a number of pediatric fluoroscopy exams for children. All procedures are performed in a low-dose pediatric room by a pediatric radiologist. Exams are not limited to, but include:

  • Esophagus
  • Upper gastrointestinal (UGI)
  • Colon
  • Small bowel
  • Voiding Cystourethrogram — Children over 12 months can be sedated for this procedure. Sedation must be scheduled with pediatric sedation prior to the appointment.
  • G-J tube replacements — in most cases, our facility can order the correct size tube and have it delivered within 24 hours.

Preparing for Fluoroscopy Exams

Preparations for patients scheduled for a fluoroscopy exam include the following:

  • PRECAUTIONS: If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please check with your doctor before scheduling the exam. Other options will be discussed with you and your doctor.
  • CLOTHING: You may be asked to change into a patient gown. A gown will be provided for you. Lockers are provided to secure your personal belongings. Please remove all piercings and leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  • EAT/DRINK: Specific instructions will be provided based on the examination you are scheduled for.
  • ALLERGIES: Notify the radiologist or technologist if you are allergic or sensitive to medications, contrast dyes or iodine.

Prior to your exam, patients may want to ask your doctor about the amount of radiation used during the procedure and the risks related to your particular situation. Risks associated with radiation exposure may be related to the cumulative number of X-ray examinations and/or treatments over a long period of time.

Lumbar Puncture

A lumbar puncture (LP) or spinal tap may be done to diagnose or treat a condition. For this procedure, your healthcare provider inserts a hollow needle into the space surrounding the spinal column (subarachnoid space) in the lower back to withdraw some cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or inject medicine. CSF is a clear fluid that bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord. It is continuously made and reabsorbed in the brain. CSF is made up of cells, water, proteins, sugars, and other substances that are essential to maintain balance in the nervous system.

A lumbar puncture can help in the diagnosis of various disorders. The fluid is tested for red and white blood cells, protein and glucose (sugar). The clarity and color of the fluid are also checked and it is tested to see whether bacteria, viruses, or abnormal cells are present. Excess CSF may also be removed in people who have an overproduction or decreased absorption of the fluid.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I walk in for a mammogram without an appointment?

All mammograms must be scheduled in advance. Mammogram screenings are not done on a walk-in basis.

Can I walk in for an X-ray?

Certain X-rays can be done as a walk-in between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., if you have a physician order for the exam.

What should I wear for a procedure or an X-ray?

Wear something comfortable that does not have a lot of metal on it. Some exams require patients to change into a gown, depending on the exam or X-ray.

How long does it take to receive my results?

Most exam results are available within 3-5 days. Your results are faxed to the ordering physician, who will contact the patient to discuss the results.

Can I speak with my Radiology & Imaging radiologist?

Absolutely! Your radiologist is available to you and your referring physician. He or she will help your doctor choose the proper exam and interpret the results. Using those exam results, your radiologist will help recommend next steps. Your health is our concern.

What is a radiologic technologist?

A radiologic technologist is a specially trained medical professional that performs your diagnostic imaging examination. They do not interpret the images — that is the job of the radiologist. Each of our technologists has successfully passed a national certification examination and they must continue their education by earning credits every year to perform