General Radiology

Radiation (x-rays) is used to produce black-and-white images of anatomy. Diagnostic Imaging performs over 300 different types of procedures in radiology alone and 8,500 x-ray exams annually. An x-ray image is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body and strikes a sensitive plate placed on the other side of the body. Each Technologist is specially trained to place a patient in a variety of anatomic positions in order to obtain clear images of bones and organs within the human body for the purpose of a diagnosis. The Technologists are versatile in providing an x-ray to infants, children, adult and geriatric patients.

X-rays may be used to detect bone fractures, find foreign objects in the body, and demonstrate the relationship between bone and soft tissue. They are also used to detect ulcers in the stomach or blockages in the colon or when the doctor suspects kidney stones, just to name a few. Radiographic skills are not only utilized within the department, but are also performed at the patient's bedside or emergency room using portable exams. Technologists perform an array of radiographic exams in surgery such as: assisting in bone alignments, portable fluoroscopic exams to observe the digestive tract, proper positioning of metal prosthetics, and proper placement of pacemaker wires and electrodes within the heart.

In late 2005, Woodlawn Hospital added a Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) to electronically store, manage, distribute and view radiology images. Images are recorded onto an imaging plate, read by a laser, and stored on a server. PACS enables images such as x-rays and scans to be stored electronically and viewed on video screens, so that doctors and other health professionals can access the information and compare it with previous images at the touch of a button.