The physicians at the Augat Imaging Center are all fellowship-trained and board certified, and can provide expert diagnoses in all areas of imaging.
Every technologist is credentialed in his or her speciality area. The high caliber physicians, staff, and equipment are essential for early detection of potential
problems and in attaining accurate diagnoses. The Augat Imaging Center at Sturdy Memorial offers convenient evening and weekend hours.
64-Slice CT Scan
A form of computed tomography (CT), the 64-slice CT scan is a high-speed scanner with superior spatial resolution that enables diagnostic radiologists to diagnose
abnormalities and diseases with greater visualization, sensitivity, and specificity. The new scanning technology combines increased speed of image acquisition,
decreased artifacts related to involuntary and voluntary patient movement, and the most advanced multi-planar and 3D reconstruction capabilities.
The scan has the ability to cover large areas of the body very rapidly, thereby reducing breath-hold time and improving patient comfort.
A computed tomography (CT) scan (formerly referred to as a "CAT Scan" or computerized axial tomography) is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses x-ray and computer
technology to create a 3D image of body tissues and bones. CT scans aid in the diagnosis of diseases and abnormalities, and offer cross-sectional views of soft tissues, such as organs and tumors, for treatment.
Sturdy Memorial physicians utilize CT technology to diagnose and develop treatment plans for many conditions. CT scans are performed in the Hospital's Augat Imaging Center by experienced, credentialed staff.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of imaging study that provides computer-generated images of the body's internal tissues and organs. Sturdy Memorial Hospital's MRI machine uses a 1.5 Tesslar magnet.
This MRI machine does not require the patient to be completely enclosed, allowing the patient to receive the highest quality diagnosis in a comfortable environment.
3D Mammography and Digital Mammography
The Mammography Department at Sturdy Memorial is a full-service department that provides patients with high-quality care in a state-of-the-art facility that is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
The Department is open six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays, for easy accessibility.
3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, is a breakthrough technology that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 to be used in combination with standard
2D digital mammography for breast cancer screening. While 3D and digital mammograms both involve x-ray examination of the breasts, 3D mammography creates multiple layers or “slices” of images to
better visualize overlapping tissues, compared to 2D, flat images. These numerous images allow for 3D image reconstruction of the breast tissue. Radiologists are then able to identify very small
and/or subtle masses and distortions that might otherwise have been mammographically occult, or hidden, on conventional digital mammograms. 3D mammography appears to be most useful in women with mammographically dense breasts.
Both 3D and digital mammograms are advanced breast cancer screening and diagnostic technologies. Sturdy Memorial’s Mammography Department provides the women of our community with these sophisticated
screening options to enhance cancer detection, and to find these cancers in their earliest and most treatable stages.
Nuclear medicine is a specialized branch of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive substances to examine organ function and anatomy. The amount of radiation a patient is exposed to during nuclear testing is approximately the same as during a standard x-ray.
PET-CT Scan, which stands for positron emission tomography/computed tomography, enables physicians to diagnose diseases like breast cancer more quickly and to determine more precisely which stage
the cancer is in—information that is invaluable in developing an effective treatment plan. A scan usually only takes about 30 minutes.
What exactly is a PET-CT Scan?
PET (positron emission tomography) is a test that uses special imaging and a radioactive type of sugar (small injection the patient will receive prior to the exam) to produce pictures of
the function and metabolism of the cells in the body.
CT (computed tomography) is an x-ray test that generates a detailed view of the anatomy or structure of organs and tissues in the body. The CT scan can show the dimensions of vessels,
lymph nodes and organ system.
PET-CT integrates diagnostic PET and CT into a single device, making it possible to collect both anatomical and physiologic information during a single exam.
Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the body's internal organs, including but not limited to the heart and blood vessels, kidneys, bladder,
liver, gallbladder, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, and testicles. It helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions related to the body's internal organs.
It is also used to monitor fetal development in pregnant patients. Ultrasound imaging is noninvasive and usually painless.
The Vascular Lab offers a number of noninvasive services that assist physicians in diagnosing blood flow complications such as stenosis, blood clots, and blockages.
The Vascular Lab is equipped with the latest technology, such as specialized transducers that produce detailed color-flow images. The color images help physicians detect
turbulent blood-flow problems without performing an invasive procedure.