Because early diagnosis of disease is one of the best ways to extend a productive and energetic life, Glen Rose Medical Center has invested heavily in its radiologic equipment and highly skilled staff. Radiology is the branch of medicine that uses radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Advances in technology now provide the ability to pinpoint views in the central nervous system or to look broadly, for example, at a patient's entire cardiovascular system.
If your physician has ordered a particular test, please review our information below. It will provide helpful explanations of CT Scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Mammography.
If reliable, CT scans are a critical diagnostics tool. Computed Tomography (CT) imaging, also known as “CAT scanning” (Computed Axial Tomography), has the unique ability to image a combination of soft tissue, bone, and blood vessels.
Glen Rose Medical Center saved our community hundreds of trips and thousands of miles when this advanced x-ray technology was purchased. Not simply convenient, CT scans are also an immediate diagnostic life-line for surgeons and ER trauma physicians who need critical information on the spot!
CT scans combine the use of a digital computer together with a rotating x-ray device to create detailed cross sectional images or “slices” of the different organs and body parts such as the lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, pelvis, extremities, brain, spine and blood vessels.
CT scans also provide a reliable method for Bone Density testing. Bone mass, simply put, is the weight of the skeleton, overall or in specific regions. The amount of bone you have in your skeleton determines how strong it is and how much trauma or force it can withstand before it fractures. A CT scan is your fast and painless way to keep watch on bone density which also affects skeletal fragility and potential fractures.
CT is the workhorse imaging system in our busy radiology department where skilled and licensed technicians see to your comfort as well as your health.
97% of women can survive breast cancer through early detection. That’s why GRMC invested in the best, Digital Mammography. Superior computer-aided images enable the radiologist to detect the slightest anomaly, which brings earlier detection of some cancers. And for your ultimate comfort, GRMC has added soft MammoPad® breast cushions that reduce discomfort by 50% for 3 out of 4 women.
How important this screening tool is! Mammography is an x-ray of the breast used to screen for or investigate breast abnormalities and breast cancer, particularly those which are too small to be felt by physical examination. A mammogram can show a developing breast tumor before it is large enough to be felt by a woman or even by a highly skilled health care professional.
Screening mammography is used for early detection of breast cancer in women without any breast symptoms. Diagnostic mammography is used to help characterize suspicious breast masses or determine the cause of other breast symptoms.
According to the American Cancer Society, women aged 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year. And if you're concerned, says the ACS, about radiation, consider that one mammogram exposes a woman to roughly the same amount of radiation as flying from New York to California on a commercial jet — and that can't save your life!
Designed for comfort and confidentiality, GRMC's Mammography suite and four certified technicians provide over 1,000 screenings each year including those offered at our annual Health Fair and at reduced cost to under-insured women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October.
GRMC's mammography facility is certified by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Food and Drug Administration. We follow the strictest guidelines to ensure that our equipment is safe and uses the lowest dose of radiation possible. Additionally, we are accredited by the ACR, American College of Radiology, for the provision of Mammography Services.