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Diagnostic Imaging

CT Services

CT Services at Community Medical Center offer a vast array of procedures. In computed tomography (CT) scanning, x-rays obtain image data from different angles around the body and then a computer processes this information to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs. Although the technology is used to diagnose many different types of diseases, heart motion has historically made it challenging to achieve accurate CT images of blood vessels, also called coronary angiograms. With the advent of the most advanced form of this imaging — the 64-slice CT — patients may experience a new type of less invasive heart study. This is why Community Medical Center offers the General Electric 64-slice VCT CT scanner to meet your every CT imaging need. For more information regarding Coronary CTA (Heart) procedures go to:

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CT Services also offers an experience team of dedicated registered CT technologists and nurses to aid you in obtaining the highest quality CT exam. Coupled with our team of highly qualified Radiologists, insures your diagnosis will be both fast and reliable. In addition, CT Services at CMC has received both Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and The American College of Radiology certification and recognition.

Outpatients may easily access our CT services from the Montana Breast Health entrance next to our Emergency Department located off of South Avenue.

CT Services are available 7 days per week, 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. Scheduling your next CT examination can easily be done by dialing 406-327-4334, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm.

The new technology, GE's ASiR (Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction, is an advanced imaging technique which makes it possible to reduce a patients exposure to radiation by up to 40 percent without compromising the quality of the image. This is highly beneficial to young adults and children who are more susceptible to harm from excessive radiation exposure.

For more information regarding CT scanning and the procedures we provide, please refer to the following:

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Radiology (X-ray) Services

Radiology services available at Community Medical Center are provided 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and 365 days per year. These services range from a simple chest x-ray to the more complicated fluoroscopic gastrointestinal (GI) or biopsy procedures. Many bone x-rays do not require that the procedure be scheduled and can easily be provided with a physician order and a trip to Community Medical Center’s Department of Imaging. Other more complicated fluoroscopic procedures do require that you or your physician’s office schedule your procedure.

All technologists are registered in radiology and have received a license to practice in the State of Montana. Scheduling your next X-ray examination can easily be accomplished by dialing 406-327-4334, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm. All x-ray services are accredited by the Joint Commission.

For more information regarding Radiology (X-ray) and the procedures we provide, please refer to the following:

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Ultrasound Services

Ultrasound (also referred to as sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body. Health care professionals use sound waves to view the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, liver and other body organs. During pregnancy, technologists/physicians use ultrasound to examine the fetus. Unlike x-rays and other Imaging technologies, ultrasound does not involve exposure to radiation.

During an ultrasound test, a specially trained technologist or physician moves a device called a transducer over part of the body. The transducer sends out sound waves, which bounce off the tissues inside your body. The transducer also captures the waves that bounce back. Images are then created from the sound waves.

The Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Community Medical Center offers three separate ultrasound units offering 3D, color flow Doppler (evaluates blood flow through vessels) and spectral Doppler capabilities. All of our ultrasound technologists are registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and offer a variety of ultrasound services to include abdomen/pelvic, obstetrical, vascular and other ultrasound procedures. In addition, our ultrasound services have also received accreditation from both Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the ACR (American College of Radiology).

Ultrasound procedures require a physician order. To schedule your next ultrasound procedure, you or your physician’s office can call 406-327-4334, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm.

For more information regarding Ultrasound and the procedures we provide, please refer to the following:

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Nuclear Medicine Services

Nuclear Medicine Services at Community Medical Center use small amounts of radioactive materials or isotopes to treat and diagnose a variety of diseases. The isotopes are generally administered either by injection into a vein, swallowed or inhaled as a gas. Once administered, the isotope accumulates in a specific organ and gives off radioactivity that can be monitored, collected and an image produced. Unlike many imaging services, Nuclear Medicine focuses primarily on the function of an organ rather than the actual image itself.

Nuclear Medicine is staffed with qualified and experienced Nuclear Medicine Technologists who have received their certification with the NMTCB (Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board) and the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist). Services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and 365 days per year. In addition, our Nuclear Medicine services have received accreditation for both the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Services and the American College of Radiology (ACR).     

Nuclear Medicine procedures require a physician order. To schedule your next Nuclear Medicine procedure, you or your physician’s office can call 406-327-4334, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm.

For more information regarding Nuclear Medicine and the procedures we provide, please refer to the following:

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Montana Breast Health (Diagnostic Mammography)

All routine screening mammograms are offered through our partnership alliance with Advanced Imaging (located off of South Avenue). Should the radiologist see something in your screening mammogram that requires further evaluation and follow-up, he will recommend that you be referred to Montana Breast Health for further diagnostic imaging.  

Diagnostic Mammography is offered by Community Medical Center in our newly designed Montana Breast Health Center located off of the South Avenue entrance next to the CMC Emergency Department. Montana Breast Health was designed to provide total breast care services for our patients. Breast services include state-of-art Digital Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, Ultrasound Breast Biopsy and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy equipment, all in a calming and exclusive breast care environment.

In addition to the beautiful environment, we understand that a comprehensive breast program must include more than just imaging services. That is why we have developed our Montana Breast Health Team of physicians to help you in your journey to wellness. Breast Surgeons, Pathologists, Radiologists, Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists and Reconstructive Surgeons meet on a routine basis to review each individual case and make recommendations to insure that you receive the best possible care available. In addition, we also offer a Breast Health Navigator to aide you in navigating your journey through the complexities of the healthcare system should this be required. She can be reached at 406-327-4517, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The technical staff at MBH understands that every patient requires their full attention. Each member of our Breast Imaging Team is registered specifically in mammography and is there to meet your unique specific needs.

The Montana Breast Health service has received both the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and FDA accreditation and the honor of being recognized as a Center of Excellence by the ACR (American College of Radiology).

Diagnostic Mammography procedures do require a physician order. To schedule your next Diagnostic Mammography procedure you or your physician’s office can call 406-327-4334, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm.

For more information regarding Mammography and the procedures we provide, please refer to the following:

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Angiography

An interventional radiologist performs this X-ray procedure, which is also called an angiogram. During the angiogram, the doctor inserts a thin tube (catheter) into the artery through a small nick in the skin about the size of the tip of a pencil. A substance called a contrast agent (X-ray dye) is injected to make the blood vessels visible on the X-ray.

One of the most common reasons for angiograms is to see if there is a blockage or narrowing in a blood vessel that may interfere with the normal flow of blood through the body. In many cases, the interventional radiologist can treat a blocked blood vessel without surgery at the same time the angiogram is performed. Interventional radiologists treat blockages with techniques called angioplasty and thrombolysis. Additional reasons for performing Angiography include:

  1. Aneurysms -- an area of a blood vessel that bulges or balloons out
  2. Cerebral vascular disease, such as stroke or bleeding in the brain
  3. Blood vessel malformations

 

Angiography procedures require a physician order. Your personal physician can schedule you for your angiography procedure by calling 406-327-4334, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm.

For more information regarding Mammography and the procedures we provide, please refer to the following:

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Bone Densitometry

Bone Densitometry, also known as a DXA scan (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry)is the evaluation of your bone density and potential bone density loss. DXA scans utilize a very minimal amount of x-ray to acquire this information. Typically, this involves scanning the lower spine and hips to acquire the Bone Mineral Density (BMD) measurement. This test is relatively simple and the actual scan time takes about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. We encourage patients to dress appropriately for this procedure in order to avoid having to change into a gown. Patients should wear loose fitting comfortable clothing, free of metal such as buckles, metal buttons and zippers.

Bone Density procedures require a physician order. To schedule your next DXA scan you or your physician’s office can call 406-327-4334, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm.

Outpatients may easily access our CT services from the Montana Breast Health entrance next to our Emergency Department located off of South Street.

For more information regarding Bone Densitometry and the procedures we provide, please refer to the following:

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