FCMH’s Radiology Department plays an important role in diagnosing illnesses. We offer ultrasound, mammography, computerized tomography (CT), nuclear medicine, bone density scans, fluoroscopy and plain radiography. Our radiologists interpret your exams and report their findings to your attending physician.
Dr. Michael Barrows. Fayette County Memorial Hospital (FCMH) is pleased to welcome ABR board-certified radiologist, Dr. Michael Barrows from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as part of a recent affiliation agreement between the two organizations. He has over 16 years of experience in all areas of diagnostic imaging and image-guided procedures, with special focus for breast imaging.
Dr. Barrows will begin providing full-time clinical Radiology support at FCMH April 15, 2015. Continuous sub-specialty diagnostic imaging support with be provided remotely by the Wexner Medical Center Radiology faculty 24/7/365 days a year.
Digital mammography is now available in the Women’s Wellness Center located in MAB2, First Floor, Suite 230. Digital mammography gives us a whole new way of seeing. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital mammography. This can greatly reduce the need for retakes, leading to shorter time spent in the breast imaging suite, and reduces exposure to x-rays. In most cases, mammography can identify an abnormal breast mass up to two years before it can be detected by touch. We have 7 mammography technicians and mammograms can be scheduled Monday from 12:00 AM – 6PM and Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Click here to view our Fayette County Memorial Hospital Partners in Pink Mammography Program.
Ultrasound equipment uses high-pitched sound waves and echoes to obtain pictures of different organs in your body. No radiation is involved. Prior to the procedure, the patient will be instructed by their doctor on the preparation that is needed. The technologist will explain the exam and a transducer and jelly will be put on the area that is to be scanned. The procedure usually lasts less than 30 minutes. This service is available Sunday through Friday, mornings and afternoons.
Computerized Tomography (CT)
The CT unit helps the physician diagnose and identify problems that ordinary x-ray equipment can’t. Prior to the procedure, your physician will instruct you on the necessary preparation. Many CT scans require a prep prior to the exam; some do not. You will have to lie on a table for your test. The table will move through a gantry (an opening that looks like a doughnut). Your exam will show 3-D images of your body that will enable the radiologist to determine the results of your scan. Your CT scan will take 10 to 30 minutes. They can be scheduled Monday-Friday.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
The most recent development in imaging procedures, MRI, is an advanced method of producing images of the human body without the use of x-rays. Instead, a large magnet, radio waves, antenna and a computer are used. The human body is made up of millions of atoms which are magnetic and when placed in a magnetic field, respond to radio waves, producing signals picked up by a powerful antenna. These signals are sent to a computer which produces very clear images. This process takes approximately one hour and is most useful in examining the head, neck, abdomen, bones, and joints. FCMH offers MRI three days a week.