Our Equipment

Radiology Equipment CT Scan with Doc and Tech Photo

Radiology equipment includes many different modalities: by their common names, CatScans, MRIs and ultrasounds are among the most well known. Additionally, there are traditional x-ray machines, DEXA, nuclear medicine, PET scanners, and "Cath labs". Of these, MRI and ultrasound do not even use x-rays; instead, they use radio waves (MRI) and sound waves (US). The others take advantage of the x-ray. We want to assure you that we always use the least amount of radiation (ALARA: As Low As Reasonably Achievable) whenever we do use the x-ray equipment.

As you can imagine, Radiology equipment is very expensive. As such, we spend a good deal of time thinking about how best to spend the resources we have. We want to ensure that all of our patients are imaged appropriately, using the most-up-to-date equipment. With a few exceptions, we have chosen to work largely with equipment from Philips Healthcare, and we believe everyone has benefitted greatly from that decision. Philips has exceptionally advanced imaging equipment and is a leader at reducing radiation dose – both to patients and to the radiologist in the "cath lab".

CT and MRI Scanners

Radiology Equipment MRI Scan with Tech and Patient Photo

Our primary CT scanners are outfitted with iDose4, the industry leader in dose reduction. HCMC has set the standard in our community with its 256-slice CT scanner, the iCT. While we use that machine for all types of CT scans, it is exceptional in its application at cardiac CT scanning. This scanner has eliminated many mechanical parts and "spins" within a nearly microscopic cushion of air that all but eliminates friction and allows for extremely high rotation speeds that the scans can literally "freeze" the motion of the heart. The scan is obtained so fast, that each spin occurs in milliseconds, but a fraction of a second! In combination with iDose4, HCMC's patients can expect that their scan meets or, more likely, exceeds the standard of care for cardiac CT angiography.

Likewise, our MRI scanners offer significant advantages over competitor systems. We do not use gimmicky "open-sided" MRI that are forced to compromise on image quality. We seek to image once and to do it right. Both at HCMC and Whittier, our satellite outpatient facility, we have large bore scanners that significantly eliminate claustrophobia. We offer audio-visual sets that allow you to listen to music or watch a movie. Of course, MRI scans no longer take an hour; with our scanners, most exams are completed within just 20-25 minutes.

Radiology Ultrasound on Leg Photo

And, were that not enough, our scanners offer exceptionally advanced imaging techniques that allow for sophisticated imaging of the brain, spine, breast, prostate, bones and joints, liver and heart. Our MR scans set the standard in this region, be it if we are performing a study on your unborn child (fetal imaging), the "stiffness" of your liver (MR elastography), your hip (before surgery or, with OMAR, our new orthopedic metal artifact reduction scanning, after you have had a hip replacement), your heart or that of your child (cardiac MRI), your breast or prostate (both of which are now standard of care in preoperative evaluation), and your blood vessels (brain, carotid, renal, aorta, etc.).

HCMC Radiology was the first to replace its analog bedside (portable) x-ray units with digital technology. With our state-of-the-art digital "portables", HCMC Radiology's technologists no longer have to run x-ray cassettes back to the main department to be "developed". For several years, HCMC's patients and physicians have benefitted from this digital conversion: when a bedside exam is performed, on the ward, in the ICU, in the OR, or in the ED, the image is immediately processed and wirelessly sent to this Radiology computer system. Just seconds after the technologist says, "hold your breath please", the image is available for interpretation and viewing, and sharing with the patient and family.