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Beginning on Feb. 1, our Radiology Department will begin offering Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening. This preventative screening measure is to lung cancer what a mammogram is to breast cancer when it comes to detecting cancer at its earliest stages.

While lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer in America, early detection can increase the five-year survival rate for stage 1 lung cancer to nearly 90%.

Lung cancer screening is quick and easy, and Medicare, as well as many other insurance companies, covers low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for people who meet the eligibility criteria. You may qualify for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening if you meet all of these criteria:

-- Are between the ages of 55 and 77; Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer; Are a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years; and Have smoked the equivalent of at least one pack a day for 30 years.

If you qualify, you will need a referral from your doctor in order to be screened.

Our Radiology Department provides big city service with a hometown feeling. An accurate diagnosis is a key to successful treatment, and an accurate diagnosis starts with the clearest possible images.

Wilbarger General’s state-of-the-art digital equipment provides clear and detailed still and moving pictures of the bones, organs and soft tissue. The latest additions to the department are a large-bore Philips Igenia 1.5 T MRI machine and a Shimadzu Sonialvision Radiology and Fluoroscopy DR Imaging unit.

We receive teleradiology services from Rays the number one rated small telerad company in the country. They currently provide us with a radiologist one day a week to provide procedure coverage.

Your images can be shared electronically among your healthcare providers and stored on standard CDs. This means your healthcare provider can view the images from wherever and whenever is most convenient for them.

Our compassionate and caring radiology team is comprised of a board-certified radiologist and highly qualified ultrasonographers, mammographers, radiologic technologists, MRI and CT technologists who are experts in their field. While delivering excellent care, our team members will focus on your needs, answer questions and make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout your visit.

For more information, please call our Radiology Department at 940-553-2856.

CT Scan

Our Radiology Department has a state-of-the-art 64-slice Philips Brilliance Computed Tomography (CT) scanner that produces multiple images of the inside of the body to provide the radiologist information needed to diagnose diseases and life-threatening illnesses.

A CT, sometimes called CAT scan, machine obtains many images from different angles around the body. A digital computer together with a rotating x-ray tube is used to create detailed cross sectional images or slices of body tissues and organs.

CT imaging is particularly useful because it can show several types of tissue – lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels – with great clarity. CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels provides greater detail than traditional x-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels. CT is fast and accurate for examining the chest, abdomen and pelvis. It is also used for patients with trauma such as what can occur in a motor vehicle accident. CT is an invaluable tool used in detecting stroke, kidney disease, tumors and pulmonary embolisms (blood clot in the lung). Other uses for CT include evaluate fractures of the bone that are undetectable with x-ray, spinal injuries and to guide biopsies.

Beginning on Feb. 1, we will begin offering Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening.

When preparing for a CT scan you should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and you may be asked to change into a gown. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, hair pins, eyeglasses and hearing aids. Some exams require you to be fasting (nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your exam), and some exams require you to drink a contrast material 1-2 hours prior to your exam. Be sure to check with your physician, or our Radiology Department, for any pre-procedure prep.

For more information, please call our Radiology Department at 940-553-2856.

Fluoroscopy

Our Radiology Department’s newest piece of equipment is a Shimadzu Sonialvision Radiology & Fluoroscopy Digital Imaging Unit. Fluoroscopy uses x-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the inside of the body.

With the new unit, we have expanded the procedures we can provide for issues concerning the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. These diagnostic procedures include upper GIs, barium enemas, IVP’s and cystograms.

The radiologist also utilizes the R&F room to perform arthograms, myelograms, lumbar punctures and joint injections for pain relief.

Our speech pathologist performs modified barium swallows to assess patients with swallowing problems that can lead to aspiration and pneumonia.

Some fluoroscopy exams and procedures require you to prepare beforehand. Call your physician, or our Radiology Department, if you have questions concerning your pre-procedure prep.

For more information, please contact our Radiology Department at 940-553-2856.

Mammography

Our Radiology Department offers a full field digital mammography with our Hologic Lorad Selenia mammography machine. Full field digital mammography is a powerful tool in the detection and fight against breast cancer. Key benefits of digital mammography are improved accuracy, lower radiation and quicker exam time. It also increases our ability to detect cancer earlier – especially in women under 50, women who are pre-menopausal or women with dense breasts. All resulting in less stress and anxiety for you!

Digital mammography provides a detailed x-ray of breast tissue and is vital in the early detection of breast cancer. It uses safe, low doses of x-rays to image the inside of the breasts and is a more accurate tool for identifying abnormalities in the breast that are far too small to be felt during self-exams. Additional breast care services provided at Wilbarger General include breast ultrasounds and ultrasound guided breast biopsy when needed.

We also use MammoPad® breast cushions, a soft foam pad that helps minimize discomfort during a mammogram. The cushion is placed on the imaging receptor creating a warmer, softer surface between the breast and mammography system. The pad helps optimize your comfort during the mammogram.

To prepare for a mammogram, dress comfortably. A two-piece outfit is usually the most convenient because you will need to undress above the waist. You should not use any type of powders, deodorants, ointments or creams prior to your exam because they can affect the quality of the mammogram.

We are also partnering with the Moncrief Cancer Institute to provide screening mammograms for those women who do not have insurance as well as those who may be underinsured.

For more information, please call our Radiology Department at 940-553-2856.

MRI

Our Radiology Department provides the latest technology in MRI imaging with the large-bore Philips Ingenia 1.5 Tesla system. The Ingenia utilizes powerful magnetism combined with low frequency radio waves to create detailed images of the body. It also utilizes a large bore size to accommodate larger patients and those with claustrophobia. With new imaging techniques and faster scan times, we are able to provide exceptional MRI images to our physicians.

Another great feature of the Philips Ingenia is its ability to produce arterial images (MRA) without the use of contrast material. Therefore, in many cases, invasive contrast media is not needed. We provide the latest in musculoskeletal and neurological imaging with the use of our all digital coil system. MRI is a highly valuable tool in the assessment of stroke, brain tumors, tendon ruptures and tears, and muscle and ligament visualization. Our MRI machine also produces highly detailed images of the spine.

Our new technology also enables visualization of the abdominal and pelvic organs for the detection of cancer and other internal diseases and functional disorders. For the first time we also offer prostrate and cervical MRIs, and also MRCPs.

With the large bore Philips Ingenia 1.5 magnet, we provide the latest in MRI technology and comfort for our patients. MRI is an extremely safe diagnostic tool as long as proper safety precautions are taken in regards to metal objects and pacemakers. Before your MRI exam you will be screened for any metal, and asked about any prior surgeries. You will be required to remove all accessories including hair pins, jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids, wigs, dentures, and any clothing containing metal. The MRI technologist will ask you several specific questions and you will be screened with metal detectors to make sure it is safe for entry into the MRI room.

For more information, please call our Radiology Department at 940-553-2856.

Ultrasound

Our Radiology Department’s ultrasound equipment uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of systems and organs in the body. These images often provide vital information that is valuable in diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.

An ultrasound, also called sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to create high-quality images of soft tissues and motion within the body. There is no x-ray radiation and the sound waves are harmless. An ultrasound can detect aneurysms, blood clots, damaged heart tissue, abnormal growths and diseased tissue.

We provide a full range of ultrasound exams, from head to toe, including biopsy procedures, arterial and venous evaluation, and diagnostic body scans. Ultrasound can be used to examine organs including the gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, liver and pancreas; glands such as the thyroid; and organs in the pelvis including the uterus, ovaries, cervix and bladder.

The preparation for each ultrasound study depends on the area being examined. Please call your physician, or our Radiology Department, for any pre-preparation orders. Depending on the images needed, the ultrasound exam may take half an hour to an hour.
For more information, please contact our Radiology Department at 940-553-2856.