Digital images: A life - saving tool

June 26, 2015

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but one may be more valuable when it comes to your health. Medical images – captured by X-rays, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) scan, positron emission tomography (PET) scan, and other techniques – have spent the last century revolutionizing the way healthcare providers diagnose and treat illness, disease and injury. These images give physicians precise and powerful information that often boost the likelihood of a full recovery. 

At Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, we are proud to offer a variety of outpatient medical imaging services, including CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Radiographic and Fluoro studies, Echocardiology, Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Lab. We conduct screenings, to detect broken bones, cysts, and other internal injuries. We provide preventive screenings in the form of yearly mammograms, colorectal cancer screenings, and a variety of other imaging tests for patients at risk for developing certain types of cancer as well as educating our community about recommendations and screening procedures. Many diseases, if caught early, can be successfully treated and managed. 

Mammogram guidelines 
Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer in women. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Studies show that early detection of breast cancer can improve the chances for successful treatment and increase a patient’s chance for survival. Because of this, it is recommended that women over the age of 40 have an annual screening mammogram to watch for any changes to the breast. 

At Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, we offer discounted screening mammography beginning Breat Cancer Awarness month, October 1st through December 31st. 

Colonoscopy guidelines 
According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women combined in the U.S. A difficult disease to detect, colon cancer typically does not present symptoms until the disease has advanced. For this reason, routine colonoscopy screenings are recommended for men and women age 50-75. 

At Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital we offer colonoscopy, mammogram screening, and low dose CT screening to detect any abnormal areas. Regular screenings can identify pre-cancerous lesions, called polyps, before they grow into cancerous cells. 

Other high-risk patients 
While routine mammograms and colonoscopies are recommended across the board for certain age groups, additional screenings may be recommended for patients who are considered high-risk for developing certain cancers, such as lung cancer screenings for long-term tobacco users. These types of screenings are highly personalized based on each patient’s medical history, family history of disease and social risk factors. These screenings should be decided upon in consultation with your primary care physician. 

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital offers state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services such as: 

  • 64-slice CT: This is a state of the art machine used for general diagnostic and screening studies of most all parts of the body. 
  • 1.5 T MRI: Used for all MRI needs such as spine, abdominal, and joints. 
  • Rad Fluoro Machine: Used to detect abnormalities of function within systems such as the GI tract. 
  • General Ultrasound: Provides images inside the body using ultrasonic sound waves and is most commonly used for OB, Abdominal, and Vascular care. 
  • Echocardiography unit: Specialized ultrasound used for imaging cardiac function and can aide in the diagnosis of Congested Heart Failure. 
  • Nuclear Medicine: Used to help determine blood flow and function to different areas of the body. Can be used with Cardiac Stress testing. 
  • Surgical C-Arm for Fluoro Guidance: Used during surgery to assist physicians with ensuring proper placement of hardware like screws when performing knee and hip replacement or repairs. 
  • Cardiac and Vascular Cath Lab: Allows for in depth studies and procedures to be performed such as those used to diagnose Coronary Arterial blockage, which may have caused a heart attack. “Gold” standard in Cardiac Vascular health. 
These services are an important part of overall health and wellness, as they provide physicians the information they need to prevent, diagnose and treat illness and injury. Even better, these diagnostic tests increase the likelihood of successful treatment and recovery for patients. 

To learn more about Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital’s outpatient imaging services, please visit www.NNRHospital.com or call (775) 738 - 5151. 

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About Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital 
Employing over 300, Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital is a 75-bed Joint Commission nationally accredited facility proudly serving the residents of Northeastern Nevada. Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital’s mission is “making communities healthier” which feeds into our actions to continuously enhance quality care close to home.