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Imaging Services

Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) Diagnostic Imaging Services encompasses a variety of modalities used to diagnose conditions and injuries, providing your physician with high quality, timely information for treatment. These modalities include:

These services are available at Upper Valley Medical Center and throughout the community at UVMC outpatient centers:

  • Hyatt Center in Tipp City
  • Outpatient Care Center/North in Piqua
  • Outpatient Care Center/South in Troy
  • Stanfield Place in Troy
    • Stanfield Imaging, located on the lower level of the UVMC Stanfield building will be closed Aug. 27 through Sept. 24 for remodeling. Patients needing imaging services will be referred to the UVMC Outpatient Care Center/South during the renovation.
  • View a map of our various locations and hours.

Highly trained licensed technologists perform all studies under the supervision of qualified Radiologists (Medical Imaging PhysiciansOff Site Icon) who interpret each study.

Learn more about how UVMC has advanced Imaging Services with voice recognition technology.   Learn more about Advanced Technologies Available at UVMC Imaging

Plain Image Studies

Examples of plain image studies are spine x-rays, extremity x-rays, and chest x-rays. These studies are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the hospital and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our four satellite facilities. It is not necessary to pre-schedule these procedures.

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Fluoroscopic Studies

These include studies of the upper gastrointestinal tract (UGI) and lower intestinal tract (Barium Enema). These studies can be performed at the hospital for your convenience and can be scheduled by calling (937) 440-7111.

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CT Scans

These studies are performed on special equipment that allows us to view the body in "slices." There are two multi-slice scanners located at the hospital. These procedures can be scheduled by contacting (937) 440-7111.

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CT Angiography provides a high quality Angiography study that is safer and less invasive compared to conventional angiography.  These studies are performed similiar to basic CT studies with contrast media.  Images are reconstructed on a workstation and prepared for interpretation.  The Radiologist can review the study in multiple formats ncluding 3-D imaging for a quality interpretation.

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Ultrasound technology utilizes sound waves to study the internal structures of the body. Many people relate ultrasound studies to images of a baby in the womb. Ultrasound studies are performed at the hospital. If your doctor orders an ultrasound exam, please call (937) 440-7111 to schedule a convenient time.

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Comprehensive Breast Program/Mammography

Our Radiologists and Surgeons collaborate to provide a Comprehensive Breast Program that includes Digital Mammography, Ultrasound, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging along with multiple biopsy options.

Screening mammograms (performed annually for women with no symptoms) are performed at three convenient sites: Upper Valley Medical Center, Outpatient Care Center/North and Hyatt Center. A variety of times are available to meet your busy schedule. Diagnostic Mammograms (for women who have experienced symptoms in the breast) are performed at Upper Valley Medical Center.

Please call (937) 440-7111 to schedule a convenient time and location.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Breast Program at UVMC.

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Nuclear Medicine

These studies involve the injection of a small amount of radioisotope that travels to different areas within the body. These can be detected by special equipment called gamma cameras. Some studies are performed in conjunction with Cardiopulmonary to study the functioning of the heart at rest and under stress. In 2008, this service offered new technology with a gamma camera connected to a CT scanner. This allows for specific attenuation correction and improved anatomic localization with many studies.

Nuclear Medicine studies are performed at the hospital and can be scheduled by calling (937) 440-7111.

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MR (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

These studies are much like a CT scan, enabling a view of the human body in "slices." MR utilizes a large magnetic field combined with radio frequencies to obtain images that are displayed on a monitor. In October of 2009, UVMC added a new, state-of-the-art fixed scanner at the hospital. Our scanner is much more patient-friendly than previous designs due to its larger, more open bore (where the scanning occurs). Beautiful visual therapy panels in the MR suite help provide a relaxing atmosphere for the patients.

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This diagnostic procedure produces three-dimensional pictures of the body's sugar metabolism. Unlike an MR, which creates images of the size and structure of internal organs, a PET/CT creates images that show the differences in tissue metabolism. This is particularly useful in assessing certain types of cancers, heart disease, and brain disorders since changes in metabolism often occur well before changes in body tissue's size or structure. PET/CT scan is most commonly used in oncology to determine if a patient has cancer, the extent of the disease, or to assess the effectiveness of a treatment. For information on PET/CT, visit www.neo-pet.comOff Site Icon.

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DXA Bone Densitometry Measurement

The information from these studies is used to determine if the patient is at risk of developing Osteoporosis. Scans are performed at Outpatient Care Center North in Piqua and Hyatt Center in Tipp City.

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These procedures study the arterial blood system. This is accomplished through the insertion of a catheter into a blood vessel and strategic placement of that catheter into the area of interest. Then contrast media can be injected to study the anatomy on a monitor in the procedure room.  A new Cath Lab/Angiography Unit was installed in 2009 and now offers heart caths as well as angiography procedures and other invasive opportunities.

Learn more about the UVMC Cath Lab.

For more detailed information on Imaging/Radiology and specific procedures, feel free to visit The American College of Radiology site at www.acr.orgOff Site Icon or click on www.radiologyinfo.orgOff Site Icon.

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 Medical Imaging Tests during Pregnancy

We want you and your baby to be healthy. With this in mind, make sure you talk to your doctor if he or she has decided that you need a medical imaging test that uses radiation. Your doctor can tell you why he or she believes you need the test and the risks to your unborn child. This handout may help you decide if you want to have the imaging test done.

What medical imaging tests use radiation?

A plain x-ray is a medical imaging test that uses radiation to make pictures of your body, such as a chest x-ray. A computed tomography scan also called a CT Scan is another type of test that uses radiation to make pictures of your body. Radiation cannot be seen, it is invisible.

Do all imaging tests use the same amount of radiation?

No. There are many types of imaging tests and each use different amounts of radiation. Plain x-rays use very small amounts of radiation. CT scans use more radiation depending on the type of CT scan.

How much radiation will I receive?

How much radiation you and your baby come in contact with or take into your bodies depend on the type of imaging test you are given which is measured in milliards.

Your body takes in or absorbs natural and manmade radiation. During your pregnancy,  your baby may absorb about 200 millirads.

Here are examples of how much radiation is used in medical imaging tests that your baby could be exposed to:

  • High — one CT scan of the abdomen (belly) is about 2,600 millirads.
  • Medium — one CT scan of the chest is about 100 millirads.
  • Low — one Chest x-ray is about one milliard or the same amount of radiation as 3 hours of sunshine.
  • Very Low — one Dental x-ray is about 0.1 millirad or 1/10 of a milliard.

Other things to think about

In general, your baby is at most risk from the effects of radiation from the 4th week (1 month) to the 16th week (4 months) of pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor or a radiation physicist if you are worried about your baby having any health problems from the radiation used in the imaging test.

A radiation physicist measures how much radiation a patient receives from tests or treatments that use radiation. Your doctor and the radiation physicist can tell you how much radiation your baby could receive from any imaging tests you may be given.

Medical imaging tests that use radiation do not increase the overall number of babies born with birth defects. Even if you and your baby do not have any imaging tests with radiation, there is still a chance your baby will have a birth defect because 4 to 6 babies out of every 100 are born with some type of birth defect.

Safety steps that will be taken during your medical imaging test

The technologist will place a lead shield over your belly. In most cases, he or she will keep the imaging test aimed only at the area where your body is being tested.

A lead shield helps to block the radiation to those areas it is covering. This will reduce the amount of radiation to your unborn child.

Other steps include having an ultrasound or a MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) test. Ultrasounds and MRIs are imaging tests that do not use radiation. These other types of imaging tests are used when possible, but sometimes an imaging test using radiation is your doctor’s best choice to treat you.

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At UVMC, we understand that your time is valuable, so we utilize a centralized scheduling department that provides eficient service at one number.  Patients or physicians can simply call (937) 440-7111 to schedule all imaging studies and most other appointments as well.

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Contact Imaging Services

UVMC Imaging Services
3130 N. County Rd. 25-A
Troy, OH 45373

(937) 440-4800

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