Salem Medical Center offers a full range of imaging services to provide patients with their diagnostic and therapeutic imaging needs. Our imaging and radiology services teams work with doctors, nurses, and other clinicians to deliver comprehensive care. Our digital imaging technology allows doctors to access test results immediately so treatment can begin quickly.
From CT scans and X-rays to nuclear medicine procedures and 3D Mammography, we offer a full spectrum of imaging services delivered by knowledgeable technologists.
The medical imaging department at Salem Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and is licensed by the American College of Radiology for Mammography and MRI. Our trained imaging technologists are certified with advanced registries and are focused on patient safety and comfort.
SMC’s 3D Mammography System provides patients with the highest standard of care in breast imaging. The imaging process creates a three-dimensional picture of the breast allowing for increased identification of masses and/or lesions and is also superior for women with dense breast tissue.
The 3D Mammography Unit is also less constricting and makes for a more comfortable experience. The mammography room has been redesigned with calming colors, providing patients with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Once a woman turns 40, she should have a mammogram every year. At age 55, a woman may choose to get a mammogram every two years or continue yearly screenings.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a diagnostic procedure that combines a powerful magnet, radio waves and computer technology to provide detailed imagines of tissue, muscles, nerves, and bones. Because MRI uses magnetic force and radio waves to create images, there is no radiation exposure during the procedure. MRI is often used instead of CT (Computer Tomography) to study soft tissue or organs because bones do not obscure the organs and soft tissue as they do with CT imaging.
MRI can be used to assess everything from ruptured discs in the spine to detecting brain tumors and vascular diseases. Salem Medical Center’s imaging department features a high-definition 1.5 T scanner. In addition to standard MRI procedures, it is also used for breast MRIs with a Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) system.
Nuclear Medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials given either orally or intravenously, to examine an organ’s structure and metabolic function.
Nuclear medicine technologists utilize advanced technology that delivers results quickly so doctors can begin treatment as soon as possible. Nuclear medicine at Salem Medical Center is also used to study the sentinel lymph nodes and provide physiological imaging.
PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans provide specific information about organ and cell function among healthy, diseased and dead tissue. CT Scans provide a detailed picture of the body’s internal anatomy. Salem Medical Center’s PET/CT scanning technology combines the physiological information from a PET Scan and the anatomical information from a CT Scan to provide a comprehensive image of the body in a single scan.
Ultrasound (or Sonography) uses reflected sound waves to create real-time images of soft tissues, including muscles, blood vessels and organs. Because sound waves are used, there is no radiation exposure during this procedure.
Ultrasound is an effective tool for monitoring blood flow using Doppler ultrasound technology. Ultrasound can also be used to discover abnormalities in organs, and detect narrowed arteries, clotted veins, or growths such as tumors and cysts.
Salem Medical Center offers a variety of ultrasound procedures including obstetric and breast ultrasound exams and vascular imaging.