West Chester Hospital Outpatient Imaging Center
7690 Discovery Drive
West Chester, OH 45069
The UC Health Surgical Hospital Imaging Center provides many screening and diagnostic tests necessary for accurate diagnosis of various illnesses and conditions. The easy access and convenient parking make it a good choice for patients who may need the following tests:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
An MRI is an imaging test that uses a magnetic field and radiofrequency waves to produce high-resolution images of the human body without using radiation. Our 1.5 Tesla short bore MRI scanner utilizes state-of-the-art technology to produce high quality imaging of the body, brain, spine, and blood vessels. Our short bore, high field system is comfortable for patients, and also produces high quality images that are superior to the images from an open MRI.
Computerized Tomography (CT)
The CT scanner uses an x-ray tube that rotates around the body while measuring the constantly changing absorption of the x-ray beam by different tissues. The information is then reconstructed into thin cross section images or "slices" of the body. University Pointe has the newest technology available, a 64 slice CT scanner. In addition to performing the routine examinations that all other CT scanners are capable of with the highest speed and efficiency, high-resolution images of blood vessels throughout the body can be obtained, including but not limited to brain, heart, abdomen, and legs. All images, whether of the vessels or other soft tissue and bony structures, can then be processed to show three-dimensional information exactly as a surgeon would see in the operating room or with a scope. These high-resolution 3D images allow early detection of aneurysms and vessel narrowing or blockage, as well as many other types of disease processes, including cancer.
An ultrasound test uses sound waves to produce images of organs inside the body without using x-rays or surgery. For this test, a machine produces sound waves, which are directed at certain parts of the body through a device called a "transducer." These sound waves come into contact with various tissues within the body and bounce back like an echo. The echo is transmitted back to a computer, which creates images. Ultrasound is commonly used for examining the gallbladder, thyroid and breast tissues.
A screening mammogram is an imaging examination of the breast using x-rays. The purpose of this test is to detect breast cancer early when lumps are less than 2 cm or smaller (most lumps are not felt by the hand when they are 1 cm or less in diameter). A screening mammogram is recommended yearly for women after the age of 40. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you should consult with your physician for age appropriate screening.
Bone densitometry measures the bone tissue within the body to determine if the patient is suffering from or susceptible to osteoporosis. This disease involves a deterioration of the bone mass, which makes the patient more prone to bone fractures. During the DEXA scan, low dose x-rays are sent through the bones to measure the level of bone density in the hip and spine. The patient lies on a padded table and the detector passes over the area to analyze the density of the spine or hip.
Radiographic and Fluoroscopic Procedures
A radiographic exam, or x-ray, is often ordered for the chest, leg bones, hands, hips or spine. Other types of procedures are also available to physicians for specific diagnostic needs, such as upper GI (gastrointestinal) exams, barium enemas and other routine radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures. More information on specific procedures is available from your physician.
Timely, Precise Reporting to Physicians
Our advanced technology gives radiologists immediate access to high quality images, allowing faster report turnaround and improved accuracy. Referring physicians may also access reports through HealthBridge, the online patient information system owned and operated by the Cincinnati health care community.