Diagnostic Imaging

A physician referral and scheduled appointments are required.

Bartlett Regional Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department provides a wide range of clinical and specialty services which include the following:

  • Two general diagnostic radiography and fluoroscopic rooms where simple x-rays, such as hands and feet, to the more complex barium studies of the organs of the body are done under live real-time TV monitors.
  • Portable x-ray and surgical C-arm equipment are available for emergency and operating room patients.

CT Scan

Bartlett Regional Hospital serves Juneau and the surrounding area with 2 state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanners, one 128-slice scanner and one 16-slice scanner. Both provide low-radiation dose, high-resolution scans for our patients.

Examinations take 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the exam, and are scheduled Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends and evenings are covered around the clock through the Emergency Department at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

We offer a full complement of standard and specialty examinations.

Mammography

Bartlett Regional Hospital's Mammography Department offers a comfortable atmosphere for patients to receive the best quality care possible. Mammograms are performed by specialized mammography technologists who care not only about physical needs but also patient's emotional needs. Screening mammograms are used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Diagnostic mammograms are used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found. Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography means that treatment can be started earlier in the course of the disease, possibly before it has spread. Getting a high-quality screening mammogram and having a clinical breast exam on a regular basis are the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early. Screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 and over.

Bartlett Regional Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for our community. To that end, we offer:

  • Two Selenia full-field digital mammography units, manufactured by Hologic®, a leading company in women’s healthcare.
  • Hologic MultiCare Platinum stereotactic biopsy unit.
  • Our mammographers are American Registry of Radiologic Technologists-certified in mammography.
  • Our facility is certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is American College of Radiology-accredited for mammography.

Mammography is open Monday through Friday, 7:40 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

MRI

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, a noninvasive technique that uses harmless radio waves rather than x-rays to create images. It is particularly useful for imaging soft tissues of the body, such as the brain, spinal cord, muscles and ligaments, and detecting abnormal tissues such as tumors.

All MRIs must be scheduled and preauthorized. Call the number on the back of your insurance card for preauthorization, or speak with your ordering physician's office staff.

The MRI machine utilizes a very powerful electromagnet, which is 30,000 times stronger than the earth's magnetic field. The presence of the strong magnetic field means that metal objects of any kind are not permitted within the scan room at any time. 

All patients undergoing an MRI will be screened prior to their MRI to ensure all internal objects are MRI-compatible.

Some metal implants do not rule out using an MRI scanner, but some do, and it is important to tell the technologist about any implants or metallic objects.

An MRI scan can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the scan being performed.  The scan consists of sequences lasting from 15 seconds to 7 minutes during which the scanner makes knocking noises, which can be quite loud. All patients are provided with hearing protection, and some scans allow the patient to listen to music during the scan. For some patients, claustrophobia may be an issue as the space within the MRI can be confining. Subsequently, those with claustrophobic anxiety and children may need light sedation, which will need to be ordered by the patient's referring physician.

After the MRI scan, a radiologist, who is a physician experienced in MRI and other radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a report with his or her interpretation to the patient's personal physician. The patient receives MRI results from the referring physician, who ordered the test. The normal time for results to be available is 24 to 48 hours after the MRI is finished.  

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine offers radiopharmaceutical diagnostic scans. Our leading-edge, dual-head SPECT gamma camera offers quality imaging. Also available is a thyroid probe/well counter for dedicated thyroid readings. On-site, board-certified radiologists read all exams.

Nuclear medicine is unique in that it offers doctors a noninvasive look at both structure and function in the human body. Bartlett Regional Hospital is licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Ultrasound and Sonography

Ultrasound and sonography exams are performed by sonographers, who are specially trained to use this technology. Ultrasound utilizes high-frequency sound waves to view soft tissue structures such as internal organs, vessels and muscles. The transmission of these sound waves and the returning sound waves, or echoes, that are reflected off of body structures create the ultrasound images. Unlike an x-ray or CT, ultrasound offers no radiation exposure to the patient.

Bartlett Regional Hospital offers ultrasound appointments Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bartlett Regional Hospital offers general diagnostic ultrasound exams, as well as more specialized exams such as echocardiograms and vascular studies, and can perform 3-D reconstruction on some studies, including OB.

We also perform ultrasound-guided biopsies.

Records

All radiology records are maintained for 10 years. Records can be checked out locally or mailed to you or a provider with a patient's written consent. Copies of film will be made on a CD when requested by the patient.

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Israel Ginn, Director

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