Lake Huron Medical Center offers advanced imaging services to provide patients
with high-quality diagnostic and therapeutic services. Our imaging and
radiology services teams provide exceptional care and work with doctors,
nurses and other clinicians to deliver compassionate, high-quality care.
Our digital imaging technology allows doctors to access test results immediately,
so treatment can begin more quickly, because minutes always matter.
Benefits of Lake Huron Medical Center's Imaging Services:
- Online portal to share images and results with physicians
- Fellowship trained radiologists on-site to read exams
- Accredited by the American College of Radiology in Computed Tomography
(CT), Mammography, General Ultrasound, General Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(MRI) and Stereotactic Imaging.
Wide Bore MRI
Lake Huron Medical Center offers patients an alternative option to conventional
MRI with the Magnetom Espree, a wide bore MRI machine. Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique that produces detailed pictures
of internal organs and tissues, through the use of magnetic fields and
radio waves. The wide bore technology provides a more spacious environment,
allowing patients to be more comfortable while undergoing a MRI.
Wide bore technology:
- Accommodates patients of all sizes, up to 500 pounds
- Provides more spacious headroom
- Helps eliminate anxiety caused by claustrophobia
- Delivers high power images for more accurate results by combining a high
field 1.5t magnet with a wide bore MRI
This state-of-the-art technology provides an additional tool for the early
detection of breast cancer to women across the Blue Water Area, because
minutes always matter. Similar to traditional mammography, 3D mammography
technology uses X-rays to produce images of the breast to detect abnormalities.
The advanced technology of a 3D mammogram is capable of producing more
detailed images of breast tissue, capturing multiple slices of the breast
at all different angles. The multiple images create a clear, three-dimensional
image of the breast for the radiologist to review.
Utilizing the advanced diagnostic capabilities of our 32-slice CT Scanning
equipment, cardiac scoring provides for computer tomography in a noninvasive
method to evaluate the potential for cardiac disease, especially for those
at high-risk for heart disease. A radiologist will provide a detailed
cardiac scoring report to the ordering physician and the patient. A physician
order is required for Cardiac Scoring; please contact your physician to
request an order prior to scheduling.
Cardiac scores are generally not covered by insurance. The cost of Cardiac
Scoring at Lake Huron Medical Center is $395.00.
- Lake Huron Medical Center Facility Fee of $298.00 is due on the date of service
- X-Ray Associates of Port Huron fee for radiologist to read and generate
the report is $97.00. Patient will be billed separately by X-Ray Associates
after services are provided.
Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
Computed tomography (sometimes referred to as computed axial tomography
or CAT scan) or a CT scan, is a non-invasive procedure using specialized
X-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the body.
Lake Huron Medical Center offers a 64-slice CT scanner; this advanced technology
not only takes images quicker but produces higher quality images.
Digital mammography uses X-rays to scan a patient's breasts to check
for abnormalities in breast tissue. This advanced technology allows mammograms
to be viewed and read by radiologists on a computer screen allowing the
images to be manipulated for better clarity and visibility in a manner
that traditional mammograms cannot be.
Fluoroscopy is imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor,
much like a movie. During this procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through
the body so the movement of a body part, instrument or contrast agent
through the body can be seen in detail.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a procedure which takes images of the
internal structures of the body. Images are created using strong magnetic
fields and radio waves.
Nuclear Medicine imaging uses small amounts of radioactive materials to
diagnose and determine the severity or treatment of diseases. Nuclear
medicine procedures are able to pinpoint molecular activity within the
body, which offers the potential to diagnose a disease in its earliest stages.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a test that combines computer tomography
(CT) and nuclear scanning to assist physicians with the diagnosis of disease
and treatment planning. PET images are different than more traditional
radiology studies. PET images contain information about the body's
chemistry and cell function. Although used for a number of diagnostic
procedures, PET-CT is most readily used in the diagnosis and treatment
planning for cardiology, neurology and cancer studies.
PET-CT is provided at Lake Huron Medical Center's North Campus through
a mobile unit that visits our facility each week. Currently, the mobile
unit is available on Mondays from 7 a.m. to 6 p/m. Appointments are provide
by physician referral. Physicians can schedule appointments by calling
Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to view the inside of
the body. Because images are captured in real-time, ultrasound can show
movement of the body's internal organs and blood flow.
X-ray imaging uses ionizing radiation to generate images of the body. A
single image is produced and recorded for evaluation. X-rays can be a
non-invasive and painless diagnostic tool in the treatment of many ailments
Computer Aided Detection
Computer aided detection (CAD) is designed to assist physicians in interpreting
medical images. Lake Huron Medical Center is pleased to offer CAD which
aids radiologists in detecting potential abnormalities in various diagnostic exams.