CMH MEDICAL IMAGING

The Medical Imaging Department at CMH offers a complete range of diagnostic and interventional services in general radiology and subspecialty areas.

Improved Diagnoses and Treatment

Our board-certified radiologists are specially trained on state of the art equipment to interpret exams, and our technologists are all NYSDOH licensed, ARRT registered and trained to complete procedures quickly and accurately.

Patients can call our Medical Imaging Scheduling Department at 518.828.8224 to make an imaging appointment at our Valatie, Hudson or Catskill locations.

For your convenience, we also offer the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). This makes all of your medical imaging results available online for your physician, the emergency department and other specialists to ensure your care across offices or hospitals is seamless.

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Diagnostic Imaging Services

columbia memorial health imaging

Patient Preparation: X-Ray

Standard x-rays produce images of bones, chest, and abdomen. These procedures are offered at all of our locations, and no appointment is necessary on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fluoroscopic exams, such as GI series and small bowel studies, are only offered at our Hudson location.

Small Bowel Studies

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight before your exam.
  • Medication can be taken with a small amount of water.
  • You will be asked to drink contrast that will fill your intestinal tract. The technologist will take images periodically as the contrast moves through your system.
  • This exam may take several hours to complete.

Esophogram

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight before your exam. Medication can be taken with a small amount of water

Barium Enema

  • Obtain the following from the pharmacy:
    • 1 10 oz. Bottle of magnesium Citrat
    • 3 Dulcolax tablets 1 Dulcolax suppository
  • Day before the Exam: Liquid Diet beginning at noon. 6pm – Drink Magnesium Citrate8pm take three Dulcolax tablets
  • 9 p.m. Drink large glass of liquid
  • 7 p.m. Drink large glass of liquid
  • Liquid Dinner-clear soup, fruit juice with no pulp, Jell-O, carbonated beverage, coffee or tea. NO Milk or Cream
  • Morning of Exam:6:30 am- take Dulcolax suppository; try to wait 10-15 minutes before going to the bathroom
  • You will have to change into a hospital gown. The technologist will take images while the colon is being filled with contrast. This exam will take about 1 hour.
  • Liquid Breakfast  -NO CREAM or MILK

CMH has the most powerful, technologically advanced and roomiest open MRI in the region located at Greene Medical Arts in Catskill. It can be used by patients of all ages and is perfect for those who need more room than the traditional MRI offers. This machine is used to examine organs, tissues, and skeletal systems by producing highly detailed images with a magnetic field and radio waves.

CMH also offers traditional MRI scans at the Hospital Campus in Hudson.

In some cases, blood work to assess kidney function may be needed when an exam requires a contrast injection. Patients should bring a current list of medications.

ct scan at cmh

The CT takes a series of x-rays from different angles to produce a cross-sectional view of the body. Columbia Memorial has advanced 64 slice technology that performs fast and accurate imaging to assess such problems as trauma, stroke, cancer, cardiovascular disease, appendicitis and musculoskeletal disorders.

Patient Preparation: CT Scans

The CT Scan takes a series of x-rays from different angles to produce a cross-sectional view of the body. Columbia Memorial has an advanced 64 slice CT with the ability to scan full body and cardiac imaging to assess internal trauma, discover and determine the precise location of infections, diseases and injuries for faster diagnosis.

  • You should wear loose comfortable clothing, although for some exams you may still need to change into a gown.
  • For exams that require a contrast injection you should not eat 4 hours prior to your exam time.
  • Blood work to assess kidney function may be needed for exams that require a contrast injection
  • Please bring a current list of medications

If you are having a CT exam such as an abdominal or pelvic scan, you may be required to drink an oral contrast. You will need to begin drinking this contrast at least an hour before your scan time to ensure that your digestive tract is properly prepared for the exam.

 

Columbia Memorial offers full-service breast care including 3D mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and breast biopsy for breast cancer screening and diagnosis.

3D Mammography- The leading-edge imaging technology generates a three-dimensional picture of the breast, giving providers a more complete view of tissue compared to conventional two-dimensional mammogram images.

Patient Preparation for Mammography

CMH offers full service mammography care, including digital screening mammograms, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and breast biopsy to screen for and diagnose breast cancer.

  • Avoid deodorant, antiperspirant, powder, lotion, creams and perfumes under your arms or on your breasts. Metallic particles in these products can be visible on your mammogram and cause confusion.
  • If you have prior mammograms from another facility, please bring them with you to your appointment so the radiologist can compare your images to prior exams.
  • Report any breast symptoms or problems, previous breast surgeries, hormone use, and family or personal history of breast cancer to your mammographer at the time of your exam.

cmh ultrasound

CMH performs general, obstetrical, gynecological, and vascular exams through ultrasounds that use high-frequency sound waves to create images. Ultrasounds are available at our Hospital Campus in Hudson, Greene Medical Arts campus in Catskill and Valatie Medical Arts building location.

Patient Preparation: Ultrasound

CMH performs general, obstetrical, gynecological, and vascular exams through ultrasounds that use high-frequency sound waves to create images. Ultrasounds are available at our Hospital Campus in Hudson, Greene Medical Arts campus in Catskill and Valatie Medical Arts building location.

Many ultrasound exams do not require preparation, although you should wear comfortable, loose clothing and may still be asked to change into a gown for some exams. Some exams will require you to fast or to drink water prior to your scan.

Our guidelines include:

For Pelvic exams, Kidney and bladder exams, OB’s under 15 weeks exams: Drink 32 ounces of non-carbonated liquids one hour prior to your test.

For Abdominal exams, Aorta, Right Upper Quadrant or RUQ, or Kidney Doppler: Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to test.

This exam is used for early detection of osteoporosis by measuring minerals within your bones. Through this exam, we can pro-actively treat bones before they break and monitor treatment.

This test uses a radioactive tracer to visualize bone functionality and internal organs, including heart, lungs, thyroid, gallbladder, and liver. Nuclear medicine is only offered in our Hudson location.

cmh radiologist

Patients now have the option of minimally invasive surgery guided by imaging, such as x-rays, CT scans, or ultrasounds, called Vascular or Interventional radiology, offered at our Hospital campus located in Hudson.   These procedures are performed by specialty-trained surgeons and radiologists.

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LOCATIONS

  • CMH-Hospital Campus
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • 3D Mammography
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Bone Densitometry
  • MRI
  • Vascular Intervention
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • 3D Mammography
  • Open MRI
  • Bone Densitometry
  • Valatie Medical Imaging
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • 3D Mammography
  • Bone Densitometry