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Diagnostic Imaging

Contact us at (360) 493-7460

Providence St. Peter Hospital offers an extensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic services using state-of-the-art imaging equipment.

Our Facility

Patient comfort and medical needs were key factors as we planned the design of our new diagnostic imaging suites. Procedure rooms are large and gently lighted, more space is available for physician and staff work stations, and hospital inpatients have private waiting areas for their comfort. Our recent expansion and capital investment in leading-edge imaging equipment enables us to provide extraordinary speed and quality in diagnostic imaging.

Our Equipment

The Vantage Titan MRI boasts the largest bore in the industry, and significantly improves patient comfort and increases the range of patients who can be imaged. State-of-the-art technology is used to dramatically reduce acoustic noise, the most significant cause of patient discomfort during an MRI. This MRI machine promotes patient safety and takes advantage of contrast-free techniques. Contrast-free imaging is important for patients with renal insufficiency. These protocols allow physicians to perform scans on patients with known renal compromise and diabetes.

Our systems were selected for superior speed and capability. They provide more detail and information than ever before.

  • Two computed axial tomography (CT) machines boast extraordinary system speed, reducing testing time by half that of conventional CT machines and producing highly detailed diagnostic information.
  • Two state-of-the-art angiography and interventional radiology rooms help physicians obtain imaging of internal organs, including arteries and veins, for the detection and treatment of vascular disease.
  • Four enhanced-sonar-signal ultrasound machines provide extremely sharp and clear images.

Computed Axial Tomography (CT) Scanning

Our two new CT scanners produce highly detailed diagnostic information with amazing speed, which enables us to perform exams never before thought possible. Angiography imaging, for example, provides 3-D images of internal structures such as blood vessels, the airways and bowel. Speed and accuracy of biopsies and other CT interventions are also enhanced. The use of 3-D imaging allows our physicians to better visualize trauma and disease often missed by conventional radiology methods.

Interventional Radiology

With our new, high-performance interventional radiology system, we are able to provide a broad range of specialized therapeutic procedures, including:

  • Placement of tubes in central veins (e.g., dialysis access catheters)
  • Repair of blood vessel narrowing with a balloon catheter or metal scaffold (stent)
  • Clot-busting procedures (thrombolysis) to remove blood clots in arteries (e.g., in stroke patients)
  • Injection of small particles in the blood vessels (embolization) to starve the blood supply of tumors (e.g., fibroids)
  • Procedures to diagnose and treat back pain (e.g., nerve blocks)
  • Placement of drainage tubes in blocked bile ducts and kidneys

Ultrasound

Our four new ultrasound systems employ technology that is changing the face of ultrasound imaging. Using a new method of forming the image, the systems enhance sonar signals to provide images much sharper and clearer than ever before. Our technicians can now visualize anatomy and physiology not seen with conventional ultrasound machines.

Our Department

Our highly skilled staff of 80 registered nurses and technologists performs nearly 90,000 exams a year, making us the premiere imaging site in Southwest Washington. A team of radiologists from South Sound Radiologists, Inc., PS, work on site, available for immediate response to patient and physician needs.