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Imaging Services

Scheduling Phone Numbers

  • Patient Scheduling (256) 265-9999 (for patient use only)
  • Physician Office Scheduling (256) 265-4321

MRI Our Imaging Services Department provides digital diagnostic and interventional radiology services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The digital technology ensures better images for radiologists to provide quicker results. Our physicians and staff provide a caring and compassionate atmosphere for our patients.

PET/CT (Positron Emission
Tomography/Computed Tomography)
(Huntsville Imaging Center)
PET/CT is an imaging specialty that uses a radioactive glucose solution. The PET/CT image helps provide information to diagnose a disease or to determine the bodyís response to treatment.

CT (Computed Tomography)
(All locations)
CT scans make images with x-ray beams to create cross-section pictures of the body. For approximately 15 to 20 minutes, the patient lies on a table that moves through a circular opening. This procedure gives radiologists an unobstructed view of organs, bone and soft-tissue.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) (All locations)
MRI scanners use a large magnet, radio frequencies and a computer to take three-dimensional pictures of the body. The MRI equipment can be loud, so for patient comfort, headphones or earplugs are provided. Depending on the type of MRI ordered, the exam takes approximately 20 minutes to 1Ĺ hours to complete. Huntsville Hospital offers both open and closed MRIs.

Nuclear Medicine (Huntsville Hospital and Huntsville Imaging Center)
Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses a very small amount of radioactive substances to diagnose or treat disease. These scans can last from approximately 20 minutes to two hours depending on the type of scan, with some scans requiring patients to return after several hours to complete the test.

Diagnostic Radiology (All locations)
Diagnostic radiology, or x-ray, produces a detailed view of bones and tissue. Fluoroscopy is an examination of the tissues and deep structures of the body by x-ray using a fluoroscope. It projects radiographic images in a movie-like sequence on a monitor.

Ultrasound (All locations)
Ultrasound uses sound waves to study and characterize internal structures and tissues. A hand-held device called a transducer is placed on the patientís skin, and it serves as both the transmitter and receiver to obtain the images. Ultrasound is used as a diagnostic tool and has a wide array of uses in medicine. Depending on the exam, the ultrasound will take approximately 30 minutes.

Angiography (Huntsville Hospital Main)
A radiologist uses a small tube called a catheter to navigate the vascular system and study the blood circulation. The vessels are filmed using rapid x-ray or digital photography. If the image reveals poor circulation in an artery or vein, a stent may be used to widen the narrow spots.

Interventional Radiology (Huntsville Hospital Main)
The interventional radiologists perform numerous types of special procedures. You may call (256) 265-8934 for more information.

Pediatric Radiology (Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children)
Pediatric radiology is designed specifically for infants, children and adolescents. Unique equipment is used by staff specially trained in pediatric care.

Breast MRI (Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children)
The American Cancer Society suggests that certain women with high-risk factors or women who have been previously diagnosed with breast cancer may benefit from a breast MRI in addition to their mammogram. Breast MRI captures more detailed images of smaller lesions and areas of concern.

Digital Mammography (Breast Center)
Digital mammography provides enhanced image quality and detail for screenings and diagnostics. Images from each breast are taken in a top-to-bottom and angled side-to-side view. Additional angles, magnified views and/or different paddles may be used depending on what the radiologist needs.

Breast Ultrasound (Breast Center)
At the request of the radiologist or referring physician, a breast ultrasound is often used after a mammogram to provide more information about an area of concern.

Bone Density Testing (Breast Center)
Bone density testing helps physicians diagnose osteo- porosis, particularly in the early stages before broken bones occur. When tests are repeated over time, they can also help physicians track the rate of bone loss.