Radiology & Imaging Technology 
Digital and Nuclear Imaging Systems available at Twin Cities Community Hospital

Twin Cities Community Hospital offers patients of North County two new, state-of-the-art imaging systems for improved diagnostics: a digital imaging system for use in assessing the spine for abnormal lateral curvature, or scoliosis; and a nuclear imaging system for enhanced diagnostic capabilities for detecting cancer and other internal medical issues. For more information about the imaging systems or to schedule an imaging appointment, call (805) 434-4399.

Digital Imaging Equipment

Twin Cities’ digital imaging system from Konica Minolta, called a Digital Image Stitching Application, electronically stitches individual digital images into a single, continual image to allow radiologists at Twin Cities the ability to evaluate the spine in its entirety in one single view, in as little as ten minutes. The system, which consists of an upright mobile cassette holder, cassette with digital imaging plates, and software program, improves upon the former, more tedious methods that typically took 30-45 minutes and involved multiple traditional X-ray images processed in an X-ray darkroom.

The instantaneous, digital process results in lower radiation doses to the patient, lower costs (by utilizing digital images on CD instead of the more expensive films of the past), and shorter, more convenient exams—which means the hospital can now accommodate walk-in scoliosis patients.  Nuclear Medicine imaging procedures can be scheduled by contacting (805) 434-4399.

 

Nuclear Imaging Equipment

Twin Cities’ new BrightView nuclear imaging system – or gamma camera – from Philips Healthcare allows the hospital to perform a non-invasive, highly advanced diagnostic imaging method called SPECT – Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography – to reveal how a part of the body is functioning at the metabolic level.

An important diagnostic technology for lung, breast, liver, and other types of cancer as well as for other common applications such as cardiac, bone, pulmonary, brain, thyroid, and renal imaging, the BrightView system generates: 3D images (instead of the previous system’s 2D images); concurrent imaging, which allows clinicians to obtain multiple images, and additional diagnostic information, without extending imaging time; and higher resolution images for uniformly outstanding image quality.

Referring physicians can direct scoliosis patients to the Twin Cities Community Hospital Radiology Department for scheduled or walk-in appointments to get the new, digital scoliosis exam.