Radiology Services: Where the Best Treatment Begins

An accurate diagnosis is where the best course of treatment begins. That’s why Holland Hospital offers the lakeshore a full range of diagnostic imaging services featuring the latest in equipment and testing.

Our board-certified radiologists are dedicated to using leading-edge technology and procedures to provide your doctor with timely, precise diagnostic-imaging reports. As technology and techniques evolve to improve health care, Holland Hospital remains at the forefront of radiology and imaging services.

What is Radiology?

Radiology is the branch of medicine that deals with radiant energy in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The human body is both remarkable and complex, and is comprised of many organs, bones, tissues and other structures. Diagnostic radiology is the process of creating images of the body, its organs and other internal structures through the use of external radiation.

Radiology techniques are typically noninvasive, meaning they do not penetrate the skin. Some diagnostic procedures do combine radiology techniques with minimally invasive surgical procedures to diagnose and/or treat a condition.

What is a Radiologist?

Radiologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions using medical imaging techniques like X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound. Along with medical school and a four-year residency, radiologists also often complete a fellowship in a particular subspecialty of radiology, such as breast imaging, cardiovascular radiology or nuclear medicine.

Specialized Diagnostics, Close to Home

Holland Hospital Radiology Services features an array of high-quality, specialized imaging services—from X-rays to state-of-the-art interventional procedures—close to where you live. We pride ourselves on delivering clinical excellence and exceptional safety via advanced technology and expert radiologists.

Our radiology services are available at four area locations. Diagnostic testing options include:

  • Computed tomography (CT): A computed tomography scan (also called a CT scan or CAT scan) uses X-rays to produce detailed pictures of organs or structures within the body. During the test, you will lie on a table attached to the CT scanner. Doctors use CT scans to study areas of the body like the brain, chest or abdomen. This test may sometimes be used to assist or check on the success of a procedure or surgery. CT scans are done with or without contrast. Contrast refers to a substance taken by mouth or injected into an intravenous (IV) line to allow the specific organ or tissue to be seen more clearly.
    • CTA is a CT with a focus on arteries.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): An MRI is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio frequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. In some instances where MRI can show more detail and soft tissues than a CT scan, doctors may recommend an MRI as an alternative test. There is no risk of radiation exposure during an MRI procedure.
    • MRA is an MRI with a focus on arteries.
  • Mammography: A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts used to screen for breast problems, such as lumps or small tumors that can be seen before they can be felt. While mammograms do not prevent breast cancer or reduce a woman’s risk of developing it, they can detect cancer early, when it’s more treatable.
  • Nuclear medicine: Nuclear medicine is a safe and painless procedure that uses small amounts of specially formulated radioactive materials (tracers) to help diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. Our nuclear medicine capabilities continue to grow with the addition of single-photon computed tomography (SPET) and positron emission tomography (PET) scanning, which provide an advanced level of technology for cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, thyroid and parathyroid imaging. Holland Hospital is also the only lakeshore-area hospital to offer radioactive seed localization for patients undergoing a lumpectomy or excisional breast biopsy.
  • PET/CT scan: A PET/CT scan produces detailed computerized images that combine the functional imaging of a PET scan with the anatomical detail of a CT scan. PET/CT scanning can provide early detection of cancer, cardiovascular concerns, and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and stroke. Positron emission tomography, or PET scan, is a test that uses special imaging cameras and a radioactive type of sugar to produce pictures that detail the function and metabolism of cells in the body.
  • Ultrasound: An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from inside the body. An ultrasound allows your doctor to see problems with organs, vessels and tissues without needing to make an incision. Sound from a special transducer is reflected off structures inside your body, and the information from these sounds is analyzed via computer. The computer will create an image of these structures on a television screen. Because ultrasound uses no radiation, it’s the preferred method for viewing a developing fetus during pregnancy.
  • X-ray: X-rays have been available for decades and enable your doctor to view the inside of your body without having to make an incision. Helpful for diagnosing, monitoring and treating many medical conditions, X-rays use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones and organs on film or digital media. Standard X-rays are performed for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries.

Locations That Fit Your Busy Life

For your convenience, Holland Hospital offers access to radiology services at our main campus, as well as multiple area locations, so you can get in, get out and get back to your life.

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