Effective, safe, and high-quality diagnostic imaging, especially X-ray based examinations and ultra-sonography, is crucial for medical decision-making and can reduce unnecessary procedures.
Our diagnostic teams are on call 24/7 for patients who are hospitalized or being treated in the Emergency Department, however anyone can take advantage of our diagnostic services, even if your physician is off island.
Just have your physician send your orders directly to us. Once we receive the orders, you can call and schedule an appointment.
With state-of-the-art imaging equipment and innovative treatment options, our licensed Imaging Technologists are dedicated to providing exceptional patient care at each of our imaging locations.
The list below includes many of the diverse diagnostic services available at one or more of our facilities. Not all services are available at every location, so please contact us to confirm which facility is best for your needs.
Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology. Unlike diagnostic X-ray, where the external radiation is passed through the body to form an image, nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to examine organ function and structure. In a sense, Nuclear medicine imaging is "radiology done inside out" or "endoradiology" because it records radiation emitting from within the body.
WhidbeyHealth Nuclear Medicine team uses cutting edge techniques that exploit the way the body handles substances differently when there is disease or pathology present.
Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans are the two most common imaging modalities in nuclear medicine.
Below is a partial list of the nuclear medical procedures available at WhidbeyHealth:
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, partly due to the inability to detect the disease early with the traditional chest x-ray screening.
Thanks to advanced lung cancer screening technology, smokers and past smokers may have a new lease on a long life. This radiation screening, which is officially called Low Dose CT (Computed Tomography) Lung Screening, can detect tumors that 80 percent of chest x-rays don’t reveal.
WhidbeyHealth Medical Center's Diagnostic Imaging department offers cutting-edge, low-dose radiation lung cancer screenings in partnership with Skaggit Radiology.
The test itself takes about five minutes and identifies tumors in high-risk patients, while a tumor may still be curable with surgery. Low dose CT screening has the potential to reduce the number of deaths from cancer in the U.S. by a whopping 20 percent. But is the screening right for you?
Some of the known risk factors for developing lung cancer include anyone who:
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website, Medicare will cover lung cancer screening with Low Dose CT once per year for Medicare beneficiaries who meet all of the following criteria:
Talk to your primary care provider, who must order the CT screening for you. Allow 30 to 45 minutes for your visit. Although this new technology is not covered by all insurance carriers, changes are being made for 2016 regarding coverage of the screening under insurance plans and Medicare.
To schedule a CT Lung Screening at the Diagnostic Imaging department, please call Central Scheduling Services 360.678.7607 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Our diagnostic imaging hours have expanded with the addition of our imaging and lab services in our new Walk-In Clinic Clinton.
To schedule an appointment at the Medical Center call Central Scheduling Services: 360.678.7607.
You do NOT NEED AN APPOINTMENT for Diagnostic imaging or Lab services at the Walk-in Clinic. Just send or bring orders from your doctor with you.
You can reach the clinic at: 360.341.5252.