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Diagnostic Imaging

Contact Number: 621-4330

The Diagnostic Imaging Department strives to provide quality imaging services to our In-Patients, Emergency Room Patients and Out-Patients. Our services includes routine X-rays, Fluoroscopic studies, Angiography, Computed Tomography, Ultrasound, Mammography, and Nuclear Medicine. The department offers these services twenty four hours a day. Walk in service for X-ray is available until 8 PM seven days a week. We service patients of all ages.

The majority of our technologists are multi-skilled professionals, which means that they are specialized in more than one specialty area. Only licensed technologists with in-depth training in their specialty performs diagnostic procedures.

The Medical Director for the department is Dr. Norman Polk. He is a Board Certified Radiologist and a partner with The Radiology Group, Inc. He is also a graduate of Harvard University and an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine.

Most of our exams may require an appointment that includes the patient preparation for the procedure. For questions about the patient preparation for the procedure and/or scheduling information, please call
621-4387 or 621-4330.

Radiology

X-rays consists of many procedures that includes fluoroscopic studies of the gastrointestinal tract and radiographs of the chest, extremities, kidneys, spine and head.

Some procedures require a preparation prior to the exam. Gastrointestinal tract exams may require fasting or taking a bowel preparation. Pregnant patients should inform their primary physician that they are pregnant.

X-ray procedures are performed in three clinical rooms within the department. Modern x-ray equipment
manufactured by General Electric Medical Systems is used to perform studies.

We also provide routine x-ray services at our Wahiawa X-ray Satellite office which is located in Wahiawa at 302 California Avenue # 103.

Digital Mammography

Women who undergo routine mammograms at Wahiawa General Hospital have the latest diagnostic technology available to them. Wahiawa General Hospital was one of the first hospitals in Hawaii to offer breast cancer screening with a Selenia ® Dimensions® 2D/3D full field digital mammography system.

Wahiawa General Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman's chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.

CT (Computed Tomography)

CT scans are painless diagnostic tests that use conventional X-rays. A series of pictures is reconstructed by a computer into cross-sectional views, allowing physicians to see inside areas that cannot be seen on conventional X-ray images. Due to recent advances in CT technology, physicians can detect many more conditions and start planning necessary treatment much earlier than ever before.

Wahiawa General Hospital has a state-of-the art 64 slice Toshiba Aquilion CT scanner. This advanced technology delivers superior patient care and enhanced diagnostic confidence. New clinical procedures such as 3D CT angiography exams can be performed with this cutting-edge technology and at a speed much faster than conventional CT scanners.

Ultrasound

An Ultrasound procedure is a safe, generally non-invasive procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. A small microphone-like device called a transducer emits sound waves through the skin. These sound waves echo off of the different tissues of the body and they are reflected back to the transducer. The echoes are converted into electrical signals and displayed on a monitor.

A state-of-the-art Toshiba Xario ultrasound scanner is used to perform 3D sonography. Patients are given at no charge their 3D baby pictures. Also used is a General Electric Medical Systems Logiq 700 for other special procedures.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine at Wahiawa General is a medical specialty that uses safe, painless, and cost-effective techniques to both image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique in that it documents organ function and structure, in contrast to diagnostic radiology, which is based upon anatomy. It is a way to gather medical information that may otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests.


 

                                                   


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