Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Radiology

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center offers a complete range of radiological services, including Diagnostic Radiology, Mammography, Ultrasound, CT Scan, Bone Densitometry, MRI and Echocardiography.

Hours

Radiology is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until midnight. A technologist is on call from midnight to 6:30 a.m. to cover emergencies.

Exam Interpretation

After you have a procedure performed in Radiology, it will be read by a Board Certified Radiologist from Valley Radiology Professional Associates (VRPA)**. VRPA is a group of radiologists that provide interpretations (readings) for Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center as well as three other local hospitals.

** VRPA will bill separately for the interpretation of your radiology procedure.

Mammography

We perform digital mammography which is a higher quality X-ray of the breast. We are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) which means we adhere to strict stipulations and guidelines, ensuring you a high quality mammogram. All technologists that perform mammograms are certified in mammography. These are technologists who have received additional training and certification in the area of mammography.

It is recommended that all women over the age of 40 receive a yearly mammogram. If you are questioning whether you should have a mammogram or not, please discuss this with your health care provider.

Before Your Mammogram

  • If you have had mammograms elsewhere, please call that facility and have your results and images sent to us before your appointment. These tests will be needed for comparison.

After The Mammogram

  • You will be asked to wait while the images are being processed. The mammographer then will determine if the images are technically acceptable or if she needs any additional views necessary to include all the breast tissue.
  • Your mammogram will be read by one of our radiologists, who will send the results to your physician. You will receive a written summary of the report. If you have not received your results within two weeks, contact your physician or the Radiology department.
  • Don't be alarmed if you are asked to return for additional images. This does not always mean that the radiologist found something alarming on your mammogram - breasts cannot be positioned exactly the same from year to year, and so sometimes it is necessary to have an additional image(s) to see things clearly. If you are requested to return for additional images, the radiologist will speak to you about your results once the additional images are complete and will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Helpful Tips

  • Try to schedule your mammogram for the week following your menstrual period, when your breasts are less tender.
  • Wear a two-piece outfit to the examination, so you will only have to remove your top.
  • Don't apply powders, ointments or creams to your chest area the day of the exam, because these products can show up on the X-ray images and can make it difficult to interpret.
  • If you wear deodorant, please apply it sparingly. You will be asked to wash it off before your mammogram.

 

Bone Densitometry (DEXA)

Both women and men should consider having a bone density exam done. Discuss your risk factors with your provider.

Ultrasound

General Ultrasound services are provided Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

CT

The Hammond CT Suite was officially opened in March 2001. CT Scan services have become the standard of medical care for diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions such as stroke, trauma, and chronic pain. Our CT department is lead by CT certified technologists. These are technologists who have received additional training and certification in the area of CT.

Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT) scan uses computers to allow radiologists to obtain detailed information by providing cross sectional images on various parts of the body. This information is essential and highly effective for studying the brain, torso, and extremities. Our patients will greatly benefit from the new technology provided by the state-of-the-art 16-multislice scanner. With multi-slice scanning we are able to acquire more information in a shorter time. Additionally, our multi-slice scanner uses dose reducing software to ensure that you receive the lowest amount of radiation possible.

We emphasize the role that careful risk assessment and dosage minimization plays in our practice.  Patient safety is our highest priority, and prominent among these protections are the measures we take to provide effective dosage monitoring and radiation reduction in CT exams. 

MR

MR is provided by a mobile service. The equipment utilized is the latest technology. The technologists are certified in MR. These are technologists who have received additional training and certification in the area of MR.

An MR examination can be scheduled through your provider's office.

Echocardiography

On Tuesdays we offer Echocardiograms (an ultrasound of your heart). This is a mobile service provided to us from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. An echocardiogram can be scheduled through your provider's office.

Saftey

At MAHHC patient safety is top priority. We have rigorous training and certification expectations for our technologists, radiation dose monitoring and dose reduction are always a focus, as well as working with the ordering health care providers to ensure that appropriate ordering criteria’s are being considered. We are active participants in the ImageGently and ImageWisely campaigns to reduce radiation dose.