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Jackson Hole Diagnostic Imaging Services

State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Technology

The American College of Radiology (ACR) created the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® from evidence-based research to guide hospitals in performing efficient and powerful imaging services. These guidelines instruct on how to find numerous difficult-to-diagnose conditions. St. John’s Health built its imaging department from these criteria and staffed it with highly qualified radiologists, nurses, technologists, and support staff.

All technologists are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and/or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. Physician services are provided by Board Certified Radiologists of Jackson Hole Medical Imaging. This entire team works collaboratively to assure high quality care is provided to all patients.

Importance of Imaging

The advancement of imaging technology has helped health care make significant leaps forward. With high-tech imaging, doctors no longer need to perform surgery to examine the body’s internal structures. This has allowed for faster diagnoses of conditions while reducing the risk of procedural complications or patient infections. Most imaging tests can be done in one day, so outpatients can receive the service and return home without staying in a medical facility overnight.

Common imaging services:

  • Computed Tomography (CT Scan) – This is a full body scan using x-rays and computers. The results are much more detailed than a standard x-ray, and the test can be performed quickly, making it ideal in emergency situations.
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  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – The images from this test provide information similar to a CT-can, but uses no radiation and takes longer. MRIs are usually preferred over CT scans when soft tissue needs to be closely examined.
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  • Nuclear Medicine – In nuclear medicine, radioactive tracers are inserted into patients so that certain parts of the body will be highlighted and produce better images on scanners. This is a very safe test, and the radiation patients are exposed to is about the same as a standard x-ray.
  • Ultrasound – Though mostly known for their use during pregnancy, ultrasounds are valuable imaging scanners that detect tumors and other growths on organs and tissue. The machine uses safe sound waves that bounce around the body and produce images called sonograms on a nearby monitor that creates real-time video of the body’s insides.
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  • Women’s Imaging – St. John’s offers numerous imaging services focused on women’s health. These include biopsies, mammography, bone density scanning, and more.
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ACR Accredited

St. John’s mammography and ultrasound breast imaging services are both accredited by the ACR. This award recognizes imaging services that meet the highest standards of quality and safety. Our imaging department was evaluated based on the qualifications of our staff, the technology used to perform services, and the safety procedures in place to protect patients. The ACR serves more than 37,000 radiologists in their services and is intimately familiar with what constitutes an effective and safe imaging practice.

St John’s imaging department is staffed 24/7 in case of emergencies. Call 307.739.7531 if you’d like to schedule an appointment. Visit Patient Information for more on billing, results info, and more.

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