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The Imaging Center at USA Children's & Women's Hospital features a calming, low-stress environment within a comfortable, relaxed and private atmosphere.  Patients may enter the Imaging Center directly and conveniently without having to register within the main hospital or pass through hospital hallways when moving from one imaging procedure to another.

Louise R. Moorer Radiology Suite
The Imaging Center's new Louise R. Moorer Radiology Suite has greatly eased radiological exams for all our patients.  Made possible through a $500,000 gift from the Monte L. Moorer Foundation of Mobile, the expanded and remodeled suite boasts a Definium 8000 digital radiography system, with direct-capture radiographic technology resulting in faster exams, superior images and quicker results, all in a soothing environment.

Our Precision 500D digital radiography and fluoroscopy system delivers premium images automatically, with dose conservation tools that automatically optimize techniques for clear imaging without overexposure.  From broken bones to digestive conditions, we can address each patient situation with speed, ease and confidence.

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Digital Mammography, Fast Results
Quick.  Convenient.  Thorough.  That's the treatment our mammogram patients receive at the Imaging Center.  We provide our patients with a report from the reading radiologist before the patient leaves.  No waiting for a phone call hours or days later.  And if more treatment is needed, we contact your physician promptly with our recommendations. 

Our Selenia digital mammography system has the capability to detect breast cancer earlier in more women than the film mammography at many hospitals.  Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, but digital mammography provides an important tool for early detection, which is the best hope for treatment and recovery.  Please call us at 415-1660 for more information.

Open MRIUSACW MRI.jpgThe Imaging Center at USA Children's & Women's Hospital features a Siemens Espree Open MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system adaptable for very large patients and newborns alike!  This next-generation MRI combines the comfort of an open MRI design with a powerful magnetic field usually found with more confining MRIs.  As a result, scans can be performed faster with more precise results and less patient repositioning.  You may also call us at 415-8674 (415-8MRI) and we'll be happy to talk with you about your care.

4-D Ultrasound
An advanced imaging technology that provides the clearest pictures available with constant moving images, 4-D Ultrasound is giving doctors and their patients an unparalleled view of the unborn child as it kicks and moves inside the womb.  Elements of expressions and personality can be witnessed as the baby smiles or even grabs his big toe to pull to his mouth, but even more importantly, potential problems can be identified for early intervention.  The 4-D Ultrasound is located next door at the USA Center for Women's Health

Osteoporosis/Bone Density
The non-invasive Bone Densitometer at the USA Center for Women's Health next door to the hospital is also available for a full body scan and measurement of bone density (without even removing your clothes) to detect calcium level needs and risk for osteoporosis.  Our new GE Densitometer is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The device uses digital imaging and scans both adults and children five years of age and up.  It offers quicker detection of bone loss (40 percent faster than other similar systems).  It can transfer and chart results from older machines, and offers safer, extremely low radiation.  A patient can receive a full body scan in just three minutes. Complete vertebral and body fat composition assessments can be made with the densitometer. For appointments  call (251) 415-1496.

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The USA Center for Women's Health is the first in Alabama certified to provide this leading-edge early detection screening.  It is approximately 80 percent accurate in detecting Down syndrome and other chromosomal defects.  Combined with a simple blood test, doctors can detect more than 90 percent of patients at risk for Down syndrome and 97 percent of those at risk for Trisomy 18.  The test is non-invasive, using ultrasound technology to make precise measurements of the anatomy of the developing fetus.  As a result, the risks associated with traditional invasive tests, such as amniocentesis and chorionic villi, are avoided.  (Miscarriages occur in one in every 200 amniocentesis; one in every 100 chorionic villi samples.)  The test is conducted between 10 and 13 weeks gestation, providing doctors and patients early data on risk factors for the developing baby. Neuchal Translucency...

Fetal Fibronectin
A test similar to a Pap smear looks for the presence of this protein and determines whether a woman is experiencing premature labor.  Testing is completed onsite at USA Children's and Women's Hospital, providing lab results within two hours and appropriate medical intervention if indicated.

 

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