Imaging tests and procedures are integral to the diagnosis and treatment of many medical disorders and conditions. Patients who come to BAPTIST HEALTH for convenient access to our diagnostic health imaging center can count on high-quality, patient-centered care and the latest imaging technology.
For additional information on how these tests are performed, you
can go to RadiologyInfo.org.
Our advanced technology ensures the quality of your image. BAPTIST HEALTH's Diagnostic Health Imaging Center offers the full array of leading-edge technology, now including the fastest, clearest digital mammogram in Little Rock, AR. It's truly your strongest ally in the fight against breast cancer. Our ongoing commitment to upgrading technology means faster service with the most advanced technology available, ensuring greater accuracy and improved outcomes.
Advanced technology is only part of the story. With extended hours,
shorter wait times and convenient parking, we are all about improving
your image and experience.
With multiple locations, you can choose the most convenient access
point for your imaging needs:
Our Inpatient Hospital Facilities include:
BAPTIST HEALTH Medical Center-Little Rock
BAPTIST HEALTH Medical Center-North Little Rock
BAPTIST HEALTH Medical Center-Heber Springs
BAPTIST HEALTH Medical Center-Arkadelphia
Our Outpatient Imaging Facilities include:
BAPTIST HEALTH Imaging Center-North Little Rock
3600 Springhill Drive l 202-6999
BAPTIST HEALTH Imaging Center-Saline County
829 West Carpenter St. l 776-2006
BAPTIST HEALTH MRI-Little Rock
9601 I-630, Exit 7 l 225-3750
BAPTIST HEALTH MRI-North Little Rock
3333 Springhill Drive l 202-3466
BAPTIST HEALTH PET/CT Imaging Center-North Little Rock
3500 Springhill Drive l 202-3400
Services vary by location.
Services and Procedures
Imaging tests and procedures are fast and cost-effective methods
of viewing the internal organs and structures of the body. They
can help diagnose a health problem quickly, accurately and with
less discomfort. BAPTIST HEALTH Imaging Services delivers high-quality,
diagnostic expertise with convenience in mind. Our friendly,
caring staff helps ensure a positive experience.
Bone mineral density (BMD) is a test that measures the amount of
calcium in a specific region of the bones. From this information,
an estimate of the strength of your bones can be made.
COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY SCAN (CT or CAT Scan)
A computed tomography (CT) scan (also called a computerized axial
tomography, or CAT scan) is a special type of X-ray that can produce
detailed pictures of structures inside the body. CT scanning can
be used to obtain information about almost any body organ, blood
vessels, the abdominal cavity, bones and the spinal cord. A CT scan
produces clearer pictures of internal organs than a regular X-ray.
Fluoroscopy uses a continuous beam of X-rays to evaluate structures
and movement within the body, such as blood traveling through a
blood vessel, the diaphragm moving up and down, or food moving through
the digestive tract. A contrast material that shows up on X-rays
can be injected or swallowed during fluoroscopy to outline blood
vessels or organs.
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING(MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic
field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of organs
and structures inside the body. MRI can detect changes in the normal
structure and characteristics of organs or other tissues, which
may indicate diseases caused by trauma, infection, inflammation
Mammography is the most accurate method of detecting breast cancer
today. Women who follow a regimen of monthly breast self-exams,
annual exams by their doctors and annual mammograms after age 40
can increase their breast cancer survival rates up to 97 percent.
Mammography is an X-ray test of the breasts used to diagnose breast
cancer. The resulting X-ray picture is called a mammogram. A mammogram
is done to help screen for or diagnose breast cancer. Many small
tumors can be seen on a mammogram before they can be felt by a woman
or her doctor. The Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) System utilizes
breakthrough software technology to highlight potential areas of
concern. The system provides radiologists a second review when reading
a mammogram on an electronic Mammagraph™ report, which calls
attention to subtle changes in tissue that may indicate the presence
Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and
stores it directly in a computer, allowing the recorded data to
be enhanced, magnified or optimized for further evaluation. A recent government study determined that digital mammograms are better than traditional film methods in detecting breast cancer in women who are premenopausal, younger than 50 or who have dense breast tissue.
Digital mammograms offer significant advantages. Images are available
immediately, and can be enhanced, stored digitally and transmitted
instantaneously to a physician’s office or other facilities.
These images are more detailed and can be acquired more quickly,
reducing testing time.
POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY/COMPUTED TOMOGRAHY (PET/CT scan)
PET/CT scans merge metabolic detection with computerized imaging
to precisely identify problem areas in the body. PET provides the
metabolic information, and CT simultaneously takes multiple images
to create a map of the body. This helps pinpoint the location of
cancerous tumors or metabolic activity in the brain.
Nuclear medicine uses computer technology and radioactive substances
to produce images of the body and treat disease. It is particularly
useful for detecting tumors, aneurysms, irregular blood flow to
tissues and inadequate functioning of certain organs.
Before an examination, you will be given a radioactive tracer to
make tissues visible on the scans. Bones, organs, glands and blood
vessels each use a different radioactive compound as a tracer, which
is either ingested or injected, depending on the type of test. The
radioisotopes have very low radiation levels that decay in minutes
or hours and do not harm the body.
Common uses of nuclear medicine include diagnosis and treatment
of hyperthyroidism (Grave’s disease) and with cardiac stress
tests to analyze heart function, bone scans for orthopedic injuries,
lung scans for blood clots and liver and gallbladder procedures
to diagnose abnormal function or blockages.
Ultrasound is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves
to show what is inside your body. Unlike an X-ray, an ultrasound
exam does not use radiation. Instead, a small microphone-like transducer
is placed on the area of interest. High frequency sound waves are
emitted and produce echoes from the internal tissues and organs.
The transducer converts the echoes to electric signals to create
X-rays are a form of radiation that can pass through most objects,
including the human body. When X-rays strike a piece of photographic
film, they produce a picture.
A specialized radiologist from Radiology
Consultants will review the study and give your physician
a report within 48 hours. When necessary, your physician can request
a verbal report be communicated to him or her immediately after
the exam has been reviewed by the radiologist. Your physician will
then use the report to help evaluate your medical condition.