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
Medical Center 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.
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.
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.
Women’s Imaging – St. John’s offers numerous imaging services focused on women’s
health. These include biopsies, mammography, bone density scanning, and more.
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
St John’s imaging department is staffed 24/7 in case of emergencies.
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