Rapidly Advancing Technology
Northridge Hospital is committed to remaining at the forefront of the new digital imaging diagnostic technology. The new 64-slice CT scanner zooms in on the miracle of precise imaging and captures 3D image “slices” of the body.
Visualize a loaf of sliced bread. Cut into 16 slices, the slices of bread are very thick and dense. Compare that to a 64-slice loaf, which yields very thin pieces of bread—thin enough to see previously unnoticed details in the grain. Images taken with the 64-Slice CT scanner can reveal tumors the size of a grain of rice—or tiny pockets of heart disease-causing plaque in artery walls.
We have invested in advanced imaging technology and expanded our capabilities to include highly-trained subspecialty radiologists for quick and definitive diagnoses. We offer a wide-scope of subspecialties:
- Interventional Radiology
- Women's Imaging
- Musculoskeletal Imaging
- Nuclear Medicine and CT/PET Imaging
- Cross Sectional Imaging
For more information on diagnostic imaging services call (818) 885-8500, ext. 5095.
New Digital Imaging
When you're facing a health problem, a quick and accurate diagnosis is key so treatment can begin as soon as possible. Thanks to the picture archiving communication system (PACS) available at top healthcare facilities in the country-including Northridge Hospital Medical Center-diagnoses are made faster and with greater precision than ever before.
With PACS, MRI and CT images are captured and stored with digital technology. These images are then transferred into the digital system replacing the need for large volumes of film that can be misplaced, and that takes up valuable storage space.
Radiologists have immediate access to these images for diagnostic interpretation. Moreover, referring physicians can analyze and manipulate the images through a secure internet connection, whether at the hospital, office or home, providing second and third opinions for complex cases and reducing the need for patients to make multiple trips to their physicians.
PACS has opened the door to better patient outcomes and speedier diagnoses throughout the hospital -- from the Emergency Room to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and beyond. In the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where patients with brain injuries and other traumas depend on caregivers' split-second decisions, instant access to diagnostic images may mean the difference between life and death
Computer Tomography (CT)
Computerized tomography or CT, sometimes referred to as a "cat" scan, is a complex device that uses computers to create two and sometimes three-dimensional images of the human body. It is much more sensitive than standard X-ray procedures capturing "thin slice" images that capture subtle anatomic abnormalities including abnormalities of small blood vessels or subtle abnormalities of organ tissue, providing physicians with a powerful tool for the evaluation of neurological and many other diseases.
As a Trauma Center, our specialized team must react immediately to life-threatening injuries or sudden onset of disease. For example, arriving patients need immediate assessment with disease or acute injuries of the brain, chest, spine, or abdomen. Our new high-resolution 16 slice CT scanner provides two- and three-dimensional image resolutions with scans in seconds to detect significant abnormalities.
By examining the data on a computerized workstation two- and three-dimension images provided new and novel ways of isolating specific organs and blood vessels so that they may be more clearly visualized for the purposes of treatment. The time for a typical chest/abdominal scan used to be 40 seconds and now only takes 10 to 12 seconds.
This multi-slice scanner not only produces Hi-Speed images with superb resolution but the images are electronically sent to the reading radiologist within just a few moments for immediate interpretation.
Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging is a relatively new and novel way of examining the human body using a high-powered magnetic field and radio waves. The images obtained are cross-sectional in appearance but provide a different type of information than CT. MRI has proved itself to be enormously powerful in the examination of diseases of the brain and spinal cord as well as musculoskeletal diseases disease of the knees, shoulders, spine, and other parts of the body.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Positron emission tomography (PET) is a technique by which the body is scanned using a very highly specialized device following the injection of a radioactive isotopic agent. The agent most commonly used is treated by the human body much as sugar or glucose is. Since abnormalities of glucose metabolism are common in cancer, and infectious states, these areas are very easily detected.
PET scanning is particularly powerful in the evaluation and staging of many types of cancer and in the evaluation of neurological degenerative disease such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Before signs and symptoms of a disease surface, alterations in substance and structure take place, which PET can reveal. This may offer your doctor advance warning and the ability to intervene early in the course of some of these diseases.
Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT Imaging
Nuclear medicine diagnostic examinations detect energy emitted from a radioactive substance administered to the patient. Northridge Hospital possesses the latest computerized gamma camera (nuclear camera) that allows very high-resolution images of the heart, lungs, brain, and bone for the purposes of disease detection and assessment of disease progression. This information is often combined with information from CT scans and MRI scans to provide an even more powerful analytic tool.
One of the commonly performed examinations is a cardiac nuclear stress test that demonstrates whether or not you have disease of the coronary arteries and how well your heart is functioning. Nuclear medicine tests can also detect the spread of various types of tumors such as breast, kidney, lung, thyroid, and others.