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Diagnostic Radiology Department

Diagnostic Radiology is the branch of medicine that utilizes various advanced technologies to develop high-quality images from which the radiologist can diagnose existing disease processes or abnormalities. These diagnostic interpretations of images are critical in assisting physicians with treatment and care of their patients. The technologies employed in Diagnostic Radiology at CalvertHealth include modalities such as radiography, computed tomography (CT Scanning), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, vascular ultrasound, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, central venous access device or PICC services, interventional radiology clinic services, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization.

The Radiology Department of CalvertHealth operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for most modalities. Some examinations are done by on-call staff or by appointment only. Images are acquired on modern equipment and archived on a Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS System) thus making it possible for information to be shared with other areas of the hospital and physician offices.

Our department is staffed with board certified radiologists from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. One full-time radiologist is on duty every Saturday and Sunday. Telemedicine services through the Imaging on Call (IOC) physician group is used for after hours readings.

Staff members in the Diagnostic Radiology Department carry credentials and applicable state licenses to ensure the highest level of expertise and continuing competency needed to provide quality patient care. Annual education is completed by each staff member of the department.

To schedule your outpatient diagnostic imaging service call 410-414-APPT.
Insurances accepted by CalvertHealth Solomons Imaging Center
CareFirst BCBS Cigna/Great West
Conifer
Evergreen
Federal BCBS
JAI
JHHC EHP
JHHC MAP
JHHC PP
JHHC USFHP
MDPC
Medicaid
Medicare
Medicare RR
MedStar
Multiplan/PHCS
University of Maryland Health Partners
Tricare Standard and Prime
UHC, MAMSI, MDIPA, OneNet, Optimum

Types of Imaging

Diagnostic Radiography utilizes electromagnetic radiation through which still images of any body part can be produced on digital equipment and transmitted to the PACS monitors for viewing and interpretation. These x-rays can be performed anywhere in the facility through the use of portable machines.

Fluoroscopy shows dynamic images or images in motion by way of a monitor. This is used for monitoring the gastrointestinaI tract, blood vessels, genitourinary tract, needle guidance for injections, pacemaker insertions, orthopedic surgeries and much more. This same technology is widely used in the operating room and pain management centers. Fluoroscopic procedures normally require the use of contrast media which is instilled, ingested, or injected during the procedure.

CT Scanning uses x-rays, detectors, and computer equipment to process algorithms in the formation of images. CT can detect subtle differences in tissue densities that may indicate abnormal findings. Our modern, multi-slice CT scanners play a large role in the stroke services that we offer as an accredited Bronze Award Stroke Center. CT procedures such as Liver, Lung, or Kidney Biopsies, aspirations, and drainages are also done in our CT suite.

MRI uses very strong magnetic fields to align hydrogen nuclei within the body tissue. The nuclei give off signals as they return to their normal state and these signals are gathered by small coils placed at the area of interest to generate an image. With advances in technology, MRI gives the best tissue contrast possible and it has become a top choice of musculoskeletal and neuroradiology imaging.

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to provide real time imaging of soft tissues in the body. Ultrasound uses no ionizing or exposing radiation so, generally, it is considered safer than radiography and CT. Therefore, it is largely used for obstetrical imaging as well as for imaging of abdominal organs, heart, thyroid, and reproductive organs. Vascular ultrasound applies the same physics and technology to concentrate on vascular structures such as the carotid arteries, aorta, and various veins throughout the body . Thoracentesis and paracentesis studies are performed in our ultrasound area.

Nuclear Medicine involves the use of radionuclides or radiopharmaceuticals which are swallowed, inhaled, or injected into the body and tagged to be taken up in specific organs. As the nuclides decay in the area, they emit radiation which is picked up by the nuclear camera and transformed into images through computer processing programs. This modality is part of the basis of PET CT which is also performed on our campus in the Calvert Medical Imaging Center located in the CMAC building. We also do nuclear cardiology studies to include nuclear cardiac stress tests done in conjunction with the patient's cardiologist. Our Nuclear Medicine unit offers dual technology that includes CT to include best practice imaging in cardiac, gastrointestinal, orthopedic studies, and infectious diseases.

Interventional Radiology is the area commonly known as special procedures. These studies are done by board certified radiologists and include angiography which is the study of blood vessels, kyphoplasty to treat chronic spine pain, nephrology studies such as nephrostomy tubes and kidney biopsies, dialysis catheter insertion, stent insertion to include Medicare-approved carotid stenting, thrombectomy procedures, UFE or uterine fibroid embolization, and other procedures such as Mediport and central line insertions.

Central Venous Access or PICC services are available which indicates the use of a peripherally inserted central catheter that is a long, slender, flexible catheter usually inserted into the upper arm and advanced until the tip reaches a large vein near the heart. Ultrasound in used to verify placement and the procedure is usually followed by a chest x-ray to assure correct final placement. These lines are normally used for long-term antiobiotic treatment, multiple access, nutrition and they are less invasive and used for longer periods than other methods.

Interventional Radiology Clinic services are by appointment only during which time the Interventional Radiologist will meet with patients and families to discuss history, known pathologies, diagnostic testing, and treatment options. Patients are referred to the IR Clinic by their primary or consulting physicians.

Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization includes the visualization of the heart and associated blood vessels via a catheter that is inserted into the femoral artery. Upon insertion, contrast media is injected and images are seen on the monitor. The purpose of diagnostic cardiac catheterization is to collect information about the heart and the condition of the organ and blood vessels that supply blood to the area. Special hemodynamic monitoring is performed during the catheterization to record pertinent information about the condition of the patient's heart and coronary vessels. Cardiac catheterizations are performed by board certified cardiologists.

Locations

General Radiography: To schedule your outpatient diagnostic imaging service call 410-414-APPT. To contact the clinical Diagnostic Imaging staff, call 410-535-8320 or 8318.

CalvertHealth Medical Center Radiology Dept-Open 24 hours per day
Walk in xrays accepted with participating insurances and valid physician order

Satellite Xray locations:

CalvertHealth Solomons Imaging Center-9:00 to 5:00 Monday thru Friday
Walk in xrays accepted with participating insurances and valid physician order

CalvertHealth Solomons Urgent Care-Mon thru Fri 2 -10 p.m. and Sat and Sun 12-10 p.m.

CalvertHealth Dunkirk Urgent Care- Mon thru Fri 5-10 p.m. and Sat and Sun 12-10 p.m.

CalvertHealth Prince Frederick Urgent Care- Mon thru Fri 2 -10 p.m. and Sat and Sun 12-10 p.m.

Fluoroscopy: To schedule your outpatient diagnostic imaging service call 410-414-APPT. To contact the clinical Diagnostic Imaging staff, call 410-535-8317 or call directly to 410-414-4782 for scheduling.

CalvertHealth Medical Center Radiology Dept-offers fluoroscopy services 24 hours as needed by credentialed physician orders

Fluoroscopy in the CalvertHealth Medical Center Operating Room-24 hours per day as needed by credentialed physicians

CalvertHealth Pain Management Services fluoro guided services by scheduled appointment

CT Scanning: To schedule your outpatient diagnostic imaging service call 410-414-APPT. To contact the clinical Diagnostic CT staff, call 410-535-8317 or 410-414-4782 for scheduling.

CalvertHealth Medical Center Radiology Dept-offers CT services 24 hours per day for In Patients and Emergency Department patients
Out patients by appt only

MRI: To schedule your outpatient diagnostic imaging service call 410-414-APPT. To contact the clinical Diagnostic MRI staff, call 410-414-2794.

CalvertHealth Medical Center Office Building Suite #103-Mon thru Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m, Sat/ Sun 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Out patients by appt only

Ultrasound: To schedule your outpatient diagnostic imaging service call 410-414-APPT. To contact the clinical Diagnostic Ultrasound staff, call 410-414-4735.

CalvertHealth Medical Center Sunday thru Saturday-7:00 am to 2:00 am

In Patients and Emergency Department services 24 hours per day-to include call coverage
Out patients by appt only

Vascular Ultrasound (Non-Invasive Vascular Lab): 410-414-4539
CalvertHealth Medical Center - Mon thru Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
In Patients and Emergency Department services daily
Out patients by appt only
Daily community vascular screenings


Nuclear Medicine: To schedule your outpatient diagnostic imaging service call 410-414-APPT. To contact the clinical Diagnostic Imaging staff, call 410-535-8322 - 410-414-6559.

CalvertHealth Medical Center - Mon thru Fri 7:30 to 5:30
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

CalvertHealth Out Patient Cardiac Testing Medical Office Building Suite #303-Wed and Fri Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

In Patient and Emergency Department patient services 24 hours per day as indicated to include call coverage
Out patients by appt only

PET/CT Services: 410-535-4111

Calvert Medical Arts Building-Calvert Medical Imaging Center-Mon thru Fri
By appointment only

Interventional Radiology and PICC Services: To schedule your outpatient diagnostic imaging service call 410-414-APPT. To contact the clinical Diagnostic Interventional staff, call 410-414-4719.

CalvertHealth Medical Center -Mon thru Friday 7:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
By appointment or physician request only
Weekend call for clinically indicated emergent cases


Interventional Clinic: 410-535-8321
CalvertHealth Medical Center
By appointment only

Cardiac Catheterization: 410-414-4719
CalvertHealth Medical Center -Monday thru Friday by appointment only per
cardiologist's scheduling

Radiology Nursing Office: 410-535-8321
CalvertHealth main campus-Mon thru Fri 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.