St. James Hospital provides general radiology services 24 hours/day for inpatient and Emergency Department needs. Outpatient services are also available at the Hospital and the Medical Office Building at 7309 N Seneca Rd, Suite 106. No appointment necessary.
- Radiology (X-ray, available at the Hospital) and Digital X-ray (available at the Medical Office Building)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- CT (CAT Scan)
- Nuclear Medicine
- Echocardiography (Heart Ultrasound)
- C-arm Machine
X-ray images are typically captured to help diagnose disease and/or issues with the musculoskeletal system. An image is made by radiation in the form of X-rays passing through the body. The image is recorded digitally by St. James Hospital staff and stored in PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System). University of Rochester Medicine Radiologists then interpret the images and generate a report that is provided to your physician/provider. X-ray services are available 24 hours/day at the hospital. Digital X-ray services available at the Medical Office Building at 7309 N Seneca Road. Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-8pm No appointment needed.
Mammography uses a dedicated digital X-ray machine to capture images of breast tissue. Regular mammograms are important to the early detection of breast cancer and other breast diseases, and should be performed annually per American Cancer Society guidelines. Biopsies, needle localizations, and cyst aspirations are done by recommendation of a radiologist. Mammography is often used in collaboration with ultrasound.
- Monday: 8 am – 3:30 pm
- Tuesday: 7 am – 3:30 pm
- Wednesday: 7 am – 3:30 pm
- Thursday: 8 am – 3:30 pm
- Friday: 8 am – 3:30 pm
DEXA is an enhanced form of X-ray used to measure bone loss (osteoporosis). Typically, images of the lower spine and hips are captured with a dedicated machine, and a specialized computer system generates a report on total bone loss.
CT (CAT Scan)
CT scans are X-ray beams that rotate through narrow sections of the body. Many scans are taken in a short period of time and produce multiple images. A computer reconstructs the scans to produce two- and three-dimensional images. Typical CT scans are captured of the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. The test can involve drinking contrast solution and/or getting an IV contrast, which helps capture a better image. CT services are available on-site 24 hours/day.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI tests use a strong magnetic field, radio waves, and computers to create images. MRI does not use radiation. The MRI machine is cylindrical and creates a magnetic field around the patient. MRI is utilized in situations where organs or soft tissues are being studied. When examining the blood vessels, the MRI performs a specialized type of exam called an MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography). Our upgraded MRI service is provided via a mobile unit located adjacent to our Emergency Department entrance. The MRI unit is a GE Signa HDxt 1.5T and is available from 7 am – 7 pm every Thursday and Friday. Interpretations are provided by the University of Rochester imaging team of specialists and sub-specialists.
Nuclear medicine tests use small amounts of radioactive material to visualize the structure and function of organs, tissue, bones, and/or systems of the body. Typical nuclear medicine tests capture images from the lungs, gall bladder, thyroid, and heart.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images. Doppler ultrasound may be used during the test. Doppler ultrasound is a technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel. Typical ultrasound exams capture images from the abdomen (including during pregnancy), gall bladder, breast, kidneys, and arteries and veins. The heart can also be examined using ultrasound technology. Often, a stress test is conducted in conjunction with ultrasound.
As part of its expanding Imaging capabilities, St. James has a new mobile C-arm machine, a high-tech device used by physicians to guide surgical instruments while watching the the instrument being driven on a live X-ray machine. The C-arm is also referred to as an X-ray image intensifier. It provides high-resolution X-ray images immediately, allowing the physician to monitor progress at any point to make any immediate corrections. At. St. James, the C-arm is used during pain management and orthopedic procedures.
Nuclear Medicine Accreditation
What Should I Know About Radiation Safety?
Before your imaging procedure ask your physician the following questions:
- Why is the test needed?
- How will having the test improve my care?
- Are there alternatives that do not use radiation and deliver similar results?
- Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?
- Are pediatric and adult tests delivered using the appropriate radiation doses?
Why Should I Have my Imaging Exam Done at an Accredited Facility?
When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our hospital, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.
To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our hospital’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.
What Does ACR Accreditation Mean?
- Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
- Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
- Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
What Does the Gold Seal Mean?
When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians. The mammography, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, and MRI services at St. James Hospital are all ACR accredited.