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Diagnostic Imaging Services

Saint Anne's offers comprehensive diagnostic imaging servicesSaint Anne's diagnostic imaging services offers the area's most comprehensive range of state-of-the-art imaging modalities. These help health care providers evaluate and provide information on a variety of illnesses and conditions for both children and adults.

Digital Imaging: A High-Tech Change for Better Care

All of our imaging is digital. Digital imaging creates a “filmless” environment that permits rapid viewing of pictures and secure transmission to physicians whether they are in the hospital, at their nearby practice or seeing a specialist located miles away.

Digital images are high quality, environmentally friendly and easier to access through PACS (Picture Archiving Communication System). 

Saint Anne’s was the first area hospital to adopt PACS as part of a system effort to link our family of hospitals and their expertise. The PACS system is part of a patient’s secure and confidential electronic medical record, which provides improved care through integration of various tests and reports, all in one easily retrievable location.

Our services

Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning: a computer-assisted X-ray technique that visualizes parts of the body and gives three-dimensional information that is valuable for interpretations by radiologists.  Saint Anne's has earned the American College of Radiology's gold seal of accreditation for CT.  Learn more.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): creates images of the body by producing a radio signal within the body that can be detected and processed on a computer. It provides excellent imaging of the soft tissues of the nervous system and herniated intervertebral discs. MRI is a reasonable alternative to arthrography of the knee and shoulder, providing images without surgical invasion and in a relatively short period of time. MRI imaging complements X-ray images because MRI can distinguish soft tissue in both normal and diseased states. Saint Anne's has earned the American College of Radiology's gold seal of accreditation for MRI.

Diagnostic Cardiology: provides a variety of services including EKGs, echocardiograms, stress tests, Holter monitoring, event monitoring, transesophageal echocardiography. We offer a pediatric cardiology clinic that is affiliated with Tufts Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Boston to best serve our young clientele. Twelve-lead EKGs, Holter monitoring and event monitoring interpretations are provided by pediatric cardiologists.

Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray): X-ray has evolved into a highly technological imaging service. Film and darkrooms have been replaced with image receptors and computers. The advancements allow instant viewing of images reducing patient wait times. Image resolution and detail provide patients with exceptional image quality. Saint Anne’s has been a leader in bringing these advances to our community.

Breast MRIBreast MRI (right): is a special application of MRI technology.  It is most commonly used to detect breast cancer after mammography, to assess the stage or extent of breast cancer, or to evaluate women who are deemed to be at high risk for breast cancer.  Breast MRI is part of the continuum of comprehensive breast health services offered by Saint Anne's Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Center for Breast Care.  Its value in breast care is its ability to find abnormalities that may not show up with other imaging methods, such as mammography.  At Saint Anne’s, breast MRI also includes CADstream, an innovative software system that has revolutionized MRI studies analysis.  CADstream assists radiologists with interpreting comprehensive MRI data.  As part of the current standard of care, breast MRI does not replace mammography or ultrasound imaging, but is an important supplement to these tools in detecting and assessing breast cancer and other breast conditions.

Digital mammography: a routine radiographic procedure that utilizes special equipment and X-ray film to diagnose breast lesions with a low dose of radiation to the patient.  Dedicated mammography services, including all-digital mammography and computer-aided detection (CAD) to identify potential areas of concern, are provided in the hospital's Robert F. Stoico / FIRSTFED Center for Breast Care.

Nuclear medicine: this diagnostic imaging modality utilizes radiopharmaceuticals to generate images of organs within the body, including the heart, lungs, liver, thyroid, gall bladder, bones, brain and kidneys. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique in that it provides information about both organ function and structure. To acquire images, radiopharmaceuticals, often called contrasts, are detected by gamma cameras that work with computers to provide precise digital pictures. Saint Anne’s is the first facility in the area that allows fusion of nuclear medicine images with four-slice CT scan images.

PET-CT lung scanPET/CT Imaging: introduced at Saint Anne's in 2003 as the area's first hospital-based PET service, PET/CT today combines advanced Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with the fastest and most sophisticated CT technology (left). 

PET technology creates images of metabolic activity in the body. CT technology scans create images of anatomical structures within the human body.  When fused together, a PET/CT scan allows physicians to view metabolic activity and pinpoint where cancers are located so that they may target the disease.  PET/CT is especially valuable in detecting or assessing certain cancers, heart conditions and neurological problems. 

PET/CT imaging, through PET Imaging, is available in two convenient locations: at the hospital and at Hawthorn Medical Associates, 537 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth. 

Learn more about PET/CT imaging.

Ultrasound: sometimes also referred to as "echo," ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce echoes within the body. The strength and timing of the echoes returning to the send point, or transducer, are analyzed by a computer to produce a graphic image of the area of interest such as a gallbladder, veins, arteries, breast, thyroid gland, liver, kidneys, ovaries, and heart.

For more information, please ask your doctor, or call our administrative director for diagnostic imaging at 508-235-5040.


Diagnostic Imaging
Saint Anne’s Hospital
795 Middle Street,
Fall River, MA 02721 
508-235-5339 (Central Scheduling)
Directions

Narragansett Mill Building

1565 North Main Street, Suite 306A
Fall River, MA 02720
508-235-5339 (Central Scheduling)
Mailing address: 795 Middle St., Fall River, MA 02721
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 
Directions

PrimaCARE Medical Center

289 Pleasant Street, Building #4, Suite 103
Fall River, MA 02721   
508-235-5339 (Central Scheduling)
Mailing address: 795 Middle St., Fall River, MA 02721
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Hawthorn Medical Associates

537 Faunce Corner Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
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