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Smithville Regional Hospital (SRH) is equipped with the most modern and effective diagnostic imaging technology available today. This advanced technology enables us to diagnose illnesses and injuries quickly and efficiently. Advanced diagnostic services help us identify ailments in a timely fashion so that our physicians can determine the best course of treatment for our patients.

Our knowledgeable technologists and staff perform diagnostic testing with personal care and attention, taking time to explain each procedure so you’ll know what to anticipate every step of the way. We encourage our patients to ask questions if anything is unclear or if they want more information about a specific process or procedure.

Smithville Hospital Authority is proud to announce that Austin Radiological Association (ARA) has established a partnership with Smithville Regional Hospital and Bastrop Medical and Professional Clinic.

ARA has provided quality imaging services to the people of Austin and Central Texas since 1954 and is continually working to improve access in the area to the highest quality services. Toward this end, they currently operate 15 outpatient imaging centers, located conveniently throughout Austin and Central Texas and provide professional radiologist services at 10 area hospitals. Their imaging centers offer everything from mammography to MRI and have specialty centers such as the Women's Imaging Center and Medical Arts Square (pediatric radiology), which cater to the special needs of their patients. They also work hard to improve access to quality imaging services by developing strong relationships with a large number of insurance and managed care providers.

Our diagnostic imaging services include a variety of departments and specific state-of-the-art imaging technologies. Please visit the various areas of this section for general information, hours of operations, and scheduling information.

RADIOLOGY

SRH offers a wide range of radiology services, including routine diagnostic X-rays, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomography (CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, and other special procedures. These services are offered on both an inpatient and outpatient basis at two convenient locations – the hospital’s main campus and our Bastrop Medical & Professional Clinic. You will be directed to the location of your appointment at the time of scheduling. Our Radiology Department is also staffed on a 24-hour basis for emergencies in the hospital. Bastrop Medical & Professional Clinic offers all general X-rays and ultrasounds, including venous dopplers, and are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

State-of-the-art imaging is provided by our dedicated team of radiologists and technologists. Our radiologists are board certified and dedicated to personalized service and high-quality imaging and interpretation.

Our staff, including our physicians, technologists, nurses, and administrative staff, work together to provide the most positive radiology experience for our patients. We are committed to working with your physician to ensure timely and convenient scheduling of appointments and follow-up.

Hours of Operation:

Outpatient:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Inpatient: 24 Hours a Day
ER: 24 Hours a Day
Scheduling: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Department Telephone: (512) 237-5735

ULTRASOUND

At SRH, ultrasound imaging is used to study many of the body’s organs with high frequency sound waves instead of radiation. A noninvasive imaging method, the ultrasound is both safe and painless and enables a physician to see images and movement inside the patient’s body.

What does Ultrasound do?

Ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves similar to the sonar that dolphins and submarines use. When sound waves are recorded, they are immediately displayed on a monitor in real time. The echoes produced by these sound waves can be used to determine many things inside the human body, including how large an organ is, blood flow and function, and how far away an object is. Although most individuals are familiar with an ultrasound as the device that allows them to see the “first” picture of their unborn child, physicians also use ultrasound to examine many of the body's internal organs, including the heart, pancreas, liver, bladder, and kidneys, to name a few.

How to Schedule an Ultrasound:

Patients may schedule an appointment directly, but must have a signed physician order form with them to schedule the appointment or have their physicians call or fax the order. Check with your physician’s office to see how they can assist in scheduling your appointment.

To learn more about ultrasounds and its technology, please visit www.ultrasound.com.

Outpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Inpatient: 24 Hours a Day
ER: 24 Hours a Day
Scheduling: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Department Telephone:

(512) 237-5735

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

At SRH, our staff uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to develop detailed pictures of the inside of your body without the use of invasive techniques or X-ray radiation. The test is performed using a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce a clear, detailed view of a patient’s internal organs and tissues. An MRI is painless and extremely safe because no radiation is used.

What does an MRI do?

An MRI can be used to assess a variety of situations – from knee or head injuries to tumors or blood and vessel disorders. MRIs have proven valuable for the diagnosis of a broad condition in all parts of the body, including heart and vascular disease, stroke, and cancer. In many cases, other imaging procedures, such as an ultrasound or CT, may detect a problem and an MRI is used to evaluate that problem further, as an MRI is capable of providing a higher degree of detail to the area in question.

How to Schedule an MRI:

Patients may schedule an appointment directly, but must have a signed physician order form with them to schedule the appointment or have their physicians call or fax the order. Check with your physician’s office to see how they can assist in scheduling your appointment.

Outpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Inpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Scheduling: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Department Telephone: (512) 237-5735

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT)

At SRH, our staff uses computed tomography, or CT, to produce a series of detailed images of the human body to be studied. The CT is a painless, fast scan that uses both special X-ray equipment and computers to produce images that can often provide more detailed information than regular X-rays.

What does a CT do?

A CT scan can produce detailed images of organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. CT scans are used to diagnose conditions such as cancer, musculoskeletal disease, and trauma to certain areas of the body. A small dose of radiation is used during the CT scan. However, the results of a CT can eliminate the need for surgical biopsies and exploratory surgery, making this dose of radiation small in comparison to the benefits of a more accurate diagnosis.

How to Schedule a CT:

Your physician’s office must call to schedule an appointment. A significant amount of information is needed prior to scheduling each exam. Required data includes type of exam, clinical problem, and previous history.

Outpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Inpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Scheduling: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Department Telephone: (512) 237-5735

NUCLEAR MEDICINE

At SRH, our staff utilizes nuclear medicine to produce images based on the detection of energy sent out from a radioactive substance given to the patient. The radiation levels that a patient receives are generally comparable to that of a standard X-ray exam.

What does a Nuclear Medicine examination do?

A nuclear medicine examination produces images that can help a physician diagnose a specific disease/disorder or capture images of infections or tumors in specific organs. A patient is given a small amount of a radioactive compound that localizes in specific body organ systems. This compound gives off energy as gamma rays that are detected by a camera that produces the images onto a computer. Nuclear medicine exams are commonly used to evaluate blood flow and function of the heart, respiratory, and blood flow to the lungs, kidney functions, and the presence of cancer.

How to Schedule a Nuclear Medicine appointment:

Your physician’s office must call to schedule an appointment. A significant amount of information is needed prior to scheduling each exam. Required data include type of exam, clinical problem, and previous history.

For more information on nuclear medicine, please visit: www.snm.org

Outpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Inpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Scheduling: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Department Telephone: (512) 237-5735

MAMMOGRAPHY

At SRH, we believe that every woman has a better chance of fighting breast cancer if she understands the risk factors, how to detect the disease, and the options for treatment.

We offer a variety of services and resources for our patient community, from screening and prevention services to support groups and education.

Some of the services available at the center include:

  • Screening mammograms.
  • Diagnostic mammograms.
  • Breast ultrasound.
  • Stereotactic guided needle biopsy.
  • Ultrasound guided needle biopsy.
  • Ultrasound guided cyst aspirations.
  • Pre-surgical wire localization.
  • Ductography.
  • Breast MRI and MRI guided needle biopsy.

For more information on mammography, please visit: www.nbcam.com

Outpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Inpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Scheduling: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Department Telephone: (512) 237-5735

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ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY AND PERPHERIALVASCULAR ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to observe your heart beating or blood flowing through arteries and veins. While ultrasound equipment is very sophisticated, the procedure itself is simple and painless. A technologist applies an acoustic gel to the tip of the transducer or probe. The probe is gently placed on your skin. The acoustical gel allows the passage of high frequency sound waves from the probe to the tissue structure. Tissue structure that may be studied include one or more of the following: heart chambers, heart valves, heart muscle, carotid (neck) arteries, the arteries and veins in the arms and legs, abdominal aorta, or renal (kidney) arteries. Sound waves reflect off the tissue structure sending information back to the probe. This information is converted into electrical energy creating moving images on a TV screen. The images are recorded on videotape for the physician to review and interpret. Echocardiography and Peripheral Vascular ultrasound are widely used as effective diagnostic tools for heart and blood vessel diseases.

Outpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Inpatient: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Scheduling: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Department Telephone: (512) 237-5735

If you need further assistance, please call Kelly Vitek, Radiology Manager at (512) 237-5733

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