Medical Imaging

The most sophisticated technology is still dependent on the human touch. When you choose to have your imaging performed at UPMC Jameson, you receive service from a qualified individual who stays connected with you to make your experience comfortable and pleasant while capturing the highest quality images.

We also stay in close touch with your doctor. Jameson’s advanced Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) allows your doctor to be able to securely view your images from any location through the Internet, if requested.

Pros of PACS
Modern technology of medical imaging modalities provide many advantages. Studies can be reviewed almost immediately by a radiologist (a physician specially trained to read images). Your doctors can review your images at any location rather than sharing a single piece of film. Multiple physicians can look at the same image at the same time. Medical imaging technology has come a long way and Jameson is at the front of the pack utilizing the most advanced technology available to provide the highest level of care for our patients.

Medical Imaging Modalities offered at UPMC Jameson

  • X-rays — a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. An x-ray technologist will position you properly, ask you to hold still for a short period and you may need to hold your breath. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your technologist prior to the test. You may be asked to change into a patient gown and to remove jewelry because metal/buttons may affect the images.
  • Fluoroscopic procedures (x-rays of the digestive or urinary tracts) — includes upper GI series, barium swallows, small bowel series, barium enemas, arthrography, myelography, and joint injections. Your doctor or technologist will communicate proper preparation prior to having these studies completed. Fasting and/or colon preparation may be required.
  • 3D and digital mammography — 3D and digital mammography provide access to high quality images that may aid in early breast cancer diagnosis. 
  • Cardiac and vascular invasive laboratory — procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the heart such as coronary artery disease (CAD) and vascular disease are performed in UPMC Jameson’s invasive laboratory. Procedures performed in the invasive laboratory include diagnostic and interventional heart catherizations, angiography, angioplasty, embolizations, filter placements, stent placements, and other procedures to diagnose and treat vascular disease. To learn more, visit the Cardiac Care: Heart Catherizations page or read about  Vascular Surgery. Procedures are scheduled. Emergency coverage is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — unlike conventional x-rays, MRI utilizes a magnetic field and radiofrequency signals to produce images. No radiation is involved; the machine utilizes a super strength magnet. The magnetic field is always on even if it appears that the machine is off. When you go in for a MRI study, you will be asked to remove all jewelry and any items that may contain metal. This is for your safety and the safety of our employees. Because of the super strong pull of the magnet, any metal could become a potential danger. The MRI produces a lot of noise during the test. You will be offered headphones to listen to your choice of music during your test. Special equipment used in the MRI area is made of non-metal material. Hospital staff are well educated and take special precautions to keep our patients, visitors and service professionals informed of MRI safety.
  • Nuclear Medicine — these studies use low levels of radioisotopes to provide imaging of various parts of the body. Most procedures are completed the same day. Some procedures require the patient to return at various times for injections and imaging. For most procedures, the patient lies flat on an imaging table and the camera may move across the patient’s body.Nuclear Medicine studies include cardiac SPECT stress testing, bone scans, and gallbladder studies. Preparation is minimal and the radiation dose is several times less than conventional x-rays. All technologists are board certified in nuclear medicine.
  • Ultrasound — this diagnostic imaging procedure enables physicians to view internal organs and evaluate soft tissue including the abdomen, heart, veins and arteries. Another use is during pregnancy for examination of the fetus. A special gel type lotion is placed on the skin and then a transducer is gently passed over the area. The transducer emits sound waves through the body to create an image of the anatomy. For some ultrasound tests, you may be asked to have a full bladder or not to eat for a period of time prior to your test to receive the highest quality imaging. Your comfort during the study is our priority. Communicate with your technologist to find the most comfortable positions and feel free to ask for a break if one is needed.
  • CT scan —  also referred to as computerized axial tomography (CAT) scanning, this procedure enables physicians to review the body in multiple  planes and sections. A series of images are taken while the patient is lying on the CT scan table,as it moves into an open circle of the scanner. You may be asked to wear a hospital gown for your test. Sometimes the patient will need to drink a contrast agent for the scan and/or have an intravenous injection to better visualize the anatomy. UPMC Jameson has a variety of CT Scan machines, including 128 slice technology that provides efficient, high quality imaging.
  • Bone density screening — osteoporosis is a disease that reduces the strength of your bones, causing them to become brittle and prone to fractures. Early detection using a bone density test can help protect from the effects of this condition. A bone density test is a simple painless, non-surgical procedure. You will be asked to lie perfectly still on a table while a moveable arm passes over the area to be tested (i.e. spine and hips). It takes approximately 2 to 5 minutes for each area to be tested. You should not take any calcium supplements 8 hours prior to your test. The test will measure your bone mineral density, or bone mass, and compares your measurement to a data base. This information will help your doctor determine if you need to take any specific steps to protect your bone health.

Locations

Address Services Hours

UPMC Jameson–North Campus
1211 Wilmington Ave.
New Castle, PA 16105

  • X-ray
  • Fluoroscopic x-rays
  • MRI
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • Cardiac and vascular laboratory
  • CT scan

X-ray: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fluoroscopic x-ray: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MRI: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon

Nuclear medicine: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

Ultrasound: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays and evenings by request

CT scan: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Magee-Womens Imaging Center
26 Nesbitt Road
New Castle, PA 161015

  • 3D mammography (tomosynthesis)
  • 3D stereotactice breast biopsy
  • Breast ultrasound
 

College Fields MRI and Imaging Center
30 Enclave Drive
New Castle, PA 16105

  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • Bone density

X-ray: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesdays until 8 p.m.)
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

MRI: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays and evenings by request

Ultrasound: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays and evenings by request

Bone density: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lawrence County Imaging 
2526 Wilmington Road
New Castle, PA 16105

  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Bone density

X-ray: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays by request

Ultrasound and bone density: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact Us

To schedule appointments, please call 724-656-4220.You may receive a phone call from the Imaging staff to verify your appointment time and give you any additional instructions. Your overall experience is of high priority to us. 

To contact the Medical Imaging Department directly, call 724-656-4127.

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