There are photographers of all types--landscapes, animals and people to name a few. In Imaging/Radiology the technologists are “photographers" of the human body. In the field of Imaging we use both radiation and sound waves to get those pictures of the inner structures of the human body. At Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District (TVHD), we utilize standard X-ray for diagnostic procedures, CT (Computerized Tomography) procedures, and for Ultrasonography – ultrasonic sounds waves are used.
With Ultrasonography there is a small device that the Sonographer places on the proper area of the body. It emits sound waves into the body and collects “echoes” as the sound waves bounce back. The computer within the system then analyzes the intensity of the returning sound waves and ultimately “forms” an image of the part being examined.
Common uses for ultrasound are: OB to check the fetus, exams to look for blood clots in the legs and arteries, and to look for diseases and problems of the kidneys, gall bladder and liver.
Common uses for diagnostic radiology are exams of: chest, skull, spine and all extremities. Reasons would be to look for signs of pneumonia, arthritis and fractures.
CT scanning is the process where the person lays on their back then being moved into the circular gantry – some patients refer to it as a “donut”. The gantry is relatively narrow so the person’s body is not totally surrounded. The patient will not see the x-ray tube as it circles the patient. The radiation goes though the body and there is a detector on the opposite side that collects the information and sends it to the equipment’s computer. The computer then processes the information to produce a “cross sectional” image of the part of the body being examined. Common uses for CT are: Head CT’s to look for signs of stroke and internal hemorrhage, Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis CT’s to investigate for diseases of the liver, lungs and kidneys, and also studies of the various arteries in the neck and legs. All exams performed at TVHD are interpreted by American Board of Radiology certified Radiologists.
We are the “photographers” of the body and we work to assist in your medical care. We are always here for you.