Diagnostic Imaging

Radiology

The Department of Medical Imaging provides a full range of imaging and therapeutic services to the Hospital and community including General Radiology, Ultrasound, BMD, Mammography & OBSP . The Department of Medical Imaging performs18,000 exams per year. Referring physicians typically make the initial request for a diagnostic imaging procedure by submitting a requisition for a diagnostic procedure.

 

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is located in the Diagnostic Imaging Department located on the Ground floor of the hospital (beside the Gift Shop).

Please park in the back parking lot and enter through Entrance D.  If you require an accessible entrance, please enter through the emergency department.

Tel: 613-623-3166 x214.

Hours of Service: 8 a.m – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday

 

Guidelines Prior to Ultrasound

If you have questions please ask your family doctor or call the Diagnostic Imaging Department.

NOTE: We do NOT perform vascular studies on patients with previous stents/bypass graft surgery in legs, Arm Arterial studies or Aorto-Iliac studies.

  • Abdomen–  Do not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to exam.
  • Abdomen & Pelvis or Kidney& Pelvis –Do not eat for 6 hours prior to exam.  A full bladder is required.  1 ½ hours prior to your exam, void and then drink 4-6 glasses of water.  Finish drinking 1 hour before your appointment time. DO NOT VOID
  • Pelvis or Pregnancy- A full bladder is required.  1 ½ hours prior to your exam, void and then drink 4-6 glasses of water.
  • Finish drinking 1 hour before your appointment time. DO NOT VOID
  • Pregnancy after 18 weeks -A full bladder is required.  1 ½ hours prior to your exam, void and then drink 2-3 glasses of water.
  • Finish drinking 1 hour before your appointment time. DO NOT VOID
  • Carotid Doppler –  If previous studies were not performed by ADMH, previous reports must be sent to ensure proper reporting.
  • Peripheral Leg Arterial Doppler – If previous studies were not performed by ADMH, previous reports must be sent to ensure proper reporting.

 

Ontario Breast Screening Program

The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) is a comprehensive, organized breast cancer-screening program. Its mission is to reduce mortality from breast cancer by delivering high quality breast screening to Ontario women between the ages of 50 and 74. OBSP has been in operation since 1990. It is operated by Cancer Care Ontario and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital offers the Ontario Breast Screening Program in the Diagnostic Imaging Department (Xray) on Monday and Wednesday. All you need to book an appointment is your health card. You do not need a referral from your doctor.

All breast screening technicians are female. The OBSP screens women 50 years of age and over and automatically recalls clients until the age of 74. Clients over the age of 74 are encouraged to consult with their family physician about continued screening. Call today 613-623-7962 x359

 

Laboratory

Arnprior Regional Health is a proud member of the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA). EORLA laboratories provide diagnostic testing to both hospital inpatients and registered outpatients, performing a total of approximately 13 million tests annually.  Sixteen local hospitals in Eastern Ontario have voluntarily come together in the interests of improved quality in patient care and to effectively manage costs.

EORLA’s medical laboratory professionals — medical laboratory technologists, medical laboratory assistants, physicians and scientists — are at the forefront of quality health care; up to 85 percent of decisions about a diagnosis and treatment plan are based on lab test results. Comprehensive testing in the disciplines of Anatomic Pathology, Biochemistry, Hematopathology /Transfusion Medicine, and Microbiology/Virology is performed at EORLA.  This means patients and their physicians have access to high quality and consistent results across the region.

 

Bone Mineral Densitometry

The Bone Mineral Densitometry Unit is a safe, low-dose x-ray procedure that assists in diagnosing low bone density. This exam estimates the amount of bone mineral content in specific areas of the body, including the spine, hip and forearm.  Typically, a bone density test will last between 10-15 minutes. As we age, we naturally begin to lose bone density and this becomes more prevalent after age of 50. THE BMD Unit is used to diagnose osteoporosis, asses the risk of fracture and monitor changes in bone density over time. Osteoporosis occurs very gradually throughout life and leads to painful and crippling fractures of the hips, vertebrae and wrists. Over 25,000 hip fractures occur each year in Canada, with total health care costs exceeding $600 million. Both new and existing treatments offer hope for stabilizing bone mass and reducing fractures.   Osteoporosis is often known as “the silent thief” because bone loss occurs without symptoms. Osteoporosis is sometimes confused with osteoarthritis, because the names are similar. Osteoporosis is a bone disease; osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints and surrounding tissue.

If you are concerned about your bone density, are over 50 or have one of the risk factors, please speak with your family doctor about a Bone Mineral Densitometry Screening.  The Diagnostic Imaging Department is located on the ground floor of ADMH beside the gift shop.  Hours of operation are from 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday and they can be reached by phone at 613-623-3166 ext. 214