The Radiology Department at Catawba Valley Medical Center provides a variety
of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools for patients. Radiological
tests aid in determining:
- Suspicious masses in need of biopsy
- Extent of disease
- Type of treatment to be used
- Area to be treated with radiation therapy
- Response to cancer treatment
The Radiology Department and its specialty areas are fully accredited by
the appropriate accreditation organizations and utilize PACS. Services
include the following:
- Digital Mammography Center: Identifies cysts or tumors in soft tissues
of the breast utilizing the latest scanning technology.
- Bone Density DEXA scans performed for osteoporosis screening
- Mobile Mammography Unit: A transportable digital screening center that
is transported to outlying areas in the community.
- Radiation Oncology Center: A comprehensive, leading-edge radiation therapy
center located on campus.
- Radiation Physics Department with Virtual Simulation: Uses a CAT scan to
develop a three-dimensional picture of tumor volume in a patient, providing
more accurate treatment planning and shorter scanning time.
- Cardiopulmonary Department: Consisting of respiratory therapy, a cardiovascular
lab, and a cardiac catheterization lab, provides critical diagnostic and
therapeutic procedures and PTCA pacemaker insertions. Many upgrades have
been made in the cardiac area to include transfer of images outside of
- Mobile Lithotripsy Units: Two units serving North Carolina for more than
two decades treating kidney stones.
- PET/CT Center: Provides a detailed view of internal anatomy along with
the ability to see metabolic changes within tissue.
Diagnostic tools used in the Radiology Department at Catawba Valley Medical
Center include the following:
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Digital 2D and 3D Mammography
- Magnetic Resource Imaging (MRI)
- Magnetic Resonance Vascular Imaging (MRA)
- Computed Tomography Scanning (CT)
- 64-Slice CT Scanner
- Ultrasound Services
- Nuclear Medicine
- Bone Scan
- MUGA Scan
- Nuclear imaging with radio labeled monoclonal antibodies
- PET/CT Scanning