Orchard Hospital's Medical Imaging Department's technologists have a combined 100 years of medical imaging experience according to Radiology Manager Judy Robertson.

“We have the results of MRI's and CT's to the providers within 48 hours for a normal request but if we have an emergency order come in from a provider they are done almost immediately,” she said.

“Stat” orders from a provider that are truly an emergency can be done within an hour for the patient's convenience. These patients do not have to wait for the next available opening.

Results of “Stat” orders are sent within 30 minutes of completion.

Often patients will receive an order from their doctor for imaging services to be done out of town which can cost the patient more and takes more time for travel.

When this happens, the patient just needs to tell their provider that they wish to stay local for their tests.

MRI's and CT's can be performed Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 p.m., with a provider's order and insurance approval.

CT's can be performed 24 hours a day through the ER Department when necessary.

“We try to go above and beyond for the patients. We try to make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible during the MRI and CT scan,” MRI Technologist Christine Morrow stated.

She and Robertson are known to often walk patient's directly to their vehicle after a procedure.

The MRI unit used to be located alongside the Medical Specialty Center but it has been moved to the hospital on the east side near the CT.

Robertson has 45 years experience and Morrow has 29 years experience.

CT/MRI Technologist Don Monroe has three years experience and MRI Technologist Nancy Correa has 29 years.

Although X-rays can still be done at the hospital, the Imaging Department can schedule X-rays or they can be performed on a walk-in basis at the Medical Specialty Center where it is less expensive.

The results of x-rays are sent to providers within 24 hours.

“We are on top of it,” Robertson stated.

The Medical Imaging Department has a full array of diagnostic imaging services, including digital x-ray, CT and MRI scanning, general ultrasound, vascular ultrasound, digital mammography, Dexa bone density screening, cardiac echoes, vascular CTAs, vascular MRA and CT/MRA angiography.

Call 846-9052 to schedule your next imaging appointment.