Wilmington Imaging Services

Diagnostic Services from Experienced Radiologists

The devices doctors use to view the internal structures of a patient are called “imaging services.” If you have ever received an X-ray, you have had an imaging test, but imaging expands far beyond basic X-rays. Saint Francis Healthcare’s imaging department is outfitted with some of the latest imaging devices available, including 3D mammography. The high quality images produced by our imaging tech allows our radiology team to quickly identify medical issues that can be hard to spot, such as early stage cancer or hairline fractures.

Our imaging department is completely filmless. Instead of standard film images, we utilize picture archiving and communication system (PACS), a revolutionary imaging technique that allows our team to view images from computer monitors. By working with computers, the radiology team is able to magnify images, duplicate images, receive results quicker for a faster patient turnaround, and conveniently store all of a patient’s images electronically. Thanks to our collaboration with Radiology Affiliates Imaging, we are able to evaluate each patient within 48 hours.

Outpatient appointments are available 7 days a week, including evenings with same or next day appointments? by calling the scheduling department at 302.421.4141. We accept virtually all insurances.

Jefferson Outpatient Imaging

We have partnered with Jefferson Outpatient Imaging to provide PET/CT services to patients in the community. The state of the art high resolution scanner provides superior image quality and offers the highest image resolution in the industry. As a leader in the field of PET imaging with over 11 years of experience, Jefferson Outpatient Imaging is committed to providing compassionate, convenient care to all our patients and exceptional service to referring physicians.

Availability

  • The Mobile PET/CT service is available the second and fourth Thursday of every month.
  • Scheduling is flexible with same day, add-on availability for physician and patient convenience.
  • Saint Francis Healthcare PET/CT services can be scheduled with a physician prescription by calling 215.503.7006.

Imaging Services

General X-Rays

Our X-rays can examine all areas of the body, including the neck, spine, chest, abdomen and extremities. We also provide Fluoroscopic studies of the gastrointestinal tract, barium enemas, and intravenous urograms (IVPs) to evaluate the urinary tract.

Availability

  • Phone: 302.421.4300
  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    8:00 a.m. - Noon

Digital & 3D Mammography

Mammograms are one of the most efficient ways to find breast cancer in the early stages. At Saint Francis Healthcare, we offer both digital and 3D mammography services.

3D mammography is an advanced imaging technique that creates a 3D image of the breast. This high quality, dynamic image makes it possible for radiologists to view the results 1millimeter at a time and better distinguish abnormalities, resulting in a more accurate cancer diagnosis. 3D mammography has increased breast cancer detection up to 30% and reduced return visits to the doctor for false positives by up to 40%.

Women with dense breast tissue or who are high risk breast cancer patients will benefit most from 3D mammography. Be sure to ask your doctor whether they recommend 3D or digital mammography for you.

3D mammography is usually covered by insurance. Our mammography services are accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Availability

  • Same-day and next-day appointments are available.
  • To make an appointment, please call 302.421.4141.

Ultrasound & Vascular Ultrasound

While primarily known for its use in maternity, ultrasounds are also a valuable diagnostic tool. Rather than using radiation, ultrasounds release high frequency sound waves to create an image of the body’s internal structures. This allows our radiologists to check for cysts, masses, or other abnormalities in the body.

Ultrasounds can also be used to check the heart and vascular system. By scanning the arterial system with an ultrasound, radiologists can check for blockages, blog clots, and arterial plaque to evaluate a patient’s risk for heart disease. Vascular ultrasounds are often used to diagnose abdominal aorta aneurysms, an abnormality that enlarges and weakens the vein.

Availability

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    9:00 a.m. - Noon

DEXA Scans

DEXA scans evaluate the strength of and mineral density of bones. They are primarily used to diagnose osteopenia (diminished bone density) or osteoporosis (holes forming in bones). DEXA scans are usually recommended for women as they are at higher risk for bone diseases, but they can be performed on men as well.

Availability

  • Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

General & Breast MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used for evaluating the central nervous system, joints, internal organs, and breast. Our imaging department is outfitted with the high-field strength 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner. MRIs use magnets, rather than radiation, to create images of the body’s internal structures. Be sure to alert your doctor if you have any metal implants as these can interfere with the test.

Breast MRI is useful for checking for signs of cancer after treatment or surgery. It is also recommended for cancer screenings for women with breast implants, as the implant can obscure mammography results.

Availability

  • Monday - Friday
    7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (evening hours are available)
  • Phone: 302.421.4920

64 Slice CT Scans

Computed Tomography, or CT Scanning, is a relatively quick imaging procedure that produces high quality images of the entire body. CT Scanning is useful for emergency situations where doctors need to examine a patient’s internal structures as quickly as possible. It is also used to guide biopsies and minimally invasive procedures.

We have invested in the 64 Slice CT Scanner because it is capable of scanning much faster than traditional CT devices and produces higher quality images. Most insurance companies will cover 64 Slice scanners, but not the older 16-slice models.

Availability

  • Phone: 302.421.4300
  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    9:00 a.m. - Noon

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a series of safe, imaging procedures that utilize nuclear material to create higher quality images of the body’s insides. While nuclear medicine does involve exposing patients to minor amounts of radiation, the total amount is comparable to a standard X-ray and most of the material will be flushed out through sweat and urination.

During a nuclear medicine procedure, the doctor inserts a special dye into the patient through injection or other means. The dye then works its way to the designated area and highlights body parts in other imaging tests such as a bone scan or PET scan. This allows radiologists to get a better view of dark, hidden areas of the body and check for abnormalities.

PET Scan

PET Scanning (Positron Emission Tomography) is a test usually performed alongside a nuclear medicine procedure to get a better idea of how the body is functioning. PET scans can detect changes in metabolism and the body’s chemical reactions. PET scans are useful for tracking the spread of cancer and identifying disorders of the central nervous system such as Parkinson’s disease.

Magnetic Resonance Angiography

MR angiography (MRA) is a specialized form of MRI used to visualize the blood vessels. This technique is routinely used in the evaluation of the circulation of the brain and the vessels of the neck. MRA also can evaluate the aorta, the blood supply to the kidneys and abdominal organs and circulation within the upper and lower extremities. MRA does not use X-ray contrast and therefore it can be performed on patients with kidney problems or with a history of allergic reaction to X-ray contrast.

Availability

  • MRI - Phone: 302.421.4201
  • Vascular Lab - Phone: 302.421.4922