Imaging Services
Bolivia Davis, MD
Bolivia Davis, MD
Medical Director, Imaging Services

Imaging Services

Phone
(301) 609-4413
Hours
Outpatient M-F 7:30am - 4:00pm

UM Charles Regional Medical Center provides a full spectrum of minimally invasive techniques for correcting problems in the arteries. Through new technology, skilled physicians, and a commitment to a high standard of care, we work not only to manage the effects of heart and vascular disease but also improve your quality of life.

The Imaging Department at UM Charles Regional Medical Center uses the latest imaging services to create pictures of internal anatomy to diagnose and treat a full range of medical diseases and conditions. Our board-certified radiologists and highly skilled technologists rely on advanced equipment and systems to provide the following radiology services:

  • Barium Enema - Used to diagnose disorders of the large intestine, colon, and rectum;
  • Barium Swallow - Used to evaluate the esophagus for tumors, strictures or other abnormalities;
  • Barium X-rays - Also called upper and lower GI series, are used to diagnose abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract;
  • Cardiac Scoring - A quick, noninvasive test to learn of your potential risk for heart disease;
  • CT Scan (computed tomography) - A simple, safe, painless examination to show abnormalities that do not normally show up on conventional x-rays;
  • Fluoroscopy - A form of diagnostic radiology that enables the radiologist, with the aid of a contrast agent, to visualize the organ or area of concern via x-ray;
  • Mammography - An important aid in the early detection of breast cancer;
  • MRI (Multiple Resonance Imaging) - Highly refined images of the body's interior without surgery by using strong magnets and pulses of radio waves.
  • Nuclear Medicine - A small amount of radioactive material is injected through a pharmaceutical agent, to evaluate the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, or bone;
  • Small Bowel Series - Used to evaluate the small intestines for transit time, obstructions and polyps.
  • Ultrasound - Ultrasonography, sometimes called sonography uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues, and organs;
  • Upper GI Series - Used to diagnose disorders of the stomach such as tumors, ulcers and strictures.

A physician referral is required for most diagnostic testing. For further information call 301-609-4170; to schedule an appointment, call 301-609-4413.

UM Charles Regional Medical Center also offers a full range of minimally invasive cardiovascular techniques through our Imaging Department.

Department Details

UM Charles Regional Heart and Vascular Center

Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization, performed at UM Charles Regional Medical Center, provides both the patient and cardiologist with one of the most definitive diagnostic assessments available today.

Cardiac catheterization is used to study the various functions of the heart. During this diagnostic test, a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is passed through an artery in the groin or arm and threaded up into the heart to reach the coronary arteries. Through the catheter, your physician can determine pressure and blood flow in the heart's chambers, collect blood samples from the heart, and examine the arteries of the heart by x-ray. This x-ray, called fluoroscopy, can provide immediate visualization of the x-ray images on a screen and provides a permanent record of the procedure.

Your cardiac catheterization is performed by specially-trained nurses, x-ray technologists and registered cardiovascular technologists under the direction of a cardiologist, a medical doctor specializing in diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

UM Charles Regional Medical Center provides a full spectrum of minimally invasive techniques for correcting problems in the arteries. Through new technology, skilled physicians, and a commitment to a high standard of care, we work not only to manage the effects of heart and vascular disease but also improve your quality of life.

The Imaging Department at UM Charles Regional has a new Interventional Suite which offers several services to patients. Using the new GE Innova(TM) 4100, a digital flat-panel x-ray system, excellent image quality shows the tiniest of vessels in detail. Comparing the Innova 4100's digital system to film is like comparing hi-definition TV to regular TV. A digital image has a much higher resolution, so radiologists can see much more detail in the images. The physician may diagnose, and in most cases, resolve many vascular issues the patient may have. A patient who has acute leg pain and finds it difficult to walk short distances may have a blockage in an artery. Our new equipment allows the physician to view the vessels and correct the problem with some of the following techniques:

  • Angioplasty - a procedure where a balloon is placed into the affected vessel and is expanded to allow the artery to open back up to its original diameter, resulting in better blood flow to the limb.
  • Stenting - a procedure where an expandable material, made of a metal such as Titanium, is placed in the vessel to help hold the vessel open, allowing for better blood flow.
  • Cryoplasty - a process of opening a vessel by freezing the plaque within the vessel, allowing for better blood flow.
  • Atherectomy - a process where the plaque is actually removed from the vessel, allowing for better blood flow.

For more information on the services of the UM Charles Regional Heart and Vascular Center, call UM Charles Regional's Imaging Department at 301-609-4170. You will need a physician's order prior to scheduling treatment at the center.