Groves Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging services are provided on inpatient, outpatient and emergency basis.
Emergency coverage is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. A doctor referral is required for all diagnostic imaging tests.
Diagnostic Imaging Services Offered at Groves Hospital:
Computed Tomography Scan
Computes Tomography (CT) scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
CT scanning combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or transferred to a CD. CT scans of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular x-ray exams. CT scanning provides more detailed information on head injuries, stroke, brain tumors and other brain diseases than regular radiographs (x-rays).
Bone Mineral Density Test
A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break. In the past, osteoporosis could be detected only after you broke a bone. By that time, however, your bones could be quite weak. A bone density test makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before the fact.
A bone density test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are located in the spine, hip and forearm.
An echocardiogram is a test performed to assess the heart’s function and structures. The test uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. These sound waves bounce or “echo” off of the heart structures and are sent to a computer that can create moving images of the heart walls and valves. This picture is much more detailed than an x-ray image and does not involve radiation exposure.
General Radiography, commonly referred to as x-ray, is a diagnostic tool used to create images of the body’s internal structures. These images are used to detect abnormalities in bones, lungs and other internal organs.
Ontario Breast Screening Program
Groves Hospital is n Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) site. The 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. Service is provided through dedicated breast screening centres, affiliate sites in hospitals and independent health facilities, as well as a mobile coach in northern Ontario.
Patients can be referred to the OBSP by their doctor or they can self-refer. There is no cost to the patient for the breast screening service through the OBSP.
Women eligible for screening in the OBSP include:
- Ontario residents
- 50 years of age and over
- no acute breast symptoms
- no personal history of breast cancer
- have not had a mammogram within the past 12 months
- women who previously had breast implants and have since had the implants removed (explants) are eligible for screening through the OBSP
- Women with breast augmentation that does not involve implants, such as silicone or fat injections, are allowed to be screened in the OBSP
Please note: Women who currently have breast implants cannot be screened in the OBSP Average Risk Program, however, women with a “history” of breast implants are eligible to be screened in the OBSP Average Risk
The Ontario Breast Screening Program offers:
- information on breast self-examination
- a reminder to return for screening
A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray picture of the breast. The x-ray can find small breast cancer lumps that might not be felt with fingers. The radiologist (a doctor with special training to read and interpret x-rays) looks at the x-rays and decides if there are any concerns.
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. Appointments may be booked through the OBSP; interested persons should call Groves Hospital at 519-843-2010 ext. 3403.
The ultrasound machine produces high-frequency sound waves that reflect off of the internal organs or tissues to make a picture. This test does not use radiation and is traditionally associated with gynecologists and obstetricians providing examinations of pregnancies as there is no danger to the unborn child. In addition to pregnancy examinations, the test also allows the machine to pinpoint the exact location of an organ for treatment or surgery.
For additional information on Diagnostic Imaging rests please visit the following resource: www.radiologyinfo.org
Hours of Operation
X-Ray patients are welcome to walk-in from Monday to Friday - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (with requisition)
All other services require an appointment - please call for an appointment
What to Bring
To allow your test go smoothly, please remember to bring:
- Physician requisition with physician signature (without this requisition we cannot perform any diagnostic imaging test)
- OHIP Card
519-843-2010 ext. 3234