Diagnostic Imaging is an exciting area at CKHA. Newer procedures and diagnostic imaging tests reveal valuable information about the body and help in the planning process for treatment. CKHA has CT, MRI, X-Ray, Ultrasound, BMD, Nuclear Medicine, Fluoroscopy and Mammography equipment available for diagnostic examinations.
The Diagnostic Imaging Department is committed to providing high quality, compassionate, Patient and Family Centred Care to all individuals who require diagnostic examinations for medical conditions. Our Breast Screening Program including High Risk Screening is accredited through the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR).
Our team consists of Radiologists, DI Director and Medical Radiological Technologists with subspecialties in CT, MR, Gastrics, BMD, Special Procedures and Mammography. Ultrasonographers with specialties in Echocardiography, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Registered Nurses, Clerical Staff including Transcriptionists, Patient Appointment Staff, Receptionists and a Technical Aide.
Breast Assessment/High Risk Breast Screening/Mammography: Used to diagnose breast cancer and monitor patients who are high risk for breast cancer.
X-Ray: Used for diagnosing broken bones, traumatic injuries, chest and abdominal disorders.
Fluoroscopy: Used for investigations of the digestive system, biopsies and other areas.
Ultrasound: Used for monitoring pregnancy, identifying sources of abdominal pain such as appendicitis, gallstones and many other things.
MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Often used as a follow up to other imaging to diagnose cancer, heart disease, joint and muscle disorders and neurological disorders.
CT – Computed Tomography: Used to obtain detailed information about strokes, brain tumors, bleeding, appendicitis, diverticulitis and various cancers. Often used when a trauma (MVA, MVC) has occurred.
Nuclear Medicine: Used to look at different systems in the body including bone related pathologies, infection, cancers, coronary artery disease, pulmonary embolism, gallbladder and thyroid diseases.
BMD – Bone Mineral Density: Used to measure the density of minerals in your bones. Helps detect and monitor osteoporosis.
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Diagnostic Imaging Requisition Forms
Diagnostic Imaging Department Requisition
Request For MRI Consultation
Request for CT Consultation
Level 1, Zone D
519.352.6400 ext. 6548
Booking Office: 519.437.6089
Ground Floor, East Wing
519.352.6401 x 6364
519.352.6401 x 6511
How do I get a CT appointment?
A CT requisition will be sent from the physician you saw or from your family physician to the hospital. After a Radiologist protocols the request for your CT appointment, the DI Patient Appointment Office will call you to book your appointment.
Do I need preparation for a CT examination?
Some tests will require preparation, Chests-IV require a 4 hour fast (injection sometimes nauseates patients), Abdomen and Pelvis – IV require oral preparation and a 4 hour fast (injection sometimes nauseates patients). Your healthcare providers will notify you of your preparations in advance of your appointment.
How long does the CT scan take?
Scan times vary for different studies, Abdomen and Pelvis takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, (includes oral preparation time). Head, Chest, Spine and Extremities are approximately 15 minutes.
What is the wait time for CT/MRI Exams?
Our wait time varies from 3 to 6 weeks depending on the volume of requests. Visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website by clicking here to learn more about wait times.
How long does it take to get results?
The physician that ordered the test, and your family physician, will receive the results in approximately 1 to 2 weeks.
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