Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

1044 Belmont Avenue

Youngstown, OH  44501

Phone: (330) 480-3174

To schedule an appointment: (330) 884-7219

 

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At Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, we realize the importance of offering state-of-the-art imaging services.  We are making sure we are equipped with the best tools for diagnosing conditions, as well as the most experienced registered nurses and technologists dedicated to providing the best possible care.  All radiologists are American College of Radiology board certified.

Medical Imaging Services:

  • General Radiology
  • Interventional Radiology/Angiography
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • PET/CT
  • Ultrasound and Non-Invasive Vascular Lab

General Radiology
General Diagnostic Radiology uses CR (computed radiography) and DR (digital radiography) and Fluoroscopy. All technologists are ARRT certified.

In addition to general radiography, our services include:

  • Myelogram
  • Arthrogram
  • Upper GI studies
  • Barium enema
  • Bronchoscopy

Interventional Radiology/Angiography
Our Angiography suite is led by a board certified interventional radiologist and staffed by a team of registered nurses and registered technologists.  The St. Elizabeth Angiography suite offers a full range of interventional services.  Utilizing the Artis zee® bi-plane imaging system with 2K acquisition, the following procedures are performed:

  • Aneurysm coiling and stenting
  • Peripheral arterial angiography (cerebral arteriography, archogram, aortography with runoff, selective visceral arteriography)
  • Selective venography
  • Fistulograms of dialysis access graft
  • Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (arterial, venous, dialysis access grafts)
  • Stroke Therapy – Solitaire Device
  • Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stent deployment
  • Inferior venacava filter placement
  • Medi-port insertion
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portal systemic shunts (TIPS)
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Selective embolizations (including uterine fibroids)
  • PICC line insertions

The Artis zee® biplane system provides highly detailed images of a patient’s blood vessels and arteries during minimally invasive procedures, enabling physicians to obtain three-dimensional views of the patient’s anatomy, from any direction.  The system features two flat-panel detectors which provide high resolution image quality.  Detectors also help physicians visualize interventional devices, such as guidewires and catheters, in precise detail and from almost any angle.

The Artis zee® biplane imaging system features advanced software technology that creates detailed images of soft tissue.  This technology facilitates differentiation of soft tissue to help detect intracranial hemorrhages, visualize brain tissue, and support quick and accurate therapeutic decision-making.  This software is ideal during that critical time for stroke patients and provides physicians with highly detailed anatomical images while in the interventional suite, reducing the need to move the patient to another location for the procedure.

Using 2 K acquisitions, this equipment shows visualization of the finest vessels, providing four times the information and twice the image resolution. This CT Scanner will allow for a more improved throughput of patients while providing the most accurate diagnosis. This equipment is ideal for stroke patients and aneurysm patients.

Solitaire FR Device
The Solitaire FR (Flow Restoration) device is a mechanical thrombectomy device designed to restore blood flow by removing thrombus in patients with ischemic stroke due to large intracranial vessel occlusion.  The device is designed to be used In the neurovasculature such as Internal Carotid Artery, M1 and M2 segments of the Middle Cerebral Artery, Anterior Cerebral Artery, Basilar Artery and Vertebral Arteries.   The Solitaire FR device is intended to be delivered through a guide catheter and microcatheter to the site of occlusion and deployed across the thrombus.  Once deployed, the device is designed to remove the thrombus by retrieving the device and microcatheter as a unit under constant aspiration into the guide catheter.

Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of painful vertebral compression factures (VCF), which are fractures, involved the vertebral bodies that make up the spinal column. In vertebroplasty, physicians use image guidance to inject a cement mixture into the fractured bone through a hollow needle. In kyphoplasty, a balloon is first inserted into the fractured bone through the hollow needle to create a cavity or space. The cement is injected into the cavity once the balloon is removed.

Chemoembolization for Liver Cancer
Chemoembolization delivers chemotherapy drugs directly to a tumor, while minimizing exposure to healthy tissues. This delivery method minimizes side effects, like nausea and vomiting, and maximizes the cancer-killing properties of the drugs. During chemoembolization, chemotherapy is injected through a catheter directly into a tumor using image guidance. The chemotherapy drugs are mixed with particles, called microspheres, which block the flow of blood to the tumor. Without a blood supply, the tumor no longer has the oxygen and nutrients it needs to grow. Chemoembolization allows high doses of chemotherapy drugs to be targeted directly to the cancerous tissue for a longer period of time, without exposing the entire body to the effect of the drugs. This method chemotherapy is primarily used for the treatment of liver cancer, and may also be used for the treatment of cancers that have spread to the liver.

Endovascular Coiling/Embolization
Endovascular coiling is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat saccular intracranial aneurysms. Patients with an intracranial aneurysm frequently present with headaches. Symptoms can be caused by either the mass effect of the aneurysm, aneurysm rupture or intracranial hemorrhage. An aneurysm can be diagnosed with a CT or an angiogram. Once the aneurysm has been identified, it is determined if the patient is a candidate for endovascular coiling. The endovascular coiling procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Once the patient has been sedated, the interventional radiologist will insert a catheter into the femoral artery, navigate through the vascular system into the head and then into the aneurysm.   Tiny coils are then threaded through the catheter and deployed into the aneurysm, blocking the blood flow into the aneurysm and preventing rupture. Patients are admitted post procedure for three to five days then discharged once their conditions are stable. 

CT Scan
The latest in CT imaging is now available at St. Elizabeth in Youngstown. The Siemens Somaton Definition Flash (256 slice scanner) is a dual source, dual energy CT scanner that provides an expanded set of diagnostic capabilities that improve CT imaging in significant ways including:

  • Split second scanning
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Reduced radiation exposure
  • Automated scan and reconstruction planning.

In accordance with St. Elizabeth Level I Trauma status, the CT department offers on-site, 24-hour coverage. Our Imaging department houses multi-slice scanners, including the lightspeed 64-slice.  This scanner offers sub-second scanning with multiple slices or images per second.  In addition to conventional scanning, it has the ability to do CT angiography (CTA) of the coronary arteries, cardiac scoring, lung windows and bone reconstruction.

Our state-of-the-art, multi-slice scanners improve image quality, dramatically reduce scan time and radiation dose.  In order to reduce radiation dose during CT exams, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital has established dose limits for both adult and pediatric patients, using guidelines established by the ACR (American College of Radiology).

We offer a full range of services from diagnostic imaging to CT guided interventional procedures.  Imaging may be enhanced using oral contrast or intravenous contrast as indicated by diagnosis.

CT Perfusion 4D
CT Perfusion 4D is a detailed, rapid, high-resolution study that provides valuable information about cerebral blood flow, cerebral blood volume and transit time when diagnosing acute stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage.  The advantages of CT perfusion imaging are that it is non-invasive, and more readily available and cost effective than magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

MRI
Our 1.5T MRI unit administers a wide range of exams, including magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and MRI cardiac imaging.  This helps diagnosis torn ligaments, cancer and brain and spinal cord conditions by creating images of organs, tissues and other body structures.
A 1.5T MRI Wide Bore MRI unit is available on Mondays. It has a wider bore and can hold up to 550 pounds. This unit offers a wide range of exams along with MRA studies. 

Nuclear Medicine
Our Nuclear Medicine department offers equipment for both Planar and SPECT imaging. A wide range of diagnostic procedures are available, including the  lymphoscintigraphy and nuclear stress testing (both pharmacologic and exercise). Therapeutic procedures including the treatment of patients with low-grade non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, I-131 radioiodine for hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer and Samarium-153 for palliative treatment of bone metastases are all available.

Radioembolizations
Using SIR-spheres®, microspheres can be used to treat secondary liver cancer that has spread from the primary colon or rectal tumors. Tiny radioactive beads, called microspheres, deliver treatment directly to the liver tumors. These microspheres are about a third of the width of a human hair.

Xofigo
A form of radiotherapy, can be used for palliative treatment of prostate cancer that has metastasized to the bone.

PET/CT
PET/CT can detect cancer and other diseases before they are evident on other imaging tests. By injecting a small amount of radioisotope into the bloodstream, PET/CT demonstrates the functions of different organs of the body as well as measures the metabolic activity of cells in the body.

Ultrasound and Non-Invasive Vascular Lab
Our Ultrasound and Non-invasive Vascular Lab offer a full range of services including:

  • Carotid duplex ultrasound
  • Venous duplex ultrasound (for DVT, vein mapping and venous incompetence)
  • Visceral vascular duplex ultrasound
  • General ultrasound procedures such as thyroid, abdomen and pelvis.
  • Interventional procedures such as biopsies, drainage aspirations and thrombin injections.
  • Peripheral arterial physiologic tests (extremity pressures, Doppler wave forms and exercise testing)
  • Arterial duplex ultrasound our Ultrasound Department and Non-Invasive Vascular Lab is staffed by a team of ARDMS Registered technologists and a registered nurse.

Lung Cancer Screening Program 

Did you know that survival rates for lung cancer patients increase when their cancer is detected and treated early? It’s true. Unfortunately only 1 in 8 people with lung cancer are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease. National studies have shown that screening a specific population for lung cancer with a CT scan can reduce the risk of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent. Lung cancer screening is quick and easy, and the radiation exposure is very low.

For this reason, Mercy Health launched a Lung Cancer Screening Program that offers a low-cost service based on state-of-the-art screening methods for lung cancer in high-risk patients.

Who Should Be Screened?
Screening is recommended for people who are at a high risk for lung cancer:

Age 55 or older
Current smoking history of 30+ pack years
Quit smoking within the past 15 years with a prior smoking history

How Does it Work?
If you have a doctor, contact them for a referral. Simply tell them you want to take part in the Mercy Health Lung Cancer Screening Program. If you meet the criteria for lung cancer screening, your doctor will be able to schedule your chest CT at a Mercy Health facility.

If you do not have a doctor, call Mercy Health Youngstown at 877-654-8594 or visit Find a Doctor.
The results of your scan are sent to your doctor. Depending on the results, you will be advised about the need for continued screening or additional testing and treatment. Fortunately, most health insurances now cover early screening for lung cancer.

For more information please contact:
Vanessa Chamberlain B.S., R.T. (R)(T) Radiology Patient Navigator at:
330-480-3433