Diagnostic Imaging Department: Serving more than 20,000 patients one X-ray at a time

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  • By Master Sgt. John Bustamante
  • 99th Medical Operations Squadron
The terms PACS, MRI, Fluoroscopy, Nuc Med or CAT Scan might not mean much to the average person, but to the staff at the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Department, these terms are used on a daily basis.

The department will be celebrating National Radiology Week Nov. 4 -10 by educating the Nellis community on the many services it provides.

Daily, approximately 300 general and specialized examinations involving X-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and mammography are performed by eight radiologists and 49 technologists.

General diagnostic radiology handles all requests for regular X-rays from the outpatient clinics, wards and emergency room.

Within the department, five other departments that handle specialized procedures are mammography, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and picture archiving and communication system.

Twenty-four-hour emergency care to all Air Force and Veterans Affairs patients is offered. In the last year, more than 4,300 examinations were performed.

The department encompasses a wide variety of special services. To better serve the Nellis community, they would like to highlight these services by allowing the community to stop by to take an inside look.

An exhibit demonstrating several procedures and displaying accessories utilized to perform the exams will be on display during radiology week.