Imaging Services

The best defense against some of today’s most deadly diseases lies in early detection. Schuyler Hospital has the very latest in imaging tools needed to diagnose medical conditions early so they have a higher likelihood of being treated successfully.

Over 20,000 diagnostic imaging exams are performed annually at Schuyler Hospital. Our technologists and radiologists offer one-on-one, compassionate care to our patients while using state-of-the-art technology and color Doppler ultrasound.

State-of-the-Art Digital Imaging Technology

At Schuyler Hospital, you can receive the most advanced technology in imaging right here, in MRI and 3D mammography, plus ultrasound, CT, fluoroscopy, dexascans and x-ray.

Schuyler Hospital is now saving you time and saving the environment by eliminating films – with the installation of a Picture Archiving and Communication System, or PACS.

PACS allows imaging tests – including x-rays, mammography, ultrasound, CT scans, and MRI – to be performed digitally, stored digitally, and transmitted digitally through a secure portal, to be read at the hospital or the doctor’s office.

With digital images, the radiologist can adjust brightness, change contrast, zoom in for close-ups, and pull up past imaging tests for comparison. For patients, these capabilities can result in an earlier diagnosis and the best chance for a complete recovery.

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By cross-training our technologists in multiple modalities, we’re prepared to handle scheduled appointments as well as rush exams, 24/7, with minimal delay. In addition, our technologists are ARRT registered and licensed by New York State.

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The team of care providers in Imaging Services is deeply committed to excellent customer service – for each patient and for the physicians who care for them.

  • Our staff members understand that patients can be anxious and we do everything we can to make your visit here as stress free as possible.
  • We ask for feedback from every patient we serve so that we can continually improve our service. We emphasize both clinical excellence and compassion in the care we provide.

At Schuyler Hospital we understand that good hospital care is carefully planned; it’s no accident.

  • Throughout the Cayuga Health System, our radiologists and radiologic technologists are trained in physics. We operate using the ALARA (as-low-as-reasonably- achievable) principle, using the lowest dose of radiation possible without compromising the diagnostic quality of the image.
  • A manager from the Department of Imaging Services serves on both the medical center’s Safety Task Force and the Performance Improvement Committee. This person’s role in Imaging Services is to identify areas that need improvement, seek out people who can help with solutions, implement new strategies, and follow-up to ensure their effectiveness. When patients undergo imaging studies here, we are confident that each person has had the correct exam performed safely.
  • Parents concerned about children and x-rays should know that our technicians do limited studies on children to reduce exposure, typically taking fewer views, as compared to adult patients. More views can be obtained only as clinically indicated. We also maintain different CT protocols for babies and children than are used for adults, based on our commitment to the ALARA principle.
  • All CT protocols are developed using the least amount of radiation.
  • Schuyler Hospital employs a physicist group to work closely with our radiologists. These physicists routinely monitor our equipment and mammography units throughout the year to assure safe, proper functioning. Whenever we install new imaging equipment, they perform acceptance testing after the equipment is set up, before routine patient use.
  • The Radiation Safety Committee meets four times a year, to review safety measures, adherence to policies, and licensure to ensure quality assurance.

3D Mammograms

We understand women at Schuyler Hospital. We know that mammograms make women anxious and that waiting for exam results is stressful. We know that safety, comfort, and leading-edge technology are patient-care essentials. And we know that women want individualized, personal care.

  • All women having mammograms at Schuyler Hospital, east campus and Cortland campus learn the results of their mammograms before the end of their imaging appointment. We have been providing this high level of service for many years.

State-of-the-Art Imaging

In the Fall of 2019, Schuyler Hospital brought in a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with the newest technology in the area.  This new scanner provides a whole new level of patient comfort with flexible coil designs and novel applications designed to minimize scan times and improve image quality. This is just another example of Schuyler Hospital’s commitment to providing patients with the latest in diagnostic imaging technology.  This new scanner, the SIGNA™ Voyager from GE Healthcare, is built with contemporary architecture that delivers deeper signal penetration and sharper, high-quality images. The intelligent design automates patient protocols to help decrease exam times and accommodate more patients per day.  The new MRI also allows for breast imaging.

In the Fall of 2019, as part of an evolving breast health program, Schuyler Hospital added the improved diagnostic capability of ultrasound elastography.  Elastography helps differentiate benign from malignant breast lesions, which should reduce the need for biopsy in benign breast lesions.

Cayuga Health System provides women’s imaging services at Schuyler Hospital and all three Cayuga campuses, including the main campus, east campus and Cortland campus. Our centers were designed with the special needs and desires of women in mind. Access is easy, the setting is private, and all of the imaging modalities necessary for women’s health care are available.

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