Radiology is hugely important in diagnosing and understanding patient conditions. At Trident Health we provide the most advanced imaging technologies and consider patient comfort to be a top priority when it comes to imaging examinations.
Trident Health System is committed to providing premium services to the Lowcountry community, and we understand our role in providing the necessary technology that keeps our community healthy.
Innovative "Patient Experience" suite for MRIs
Summerville Medical Center, a Trident Health affiliate, offers an innovative Magnetic Resonance (MR) Patient Experience Suite. The suite aims to ‘humanize’ radiology by softening the clinical look, feel and sound of a traditional MRI exam.
Patients can choose a theme from 16 artfully selected combinations of mood-lighting, visual scenery and musical backgrounds before they undergo an MR exam. This gives the patient control over their environment, and allows them to calm down.
Different patient age groups have different needs. Our MR suite addresses those needs with special moods and themes for pediatric and geriatric patients.
Positron emission tomography (PET) and computerized tomography (CT) are both state-of-the-art imaging modalities. PET/CT is a revolutionary technology that combines two distinct diagnostic images allowing physicians to pinpoint the location and extent of cancer and other irregularities within the body.
A CT scan helps detect and localize anatomical features such as the size, shape and exact location of abnormalities, while PET images the biology of disorders at the molecular level, allowing the physician to detect abnormalities in cellular activity at a very early stage. PET/CT is utilized for the diagnosis and treatment planning of cancer, neurologic disorders and even coronary artery disease.
What to expect during a PET/CT
To begin a PET/CT, a radiopharmaceutical is injected through a vein and then allowed to circulate during an incubation period of 45 to 60 minutes. After that delay the actual scan will begin. The imaging portion of the exam will typically last 20 to 30 minutes.
For more information on PET/CT scans and other diagnostic imaging question you can consult a nurse at (843) 797-3463.
Trident Medical Center
9330 Medical Plaza Dr.
Charleston, SC 29406
Summerville Medical Center
295 Midland Pkwy
Summerville, SC 29485