Radiology Outpatient Service Hours
7am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
Radiology Office Numbers 918-485-1344 or 918-485-1345.
On Staff Radiologist Dr. Jeff Jennings
Types of Radiology Exams offered at W.C.H.
MRI, CT, X-ray, Nuclear Medicine, Digital Mammography, Dexa Bone Density
Fluoroscopy Studies offered in W.C.H. Radiology
Barium Swallows, Barium Enema, Voiding Cystourethrograms, Upper GI
Special Procedures offered in W.C.H. Radiology
Guided Biopsies of Lung, Liver, Kidney, and Thyroid. Abcess drainage, Cyst Drainage, Thoracentesis, Paracentesis, Lumbar Punture, Myelogram, Shoulder Arthrogram
Our bone scans use a technology called DEXA (for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry). In a DEXA scan, you recline on a table while a technician aims a scanner mounted on a long arm.
The DEXA scanner uses beams of very low-energy radiation to determine the density of the bone. The amount of radiation is tiny: about one-tenth of a chest X-ray. The scan is painless, and considered completely safe. Pregnant women should not get DEXA scans because a developing baby shouldn’t be exposed to radiation, no matter how low the dose.
Measurements are usually taken at the hip, and sometimes the spine and other sites. Insurance or Medicare generally pays for the test in women considered at risk for osteoporosis, or those already diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia.
The DEXA can also assess your risk for developing fractures. The risk of fracture is affected by age, body weight, history of prior fracture, family history of osteoporotic fractures and life style issues such as cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. These factors are taken into consideration when deciding if a patient needs therapy.
Mammograms are used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms. They can also be used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain, skin dimpling or nipple discharge.
Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. Research has shown that annual mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are most curable and breast-conservation therapies are available.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) adds that women who have had breast cancer, and those who are at increased risk due to a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, should seek expert medical advice about whether they should begin screening before age 40 and the need for other types of screening. If you are at high risk for breast cancer, you may need to obtain a breast MRI in addition to your annual mammogram.
“DEXA is the most important bone density test and is the gold standard,”
Felicia Cosman, MD, clinical director for the National Osteoporosis Foundation