Radiology Care at Woodwinds offers convenient extended hours for appointments and 24-hour service for emergency situations.
What sets us apart?
Among the first in the Twin Cities to embrace digital technology in our radiology department, your images can be immediately accessed by your physician. This often results in more efficient decision making.
Special care for kids
The hospital can be a scary place for children, so we focus on easing their fears. A pediatric radiologist from Children's Hospitals and Clinics visits Woodwinds on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and we have a Child Life Specialist on site to help young patients and their families.
Procedures available at Woodwinds
Woodwinds offers a full scope of radiology procedures, including:
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
MRI provides doctors with a way to look inside the body without radiation. MRI uses computerized processing in conjunction with a magnetic field and radio frequency waves to make detailed, three-dimensional images of most parts of the body, including the spine, brain, joints, blood vessels and soft tissues. The patient lies on a padded table that slides into the MRI scanner. Multiple pictures can then be taken. These images help doctors detect problems not always visible by other diagnostic tests.
Diagnostic x-ray is often a first test ordered by a doctor. It can visualize many different parts of the body, allowing more accurate testing and diagnosis. Basic x-rays use a small amount of radiation to view the chest, abdomen, spine, skull, arms or legs. More specialized x-rays use a contrast material, which is swallowed or injected into a vein in the arm, to better define the spine, kidneys, stomach, colon or bladder.
Computerized tomography (CT)
A CT is a specialized x-ray test that views the body in three-dimensional sections. It produces images that show both bone and soft tissues such as the brain, chest, spine, abdomen and extremities. Patients undergoing this test may be given a contrast to help highlight the different body parts. The contrast may be taken by mouth or injected into a vein. The patient lies on a padded table that moves in small increments through a donut-shaped scanner as the images are taken. With a doctor's order, a CT scan may also be used during a biopsy procedure.
Used in many different procedures, fluoroscopy is an examination that uses a constant stream of x-rays to show the movement of a particular body part or organ. While a part of the body is being x-rayed, a detailed image of that portion of the body and its motion can be seen and examined.
A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breast. As a screening method for early detection of breast cancer, it is one of the most important procedures a person can have. The breast is positioned between two plastic plates and firm compression is applied for a few seconds while an x-ray is taken. A mammogram is also used to diagnose cysts or other abnormalities in the breast.
Ultrasound is a valuable imaging tool that uses reflected sound waves to produce a picture. Also known as sonography, it can be used to view any solid organ and many blood vessels in the body without radiation. Organs like the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, uterus, ovaries, testicles and thyroid can be examined. Ultrasound is also commonly used during pregnancy to view the fetus.
Nuclear medicine uses a mild, radioactive tracer to diagnose and treat abnormalities of the bones, liver, thyroid, lung, heart or other soft tissue. The scans, enhanced by a variety of special imaging techniques, are helpful in finding things such as blockages in coronary arteries, infections in bone or soft tissue and various types of tumors.