Diagnostic Imaging
Programs & Services

Diagnostic Imaging

Soldiers’ diagnostics departments take the time to ensure all levels of quality, safety and service are met or exceeded for all our patients

Diagnostic Imaging

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The recently renovated Diagnostic Imaging Department is proud to offer a full range of diagnostic procedures to Orillia and the surrounding area.

We are focused on providing high quality service in a safe patient environment. Any concerns you may have about your exam you are encouraged to ask.

We are the second Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine in the North Simcoe Muskoka area and have contributed to reducing the wait times in our area significantly to help allow our patients to receive a quicker diagnosis. OSMH has also invested in and installed a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) which has eliminated the use of traditional x-ray film.

All patient images are now stored electronically and viewed on computer. This process has helped to reduce report turnaround times, increased availability of all studies to the physician and makes it easier to take studies to medical consultations. The PACS system at OSMH is shared with Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare and Georgian Bay General Hospital.

Imaging Records – PocketHealth

OSMH provides imaging records to patients and their care providers through secure, online access.

For personal access to your imaging records, please enroll online at www.pocket.health/OSMH or you may call 705-325-2201 ext. 3043.

Click Here for instructions on how to enroll in PocketHealth

If you are a physician, external hospital or imaging clinic wishing to learn more about the Access Page you have received, please review the following document:

Click Here for our Provider PocketHealth FAQ document


Diagnostic Imaging Services


Complete diagnostic services for inpatients and outpatients are provided by our staff, including x-rays, gastric exams, intravenous programs, computed tomography and special procedures.

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Mammography is an imaging service that produces high-quality images of the breast. This diagnostic service includes screening examinations, diagnostic evaluations and interventional procedures. We are an OBSP Breast Screening Centre.

Click Here for our Mammography Requisition Form

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

Spiral Computed Tomography or CT, is an x-ray imaging technology that uses computer manipulation to produce three-dimensional construction pictures as well as multi-plane studies of a patient’s anatomy. This service is used for diagnostic examinations as well as for emergency examinations, based on consultation between the referring physician and radiologist.

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Nuclear Medicine

This service involves state-of-the-art digital equipment featuring a Varicam photographic system that scans continuously while orbiting the body. Complete scans can be done in as little as 17 minutes. Varicam technology is used to diagnose circulatory problems, cardiac disease, bone, kidney, heart and lung problems, as well as cancer. It can also enhance diagnostic procedures for diseases such as breast cancer.

Click Here for our Nuclear Medicine Requisition Form

Bone Densitometry

The 15 minute bone densitometry test is used to find out if a patient has, or will develop, osteoporosis. Images are usually taken of the lower back and hip area. A baseline test is normally done around the time of menopause and may be repeated every two years.

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Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to examine internal soft tissue in patients. Tests are done on internal abdominal or pelvic organs, and more superficial structures such as veins, arteries and thyroid glands.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

An MRI is a procedure that uses magnetic fields instead of radiation to take detailed pictures of tissues and organs in the body. It is especially useful to see fine tissue contrast, internal organs and structures in great detail from different angles. An MRI is often done to diagnose brain and nervous system problems; bone, joint and muscle disorders; tumours; certain heart and blood vessel disease; or cancer of the reproductive organs, liver, kidneys, lymph nodes, bladder, pancreas or vocal cords. Depending on what is being examined, the MRI scan can last anywhere from 20 minutes and up.

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Interventional Radiology (IR)

Interventional Radiology is an ever-evolving field within Diagnostic Imaging and is relatively new to OSMH (since 2017). IR is a procedures-based service that uses image guidance to perform surgical interventions on an out-patient and in-patient basis. See below for a compiled list of procedures and patient documents, as well as the IR requisition.

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Procedures performed in IR at OSMH


Sedation Used During Procedure

Patient Prep Files

Patient Information Files

Arthrogram Joint Injection for MRI imaging Required if on blood thinners No Arthrogram Joint Injection Patient Prep
AV Fistulogram, AV Fistula-Angioplasty, AV fistula-side branch embolization, or AV fistula-thrombolysis Required Yes AVF Patient Prep
Cholecystostomy Tube Change No No Cholecystostomy Tube Change Patient Prep Care After Biliary Drain Insertion Information
Cholecystostomy Tube Insertion Required Patient-dependent Cholecystostomy Tube Insertion Patient Prep Care After Biliary Drain Insertion Information
Drainage Catheter Insertion (i.e. abscess or collection) Required Patient-dependent Drain Insertion Patient Prep
Embolization (general vascular embolization) Required Yes Embolization Patient Prep
Gastrostomy Tube Insertion Required Yes Gastrostomy Tube Insertion Patient Prep
Biopsy (general, non-specific) Required No (generally) General Biopsy Patient Prep
Hemodialysis Line Exchange or Check No No Hemodialysis Line Exchange Patient Prep
Hemodialysis Line Insertion Required No Hemodialysis Line Insertion Patient Prep
Hemodialysis Line Removal Required No Hemodialysis Line Removal Patient Prep
IVC Filter Insertion or Removal Required Patient-dependent IVC Filter Insertion or Removal Patient Prep
Joint Aspiration Required if on blood thinners No Joint Aspiration Patient Prep
Liver Biopsy Required No Liver Biopsy Patient Prep Liver Biopsy Information
Lumbar Puncture for CSF or Steroid Injection Required if on blood thinners No Lumbar Puncture of CSF or Steroid Patient Prep
Nasogastric / Nasojejunal Tube Placement No Patient-dependent Nasogastric – Nasojejunal Tube Placement Patient Prep
Nephrostomy / Nephroureterostomy Tube Exchange No Generally no, but Patient-dependent Nephrostomy or Nephroureterostomy Tube Exchange Patient Prep Care After Nephrostomy and Nephroureterostomy Tube Insertion
Nephrostomy Tube Insertion Required Yes Nephrostomy Tube Insertion Patient Prep Care After Nephrostomy and Nephroureterostomy Tube Insertion
Ovarian Vein Embolization Required Yes Ovarian Vein Embolization Patient Prep
Paracentesis (Diagnostic only) Required No Paracentesis (Diagnostic) Patient Prep
Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Catheter Insertion Required Yes PD Catheter Insertion Patient Prep
PICC Line Exchange (or assessment) No No PICC Line Exchange Patient Prep PICC Line Information
PICC Line Insertion Required No PICC Line Insertion Patient Prep PICC Line Information
Port-a-Cath Insertion Required Yes Port-a-Cath Insertion Patient Prep Care after a Portacath
Port-a-Cath Removal Required No Port-a-Cath Removal Patient Prep
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) – kidney only Required Yes Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Information
Renal (kidney) Biopsy Required Generally no, but Patient-dependent Renal Biopsy Patient Prep Kidney Biopsy Information
Splenic (spleen) Biopsy Required Patient-dependent Splenic Biopsy Patient Prep
Steroid Joint Injection Required if on blood thinners No Steroid Joint Injection Patient Prep Steroid Injection Information
Suprapubic Catheter Insertion or Exchange Required for insertion only Yes for Insertion, Patient-dependent for Exchange Suprapubic Catheter Insertion or Exchange Patient Prep
Thoracentesis (Diagnostic only) Required No Thoracentesis (Diagnostic) Patient Prep
Tube Check / Change (general, non-specific) Usually no No Tube Check – Exchange Patient Prep
Tunneled Pleural Drain Change No No Tunneled Pleural Drain Change Patient Prep Tunneled Pleural Catheter Information
Tunneled Pleural Drain Insertion Required Yes Tunneled Pleural Drain Insertion Patient Prep Tunneled Pleural Catheter Information
Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE or UFE) Required Yes Uterine Artery Embolization Patient Prep
Varicocele Embolization Required Patient-dependent Varicocele Embolization Patient Prep Varicocele Embolization Information
Vascular Stent Insertion Required Yes Vascular Stent Insertion Patient Prep
Venogram Required if on blood thinners No Venogram Patient Prep


Cardio-Respiratory Diagnostics

Acute Cardiac Evaluation Services (ACES)

  • Cardiac Stress Test
  • Myocardial Perfusion Studies
  • Holter Monitor
  • Loop Monitor
  • ECG
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Sleep Studies

Click Here for our ACES Referral Form