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

Please refer to our COVID-19 information page for screening requirements and safety protocols.

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

Walk-in Appointments

We are once again accepting walk-in appointments for x-rays only.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00am-5:00pm.  Holidays and weekends excluded.
Patients are asked to enter OSMH through the main entrance with their x-ray requisition and register with Central Patient Scheduling and Registration for their walk-in appointment.

Radiology

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

Click Here for our X-Ray Requisition Form

Mammography

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.

Click Here for our CT Requisition Form

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.

Click Here for our Bone Densitometry Requisition Form

Ultrasound

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.

Click Here for our Ultrasound Requisition Form

Click Here for Important Pregnancy Ultrasound Information for Families and Patients

 

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.

Click Here for our MRI Requisition Form

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.

Click Here for our Request for Intervention Procedure Form

Procedures performed in IR at OSMH

Bloodwork
Required

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

Cardio-Respiratory diagnostics offers a variety of testing based on the individual needs from a physician referral.  Testing offered at OSMH includes:

Acute Cardiac Evaluation Services (ACES)

Acute cardiac evaluation service is a rapid access clinic for urgent cardiac diagnostic testing and consultation with internal medicine. Referrals are received from both the emergency department as well as family physicians. Patients will be seen as soon as possible, usually within a 48 hour period.

Cardiac Stress Test

A stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps a doctor find out how well your heart responds to exertion. The patient is attached to an ECG monitor while they walk on a treadmill. Their heart rate, rhythm and blood pressure are monitored by the cardio technologist.

Click Here for Cardiac Stress Test Patient Information

Myocardial Perfusion Studies

Also referred to as Nuclear stress testing may be indicated when there are contraindications to a regular exercise stress test or when a doctor requires more information from the stress test.

  • Cardiolite
    In addition to a regular stress test the patient will have an I.V inserted where the nuclear technologist can inject a nuclear tracer at peak exercise. The nuclear tracer will allow the doctor to see areas of the heart that may be suggestive of coronary artery disease. You will be required to return for secondary (resting) imaging on another day given to you by the nuclear technologist.

Click Here for Cardiolite Stress Test Patient Information

  • Persantine
    A nuclear imaging study for patients who are unable to effectively perform a regular stress test. You will be given an IV where the physician will administer a medication that will simulate exercise in the body followed by an injection of the nuclear tracer. You will be required to return for secondary (resting) imaging on another day given to you by the nuclear technologist.

Click Here for Persantine Cardiolite Stress Test Patient Information

Holter Monitor

A Holter monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records your heart’s electrical activity. The doctor may order this test to learn more from your heart during everyday situations.  The test can be 24/48/72 hours or 7/14 days.

ECG

An electrocardiogram is a non-invasive test that checks the function of your heart by measuring its electrical activity. Ten electrodes are attached to the patient’s chest, arms and legs to record heart rate and rhythm.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)

ABPM is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records your blood pressure over 24 hours.  This exam is not covered by OHIP which carries a $75 fee payable to OSMH, please refer to http://osmh.on.ca/paymybill for instruction.  Fees can be submitted to your personal benefits plan for reimbursement.

Click Here for our Cardiac Diagnostics Referral Form

Pulmonary Function Testing

Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are noninvasive tests that show how well the lungs are working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment of certain lung disorders.

Sleep Studies

Polysomnography, also called a sleep study, is a comprehensive test used to diagnose sleep disorders. Polysomnography records your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, heart rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements during the study.