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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acute Cardiac Evaluation Services (ACES)
- Cardiac Stress Test
- Myocardial Perfusion Studies
- Holter Monitor
- Loop Monitor
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Sleep Studies