About Good Samaritan Hospital Diagnostics
Diagnostic Services at Good Samaritan North Health Center (GSNHC) and Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) in Dayton span both diagnostic imaging and diagnostic testing.
Diagnostic imaging is digital medical imaging used to help diagnose injuries, disease, or other medical issues. Diagnostic testing encompasses procedures other than imaging, such as blood tests, urinalysis, and stress tests. These testing procedures help physicians and technologists diagnose health problems and prescribe the appropriate treatment plan.
Diagnostic services can be performed in either an inpatient or an outpatient setting at GSH. For outpatient diagnostic services, GSNHC is one of the largest and best-equipped outpatient facilities in the United States. Nearly every diagnostic test can be performed right in Dayton.
Diagnostic services are just part of the comprehensive outpatient services offered at GSNHC. The center is designed to give patients a pleasant atmosphere, easy access, ample parking, and a comprehensive, one-stop facility for their outpatient health care needs. Under one roof, patients can find the following:
• Cancer care
• Cardiac rehabilitation
• Hand and occupational rehabilitation
• Outpatient surgery
• Physical therapy
• Pulmonary rehabilitation
• Sports medicine
• Samaritan Well-being center
While many diagnostic tests can be done in an outpatient setting, it is sometimes necessary for diagnostic testing to be done in an inpatient environment. When a more complicated diagnostic procedure is required, or if a patient admitted to the hospital requires additional testing, the inpatient diagnostics department at GSH is on hand for any testing needs.
The Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) Diagnostics Department uses a variety of digital imaging technology to diagnose illnesses and injuries in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. These technologies, or modalities, are Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resource Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound, and Digital Radiology, a digital version of analog X-ray technology. In addition, inpatient diagnostic services also include nuclear medicine, special procedures, and electroencephalogram (EEG).
All-Digital Medical Imaging
All diagnostic images at GSH and GSNHC are captured and stored digitally to be reviewed via the Picture Archive & Capture System (PACS). Digital imaging eliminates the need for hard copies of files and films. This technology eliminates problems associated with hard copy files, including lost files or multiple physicians needing the same file at once. Digital imaging also provides higher-quality diagnostic images than analog or film images.
PACS Digital Storage
GSH and GSNHC store all digital images on the PACS to make diagnostic images easy for physicians and radiologists to access. These digital results can be viewed by multiple people at different locations at one time. By using PACS, a physician can call a radiologist for a consult over the phone while reviewing the same image. Doctors can also call up images for patients in their offices.