Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System

 

Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging

Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging uses the most advanced, up to date imaging technology 
currently available. 

Services include:
  • X-Ray
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • Fluoroscopy 
  • (IR) Interventional Radiology
  • Cardiac Imaging 
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
  • Dual X-Ray Densitometry

Digital radiography uses X-ray sensitive plates to directly capture images during a patient examination and immediately transfer it to a computer to be read by a radiologist. 
Radiology X-ray services are provided at Buffalo and Batavia VA medical centers. X-rays are performed on a walk-in basis as ordered by your provider.

Batavia Campus: 8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. Monday- Thursday

Buffalo Campus: 7:00a.m.- 5:00p.m weekdays and 8:00a.m.- 4:30p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. *X-rays can be performed after hours based on technologist availability.

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is a procedure that uses X-ray to real-time video and still images. A barium-based contrast material is used to produce images of the esophagus, stomach and intestines. All examinations require separate preparation and/or instructions. Procedures will be performed by a technologist and a Radiologist in one of VA WNY’s digital fluoroscopy suites.

Fluoroscopy Services (GI/Barium studies): Modified Barium Swallow (through Speech Pathology) Esophagram Upper GI Series Small bowel follow through Upper GI & Small bowel follow through Barium Enema

Call (716) 862-7996 to schedule an appointment Monday - Friday 8:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. 

Computed Tomography (CT) Services

Computed Tomography, or CT, is an X-ray exam that uses specialized equipment to produce cross sectional images of the body. The scanner is shaped like a donut and a
motorized table moves in and out of the opening in the scanner.

VA WNY offers a variety of exams on two new state-of-the-art Cannon Aqullian Prime CT scanners. This means patients will experience a fast scan with detailed images of
the internal organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. This new technology also includes dose reduction capabilities, gated coronary angiograms and ultra-low dose
lung cancer screenings. Some examinations require preparation and instructions that can be discussed at the time an appointment is made. Technologists with advanced
certification in Computed Tomography will ensure that your CT experience is quick and pleasant as possible.

  

List of CT Services

Head

Temporal Bones

Neck (Soft tissue)

Maxillofacial & Sinus

C-spine

Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis

CT Angiograms (Vascular evaluation):

Enterography

     CTA Head & Neck

Adrenal

     CTA Brain perfusion

IVP/Urogram

     CTA Thoracic and Abdominal Aorta, Runoff vessels

     CTA Chest for PE

Abscess drainage

     CTA Coronary arteries

CT Guided biopsy

 

Hours of operation: CT scans can be scheduled by calling (716) 862-7996. Appointments are available from 7:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30p.m. most weekends.

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology offers minimally invasive treatments for medical conditions. Some procedures are performed under CT, Ultrasound, and X-Fluoroscopy. Many procedures are completed and patient leaves immediately while others require a short stay in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU).
When this is necessary patients are informed prior to scheduling.

Interventional services provided:

  • Image guided biopsies throughout the body
  • Image guided drainage of fluid collections
  • Steroid Injection for Joint Pain relief
  • US guided breast biopsy
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Aspirations
  • Tumor localization prior to surgery

Hours of operation: Please call the Interventional RN staff at 716-862-8685 to schedule an appointment.

Mammography  

3D Digital Mammography, Breast Ultrasound and Invasive imaging, such as needle localization for pre-operative lesions, to all patients. The needle localizations are scheduled with the surgical team.

  

The VAWNY Mammography department is proud to be accredited by the ACR, American College of Radiology, while supported by Mammographers who are certified in advanced mammography.

Schedule your appointment with your Healthcare Provider or call the Radiology Scheduling Team at (716)862-7996. Screening Mammograms are also offered on a Walk-In basis Tuesday and Thursday 8am – 3pm.

 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Services:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is an advanced, state-of-the-art radiology method that produces very clear images of the human body without the use of X-rays.

The average MRI scan takes 10-15 minutes, with a complete exam running 20-50 minutes.  During this time, several dozen images may be obtained. These images assist us in making the best diagnosis possible and may even eliminate the need for biopsy or surgery. 

Radiology Service can offer a variety of MRI exams within its 1.5 Tesla large bore (70cm) GE Artist magnet. Fast scan imaging techniques along with noise canceling features insures a positive experience for patients.

 

List of MRI services:

Brain with or without contrast                

Liver with Eovist contrast

Brainstem

MRCP

Spine

Adrenal

Magnetic Resonance Angiography:

Renal

     MRA Brain

Pelvis

     MRA Neck

Prostate

     MRA Abdominal Aorta

Joint evaluation

     MRA Extremity

MSK Mass evaluation

 

Hours of operation: MRI scans can be scheduled by calling (716) 862-7996. Appointments are available from 7:00a.m. - 9:00p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30p.m. most weekends.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a non-invasive medical imaging test that is used diagnose certain medical conditions. Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, is a useful method of imaging that utilizes high frequency sound waves to produce images. These images are captured in real-time and can show movement of internal organs as well as blood flow within the body. A clear water- based gel is applied to the part of the body being examined, this insures appropriate contact between the transducer and the skin. Ultrasound imaging is usually painless and can take between 30-60 mins. We strive to a accommodate all patients including those requiring emergency, same day appointments as well as add-ons. Our Ultrasound department consists of highly trained and certified Sonographers that offer a variety of ultrasound exams.

List of Ultrasound Services

Thyroid

Transabdominal and Transvaginal Pelvic

Abdominal

MSK (Musculo-skeletal)

 Aorta

Thoracentesis

 Hepatic HCC Screening

Paracentesis

 Hepatic Doppler

Breast Core Biopsy

Gallbladder

US Guided Biopsy (Liver, renal Lymph Node, ect)

Renal

US Guided Aspirations

Renal Doppler

US Guided Drainage Tube Placements

Breast

Fine Needle Aspirations (Thyroid, Parotid, ect)

Scrotal

 

Hours of operation: Ultrasound exams can be scheduled by calling (716) 862-7996. Appointments are available from 7:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. weekdays.

 

 

 

Nuclear Medicine and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Service

The Nuclear Medicine Service provides many different diagnostic imaging studies including Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) and
therapeutic treatments for patients. With the use of a tiny amount of radioactive material (tracer), Nuclear Medicine Physicians can diagnose medical problems based on both function and structure of an organ or system.  

Typically, the radioactive doses are injected into the patient’s vein. Some studies require the patient to take the dose orally, whether in capsule form or an inhaled aerosol form. There are no side effects with any of the radioactive tracer doses that are administered in Nuclear Medicine/PET and the amount of radiation exposure that a patient receives is very low.

Some examples of the imaging studies that are provided include: Myocardial Perfusion Stress tests, Bone scans, Bone density scans, Lung scans, PET/CT Oncology imaging, PET/CT Bone imaging, Hepatobiliary Imaging, and Renal Function scans.   Also provided are Radioactive Iodine therapies for the treatment of Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid Cancer.

Our Department is staffed with a group of skilled, experienced and dedicated Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Physicians and Administration personnel. Our Technologists and Physicians actively maintain all necessary Continuing Education which is required for Certification/Licensure. Our Department follows all Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), National Health Physics Program (NHPP) and Joint Commission guidelines. Our goal is to provide the highest quality imaging studies and excellent patient experience possible for our Veterans.

Location: Nuclear Medicine- 409C   PET/CT – 1 core

Contact number:   716-862-8606, Monday -Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm.

 



 

 

Contact Info

Location

  • Buffalo VA, Radiology 2A, Nuclear Medicine 4C, PET, first floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 716-862-7820
  • 716-862-8608

Hours of Operation

  • Varies by service