Okmulgee Memorial Hospital has a full-time staff of technologists and support staff in the Imaging and Radiology departments. Imaging and Radiology employ a staff of highly trained health care professionals that provide around-the-clock imaging and diagnostic services to both inpatients and outpatients. OMH radiology and imaging technologists have the capability of performing mammography, ultrasound, CAT scan, X-Ray, fluoroscopy, bone density, MRI, nuclear medicine and stress treadmill exams.
The imaging and radiology departments also perform procedures on the newest technology available. The radiology department recently updated all of its film processing capabilities to computed radiography, meaning that images are now taken digitally and put on a CD rather than film. Imaging recently installed a brand-new Volume Computed Tomography machine, which performs CAT scans. The new machine out-performs older models in speed and image quality. The hospital’s new VCT machine performs four times faster than older models and has 3D capability. The machine also allows for 3D scans to be rotated and viewed from all angles.
Preparing for Your Diagnostic Imaging Exam
Depending on the diagnostic procedure that you’re receiving, you may have to prepare in advanced for the test. No preparation is necessary for Magnetic Resonance Imaging; X-Rays; CTs of the spine or extremities; nuclear medicine bone scans, Meckels Diverticulum and VQ lung; and sonograms of the kidneys, thyroid or breast.
Preparation is necessary for cardiac stress testing, mammogram, bone density, CT, nuclear medicine and some ultrasound procedures.
Nuclear Medicine Preparation
Certain nuclear medicine exams require that a patient have no food or drink four to six hours before a procedure, and exams must be scheduled at least 24 hours before the test day. Patients must take a bowel prep kit the night before the scheduled exam if they’re having a gallium scan. The only other nuclear medicine exam that requires preparation is a thyroid scan. To prepare for a nuclear study of the thyroid, patients are asked to discontinue taking thyroid medications three weeks prior to the exam.
Cardiac Stress Testing Preparation
The day before a patient has a cardiac stress test they’re asked not to eat anything past midnight.
The day of the exam patients are asked to:
- No smoke cigarettes two hours before the start of their exam.
- Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
- Arrive at the hospital 45 minutes before their scheduled exams.
- Bring a list of all medications you’re currently taking. For a copy of a blank medication form click on the Medication Log link located on the right tool bar.
- Bring a list of emergency contacts, and drug and food allergies, as well as the name of your primary care physician or any other physicians that have recently provided you with medical treatment. A medical information form can be obtained by clicking on the Medical Information Form link located on the right tool bar.
If a patient is having an ultrasound of the pancreas, ABD, aorta, gallbladder or liver they’re asked not to eat or drink anything past midnight the night before the exam. Ultrasounds of the pelvis, and OB exams can only be done on patients with full bladders, so patients are asked to drink 40 to 60 ounces of water or tea an hour before the exam and not empty their bladder until after the exam is completed.
Patients having mammograms are asked not to wear any perfumes, deodorants or powders before their exam.
Patients receiving a CT/CAT scan of the abdomen; pelvis or kidneys can’t eat anything after midnight the day before an exam. Head and chest CTs require patients not to eat four hours before an exam.
Bone density scans only require that patients not take vitamins or supplements the day of the exam and haven’t had any other imaging test within a month prior to their bone density exam.
About Imaging and Radiology
Imaging and Radiology are located on the first and lower levels of the hospital. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions about Imaging and Radiology Services call 918.756.4500. Imaging accepts both Medicaid and Medicare, as well as various insurance providers. For a list of insurance providers accepted by OMH click on the Insurance Providers link located on the right tool bar.