Services and Labs
The Imaging and Diagnostic Department at Covenant HealthCare offers the most up-to-date radiology imaging equipment in the area. State-of-the-science technology allows us to provide the highest quality diagnostic tests and procedures available to our patients.
Our up-to-date equipment is supported by a new Picture Archive Communication System (PACS), which acquires, stores, moves, and views medical images in a digital format. Physicians now have the capability to view radiological studies whenever they want and wherever they have secure access to a computer, whether it is in the hospital, at their office, or even at home. PACS allows for an online consultation between the radiologist and multiple physicians at remote locations, with all reviewing the same image at the same time.
The Imaging and Diagnostics department at Covenant Cooper is staffed by registered technologists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for inpatient and outpatient testing. We offer multiple locations and hours for outpatient testing.
Computerized Tomography (CT Scan)
CT uses sophisticated radiology equipment to obtain multiple images of the body from different angles, then with the aid of a a computer, processes the images to create cross-sectional "slices" of the area of interest. CT images are far more detailed, because it can display and distinguish many types of tissue in the same region, including bone, muscle, soft tissue, and blood vessels. A new 64-slice CT scanner is now available for sophisticated angiographic scanning. CT exams are scheduled at the Mackinaw campus Mon. - Fri., 7:30 am - 4:30 pm and at the Cooper campus Mon. - Sat., 7:00 am - 8:00 pm.
Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray)
Traditional x-rays (broken bones, chest x-rays, etc.) are performed by Computerized Radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR). Exams are performed at the Mackinaw campus Mon., - Fri. 7:30 am - 4:30 pm. The Cooper campus is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Interventional radiology uses a minimally invasive surgical procedure with imaging guidance to diagnose and treat specific areas of the body. Using surgical techniques, physicians trained in percutaneous interventions use imaging equipment such as x-ray, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) for guidance to perform procedures such as biopsies, provide vascular access, and treat disease. Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay and general anesthesia is usually not required.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI technology allows the physician to see many internal organs without radiation, surgery, or pain. MRI is unique in that, to date, it has not known harmful effects, while allowing the physician to view inside the body more clearly than many other techniques. Because it produces better soft tissue images than x-rays, MRI is most commonly used to image the brain, spine, thorax, vascular system and musculoskeletal system. Covenant offers MRI services at the Harrison and Irving campuses.
Mammography is a safe medical diagnostic test that is used in the early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast, allowing your physician to see breast cancer before a lump appears. The Breast Health Center at Covenant Mackinaw performs over fifteen thousand mammograms annually, helping patients from all over northeastern Lower Michigan. The center offers new digital mammography and computer aided detection (CAD). Mammography is offered at three convenient locations--
The Breast Health Center at Covenant HealthCare / Mackinaw
5400 Mackinaw, Saginaw, MI 48604
Appts Required, Mon., Thurs., Fri., 7:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tues., Wed., 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Covenant Breast Imaging Center
5570 State St., Saginaw, MI 48603
989.583.0115, Fax, 989.583.0118
Appts Required, Mon., Wed., 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Tues., 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Thurs., Fri., 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Covenant Imaging Center Frankenmuth
600 North Main, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
989.583.0115, Fax, 989.583.0118, Appts Required, Mon., Wed., 8:00 am -4:30 pm, Tues., 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, Thurs., 7:30 am – 4:00 pm Closed Friday
Electroencephalograms (EEG) are performed for cerebral activity and Electromyograms (EMG) for studying muscles and nerves. Certified neuron-technologists also assist in monitoring neurosurgical procedures.
Nuclear Medicine is a specialty that uses safe, painless, and cost-effective techniques to image the body and treat disease. It utilizes small amounts of radioactive material (isotopes) to diagnose heart problems, cancer, and other diseases. This department offers new, state-of-the-art science equipment. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique in that it documents organ function and structure, whereas diagnostic radiology is based on anatomy. It is used to diagnose, manage, treat, and prevent serious diseases, often identifying abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease - long before medical problems become apparent with other diagnostic tests. Early detection allows a disease to be treated early in its course, allowing for a more successful outcome.
Using highly specialized, radiographic equipment and devices, physicians are able to view arteries and veins to diagnose blockages and other blood vessel problems. Angiography can detect narrowing or blockage of a blood vessel, identify abnormally dilated blood vessels, and determine the site of internal bleeding. Specialized devices now allow a physician, in many cases, to treat a blocked blood vessel without surgery. Interventional Radiology is offered at the Covenant Cooper campus.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT), or PET/CT
PET/CT delivers what no other imaging technology can, a precise view of how the body functions, as well as, anatomical identifiers, at the same time. It is a non-invasive exam that is utilized to evaluate the effectiveness of cancer therapy, allow the physician to make more timely adjustments to their patient's therapy regime. PET/CT is offered on Friday's at the Irving campus.
Ultrasound / Vascular Lab
Ultrasound uses sound waves to identify internal organs. Ultrasound technology is utilized in a wide range of examinations, including the abdomen, pelvic, breast, prostrate and thyroid. Because no radiation is involved, ultrasound is frequently used for obstetric work. The vascular lab performs a variety of procedures that detect problems in arteries and veins in all parts of the body.
The Vascular Lab at Covenant HealthCare has multiple modalities along with color capability to detect and visualize various problems in arteries and veins. Modalities include state-of-the science duplex, Doppler and impedance plethysmography.
Imaging Support Center, 989.583.6272