Cleveland Clinic Akron General offers comprehensive radiology services including diagnostics, nuclear imaging, interventional procedures and radiation oncology. Our department of more than 200 healthcare professionals performs more than 220,000 exams and procedures each year. Services are also offered at our health center in Tallmadge, at the health and wellness centers in Green, Bath and Stow, as well as the main campus including the Ambulatory Care Center. View the listing below for specific services. When patients need us fast, we're here. Most of our services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency.
Diagnostic imaging, such as ultrasound, x-ray, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT (computed tomography), help physicians diagnose or better understand certain conditions. Our experienced radiologists read and interpret images to offer additional diagnostic information to primary care or other referring physicians. Akron General offers some of the latest diagnostic imaging available for patient comfort and convenience. This includes advanced CT scanners, open MRI, CTA, MRA, digital mammography, computerized radiography, and CT of the coronary arteries. Diagnostic imaging is safe and effective.
Diagnostic imaging offered by Akron General:
- Bone densitometry.
- CT (CAT scan).
- PET (positron emission tomography) CT - Akron General.
- IVP (intravenous pyelogram).
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
- Nuclear medicine - Akron General and Lodi Hospital.
- Large bore MRI - Akron General and Lodi Hospital.
Interventional radiologists use X-ray images to guide their instruments in a variety of minimally invasive procedures, which often means reduced pain, less risk of complications and reduced recovery time. Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis and without general anesthesia. Interventional radiologic procedures are often more cost effective than traditional surgery.
During an interventional radiology procedure, instruments attached to the end of a catheter or thin flexible tube just a few millimeters wide. The catheters are guided by X-ray, ultrasound, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT (computed tomography).
Using a specialized gamma camera and a radioactive pharmaceutical, sometimes described as a dye or tracer, radiologists are able to see a series of images and understand better how an organ is functioning. The tracer can be given to the patient by mouth, intravenously, through a catheter or in the spinal fluid. Different types of tracers are used for different organs. The tracer is absorbed by the organ of interest and emits gamma rays, which are then detected by a gamma camera. A computer processes the pictures and the end result is a series of images that a radiologist can interpret.
During imaging sessions, patients will be asked to lie still for between 20 and 45 minutes, depending on the type of test. Akron General offers some of the most advanced imaging equipment available, such as the dual headed gamma cameras. Images are taken and processed twice as fast - and that means convenience and comfort for our patients.
Nuclear medicine imaging is safe and effective. The tracer is typically excreted out of the body through normal means or simply loses the small amount of radioactivity that it originally had.
Appointments & Locations
Patients must have a referral from their physician for all radiology procedures.
To schedule an appointment at Akron General, Bath, Green, Tallmadge or Stow, please call 330.344.5760.
To schedule an appointment at Lodi Hospital, please call 330.948.5531.