Diagnostic Imaging in Derry and Salem, NH
The imaging specialists at Parkland Medical Center regularly perform a range of medical imaging services to help your doctor diagnose, better understand and treat your condition. Through the Radiation Right safety program, we adhere to nationally approved safety protocols to ensure all patients receive the lowest, most effective dose of radiation. Additionally at Salem Radiology, a department of Parkland Medical Center, we use the latest imaging techniques to accurately diagnose our patients’ conditions in a comfortable environment.
Call our Consult-A-Nurse® team, available 24/7, at (877) 642-2362 to learn more about tests or imaging services at Parkland.
Our gastrointestinal services are available to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the digestive tract and related organs. We're equipped to handle minor issues, such as gastric reflux disease and Hemorrhoids, as well as serious conditions requiring minimally invasive surgery.
Fluoroscopy is a type of X-ray procedure that shows real-time, continuous images on a monitor. Doctors use this procedure in many medical tests, such as barium X-rays, biopsies, catheter insertion, blood flow studies and orthopedic surgery.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
MRI, a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields rather than radiation, creates pictures of organs and structures inside the body. MRIs help doctors diagnose a range of health issues and check whether medicines or treatments are working properly.
MRI technology at Parkland is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). We have a special MRI unit that combines a spacious environment with speed and exceptional performance to produce high-resolution images while reducing anxiety for people who may feel claustrophobic during a traditional MRI. In addition, MRI technology at Parkland may be combined with a contrast dye in a procedure called a magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA). Doctors use this to visualize blood vessels in the body that would not normally be seen using MRI.
With high-resolution MRIs, a radiologist can see body structures in far greater detail compared to traditional MRIs or X-rays. MRIs assist in diagnosing conditions affecting:
- Small joints
- Brain and spinal cord
- Arteries and veins
- Abdominal and pelvic areas
- Breast tissue
MRI is extremely useful in diagnosing and treating conditions such as tumors, cerebrovascular accident (stroke), other brain and nervous system disorders and heart disease. With MRI, your healthcare team can deliver earlier diagnosis and treatment, which leads to more positive outcomes.
Mammograms and breast screening
Mammograms are a common diagnostic method for X, making them an essential part of breast health. We offer traditional mammography for routine screenings and digital mammography for more detailed imaging
A mammogram uses low-dose X-rays to capture a picture of breast tissue to screen for breast cancer, identify changes in the breast tissue before a lump can be felt and find a lump’s location before a biopsy or surgery. Parkland offers traditional diagnostic mammography for routine screening and digital mammography for the highest degree of clarity and accuracy.
Computed tomography (CT) scan
CT scans also called computed axial tomography (CAT) scans, are a medical imaging method that uses X-rays to generate detailed cross-sectional images of the body. Imaging specialists use CT scans to guide biopsies and detect:
- Broken bones
- Blood clots
- Signs of heart disease
- Signs of internal bleeding
- Colon cancer and other diseases through virtual colonoscopies
- Early signs of lung cancer
Positron emission tomography (PET)
Positron emission tomography uses small amounts of radioactive material to detect activity in the body. Your doctor can
use this test to evaluate how well organs and tissues are working. PET and PET/CT scans help diagnose cancers, heart disease, neurological disorders and other health conditions. The scan process lasts one to two hours.
An ultrasound also called a sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to create video images of soft tissue areas of the body. We offer several types of ultrasound imaging, including:
- Obstetric ultrasound
We use ultrasound imaging to examine internal organs and to guide procedures. Our diagnostic specialists also perform carotid ultrasound exams to assist physicians during procedures and help diagnose a stroke, a transient ischemic attack (TIA), dizziness, vertigo or headaches.
X-rays and barium X-rays
X-rays use small doses of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body. While X-rays are commonly used for bone fractures and joint injuries, doctors also use them to find infections and tumors, look for fluid in the lungs, locate the cause of intestinal obstruction and diagnose heart and large blood vessel problems.
Barium X-rays use a milky substance containing barium to coat the lining of the stomach or intestines. This helps gastroenterologists diagnose abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract.
About Salem Radiology
Salem Radiology, A Department of Parkland Medical Center, is a full-service outpatient imaging center which has served the diagnostic imaging needs of Massachusetts and New Hampshire communities for over 30 years.
Conveniently located at 31 Stiles Road, Salem, NH, our mission is to consistently offer patients and physicians access to the answers they need by coupling the most advanced imaging technology available with an extraordinary combination of board-certified radiologists, radiology practitioner assistants (RPAs) and technologists. Compassionate care and providing access to the diagnostic information and answers our patients and doctors need are our passion.
Services provided at Salem Radiology include:
- Cardiac computed tomography (CT) angiography
- Cat scans
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Bone density scans
For more information about digital imaging at Salem Radiology, call (603) 890-2800.