The Abdominal Imaging Division at Penn State Hershey Medical Center provides high-quality, diagnostic imaging examinations using ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for applications in the abdomen and pelvis.
A dedicated team of specialized, fellowship trained radiologists supervise and interpret the complete gamut of advanced imaging of the abdomen and pelvis.
Abdominal and pelvic studies include a broad range of applications including multiphase enhanced studies for diseases of the pancreas, kidneys and liver, dedicated small bowel studies (CT enterography), CT urography, and CT colonoscopy (also known as virtual colonoscopy). There is extensive use of multiplanar reformats and 3D image processing, using dedicated workstations and web based technology. This allows for optimal image interpretation, and, in cases of surgery, help with surgical planning.
With the availability of 6 MRI scanners, including two 3T magnets, as well as an open MRI, a wide variety of magnetic resonance imaging of the abdomen and pelvis are performed, for both out-patients as well as those admitted to hospital. Abdominal MRI exams include applications such as dynamic enhanced liver imaging, using state of the art dedicated liver contrast agents, as well as renal and pancreas studies, MRCP, and MR urography. Additionally, pelvic MRI is routinely used in the assessment of congenital uterine anomalies, evaluation of female pelvic neoplasms and inflammatory conditions, pre-embolization evaluation for uterine leiomyomas, and in the assessment of adenomyosis.
The section is supported by a fully staffed 3D image processing lab. This lab performs multiplanar image reconstruction for CT angiograms, liver volumetric analysis as well as post-liver resection volumes to help plan surgery, as well as other advanced image processing, using both dedicated independent workstations and on-line thin clients.
The Abdominal Imaging Division also performs image guided procedures for the chest, abdomen and pelvis, using both CT and US guidance, including children.
Penn State Hershey Medical Center is a designated Level I trauma center, and we provide comprehensive imaging support for acute trauma patients. Additionally, with the opening of the Penn State Cancer Center, the division supports the busy medical and surgical oncology services on both clinical studies, as well as support research protocols.