Imaging

At Saint Francis, we are a filmless department utilizing PACS (picture archiving and communication system) that allows images to be viewed and interpreted from computer monitors rather than from X-ray film. Radiologists are available for consultation 7 days a week. Rapid turnaround of imaging reports for our referring physicians and patients by using a voice recognition dictation system that eliminates transcription.

Outpatient appointments available 7 days a week, including evenings, with same day or next day scheduling. Accommodate STAT studies with reports called or faxed to physician offices. Virtually all insurances accepted. Convenient enclosed parking.

Unless otherwise noted, all facilities are located within the main Saint Francis Hospital building at 701 North Clayton Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.

Ultrasounds, DEXA and Mammography are also available at both the North Wilmington Women’s Center and The Woman’s Place. Contact the Central Scheduling Department for hours of operation.

X-Ray Studies

General X-Rays
Phone 302.421.4300

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday
8:00 am – Noon

All areas of the body including neck, spine, chest, abdomen and extremities. Fluoroscopic studies of the gastrointestinal tract—upper GI, small bowel series and barium enemas. Vast experience with bariatric procedures. Intravenous urograms (IVPs) to evaluate the urinary tract.

Women’s Imaging

Digital Mammography
Accredited by the American College of Radiology. Recently acquired ‘most advanced technology available’.

Women’s Ultrasound (US)
Phone 302.421.4300

Breast US, including US-guided cyst aspiration, pelvic US for evaluation of gynecologic abnormalities or masses.

DEXA Scans – Bone Densitometry
Monday – Friday
7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Evaluate bone mineral density of spine and hip to determine presence of osteopenia (diminished bone density) or osteoporosis and the relative risk for fracture as well as monitor response to treatment.

Breast MRI
Phone 302.421.4920

Breast MRI is a non-invasive study performed on our high-field strength (1.5 Tesla) MRI scanner. Breast MRI is most commonly used for evaluating patients with findings on mammography highly suspicious for cancer. It is also used to locate residual tumor after surgery and tumor response to chemotherapy. It is also very helpful in evaluating the opposite breast for cancer. Breast MRI is a valuable tool for imaging patients with breast implants, which can hide lesions and tumors on conventional mammography.

Imaging Services

Ultrasound (US)
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday
9:00 am – Noon

Ultrasound department fully accredited by the American College of Radiology for general US as well as vascular US. General US studies of neck, abdomen, pelvis, soft tissue abnormalities. Vascular US studies including transcranial Doppler, carotid Doppler, abdominal and pelvic vasculature, extremity venous and arterial imaging. US-guided aspiration, biopsies and drainages.

Nuclear Medicine
Phone 302.421.4365

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Full gamut of nuclear imaging including bone scans, renal scans, lung (V/Q) scans, GI imaging (esophageal reflux, GI bleeding and gastric emptying), gallbladder scans and white blood cell scans for infections. Thyroid uptake, scanning and treatment. Cardiac nuclear stress testing.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Monday – Friday
7:00 am – 5:00 pm  Evening hours are available.

Our high-field strength (1.5 Tesla) MRI scanner provides high-resolution imaging of the entire body. MRI is used to evaluate the central nervous system (brain and spine), the extremities and peripheral joints as well as the organ systems of the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis. MRI does not use x-ray (radiation). However, patients with history of brain aneurysm surgery, pacemaker insertion or other implantable electronic device should notify their physician prior to scheduling the MRI study.

Computed Tomography (CT)
Phone 302.421.4300

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday
9:00 am – Noon

Our multi-detector CT scanner provides fast, high-resolution imaging of the entire body. The speed of the CT scanner allows the chest or abdomen to be imaged in a single breath hold. Areas of the body can be scanned and examined in any imaging plane as well as in three-dimensional projections. CT is also used as guidance for biopsies and minimally invasive procedures.

Non-Invasive Vascular Imaging Vascular Ultrasound
Ultrasound can be used to evaluate the vascular system of the body. The arterial system can be imaged to locate and identify blockages within the vessels of the neck, arms and legs. Ultrasound is also used to detect abnormalities within vessels such as blood clots and help plan for their effective treatment. Vascular ultrasound is routinely used in the evaluation of the abdominal aorta to look for the presence of an aneurysm (abnormal ballooning of the artery).

Magnetic Resonance Angiography
MRI – Phone 302.421.4201
Vascular Lab –  Phone 302.421.4922

MR angiography (MRA) is a specialized form of MRI used to visualize the blood vessels. This technique is routinely used in the evaluation of the circulation of the brain and the vessels of the neck. MRA also can evaluate the aorta, the blood supply to the kidneys and abdominal organs and circulation within the upper and lower extremities. MRA does not use X-ray contrast and therefore it can be performed on patients with kidney problems or with a history of allergic reaction to X-ray contrast.