University Medical Center Brackenridge

Imaging Department Virtual Tour

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Parking

Looking South on Hospital Drive, you see Brackenridge Hospital on the left and the Brackenridge Parking Garage and Annex building on the right. You will find the Parking Garage entrance just before the elevated crosswalk. The valet parking desk is on the left, on the circle drive that fronts the hospital’s east (first floor) entrance. Take the parking garage entrance to level B and walk across the street to the first floor entrance.

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Check In

If you are having an outpatient imaging test (not staying overnight), please check-in at the desk just inside the first floor (east) entrance. Then relax in the nearby waiting room until called by a patient registration specialist.

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Patient Registration
 
Friendly patient registration staff will help you complete your paper work, including insurance and payment information and informed consent.

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Radiology Waiting Area

When you check in at the desk in the radiology waiting area, hand the paperwork from registration to the staff. They will order your test in the computer and will notify the imaging staff who will be performing your procedure. Have a seat in the waiting area. Your technician will come greet you and will escort you to the appropriate imaging room. There is a separate check-in and waiting area for the MRI located off the hallway between Brackenridge and Children’s Hospital of Austin. For all other imaging tests you come to this waiting area.

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X-ray

This is one of the conventional x-ray units that provide pictures of broken bones and certain other injuries. These simple images can also show when some diseases are present, such as pneumonia in your lung. The tech will position the x-ray camera over the part of your body the doctor wants to have checked.

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Mammogram

A mammogram is a special, low-dose x-ray exam of the breast. This equipment is used only for breast x-rays. Our female technicians will explain the procedure step-by-step and are sensitive to women’s concerns.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, is a method of “seeing” inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. No radiation is involved in this type of imaging. The tech will move a special tool called a transducer back and forth to get the view needed. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, and enable physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions.

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MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides detailed, cross-sectional views of the inside of the body without using radiation. Our advanced MRI features a patient-friendly flared design and high speed, detailed images that minimize procedure time. Your can even bring your own CDs to play on the custom sound system.

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CT Scan

Sometimes called a CAT Scan, this special imaging technique uses a computer to integrate multiple X-ray images into a 2 dimensional cross-sectional image. Doctors can see the inside of your body one slice at a time. CT scans reveal both bone and soft tissues, including organs, muscles, and tumors.

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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine imaging tracks a small amount of injected radioactive dye as it travels through your body. The curved scanner that goes around your body takes special films that show where the radioactivity concentrates. This helps pinpoint the location of disease or injury.

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Radiofluoroscopy

This advanced radiofluoroscopy system provides clear, live-action x-ray images of how internal organs such as the throat, stomach, bowel and blood vessels work. Fluorescent dye that is swallowed or injected illuminates the inside of the organ and pinpoints leaks and obstructions such as tumors. The unit also serves as a convenient, conventional x-ray unit, providing pictures of broken bones and other injuries.

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Cath Lab

The Cath Lab allows doctors to look for problems inside the heart and blood vessels and then to treat them without major surgery. It’s called a biplane lab because the doctor can see two different real-time views at the same time on the screens.