Radiology & Imaging
Our radiology services include: state-of-the-art CT Scanning, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Digital Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Diagnostic X-ray, Bone Densitometry and Ultrasound. These services are generally provided in response to a physician's order.
The Radiologists and Technologists are committed to providing the highest level of radiological examinations to meet the needs of patients and physicians.
Many members of our Radiology Department faculty have an academic appointment with Tufts University, School of Medicine. Each is actively involved in teaching within our residency program in diagnostic radiology and our 4th year elective in diagnostic radiology. Our technologists are well trained and teach technology students from Springfield Technical Community College who receive their clinical training in our department. Their training programs create an atmosphere which promotes learning and the critical evaluation of what we do. Many are active in research. There are subspecialists in neurology, mammography, ultrasound, interventional radiology, cardiac imaging, nuclear medicine and more.
Staff provides coverage 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Other sites, including the Baystate Breast & Wellness Center, Ambulatory Care Center and Chestnut Surgical Building, offer additional diagnostic services.
The Radiology Department utilizes leading technology and state-of-the-art equipment. The main department offers a full spectrum of services, including but not limited to:
- All general examinations
- Specialized examinations
- Computerized radiography
- Portable and other requested examinations.
We offer imaging of the following body parts on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. All outpatient services require a prior written order from the patient's physician. The following list is not all-inclusive:
- Head and Neck
- Chest & Ribs
- Spines - Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar
- Upper and Lower Extremities
- Fluoroscopy Procedures - UGI, BE. Etc.
- Cine/Video Esophagrams
- Contrast Injections - IVP's
In all cases, we employ the lowest radiation level possible and use digital/computer imaging to maximize patient safety.
BFMC Features Latest Premium Level Ultrasound Imaging
Baystate Franklin Medical Center now has the latest in premium level ultrasound imaging. Our new iU22 ultrasound system provides advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities with an intelligent system interface that streamlines ultrasound exams. Offering unprecedented image quality and sensitivity, this system can help us visualize abnormalities sooner, which can translate into earlier detection and treatment for your patients.
Some highlights of the new system include:
- Clinically proven imaging technologies with unique SonoCT real-time compound imaging plus lifelike 3D capabilities available for the first time. XRES adaptive processing provides clear visualization of borders, interfaces and irregular structures while reducing artifacts, thus allowing increased confidence in making quicker diagnoses.
- High-frequency transducers, up to 17 MHz, for exceptional visualization of superficial structures and breast biopsies. The system’s powerful imaging capabilities support a variety of common exams, including prenatal, vascular, thyroid, and testicular exams.
- The iU22 features an adjustable, articulating flat screen LCD monitor that can be positioned so that it can be viewed from almost any direction, thus allows patients the ability to see images during scanning, as well.
Area physicians who would like a demonstration of the new system and see how it changes how ultrasounds are performed and interpreted should contact the BFMC Radiology department.
Radiology at BMLH at a Glance
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Radiology Department
Location: First floor, BMLH with satellite location at 95 Sargent St., Belchertown
Employees: One full-time radiologist, one part-time radiologist, and weekend radiologists.
Features: Digital Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, 16 Slice CT Scanner,
Ultrasound, and Diagnostic X-Ray. The department is completely digital and utilizes Baystate Health’s integrated Radiology Information and PACS system.
Annually, the department performs:
3,400 Ultrasound exams
4,500 CT scans
500 Nuclear Medicine exams
Who We Are:
The Pediatric Radiology program is a subspecialty within the Department of Radiology that provides specialized imaging services for neonates, infants, children, adolescents, and young adults using state-of-the-art technologies in a safe, child and family friendly environment.
Baystate Children's Hospital is the only hospital in the region that employs pediatric radiologists who specialize in radiology for pediatric patients and Baystate Medical Center is the only institution in Western Massachusetts that offers fetal MRI.
- Standard X-rays
- Nuclear medicine
- Diagnostic radiology
Our innovative strategies and technologies:
- Sedation - a joint program with Pediatric Anesthesiology to help ensure quality scans
- Fetal MRI - a specialized MRI that allows us to further investigate potentially serious fetal anomalies in the brain, spine, thorax, and abdomen without the use of sedation or radiation.”
- "Image gently" - efforts to reduce medical radiation in children
Learn more about these innovations and pediatric radiology...
Learn how to prepare your child for a VCUG (voiding cystourethrogram) test.
A child and family-friendly environment:
- Bright colors and toys in the pediatric waiting room provide comfort for children and their families.
- The exam rooms are staffed by a dedicated group of radiology technologists who create a safe, family friendly environment.
- Nurses and Child Life specialists are also key members of the team.
- Stanley M. Polansky, MD
- Stephen C. O'Connor, MD
- Tara Catanzano, MD
Meet the team....
Patient Insurance and Billing Information
Interventional Radiology, one of the most complex and patient-care oriented fields in radiology, is a medical specialty that uses image-guided, minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment techniques that are often an alternative to surgery.
Interventional radiologists are highly trained in imaging, radiation safety, the performance of medical procedures, and patient management. Interventional radiologists treat diseases nonoperatively, often using small catheters or other devices and tools guided by radiologic imaging. Procedures performed by interventional radiologists are generally less costly and are less traumatic to the patient, involving smaller incisions, less pain, and shorter hospital stays.