Radiology

The Radiology Department of the Antillean Adventist Hospital offers a full range of state-of-the-art imaging technology, radiology and imaging services designed to offer you accurate results - quickly. Cutting-edge technology captures detailed views inside the human body. Our dedicated and highly-skilled radiology team members are committed to giving you top-quality care in a safe environment.

We are always ready to act with radiology and imaging services between 7:30 and 3:30 on business days. With our 2 locations, Groot Davelaar and Damacor, the Antillean Adventist Hospital is Curacao's premier radiology and imaging resource.

The professionals at the Antillean Adventist Hospital strategically plan and control your radiation intake to insure that you receive the correct amount.

With current medical imaging technologies such as digital X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and ultrasounds, physicians can easily diagnose many diseases and injuries without relying on more invasive procedures, such as surgery. In fact, radiologists now have the tools to create detailed images to diagnose and characterize health problems throughout the body with unprecedented accuracy.

Services:

Mammography

Mammograms are probably the most important tool doctors have not only to screen for breast cancer, but also to diagnose, evaluate, and follow people who’ve had breast cancer. Safe and reasonably accurate, a mammogram is an X-ray photograph of the breast. The technique has been in use for more than 50 years. In some cases a mammogram will be combined with an ultrasound exam to have a more detailed look at certain parts of the breast. The Radiologist decides if this is necessary after seeing the mammography pictures

For women at average risk, screening mammograms should be performed annually beginning at age 35 to check the breasts for any early signs of breast cancer.

If you have a higher risk of breast cancer, you and your doctor may decide that you will be start screening mammograms at a younger age.

At Antillean Adventist Hospital we have two top of the line machines which use a low dose technique.  

Ultra Sound

An ultrasound scan, sometimes called a sonogram, is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body.

An ultrasound scan can be used to monitor an unborn baby, diagnose a condition, or guide a surgeon during certain procedures. The image is displayed on a monitor while the scan is carried out.

Preparing for an ultrasound scan

Before having some types of ultrasound scan, you may be asked to follow certain instructions to help improve the quality of the images produced. For example, you may be advised to:

Drink water and not go to the toilet until after the scan – this may be needed before a scan of your unborn baby or your pelvic area.

Avoid eating and smoking for several hours before the scan – this may be needed before a scan of your digestive system, including the liver and gallbladder

Depending on the area of your body being examined, you be may asked to remove some clothing.

CT Scan (Computed Tomography)

Computed tomography (CT) is an imaging procedure that uses special x-ray equipment to create detailed pictures, or scans, of areas inside the body. It is also called computerized tomography and computerized axial tomography (CAT).

It is a diagnostic imaging test used to create detailed images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels. The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be reformatted in multiple planes, and can even generate three-dimensional images which can be viewed on a computer monitor, printed on film or transferred to electronic media. CT scanning is often the best method for detecting many different cancers since the images allow your doctor to confirm the presence of a tumor and determine its size and location. CT is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate. In emergency cases, it can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives.

In preparation for your CT

Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you are pregnant and discuss any recent illnesses, medical conditions, allergies and medications you’re taking. You will be instructed not to eat or drink anything for a few hours beforehand. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. These medications must be taken 48 hours prior to your exam. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.

For a CT of the gastrointestinal area’s you’ll be asked to drink a liquid contrast agent (Gastrografine). You’ll have to drink this the day before the test and one hour before the test. In some cases this may cause diarrhea.

X-Ray General Diagnostic Radiology

General Diagnostic Radiology is the most familiar form of radiology. Antillean Adventist Hospital provides comprehensive radiology to its patients.

An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

A bone x-ray makes images of any bone in the body, including the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, shoulder, spine, pelvis, hip, thigh, knee, leg (shin), ankle or foot.

What are some common uses of the procedure?

A bone x-ray is used to:

diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation.
demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.
guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions.
look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths and bone changes seen in metabolic conditions.
assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer.
locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones.

Preparation for an X-ray

Most bone x-rays require no special preparation.

You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.

Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.