Medical x-ray capabilities are available at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina and the Choctaw Nation Health Clinics in Atoka, Durant, Hugo, Idabel, McAlester, and Poteau. The complexity of x-ray service depends on the size of the facility. The largest Radiology departments are located at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina and the Choctaw Nation Regional Medical Clinic in Durant. Services available in Talihina and Durant include diagnostic radiology, bone density, CT scanning, ultrasound, MRI, mammography, and fluoroscopy. Digital mammography is now available at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina and the Choctaw Nation Health Clinics in Durant, Idabel, McAlester and Poteau. All exams are sent digitally to Diagnostic Imaging Associates (DIA) located in Tulsa for interpretation. X-ray reports are generally received at our facilities within 24 hours, unless an there is an urgent request for the report.
This service is available at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina and the Choctaw Nation Health Clinics in Durant, Idabel, McAlester, and Poteau. The mammography team offers state of the art imaging with the “Breast Tomosynthesis” capability. This allows us to capture 3D images and greatly benefits females with dense breast issue. The American College of Radiology recommends that all females receive a screening mammogram at age 40 and an annual mammogram thereafter. With breast cancer prevalent in the female population, mammography is an indispensable preventive tool. Some cancer can be cured if caught early. All females should make mammography an important part of their annual health check-up.
This service is available at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina and at the Choctaw Nation Health Clinics in Durant, Idabel, McAlester, and Poteau.
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to map images of body structures below the skin. Most people are familiar with ultrasound in conjunction with obstetrical care, however this procedure has many other uses such as visualizing breast masses and viewing internal organs in a patient’s abdomen.
This service is only available at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina and the Choctaw Nation Regional Medical Clinic in Durant. Should your doctor identify the need for a CT scan to assist his diagnosis and treatment decisions, he will refer you. A 128 slice CT scanner is used to take pictures, which are immediately sent by computer to DIA for reading and interpretation.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Patients are benefiting from greater access to diagnostic imaging with the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. MRI is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. Most MRI machines are large, tube-shaped magnets. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily aligns all the water molecules in your body. Radio waves cause these aligned particles to produce very faint signals, which are used to create cross-sectional MRI images- like slices in a loaf of bread. The MRI machine can combine these slices to produce 3-D images that may be viewed from many different angles. In clinical practice, an MRI is used to distinguish pathologic tissue (such as a brain tumor) from normal tissue, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and oncological (cancer) imaging. One advantage of an MRI scan is that it is believed to be harmless to the patient. It uses strong magnetic fields and non-ionizing radiation in the radio frequency range. Available in Talihina and Durant.