Medical Imaging Tests and Procedures

Contact Information

To schedule appointments, please call 724-656-4220.

To contact the Medical Imaging Departments directly:
Ground Floor, Medical Imaging Suite – UPMC Jameson, 724-656-4127

You may receive a phone call from the Imaging staff to verify your appointment time and give you any additional instructions. Your overall experience is of high priority to us.

The most sophisticated technology is still dependent on the human touch. When you choose to have your imaging performed at UPMC Jameson, you receive service from a qualified individual who stays connected with you to make your experience comfortable and pleasant while capturing the highest quality images.

We also stay in close touch with your doctor. UPMC Jameson’s advanced Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) allows your doctor to be able to securely view your images from any location through the Internet.

Pros of PACS

Modern technology of medical imaging modalities provide many advantages. Studies can be reviewed almost immediately by a radiologist (a physician specially trained to read images). Your doctors can review your images at any location rather than sharing a single piece of film. Multiple physicians can look at the same image at the same time. Medical imaging technology has come a long way and UPMC Jameson is at the front of the pack utilizing the most advanced technology available to provide the highest level of care for our patients.

Medical Imaging Modalities offered at Jameson


X-rays can be performed at all UPMC Jameson Diagnostic Centers. X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. An x-ray technologist will position you properly, ask you to hold still for a short period and you may need to hold your breath. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your technologist prior to the test. You may be asked to change into a patient gown and to remove jewelry because metal/buttons may affect the images.

UPMC Jameson
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

UPMC Jameson College Fields MRI, in Neshannock Township
130 Enclave Drive, New Castle, PA 16105 | 724-658-9700

Fluoroscopic procedures: X-rays of the digestive or urinary tracts

These include upper GI series, barium swallows, small bowel series, barium enemas, arthrography, myelography, joint injections and so on. Your doctor or technologist will communicate proper preparation prior to having these studies completed. Fasting and/or colon preparation may be required.

Fluoroscopic X-Rays
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography, as with other digital modalities, offers access to high quality images. Digital mammography a very accurate imaging technology for early breast cancer diagnosis. Early detection is the best protection.  ALL mammography services and Women’s Care Center Services will be provided at the College Fields facility, 130 Enclave Dr., New Castle, PA 16105, 724-658-9700.

Cardiac & Vascular Invasive Laboratory

Procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the heart such as Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and vascular disease are performed in UPMC Jameson’s invasive laboratory offering state-of-the-art imaging and computer technology. Interventional cardiologists and vascular surgeons tell us that they love to perform procedures in our catheterization lab because of the impressive, new technology and the talented staff that efficiently works together to best care for the patient. Procedures performed in the invasive laboratory include: diagnostic and interventional heart catheterization, angiography, angioplasty, embolizations, filter placements, stent placements, and other procedures to diagnose and treat vascular disease. To learn more, visit UPMC Jameson’s Cardiac Care: Heart Catheterizations page or read about our Vascular Surgery.

Invasive Laboratory Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging – MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), unlike conventional x-ray, utilizes a magnetic field and radio signals to produce images. No radiation is involved in MRI. The MRI machines utilizes a super strength magnet. The magnetic field is always on even if it appears that the machine is off. When you go in for a MRI study, you will be asked to remove all jewelry and any items that may contain metal. This is for your safety and the safety of our employees. Because the super strong pull of the magnet any metal could become a potential danger. The MRI produces a lot of noise during the test. You will be offered headphones to listen to your choice of music during your test. Special equipment used in the MRI area is made of non-metal material. Hospital staff are well educated and take special precautions to keep our patients, visitors and service professionals informed of MRI safety.

The Open Bore Espree 1.5 T magnet is available at UPMC Jameson’s joint venture imaging center, Lawrence County MRI and Diagnostic Imaging Center located at 2526 Wilmington Road, New Castle.  The open bore MRI is available in a mobile truck at the imaging center.  Appointments for the Open Bore MRI can be scheduled through UPMC Jameson’s Centralized scheduling system by calling 724.656.4220. Patients can also schedule directly through the imaging center at 724.656.4127

MRI Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday and evening appointments available on request.

Nuclear Medicine

The Nuclear Medicine Department offers a comprehensive list of imaging studies. The studies use low levels of radioisotopes to provide imaging of various parts of the body. The radioisotopes used have been proven to be safe, cause no side-effects and provide reliable diagnostic information. Most procedures are completed the same day. Some procedures require the patient to return at various times for injections and imaging. For most procedures the patient lies flat on an imaging table and the camera may move across the patient’s body.

Preparation is minimal and the radiation dose is several times less than conventional x-rays. All technologists are Board Certified in Nuclear Medicine. Nuclear Medicine studies can image many parts of the body to include: Cardiac SPECT Stress Testing, Bone scans and gallbladder studies.

Nuclear Medicine Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging procedure ordered to evaluate soft tissue such as the abdomen, heart, veins and arteries. Another use is during pregnancy for examination of the fetus.

Ultrasound enables physicians to view internal organs and tissues. A special gel type lotion is placed on the skin and then a transducer is gently passed over the area. The transducer emits sound waves through the body to create an image of the anatomy.

For some ultrasound tests , you may be asked to have a full bladder or not to eat for a period of time prior to your test to receive the highest quality imaging. Your comfort during the study is our priority. Communicate with your technologist to find the most comfortable positions and feel free to ask for a break if one is needed.

UPMC Jameson
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

CT Scan

CT Scanning, also referred to as Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT scan ), enables physicians to review the body in multiple different planes and sections. A series of images are taken while the patient is lying on the CT Scan table, as it moves into an open circle of the scanner. You may be asked to wear a hospital gown for your test.

Sometimes the patient will need to drink a contrast agent for the scan and/or have an intravenous injection to better visualize the anatomy. UPMC Jameson has a variety of CT Scan machines, including 64 slice technology that provides efficient, high quality imaging.

UPMC Jameson
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bone Density Screening

Osteoporosis is a disease that reduces the strength of your bones, causing them to become brittle and prone to fractures. Early detection using a bone density test is the best way to protect you from the effects of this condition.

A bone density test is a simple painless, non-surgical procedure. You will be asked to lie perfectly still on a table while a moveable arm passes over the area to be tested (i.e. spine and hips). It takes approximately 2-5 minutes for each area to be tested. You should not take any calcium supplement 8 hours prior to your test

The test will measure your bone mineral density, or bone mass, and compares your measurement to a data base. This information will help your doctor determine if you need to take any specific steps to protect your bone health.

Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.