As one of the most comprehensive radiology and diagnostic imaging centers serving the Biloxi, D'Iberville and Gulfport areas, Compass Imaging provides a variety of services for our patients.
Our radiology and diagnostic imaging services include:
- Open MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- X-Ray and Fluoroscopy
- CT Scans (Computed Tomography)
- Digital Mammography & 3D Tomography
- Bone Density
Diagnostic imaging MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures. At Compass Imagining, our Open MRI has a high field magnet that produces superior quality images in a comfortable environment.
Open MRI offers many advantages over other diagnostic screenings, including:
Effectiveness: MRI creates highly precise images with greater soft tissue detail than many other diagnostic methods. This allows for extremely accurate diagnosis and the ability to help radiologists distinguish fine variations in tissues deep within the body. The images we take at our MRI diagnostic center can help identify diseased tissues, such as tumors or lesions, very early in their development.
Efficiency: MRI is one of the least time consuming procedures there is. It normally only takes between 45 to 90 minutes for a full scan. At our convenient MRI diagnostic centers in both D’lberville and Gulfport, we make it even easier with flexible scheduling and some walk in services.
Comfort: Housed in a large picturesque room with floor to ceiling windows, our open MRI offers the most comfortable experience for patients possible. The open MRI accommodates patients of all sizes and those with claustrophobia. We also allow family members to sit in the room next to the patients while the test is being performed to allow for utmost comfort.
Safety: Because MRI does not depend on potentially harmful ionizing radiation, there are no known risks specific to the procedure.
Our Open MRI is the preferred choice for many patients and a smart and useful diagnostic tool.
We perform most standard outpatient X-ray and fluoroscopy procedures in our digital radiology suite. Digitally acquired standard X-rays yield superior images that can be viewed in multiple formats to improve diagnostic quality. Digital radiography replaces the use of traditional films and requires fewer retakes to obtain a quality image. Due to the speed of digital X-ray, Compass can accommodate walk-in patients for X-rays.
An ultrasound is a simple diagnostic procedure that bounces high-frequency sound waves off areas of the body and captures the returning echoes to create an image. The ultrasound unit at Compass has the ability to create high quality diagnostic images while imaging the neck, abdomen, pelvis and blood vessels. We also have the ability to do ultrasound-guided biopsies and aspirations, preventing the need for patients to go to an outpatient surgery environment for these procedures. At Compass Imaging, our ultrasound services are accredited by the American College of Radiology.
CT is a diagnostic exam using a rotating x-ray tube and a computer to translate information into an image. These images allow a radiologist to see the location, nature and extent of many diseases or abnormalities inside the body. At Compass Imaging, our CT services are accredited by the American College of Radiology.
At Compass Imaging, we strive to be the leading breast imaging center, providing affordable mammograms for our patients. We offer full-field digital mammography services and we are proud to offer 3D Tomography services now. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, these exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. 3D Mammography exams are revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone.
Our specialized suite allows patients to wait with privacy while viewing educational material about breast cancer prevention and early detection. Cushioned pads are used for the mammogram to increase your comfort. Compass Imaging's breast center is accredited by the American College of Radiology as a Certified Mammography Facility. Our mammography techs are all ARRT certified technologists and our center is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Your best defense against breast cancer is early detection.
Is it time for you to have a mammogram? Make it your priority to call 228-314-7226 and schedule your mammogram today.
For a list of risk factors and American Cancer Society recommendations, visit www.cancer.org. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. An order from a physician or qualified healthcare provider is required. If the patient does not have a physician/provider, a list will be provided for selection. All mammogram reports will be sent to the physician/provider, and the patient is responsible for follow-up. Check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage for a screening mammogram. If you do not have insurance, options may be available to help with the cost.
At Compass Imaging, we use the QCT Bone Density screening method. QCT Bone Density is a method used to measure bone mass. It is one of the three bone density screening methods cited by the National Osteoporosis Foundation as useful and safe in the evaluation of osteoporosis. A QCT bone mass measurement is used to assess osteoporosis in the same way a cholesterol measurement is used for coronary heart disease or blood pressure for stroke. The data is used to measure an important risk factor and determine the necessity, choice and efficacy of therapy.
How is QCT different from other methods?
QCT and DXA bone density screening methods both measure spinal bone mass, a significant advantage over other methods, e.g. ultrasound, which measures bone in the peripheral skeleton where bone density is slow to change in response to disease therapy. Spinal bone is a mixture of high-turnover trabecular (spongy) bone and slowly-changing cortical (compact) bone. DXA measures the sum of these two compartments but also includes aortic calcification and osteophytes in the calculation of bone mineral in the spine. Only QCT isolates the metabolically-active trabecular bone for analysis. Lateral DXA, a newer approach, has recently been shown to have a sensitivity intermediate between the high sensitivity of QCT and the somewhat lower one of conventional DXA for detection of osteoporosis, but it uses 4-10 times the radiation exposure, is less precise, and the study time is increased compared to conventional DXA. New ultrasound methods for the knee or the heel are being used for osteoporosis screening, but unlike QCT or DXA they do not measure bone mass, and cannot be used to measure the spine where most osteoporotic fractures occur.
All of our procedures are stored digitally, allowing our radiologists to make more accurate diagnoses. In addition, our physician practice portal also allows all of your other physicians to access your images and reports online. We are one of the top outpatient imaging facilities on the Gulf Coast accredited by the American College of Radiology for MRI, CT, Mammography and Ultrasound.