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Specialized Trauma Diagnostics Treatment Information
As part of the most advanced trauma program in the state, our physicians use the latest technology and treatment options available to diagnose and treat injuries, including:
- Interventional radiology. Our interventional radiologists specialize in using imaging techniques to perform minimally invasive or noninvasive procedures. Our interventional radiology experts stop bleeding without even having to take patients into surgery. In the past, patients had to undergo surgery, sometimes involving large incisions, for physicians to repair organs and blood vessels that were bleeding. The latest technology now allows physicians to spot bleeding using X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasounds. Interventional radiologists then make a small incision in an artery, most commonly in the groin, and guide a coil or gel foam up through the arteries to where the bleeding is occurring. The coil and foam allows blood to clot and stop the bleeding quickly without invasive surgery.
- Hybrid suite. Only a few hospitals in the nation have a hybrid surgery suite for trauma patients. At IU Health Methodist Hospital, we have a specialized operating room where both interventional radiology and traditional surgeries can take place. For traumatic injuries, this means patients can have a traditional surgery on one part of the body while having a noninvasive procedure on another part of the body. Patients quickly receive all the care they need in one place.
- Cloud. Our Cloud system allows us to securely transfer patient information and images between all IU Health hospitals as well as about-76 other hospitals in the state. If your loved one needs advanced care that the closest hospital does not provide, that hospital sends images of injuries via the Cloud to our hospitals. While your loved one is transported, these images allow our staff to prepare for his or her arrival. We ensure that all staff, physicians and equipment are ready so that he or she begins receiving treatment immediately upon entering the hospital.
- LifeLine critical care transport. LifeLine staff is specially trained to use ultrasounds during transport to identify internal bleeding and injuries. In addition, they are the only medical transport service in Indiana that carries blood to perform blood transfusions on the go, preventing hemorrhagic shock and keeping patients stable before they arrive at the hospital.
- Computed tomography (CT) scan. CT scans are a quick, noninvasive way to evaluate injuries. The scans use X-ray technology to take dozens of images of the body from multiple angles. These images can be looked at individually by a physician, allowing them a more detailed view. At our Level I Adult Trauma Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, we have an expert radiologist in the hospital available 24 hours per day to read CT scans and identify injuries.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI machines offer an even more detailed view of organs, bones and internal tissues. MRIs do not use any radiation; they use radiofrequency signals and magnets to create images of the body. MRIs are noninvasive and painless but give physicians vital information about injuries.
Specialized Trauma Diagnostics Support Services
Learn more about diagnostic procedures such as imaging and interventional radiology at the websites below.
A Sampling of Specialized Trauma Diagnostics Support Services
This website, supported by the American College of Radiology, hosts detailed, easy-to-understand information on imaging procedures, how they work and what to expect when undergoing an imaging procedure.
IU Health Radiology & Imaging
Visit this page to find out more about imaging and diagnostic services available at IU Health.