Outpatient Services:
Laboratory and Imaging

Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging services are an important component to your health needs.  Having the convenience of local diagnostic testing gives you quick access to blood work, X-rays and other diagnostic screenings, and helps ensure timely results for your physician. 

Clinical Laboratory

The Hospital laboratory has facilitated patient diagnostic testing and screenings for the community for over 50 years. Whether your physician is part of the Titusville Hospital family of doctors or from out of town, our full-service laboratory is here to provide diagnostic testing ordered by any Pennsylvania licensed physician.   Your convenience is our concern, and we have three locations to better serve your needs.

Locations and Hours

Titusville Area Hospital

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Phone number is 814-827-1851

Glenview Professional Building, 9 Glenview Avenue, Oil City (Titusville Hospital Satellite office)

Monday & Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Phone number is 814-678-3300.

No Holiday hours for Outpatient Laboratory Services at all locations

Fasting Requirements

There are some blood tests that are extremely sensitive to food and drink.  It is necessary for a patient to fast for several hours prior to having these tests drawn.  It is important to find out from your physician if fasting is required. 
Usually at least 12-hour fasting is required for cholesterol and triglyceride screens.  Results may be inaccurate if fasting was not done prior to the test.

If you have any questions concerning your testing or specimen collection, please contact the Laboratory staff at (814) 827-1851 or 1-800-950-1851 between the hours of 8:00 a.m.and 11:00 p.m.

Diagnostic Imaging

Titusville Area Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging serves the local community with advanced technology and highly trained and caring staff.  We have earned the American College of Radiology (ACR) Gold Seal for providing consistent high-quality patient care in Diagnostic Imaging in each of these diagnostic modalities: 

Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray)
Mammography
Ultrasound
MRI
Computed Tomography (CT)
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Nuclear Medicine

 

Mammography for Breast Cancer Detection

When it comes to detecting breast cancer, you want technology on your side. At Titusville Area Hospital, we offer an advanced, full-field digital mammography.  Our Digital Mammography system produces digital images on a computer screen, which help our physicians make accurate
diagnoses. With this technology, you'll experience shorter exam times, faster results and fewer call-backs.

Digital mammography offers patients the benefit of:

No waiting.  Traditional film mammograms may require a patient to wait while films are developed and to determine if another picture
needs to be taken.  Digital mammography can be viewed immediately.

Magnification.  The images on digital mammograms can be magnified to get a closer look at any suspected problem area.

Contrast.  The brightness or contrast of the digital image can easily be adjusted and this is a plus when viewing dense breast tissue since dense tissue and tumors may both appear white on traditional mammograms.  By adjusting the contrast, the doctor can more readily distinguish healthy tissue from problem cells.  This feature will help reduce the number of images taken and the need for repeat  mammograms.

Speed.  The Digital Mammogram system makes an image of the breast in a fraction of a second, meaning the woman receiving the
mammogram spends less time with her breast compressed.

Comfort.  In addition to reducing the breast compression time, this equipment has flexible, ergonomic paddles offering more
equal and even compression.  These paddles can be adjusted to better conform to the patient.

Superiority.   A 2001 National Cancer Institute patient study showed the superiority of digital mammograms for breast cancer screening
in women who are under age 50, have dense breasts or who are perimenopausal or menopausal.  This is a significant
benefit to this identified group of women.

Safety.   Digital mammography uses less radiation than traditional film mammography, reducing lifetime exposure to x-rays.

Reduced Fee or Free Mammograms

Reduced fee or free mammograms may be available for those who have no insurance coverage. For more information, please contact the Financial Aide Representative at Titusville Area Hospital at 814-827-1851 or 1-800-950-1851, extension 4740 or 2060.

For more information about the Free Mammogram Voucher Program for uninsured residents through the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund at the Hospital Foundation, click here.

Ultrasound

Although most people associate ultrasound with pregnancy and viewing a fetus, this type of examination can also be used to study the heart, diagnose some forms of infection and cancer, guide biopsies and treatment of tumors, check the thyroid gland, diagnose gallbladder disease and reveal abnormalities in the scrotum and prostate. During an ultrasound exam, warm gel is applied to the skin and a hand-held device (a transducer) is pressed against the part of the body being examined. A computer composes images from the patterns created by the sound
waves.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create cross-sectional images of your head and body. MRI machines are large, cylindrical magnets. A computer processes your body's responses to the radio waves to generate an image. MRI is incredibly useful in producing high-resolution images of your brain, neck, spinal cord and soft tissues. The images are often used to diagnose central nervous system disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and brain tumors.  Musculoskeletal imaging (knee, shoulder, wrist, ankle, and foot) to diagnose conditions of tendons, ligaments and bones is another common use of MRI.  MRI is also used to help identify disorders of blood vessels and inner ear tissue as well as the liver, pancreas, kidneys and spleen.

Why get your MRI at Titusville Area Hospital?

We're the first facility in the region with the Philips Ingenia 1.5T, the first-ever digital broadband MRI scanner. This revolutionary system
delivers superb image resolution, faster exams, and a more open space for the comfort of patients.

It's fast. Scanning patients of varying size, age, and medical condition in less time than previous systems. Routine exams of the brain, spine, knee, ankle, and liver are quick and easy.

It's comfortable.   A wide-bore opening to make you feel less confined. In fact, most scans can be done with your head completely out of the system.

It's accurate.   The superb images of this digital broadband system helps your doctor to diagnose your medical condition correctly.  This system makes it easier for your doctor to identify and pinpoint any potential problems and helps reduce the number of repeat exams.  

Computed Tomography (CT)

Doctors use the CT scan, sometimes referred to as CAT Scan, to detect cancer and heart disease; diagnose muscle and bone disorders; detect internal injuries; and locate tumors, infections and blood clots.  During a CT scan you lie on a table inside a donut-shaped machine.  An X-ray tube inside the machine rotates around your body and produces detailed cross-sectional images of your internal organs.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

PET imaging or scanning, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. A PET scan measures important body functions such as blood flow and oxygen use to help doctors evaluate how well organs and tissues are functioning.  This technology is utilized to manage cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Nuclear Medicine (NM)

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, injected into the blood stream, to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and other abnormalities within the body.  This technology is used to evaluate skeletal conditions, coronary arteries, gallbladder status, stomach, kidney, and liver function, pulmonary embolism, thyroid function, gastro-intestinal bleeding, diverticulitis, infection, and cancer location among other conditions.

If you have a question about a Nuclear Medicine specific test, please ask your physician or contact the Nuclear Medicine Department at 814-827-1851, extension 3140.

Referrals

Referrals from all Pennsylvania licensed physicians are welcomed. The purpose of the referral is for the patient to have a primary care doctor follow-up with your test results.

Can I use Titusville Area Hospital Diagnostic Imaging services if my doctor is out of town?

Yes. Referrals from all Pennsylvania licensed physicians are welcomed. Let your doctor know that you want to go to Titusville Area Hospital and appointment arrangements can be made through your physician's office, or by contacting Diagnostic Imaging Services at 814-827-1851 or 1-800-950-1851, extension 4890.

Staff Credentials

Diagnostic radiologists evaluating your tests are experienced, board certified physicians.  Our radiologic technologists (RTs) are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).  Each year our staff updates their skills on ways to position patients for optimal diagnostic detection and completes continuing education.

Facility Certification

Titusville Area Hospital has achieved American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation in Mammography, Ultrasonography, MRI, CT, PET and Nuclear Medicine.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of Image quality and patient safety.   It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board certified physicians and medical physicists who
are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national, professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.