Imaging Services

Tests  |  Locations

Throughout central Connecticut, patients know they can count on MidState for easy access to the advanced imaging their physicians need for an accurate diagnosis.

Imaging services for MidState patients are provided by MidState Imaging Center. With over 50 years of experience in imaging, MidState Imaging Center is highly regarded for the accuracy of its diagnostic studies, the breadth of studies it offers, as well as its personal approach with patients.

MidState Imaging Center provides a variety of imaging services at MidState Medical Center in Meriden and in our satellite facilities in Wallingford, Cheshire and Southington.

Each site is equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment and staffed by board certified radiologists skilled in interpretive and interventional diagnosis. And all sites are accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


MidState Imaging Center performs an extensive array of diagnostic tests.

Breast Biopsy
A procedure in which part or all of a suspicious breast growth is removed and examined. Tissue is either suctioned through a needle or cut out in a surgical procedure.

Breast Ultrasound
This test exposes the breast to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the breast. Its primary use is to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected during a physical exam such as a mammogram. Ultrasound shows if the abnormality is solid or fluid-filled and can detect small cancers that may not be visible with mammography.

Chest X-Ray (CXR)
The chest is exposed to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce images.

Computerized Tomography (CT)
This process produces multiple images of the inside of the body in cross-sectional views. It provides greater clarity than conventional x-ray exams.

Contrast MRI
During a contrast MRI, contrast agents are sometimes injected to enhance the appearance of blood vessels, tumors, or inflammation to improve the specificity of the MRI results.

CT Cardiac (Cardiac CTA)
A CT Cardiac offers a non-invasive way of determining the location and extent of plaque build-up in the coronary arteries.

This test is used to measure bone mineral density and accurately diagnose osteoporosis. DEXA is a scanner that beams low dose x-rays from two sources towards the bone being examined. It is popular for its accuracy, low radiation exposure and versatility.

3D Mammography
Although 3D mammography has been around for years, the technology has continued to evolve.  MidState Medical Center uses the latest version of 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis. During a 3D mammography scan, the X-ray arm sweeps over the breast to take multiple images. Unlike traditional 2D technology in which the mammography is read as a single image, 3D imaging allows the radiologist to scroll through the images like the pages of a book and view through overlapping tissue. For patients and providers, 3D mammography can provide clearer views of suspicious masses, improve diagnosis and reduce unnecessary testing. To get the most out of your mammogram, you should know your risk for breast cancer.

This test provides real-time x-ray imaging. The ability of the fluoroscopy to display motion is provided by a continuous series of images.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
An MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. Telemetry units and infusion pumps may not enter the magnet, and patients with a pacemaker cannot have an MRI. Patients with aneurysm clips, filters or stents, metallic implants and injuries involving metal fragments will need to be evaluated to determine if an MRI can be performed.

Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine comprises diagnostic examinations that result in images of body anatomy and function. The images developed are based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance given to a patient.

Open MRI
An Open MRI is an advanced diagnostic imaging procedure that creates detailed images of internal bodily structures, without the use of ionized radiation. Open MRI systems are quieter and more comfortable for larger patients and those who are anxious or claustrophobic.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Whereas a CT scan shows the body's anatomical structures, a PET scan shows chemical activity in the body.

Special Procedures/Interventional Radiology
This procedure uses fluoroscopy to perform angiogram studies, as well as the insertion of dialysis catheters and ports. Patients having any of these procedures should be able to tolerate a relatively flat position for an extended period of time.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
This test is performed when the abnormal area in the breast is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate the lesion by hand. A special mammography machine uses ionizing radiation to help guide the radiologists' instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.

Ultrasound (US)​
An Ultrasound involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the targeted area inside the body. It does not use ionizing radiation (x-ray). Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.


Acute Care Locations:


Backus Hospital

Backus Hospital includes a not-for-profit, 213-bed hospital in Norwich and numerous off-site locations, including several health centers and the Backus Outpatient Care Center.


Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital is an 867-bed Level 1 Trauma Center & regional referral center that provides high-quality care in all clinical disciplines. It is one of the largest teaching hospitals and tertiary care centers in New England.


The Hospital of Central Connecticut

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (THOCC) is a 414-bed, 32-bassinet, acute-care community teaching hospital with campuses in New Britain and Southington.


Windham Hospital

Welcome to Windham Hospital, a 130-bed, not-for-profit acute care community hospital providing state-of-the-art comprehensive medical services, personalized attention and care.

MidState Medical Center

Video Spotlight: 

View the following educational videos to learn what to expect during your imaging test.

Preparing for your Ultrasound
Preparing for your Ultrasound

Understanding Nuclear Medicine
Understanding Nuclear Medicine

Preparing for your MRI
Preparing for your MRI

Preparing for your CT Scan
Preparing for your CT Scan