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The IVCH diagnostic imaging department provides the full range of services listed below.
This is the original field from which radiology developed and it is still the most commonly employed form of radiology. All x-ray procedures at IVCH are completed with a digital radiology system.
Computed Tomography (CT)
A CT, or CAT, scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images of the body. IVCH uses the state-of-the-art Toshiba Aquilion™ PRIME 160-slice CT scanner that is much faster and safer than standard CT scanners. Read more about this amazing machine.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
This technique uses a magnetic field and radio waves to make cross-sectional images of the body, which are then assembled into a 3-D image by a computer. The Toshiba MRI unit at IVCH has two key features that were designed with patient comfort in mind. First, the device is more open for claustrophobic patients, and minimizes the feeling of being inserted into a long, tube-like machine. Instead, the IVCH unit has the shortest MRI magnet available, which is mounted on an ultra-short bore platform. Secondly, the system is equipped with Toshiba’s patented Pianissimo™ noise-reduction technology, which effectively reduces scan noise by as much as 90 percent. Read more about MRI procedures.
The best-known breast imaging exam, mammography is a special type of low-dose x-ray that is most effective for the early detection of breast cancer. Use of the R2™ ImageChecker®—a device that acts like a spell checker for medical images—is part of the IVCH standard practice for mammography. Read more about digital mammograms.
Stereotactic and Mammotome Breast Biopsies
Noninvasive breast biopsies can be performed at IVCH on an outpatient basis with its stereotactic breast biopsy system, requiring no anesthesia or hospital stay.
A colonoscopy is an exam of the colon with a slim, flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope. This procedure is the most direct and complete way to see the entire lining of the colon. Read more about this potentially lifesaving procedure.
An EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is an examination of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract with a piece of equipment called an endoscope. The upper GI tract includes the throat, esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestines (duodenum). Read a complete EGD overview here.
Bone Density Imaging
Commonly known as a DEXA scan, this test is used to identify patients who have osteoporosis or osteopenia. It is a safe and painless x-ray that compares your bone density to the norm for people of your age, gender and race. Instant vertebral assessment (IVA) provides high-resolution images to reveal existing vertebral deformities.
High-frequency sound waves create images of your heart. Resting echoes and stress echoes are performed to evaluate the function of your heart.
Nuclear medicine refers to a variety of techniques for creating images that show the function of internal organs. Nuclear medicine does this by using a gamma camera to take pictures of small amounts of radioactive material that have been introduced into the body. These materials decay rapidly, so the total radiation dose is small.
Also referred to as a sonogram, this technology uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of many internal structures of the body. Due to their reliance on sound waves instead of radiation, ultrasounds/sonograms are completely safe and painless, making them ideal for diagnostic applications, vascular studies, and abdominal and pelvic biopsies. OB doctors also commonly use them to monitor fetal development during pregnancy, and many interventional procedures are done under ultrasound/sonogram guidance. IVCH offers 2D, 3D and 4D sonography options.
Positron emission tomography (PET), and CT scans help doctors determine the exact location and stage of cancerous tissue in the body and can prevent unnecessary surgery and biopsies as well as inappropriate treatments. PET/CT scans are performed locally at the Valley Regional Cancer Center in Peru.
If you're scheduled for an x-ray, CT scan, MRI or other diagnostic imaging procedure at IVCH, first check in at our admitting area in the East Addition. Then proceed down the first floor hallway. You will find the diagnostic imaging department on the right side, across the hall from the EKG department and the IVCH Pain Clinic.