Diagnostics

Imaging

The IVCH diagnostic imaging department provides the full range of services listed below.

Digital X-rays

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.

Mammography

Mammography remains the gold standard for screening for early-stage breast cancer. Digital mammography lets our radiologists capture and manipulate images so abnormalities can be seen more easily. IVCH uses a CAD-computer-aided detection system, which puts mammograms into digital form and then uses computer software to search for abnormal areas of density, mass or calcification. The system highlights suspicious areas, alerting our cancer doctors to the need for further analysis.

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.

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.

Echocardiology

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

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses radioactive tracers (radiopharmaceuticals) to assess bodily functions and to diagnose and treat disease. Specially designed cameras allow doctors to track the path of these radioactive tracers.

Ultrasound

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.

PET/CT

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.

Contact Us

815.780.3431

Location

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.