The road to full recovery starts with accurate diagnostic testing. With highly advanced, fully-digital imaging equipment, the certified radiologic technologists at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Imaging Department are here for you. We are staffed 24-hours a day, making testing available for those unplanned events that life can have in store. As a compassionate, friendly staff, we are here to deliver fast results to the emergency physician or your provider to begin your path to recovery.
What is radiology?
The human body is very complex. Radiology uses radiant energy to produce images of the body without invasive procedures, meaning they do not penetrate the skin. These images are then used to diagnose an injury, illness or condition. Different body parts require different testing. Our tests include:
- General Radiology (x-ray)
- CT Scan
- Nuclear Testing
- Bone Densitometry
- 3D Mammogram
Who reads my test?
After your tests are administered, they are read by a radiologist. A radiologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions using medical imaging techniques. We partner with Advanced Radiology, S.C. They are a group of 17 board-certified radiologists. Located in the Quad Cities, they view test results both in-house and remotely. Because of this partnership, you may receive a bill from Advanced Radiology, S.C. after your testing is complete.
Do I need a doctor's order to get a test?
Our tests do require an order from your healthcare provider. There is one exception. If you would like a screening mammography, please contact 309.944.9135 to make an appointment.
What is a digital x-ray?
The digital x-ray test procedure is the same as the x-rays of the past. However, now you will be exposed to less radiation and have shorter exam times. The difference behind the scenes? Your x-ray is no longer viewed on film. It is now a digital file that can be viewed quickly and sent to your provider in a much shorter time frame.
What is a CT Scan?
Imagine a loaf of bread. You can see it as a whole, but you can also slice it and inspect it slice by slice. That is what a CT scan does. If shows the muscle, bone or soft tissue in a 32-sliced image (cross-section) to help diagnose tumors, strokes, abdominal and bowel disorders. It can also detect the stage of the disease.
The Hammond-Henry CT scanner provides a faster, safer, and more comfortable screening than ever before. A few benefits include:
- Lower dose with higher contrast display
- Real-time imaging at 12 frames per second, allowing the operator to rapidly assess if additional images are needed
- More precise image data
- A couch that supports up to 450 pounds and taller patients
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from inside the body. Having state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment, we can provide superior image quality. An ultrasound is used to see problems with organs, vessels, and tissues without needing to make an incision. The sound waves create an image of these structures and viewed on a television screen. Because ultrasound uses no radiation, it is the preferred method for viewing a developing fetus during pregnancy.
What is an MRI?
The MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce computer-processed images of your inner body. The in-house 1.5T magnet is one of the largest, widest bores available. Unlike x-ray or CT, MRI does not require the use of ionizing radiation. There is no pain or discomfort and there are no known side effects.
Many wonder, "Can I have an MRI if I have an implant?" In most cases, yes. All joint replacements and orthopedic screws are fine six weeks after surgery. Stents and implanted stimulators need to be evaluated on an individual basis. Patients should bring all implant cards to the appointment. Here is a list of pointers to help you prepare:
- You will be provided scrubs to wear
- Remove ALL jewelry including all piercings
- You will be asked to remove glasses, hearing aids and removable dental work prior to the exam
- You may bring MPs, iPod, or a phone playlist to listen to during the exam
What is nuclear medicine?
Nuclear medicine is a safe and painless procedure that uses small amounts of specially formulated radioactive materials (tracers) to help diagnose and treat a variety of disease. With this type of testing, we can look at the patients:
- Endocrine System
- Hematopoietic, Lymphatic system
- Gastrointestinal system
- Musculoskeletal system
- Cardiovascular system
- Genitourinary system
What is a low dose lung cancer screening?
If you are at risk for lung cancer, you may be eligible for a low dose CT scan. If you are between the ages of 55 and 77 years old, have smoked, on average, one pack of cigarettes a day for the past 30 years and are a current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years you should consult with your healthcare provider to discuss the need for this test. Research shows that this screening can help detect early lung cancer before clinical signs or symptoms become evident.
What is an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is a picture of the heart. It tests the action of the heart using ultrasound waves to produce a visual display. It is used for the diagnosis or monitoring of heart disease. Echocardiograms can be performed on a person of any age.
How do I prepare for my test?
Just as the tests we offer are varied, so is the prep for each test. If you have specific questions regarding your test, we are happy to speak with you about your preparation. Please call us at 309.944.9135 and we can assist you.