Our Imaging Department is a full-service imaging center. With our equipment and trained staff, we are capable of doing almost all imaging needs. We offer General Radiology, Computed Tomography (CT), Mammography, Bone Densitometry (DEXA), Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasounds, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and PET CT.
We're here for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Scheduled exams are available Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m
The Imaging Department at Pinckneyville Community Hospital holds certification from the American College of Radiology (ACR) in Mammography and Computed Tomography (CT). All 10 of the employees of this highly educated department are certified with The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and Illinois Emergency Management Association (IEMA) in Radiology.
General radiology is provided through Clinical Radiology Group out of Springfield, IL. As an outpatient, you can be assured your exams will be read by an ACR Board Certified radiologist within 48 hours.
Nuclear medicine is the medical specialty that involves the use of radioactive isotopes in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. In imaging, the radiopharmaceuticals are detected by special types of cameras that work with computers to provide very precise pictures about the area of the body being imaged.
We conduct cardiac stress tests, bone scans, thyroid scans, MUGA scans, HIDA scans, and gastric emptying scans. Nuclear medicine is done Monday through Friday.
The Imaging Department employs two Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists (CNMT) who are also certified in Nuclear Medicine with IEMA.
Diagnostic and screening mammography services are provided. All mammogram studies are performed by a registered mammography technologist. Screening mammography can be performed without a physician's order. Diagnostic mammograms are reviewed by a qualified mammography Radiologist the same day, that way the patients know results the day of exam. Our mammography equipment is ACR accredited and is renews every 3 years. Mammograms are performed Monday through Friday.
The Imaging Department employes three ARRT Certified Mammography Technologists.
Bone Densitometry (DEXA)
Osteoporosis is the primary reason for performing a bone density exam. At Pinckneyville Community Hospital, we utilize our DEXA unit to measure the thickness or density of your bones. Results are then interpreted by the radiologist and sent to the patient's medical provider .Dexa scans are performed Monday through Friday.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
State-of-the-art equipment supplies your medical provider with the best images possible. MRI utilizes a powerful magnetic field to acquire images unlike CT which uses ionizing radiation. The good contrast it provides between the different soft tissues of the body makes it especially useful in diagnosing injuries and disease. MRI is scheduled on Monday afternoon and Thursday morning by a mobile service.
The Mobile MRI Unit is here Monday evenings and Thursday mornings.
Computed Tomography (CT)
CT is an imaging method in which a cross-sectional image of the structures in a body plane is reconstructed by a computer program from the x-ray absorption of beams projected through the body in the image plane. It can aid in the detection of small lesions or provide a detailed evaluation of tumor extension. Brain imaging can detect infarction (stroke), tumors, hemorrhages and bone trauma. Additionally, the system's exclusive image post-processing solutions can dramatically assist in diagnosis of lung pathologies such as nodules, tumors and vascular lesions. Our 16 slice Phillips Brilliance CT scanner is ACR accredited for both adult and pediatric patients and is renewed every 3 years. CT is performed on an out-patient basis, but also conducted on emergency and in-patients 24 hours a day.
There are 6 employees who are CT certified through ARRT.
Our ultrasonographers perform general ultrasounds (OB/GYN, abdomens, and pelvic), small parts (breast and testicular), vascular (carotids, arterial, venous and renal), and adult Echo's. Diagnostic ultrasound (ultrasonography) is a diagnostic imaging technique used for visualizing images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. Sonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, prostate, heart, and blood vessels. It is a non-invasive procedure that involves no radiation or magnetic fields. Ultrasounds are done Monday through Friday.
The department employs one full-time and one part-time American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Ultrasound Technologists (RDMS). Both are Registered Vascular Technologists (RVT) and RDMS certified in OB/GYN. Our full-time technologist is additionally certified by the RDMS in Abdomen (AB), Breast (BR), and Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer in Adult Echocardiography (AE).
PET CT is utilized in Oncology to determine the location and extent of tumor growth. PET CT combines the functional information from a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) exam with anatomical information from a Computed Tomography (CT) exam into one single exam. A PET scan detects changes in cellular function-specifically, how your cells are utilizing nutrients like sugar and oxygen. Since these functional changes take place before physical changes occur, PET can provide information that enables your provider to make an early diagnosis. PET CT is scheduled through Oncology and is done by a mobile service.
The mobile PET scanner is here Thursday afternoons.
FibroScan is a simple, non-invasive exam that accurately measures liver stiffness and liver steatosis for comprehensive detection and management of liver disease. Early detection may lead to the implementation of disease management programs that reduces emergency admissions and decreases overall patient mortality. Fibroscan will provide immediate, relevant information to patients that will help determine therapeutic options available to patients, and may prevent the need for invasive diagnostic modalities and unnecessary costly prescriptions.
Lung Cancer Screening
Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in America. Lung cancer screening is a process that's used to detect the presence of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people with a high risk of lung cancer. Lung cancer screening is recommended for older adults who are longtime smokers and who don't have any signs or symptoms of lung cancer. Screening is used to detect lung cancer early when it is more likely to be curable. If you meet these conditions, talk to your doctor to decide if lung cancer screening is right for you.
Radiologists providing services at Pinckneyville Community Hospital are non-employed, contracted professionals.