Healing cannot begin until an illness is properly diagnosed. Today's technology makes that easier than ever before, and Graham Hospital's full range of diagnostic services make it more convenient than ever. Based on our commitment to provide high-quality care, Graham Hospital has invested in state-of-the-art equipment. It is high-tech care performed in a compassionate setting, close to home.

The radiologists are board certified or board eligible, and are available 24 hours a day. All technologists are also highly trained, registered specialists, with certifications in radiology (RT), nuclear medicine (NM), ultrasound (RDMS), and other specialties.

The Imaging Center is located on the ground floor.

The Imaging Center offers the following services:

Fluoroscopy

The upper or lower GI examination is performed by a radiologist. A radiologist is a physician who specializes in the study of imaging exams. For both the upper and lower GI exam, a technologist will gently position you on a special tilting table supporting a piece of equipment called a Fluoroscope (an x-ray machine combined with a television screen). For the upper GI you will be asked to drink a liquid barium mixture(s). For the lower GI you will be given an enema. Your radiologist will watch the barium flow through your digestive tract. Digital spots will be taken of the areas your doctor wishes to study.

Nuclear Medicine

Different isotopes are used to study various organs, allowing radiologists to detect and diagnose a range of conditions, including heart abnormalities, liver disease, and bone infections. Patients are administered a small amount of radioactive isotope via intravenous injection, orally or inhaled. The radioactivity is emitted from the patient and is detected by the camera to obtain the scan.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio-frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs and structures inside the body. During the MRI, you will lie on a table and will be requested to hold very still. You will hear noises like loud tapping or knocking. Earplugs and/or headphones will be provided.

For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is placed inside a special machine that is a strong magnet. Information from an MRI can be saved and stored on a computer for more study. Photographs or films of certain views can also be made.

MRI is used to find problems, such as tumors, bleeding, injury, blood vessel problems, or infection. An MRI may be done using contrast material to see abnormal tissue clearly. An MRI can be done for the: head, chest, blood vessels, abdomen, pelvis, bones and joints.

Appointments are available 5 days per week. To schedule an MRI, please call: (309) 647-5240, ext. 2860.

Ultrasound

The individual performing the ultrasound study on you is known as a sonographer. This technologist is highly skilled and educated, and works under close supervision of the radiologists.The technologists will assist you onto an examination table, and a warm transmission gel will be applied to the area of your body that will be examined. The transducer sends a signal to an on-board computer that processes the data and produces the ultrasound image. A diagnosis is made from this image.

CT Scan

The CT technologist has completed a rigorous course of education and training, and works under close supervision of the radiologist to assure the most accurate results. Prior to your CT scan, the technologist will explain the procedure to you. This is done for two reasons: to solicit your cooperation, and to put your mind at ease regarding what is taking place. Next you will be gently positioned and secured on the table. It is important that you be secured because even the slightest movement during the split seconds of imaging can blur the picture. You will then be moved into a donut shaped opening in the scanner. The technologist will have you in full view at all times and will be in constant communication via a two-way microphone. During this brief time you may hear the whirling of the equipment as it produces the images. You may also feel slight movement of the table as it prepares for the next scan.  

PET/CT

A PET/CT scan combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) images. PET images show the function of cells in the body. CT images show details of body anatomy such as vessels, lymph nodes and organs. Alone, PET and CT are each effective for a wide variety of applications. When PET and CT scans are combined, the fused images help doctors accurately diagnose, stage and treat cancer. PET/CT scans may reduce the need for biopsy or surgery.
In preparation for a PET/CT exam, the patient receives a small injection of radioactive tracer. The patient rests comfortably while the radioactive tracer moves through their body. Then the patient is brought to the scanner for their exam. The length of the exam depends upon the body area being scanned.
PET/CT can help determine:

  • Size and location of growth
  • Whether the cancer is spreading
  • The best form of treatment
  • Whether therapy is working
  • Whether there has been a recurrence

Digital Mammography

The technologist performing your mammogram is highly skilled in providing detailed images of the breast, which are used to detect cancer or other abnormalities. At Graham Hospital we perform both screening and diagnostic mammograms. Graham is accredited by the American College of Radiology and participates in National Breast CancerAwareness Day, and with outside agencies who fund mammograms for the uninsured. We accept self-requested screening mammograms. To schedule, call (309) 647-5240, ext. 2860.

Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) System

Computer analysis of mammographic images is used as an aid to detect potential abnormalities by marking suspicious areas for the Radiologist to review.

Bone Mineral Densitometer (BMD)

Bone Mineral Densitometer (BMD) is a state-of-the-art piece of technology that measures the density of bones. The test, which uses a small amount of radiation, is sensitive enough to detect bone loss at an early stage. The BMD can detect low bone density before a fracture occurs, and monitor treatment over time. To schedule an appointment, call (309) 647-5240, ext. 2860.

Special Procedures

The Radiologists are specially trained to perform drainage procedures and biopsies with the guidance of fluoroscopy, CT Scan, or ultrasound equipment. The radiologist will study the results of your exam and discuss them with your doctor, who will then discuss them with you. For more information about tests, please call (309) 647-5240, ext. 2860.