Radiology

From X-rays to nuclear medicine, the radiology team at PCH/FMC specializes in imaging and diagnosis for high-quality patient care.

Radiology Department

The radiology department at PCH provides exceptional service in diagnostic imaging services and treatment for patients who need help by using X-rays, mammography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and more.

Back to services

Request an Appointment

Call 217-466-4242 or request an appointment online in your patient portal.

HOURS:

Family Medical Center: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm. Hospital: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am- 5pm

Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Tumors
  • Fractures
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Head injuries

Treatment

  • X-ray
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Angioplasty
  • Stent placement
  • Ultrasound

 

Meet Bruce Houle, DO

+Full Profile

 

 


Meet Our Radiology Team

The Radiology Department at Paris Community Hospital has made many improvements to its technology and services offered. Our new systems provide greater accuracy, less radiation, and a more comfortable experience for patients during their visit. Hear from our staff why you should choose PCH/FMC for all of your imaging needs.


What to Expect

The Paris radiology staff will go above and beyond to ensure your comfort and safety while receiving an imaging test or undergoing a surgical procedure.

Diagnostic X-ray is a medical procedure using X-rays to help identify (diagnose) disease or injury. The machine sends X-rays through your body to procedure an image on film. The machine used a PCH is one of the most modern digital fluoroscopy machines on the market.

Ultrasound is a method of obtaining images of your internal organs using sound waves. As the sound waves make contact with organs, portions of the sound waves bounce back to the transducer like echoes. These echoes are then analyzed by a computer to produce an image of the organs on the screen of the ultrasound equipment. There is no pain during the examination and current evidence does not indicate any health risk resulting from the sound waves that enter the body during a diagnostic ultrasound exam.

Mammography is an X-ray procedure that uses extremely low dose radiation to produce an image of the breast. Mammography is primarily used for the early detection of cancer and other abnormalities of the breast. The mammogram is performed in a pleasant private area within the hospital to provide patients with a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Mammography patients will have the opportunity to view a breast self-exam film produced by the American Cancer Society. In addition, patients are taught breast self-exam through the use of a Milex Silicone Breast Model and they are provided with an information booklet for future reference. Appointments may be scheduled through the radiology department. The Mammography Department is accredited by the American College
of Radiology.

Computed Tomography utilizes a Siemens low-dose, 64 slice CT scanner. The scanner combines the most advanced technology in electronics and computer science to produce an X-ray image of a thin cross sectional slice of the body. CT scanning allows radiologists and physicians to see inside the human body to more accurately diagnose a patient’s condition. The CT scan is a safe, fast, and painless procedure which eliminates the need for some exploratory surgery and is recognized as one of the most important contributions to medicine in this century due to its diagnostic precision and accuracy.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the latest innovation in diagnostic imaging. A powerful 1.5 T magnetic system is used in conjunction with radio waves to cause hydrogen atoms or other selected elements in the body to give off faint signals. The signals help to form visualization of your internal organs and structures. Since MRI exams are "non invasive" there are none of the dangers associated with surgery and the exams are completely painless. MRI images are typically of fine clarity and detail, which helps your physician diagnosis potential problem areas.

Nuclear Medicine involves the use of radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders. The patient is given a radio pharmaceutical which travels through the body, giving off gamma rays (invisible radiation). The nuclear medicine camera detects the gamma rays and creates pictures of the part of the body being studied.

DEXAScanning (Duel Energy X-ray Absortiometry) involves low level duel X-rays and is currently the most widely used method to measure bone mineral density. The patient lies down on an examining table, and the scanner rapidly directs X-ray energy from two different sources towards the bone being examined. The greater the mineral density of the bone the greater the signal picked up by the photon counter.

What Our Patients Are Saying

"The MRI attendant was exceptionally good - explained everything, and made sure I was comfortable during the procedure."

See what other patients are saying about their experience at Paris Community Hospital. 

+ PATIENT STORIES

*Comments received from Patient Satisfaction Survey

©2017 Paris Community Hospital | All rights reserved
Website design by: Legato Healthcare Marketing