Diagnostic imaging is a critical step in your journey toward wellness. Imaging allows your care team to take an inside look at your body’s structures and determine the cause of your illness or injury efficiently and accurately. Accurate imaging results in faster and more effective treatment, so you can move onto healing.
At CMH, our department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and our team is made up of expertly trained radiologists, nurses, technologists, and support staff.
Types of Imaging
CMH offers the advanced imaging technology you’d expect from a large health system, with the added convenience of being close to home. Types of imaging offered include:
- A standard x-ray uses electromagnetic radiation to take a two-dimensional image of tissues and structures inside your body. X-rays are commonly used to detect bone fractures or pneumonia.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (commonly referred to as MRI) is typically used when soft tissue needs to be closely examined.
- Computed Tomography (commonly referred to as CT Scan) is a full body scan using x-rays and computers. The results are much more detailed than a standard x-ray and the scan can be performed quickly, which makes it ideal in emergency situations.
- Ultrasounds are imaging scanners that detect tumors or growths on organs and tissues. The machine uses sound waves that bounce around your body and produce images called sonograms on a nearby monitor. These are known for their use during pregnancy.
- Nuclear Medicine inserts a radioactive tracer into your body so that a certain part of the body will be highlighted and produce a better image on a scan. The radiation that you are exposed to using nuclear medicine is about the same as a standard x-ray.
- Dexa Bone Density Scan uses x-rays to measure the density of calcium or other minerals in your bones.
- Holter Monitors are small wearable devices that keep track of your heart rhythm for a specific period of time. Your provider may request that you wear one during your daily life to assess your heart’s rhythm during different activities.
- Electrocardiogram (commonly referred to as EKG) is a test used to monitor and evaluate the heart’s function and check for irregularities in its rhythm. The electrical activity of the heart is measured by placing electrodes (small, plastic patches that stick to the skin) on your chest, arms, and legs.
- 3D Mammography is used to diagnose breast cancers and tumors by taking an x-ray image of breast tissue. Annual mammograms for women aged 40 and older help detect breast cancer as early as possible, when treatments are most effective.
Making An Appointment
A provider’s referral is required for this service. CMH accepts referrals from other facilities and providers. If you have an order for imaging from a different facility or provider, you are welcome to call and make an appointment. After your images have been processed, CMH will send them to your provider.
As a local community hospital, CMH offers free, close parking and short wait times. To inquire about an appointment (referral required), please call 218-878-7015.