Imaging Services

We provide a wide variety of Imaging Services at Ohio Valley Hospital from inpatient visits to outpatient appointments.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Our CT scanner’s dose reduction software reduces radiation exposure by an average of 38%.

Our CT Technologists provide services in a new CT Suite designed with our patients in mind.

Your physician may order a CT scan for you if your laboratory testing results come back with abnormal numbers. A CT scan is also ordered after an x-ray is done in order to obtain more precise information to aid in a diagnosis. This imaging service can evaluate inflammation, bleeding, tumors, and cyst processes.


Our brand-new 64 slice General Electric Optima 660 scanner is equipped with all of the latest technological bells and whistles. Designed to make the imaging process safer and faster for patients, its improved image quality aids our radiologists and physicians in their diagnosis.

The scanner also allows us to perform new services such as a CTA of the heart and lung cancer screenings.

Best of all, our dose reduction software that reduces radiation exposure by an average of 38%. Additionally, our CT Technologists take part in ongoing Continuing Education geared at radiation reduction and protection.


Digital Mammography

Our ARRT-Registered Technologists provide compassionate, respectful and dignified imaging services in our newly remodeled Mammography Suite.

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast or chest area to check for potential disease, such as cancer. It is performed by pressing the breast or chest area in between two plates to flatten or spread the tissue. A mammogram is commonly used as a preliminary test, so don’t be alarmed if you are called back for additional testing. This screening is recommended annually for women over the age of 50. However, men may also undergo mammogram testing if their doctor deems it necessary.

Our Mammography department offers evening and Saturday appointments.


ABOUT OUR MAMMOGRAPHY SUITE

The combination of our new Hologic Selenia Digital Mammography unit, and a sophisticated FDA approved software program called CAD, or Computer Aided Detection provide our board certified radiologist the information needed to provide an accurate reading of your mammogram examinations.


Diagnostic Radiology (x-ray)

All of our x-ray rooms are Digital Radiology (DR).

The x-ray is most commonly the first step in the process of diagnosis. It is usually ordered if you have experienced a traumatic injury, such as a broken bone. It can also be used to examine belly pain and/or an obstruction in one’s digestive/intestinal tract. After the x-ray is taken, the next step is usually to proceed to an ultrasound, CT, or MRI.


ABOUT DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY

DR allows for quicker image acquisition, better image quality and lower radiation dose or exposure. Another important factor of digital imaging is the ease of use for your physician in viewing your x-rays. Your physician can review any of your digital imaging studies via CD or a web link to our new state of the art Picture, Archive and Communication System (PACS).


Dual-Energy x-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA)

If your physician suspects that you may have osteoporosis he may order a DEXA Scan.

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA/DXA) is an imaging service used to measure bone mineral density. DXA is often used to examine female patients that are post-menopausal. It is also used to examine patients that have been on steroidal therapy or have the aforementioned osteoporosis.


Our Hologic Discovery bone densitometry unit is a painless and quick method of evaluating a patient’s bone density. This quick examination incorporates low dose radiation and computer software analysis to initially provide a baseline reading, and then if necessary follow up studies are usually performed every two years.


MRI

A MRI test can be used to look at ligaments and tendons. It is common for this imaging service to be ordered by your physician if it is suspected that you have a bulging or slipped disc in your back. MRIs can also be ordered if you experience frequently headaches. In the case of headaches, a CT scan is usually done before a MRI is ordered and/or required for further testing.


ABOUT OUR MRI SCANNER

Our ACR Accredited MRI scanner is a 1.5 Tesla General Electric Excite HD short bore scanner. Our experienced MRI Technologists are extremely sensitive to our patients’ needs. We perform a vast array of MRI studies from MRA exams (the study of the blood supply), to musculoskeletal and neurological MRI exams.


Ultrasonography

An Ultrasound is usually conducted in order to evaluate the following: tumors, cysts, patency of arteries, belly pain, etc. If you are experiencing belly pain, the first step would usually be to have an x-ray and then you would move to an ultrasound if further testing is required. Ultrasonography can also be used to conduct a carotid Doppler which tests for carotid arteries.


ABOUT OUR ULTRASONOGRAPHY/ULTRASOUND

Our ARDMS-Registered Technologists utilize our new fleet of Philips IU22 and CX50 ultrasound units to perform a variety of studies ranging from abdominal to vascular ultrasound.


Interventional Radiology

Our Interventional Radiology service is used for line placements for peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines when extended IV use is needed. The most common testing for this imaging service is an arthrogram, which injects contrast in the shoulder, knee, or other joint. This helps the MRI reading find tears more easily.


ABOUT INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY

This department utilizes many different types of Imaging to help guide interventional procedures. Our skilled, board certified radiologists incorporate imaging techniques such as fluoroscopy (live x-ray), CT and ultrasound guidance to perform a wide array of these procedures, including biopsies and vascular intervention.