Most people think of radiology as X-rays, but it’s much more than that. Kirby Medical Center provides comprehensive and advanced diagnostic imaging services that include ultrasound, bone densitometry, digital mammography, and computed tomography, or CT Scanning. These imaging techniques provide essential information about the patient's condition. Staff members perform radiology services under the supervision of a radiologist who also reads and interprets the findings.
Digital Mammography in our New Women's Imaging Suite!
Kirby Medical Center is pleased to welcome you to our new Women's Imaging Suite which offers you quiet, convenience and comfort.
Mammography is performed to screen women for signs of breast cancer. It is also used to follow up on findings from screenings or to evaluate a woman who has symptoms of breast disease, such as a lump, nipple discharge, dimpling of the skin on the breast, or retraction of the nipple. Mammography is important because it can detect cancers before you can feel them with your fingers. Mammography is the best test for breast cancer detection, and digital mammography is the latest technology available. Scientific evidence confirms that annual screening mammograms, beginning at age 40, reduce death from breast cancer.
MRI & PET/CT
Kirby Medical Center has brought the latest imaging services close to home. Through an agreement with OSF Mobile Medical Systems and Kirby Medical Center, a state-of-the-art PET/CT Scanner now comes to Kirby every Monday and the mobile MRI unit is here each Tuesday. With these powerful diagnostic imaging tools available at Kirby, you can let the technology come to you while you stay in the convenience of your own community.
MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is one of the latest advances in medical imaging today. Unlike standard x-ray exams, MRI uses a large magnet to obtain images; there is no radiation used. The scans show detailed anatomy, as well as soft tissue detail, which is not possible with x-rays.
PET/CT, Positron Emission Tomography and Computerized Tomography, helps a physician diagnose and manage your care. The highly sensitive PET scan detects changes in cellular function, how your cells are utilizing nutrients like sugar and oxygen. The CT scan provides a detailed picture of the internal anatomy. The combined images of the PET/CT provide complete information that enables your physician to make an earlier diagnosis.
CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
CT imaging combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed.
CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular x-ray exams.
Using specialized equipment and expertise to create and interpret CT scans of the body, radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. Kirby Medical Center's new 64-Slice GE Brightspeed CT Scanner provides even clearer and more detailed images to aid in interpretation of your particular medical issue.
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For more information, contact your primary care physician, or call (217) 762-1810.