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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.