We are a leader in the region for diagnostic imaging services, which we provide at multiple locations.
One of our newest offerings is 3D breast tomosynthesis. It is available with digital screening mammograms performed at the Ephraim McDowell Women’s Breast & Health Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital. This is the most advanced technology for detecting breast cancer.
Diagnostic Imaging Services
We offer the following diagnostic imaging services:
- CT Scan. In this procedure, X-rays produce images of inside the body. The X-ray tube in a CT machine moves around the patient, producing detailed images at different angles. As a result, greater detail of soft tissue such as organs or blood vessels are provided. CT can also be used for a tissue or fluid biopsy. This procedure is provided at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital, and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital.
- Open MRI. High-powered magnets and radio waves produce images of organs and structures inside the body. The MRI scanner is shaped like a building block with a very large hole in the middle. Picture quality is at its best in the center of the magnet. Because of that, the part of the body that needs to be examined is always placed in the center. Information collected by the MRI scanner is sent to a computer. There it is translated into images. MRI services are provided at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital.
- PET/CT Scan. This procedure uses small amounts of radioactive materials, a special camera and a computer. Working together, they evaluate organ and tissue functions. PET Scans identify body changes at the cellular level. As a result, this procedure may detect the early onset of disease before it can be seen on other imaging tests. PET/CT scans are available at the Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center.
- Bone Densitometry/DEXA Scan. A bone density scan, also called DEXA, uses an X-ray to measure the bone mineral content and density. It produces more detailed images than a standard X-ray. As a result it helps to identify fragile bones before they break. Bone Density testing is provided at the Ephraim McDowell Women’s Breast & Health Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital.
- Digital Mammography with Computed Aided Detection and 3D Breast Tomosynthesis. As a leader in the region for diagnostic imaging services, we invested in this system. It uses electronics to convert X-rays into mammographic pictures of the breast. These images of the breast are transferred to a computer. A radiologist reviews the images, and the computer maintains them for long-term storage. Computer-aided detection (CAD) systems search digitized images for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification, which may indicate the presence of cancer. The CAD system highlights these areas on the images. As a result, the radiologist is alerted to carefully assess this area. In breast tomosynthesis, the X-ray tube moves in an arc over the compressed breast. It captures multiple images of each breast from different angles. A computer then reconstructs the images into a set of three-dimensional images. The image sets help minimize the tissue overlap that can hide cancers or make it difficult to distinguish normal overlapping breast tissue from tumors. This technology can reveal a small lump up to two years before it can be felt with fingers and is enhanced with 3D breast tomosynthesis (motion imaging). Mammograms can be scheduled at the Ephraim McDowell Women’s Breast & Health Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital.
- Digital X-ray. A small dose of radiation produces images of structures inside the body. The X-rays pass through the area of the body being examined. As a result, they are translated into images captured on the other side of the body. We offer X-ray services at a variety of hospital/outpatient locations and our primary care clinics.
- Ultrasound. An ultrasound is also called a sonogram. It uses sound waves to produce images of soft tissues inside the body. Sound waves move through the body. Based on the frequency, the signals are translated into images on a computer. Ultrasound can also be used for a tissue or fluid biopsy. We offer ultrasound services at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, the Ephraim McDowell Women’s Breast & Health Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital.
- Nuclear Medicine. Small amounts of radioactive materials are injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed. The radiotracer travels through the area being examined and gives off energy in the form of gamma rays. As a result, a special camera and computer detects these rays and creates images of the inside of the body. Nuclear medicine imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures. Because of that, it offers the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages. Nuclear medicine services are available at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
- Thyroid Ablation. This nuclear medicine test can treat an overactive thyroid. It also may be used to treat thyroid cancer. During the test, you swallow a small dose of radioactive iodine I-131 (an isotope of iodine that emits radiation). The isotope is absorbed into the bloodstream. As it is concentrated by the thyroid gland, it begins destroying the gland’s cells.
We offer the following:
- Echocardiography/3D Echocardiography. This test uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. As a result, your doctor can see your heart beating and pumping blood. These images help to identify heart disease. We also offer a specialized ultrasound of the heart that allows it to be viewed in three dimensions.
- Cardiac Stress Test. A stress test can detect heart disease by showing how much stress the heart can manage before an abnormal rhythm starts or blood flow to the heart drops. The exercise stress test shows your doctor how your heart responds to being pushed. During the test, you walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike. The workout gets more strenuous as you go.
- Carotid Doppler Ultrasound. Sound waves produce pictures of the carotid arteries in the neck. These arteries carry blood from the heart to the brain. The procedure screens patients for blockage or narrowing of the carotid arteries. That condition, called stenosis, may increase the risk of stroke.
- Venous Doppler Ultrasound. As a leader in the region for diagnostic imaging services, we have invested in technology that is important for diagnosing many conditions. Our Venous Doppler uses sound waves to produce images of the veins. It is commonly used to search for blood clots especially in the leg. It does not use ionizing radiation. As a result, this test has no known harmful effects.
- EKG. An electrocardiogram (EKG) records the electrical signals in your heart. It can detect heart problems and monitor the heart’s status in many situations.
- Holter Monitor. This battery-operated portable device measures and tape-records your heart’s activity (ECG). It monitors for 24 to 48 hours or longer. The device is the size of a small camera. It has wires with silver dollar-sized electrodes that attach to your skin.
We offer the following neurodiagnostics imaging services:
- Electroencephalogram (EEG). An electroencephalogram (EEG) detects electrical activity in your brain. It uses small, flat metal discs (electrodes) attached to your scalp. Your brain cells communicate via electrical impulses and are active all the time, even when you’re asleep. This activity shows up as wavy lines on an EEG recording.
Additional Diagnostic Imaging Services
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. This procedure uses mammography to precisely identify and biopsy a lesion within the breast. It is normally done when the radiologist sees a suspicious spot on your mammogram that can’t be felt in a physical exam.
- CT Guided Biopsies. A CT scan takes detailed pictures of the body’s organs and tissues. In a biopsy, a small piece of tissue is removed from your body. This tissue sample is then examined in the lab. A needle biopsy is the safest and easiest way to remove this tissue from your body.
- Ultrasound Guided Biopsies. An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy uses sound waves to help locate a lump and remove a tissue sample. The tissue sample is then examined under a microscope. This is less invasive than a surgical biopsy. As a result, it leaves little to no scarring. It also does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation.
- Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center – 217 South Third Street, Danville
- Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital – 110 Metker Trail, Stanford
- Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital – 464 Linden Avenue, Harrodsburg
- Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center – 101 Daniel Drive (First Floor), Danville
- Ephraim McDowell Women’s Breast & Health Center – 101 Daniel Drive (Second Floor), Danville
- Ephraim McDowell Lancaster Diagnostics – 189 Farra Drive, Lancaster
- Ephraim McDowell Heart & Vascular Institute – 216 West Walnut Street, Danville
As a leader in the region for diagnostic imaging services, we offer multiple imaging procedures. Our diagnostic imaging services require a physician’s order. To schedule an appointment, please call Central Scheduling at (859) 239-1282, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital at (606) 365-4756, or Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital at (859) 733-4810.