Our sophisticated diagnostic imaging technology makes us a leader in the region and is available at multiple convenient locations.
One of our newest offerings is 3D breast tomosynthesis, which 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 the detection of breast cancer.
We offer the following:
- CT Scan. Computed tomography is commonly referred to as a CT scan. CT uses X-rays to produce pictures or images of inside the body. The X-ray tube in a CT machine moves around the patient to produce multiple detailed images at different angles. CT provides greater detail of soft tissue such as organs or blood vessels than a traditional X-ray. CT can also be used for a tissue or fluid biopsy. We have state-of-the-art CT technology at four locations: Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital, and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital.
- Open MRI. MRI uses high-powered magnets and radio waves to 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 where the patient lies on a table during the exam. The picture quality is at its best in the center of the magnet. This is why the part of your body that your doctor needs examined is always placed in the center. The information collected by the MRI scanner is sent to a computer and translated into images. We offer MRI services at three locations: Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital.
- PET/CT Scan. Positron emission tomography (PET) uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers, a special camera and a computer to help evaluate your organ and tissue functions. By identifying body changes at the cellular level, PET may detect the early onset of disease before it is evident 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. A DEXA scan produces more detailed images than a standard X-ray and helps to identify fragile bones before they break. A DEXA measures the bone density of the spine, pelvis, lower arm and thigh. We offer Bone Density testing at two locations: the Ephraim McDowell Women’s Breast & Health Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital.
- Digital Mammography with Computed Aided Detection and 3D Breast Tomosynthesis. Also called full-field digital mammography (FFDM), this is a mammography system in which the X-ray film is replaced by electronics that convert X-rays into mammographic pictures of the breast. These systems are similar to those found in digital cameras, and their efficiency enables better pictures with a lower radiation dose. These images of the breast are transferred to a computer for review by the radiologist and for long-term storage. The patient’s experience during a digital mammogram is similar to having a conventional film mammogram. Computer-aided detection (CAD) systems search digitized mammographic images for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of cancer. The CAD system highlights these areas on the images, alerting the radiologist to carefully assess this area. In breast tomosynthesis, the X-ray tube moves in an arc over the compressed breast, capturing multiple images of each breast from different angles. These digital images are then reconstructed or “synthesized” into a set of three-dimensional images by a computer. These three-dimensional 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. An X-ray machine uses a small dose of radiation to produce images of structures inside the body. The X-rays pass through the area of the body being examined and 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, also called a sonogram, uses sound waves to produce images of soft tissues inside the body. Sound waves move through the body and, 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 four locations: 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. Nuclear medicine imaging uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers that are typically 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 that are detected by a special camera and a computer to create images of the inside of the body. Nuclear medicine imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures and offers the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages. Nuclear medicine services are available at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
- Thyroid Ablation. Radioiodine therapy is a nuclear medicine treatment for an overactive thyroid, a condition called hyperthyroidism, and also may be used to treat thyroid cancer. When a small dose of radioactive iodine I-131 (an isotope of iodine that emits radiation) is swallowed, it is absorbed into the bloodstream and concentrated by the thyroid gland, where it begins destroying the gland’s cells.
We offer the following:
- Echocardiography/3D Echocardiography. Echocardiography uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. This commonly-used test allows your doctor to see your heart beating and pumping blood. Your doctor can use the images from a echocardiogram 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 determine if you have heart disease. A doctor or trained technician performs the test to learn how much stress your heart can manage before an abnormal rhythm starts or blood flow to your heart muscle drops. There are different types of these tests. The exercise stress test – also known as an exercise electrocardiogram, treadmill, graded exercise test, or stress EKG – is used most often. It lets your doctor know how your heart responds to being pushed. During the test, you will walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike, and the workout will get more strenuous as you go. Your electrocardiogram, heart rate and blood pressure will be tracked throughout the test.
- Carotid Doppler Ultrasound. Carotid ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the carotid arteries in the neck, which carry blood from the heart to the brain. A Doppler ultrasound study – a technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel – is usually part of this exam. It is most frequently used to screen patients for blockage or narrowing of the carotid arteries, a condition called stenosis, which may increase the risk of stroke.
- Venous Doppler Ultrasound. Venous ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the veins in the body. It is commonly used to search for blood clots especially in the veins of the leg – a condition often referred to as deep vein thrombosis. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation and has no known harmful effects.
- EKG. An electrocardiogram (EKG) records the electrical signals in your heart. It’s a common test used to detect heart problems and monitor the heart’s status in many situations.
- Holter Monitor. A Holter monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and tape-records your heart’s activity (ECG) continuously for 24 to 48 hours or longer depending on the type of monitoring used. 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:
- Electroencephalogram (EEG). An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that detects electrical activity in your brain using 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 Imaging Services
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. A stereotactic breast biopsy is a procedure that uses mammography to precisely identify and biopsy an abnormality within the breast. It is normally done when the radiologist sees a suspicious abnormality on your mammogram that can’t be felt in a physical exam.
- CT Guided Biopsies. A computed tomography (CT) scan is used to take 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 or abnormality and remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. It is less invasive than a surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring and 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
If you have a physician’s order for a diagnostic imaging procedure and want to schedule an appointment at one of our locations, 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.