Radiology uses X-ray machines to obtain visual information of internal body parts. These images are used to diagnose and sometimes treat specific diseases.
Kishwaukee and Valley West Community Hospitals and its radiologists have implemented a comprehensive initiative to reduce the radiation dose patients receive when they have a computed tomography (CT) scan, X-ray or fluoroscopy exam.
Skeletal Imaging provides images of specific parts of the skeletal system such as chest, spine, arms, and legs.
Upper GI Exam provides X-ray images of the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine. This test is performed to help diagnose ulcers, intestinal bleeding, and gastritis among other diseases.
Lower GI Exam often referred to as a Barium Enema, examines the large intestine and rectum. This series uses X-rays to diagnose problems in the colon and rectum including abnormal growths, ulcers and polyps.
Small Bowel Study produces images of the small bowel, or area between the stomach and the colon, which are studied to determine the progress of barium through the small bowel. *Barium Swallow
Esophogram examines the upper gastrointestinal tract, specifically the pharynx and esophagus. *Barium Swallow
ERCP(Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) helps physicians diagnose conditions of the bile ducts, including gallstones, inflammatory structures (scars), leaks (from trauma and surgery).
Hysterosalpingiogram produces images of the uterus and fallopian tubes, and is commonly performed on women experiencing infertility problems to help assess anatomical structure and condition of reproductive organs. Also used as a tool for women post Essure/Adiana procedures to make sure fallopian tubes are blocked in order to prevent pregnancy.
Cystogram is an X-ray examination of the urinary bladder, and shows the position and shape of the bladder. This exam can detect polyps, tumors and help diagnose reflux.
Voiding Cystogram similar to a Cystogram, is an image of the bladder as it empties of urine and allows the physician to see the function of the bladder and lower urinary tract.
Video Swallowing Assessment allows a physician to diagnose swallowing disorders by watching the movement of barium through the mouth, throat, and esophagus. *Barium Swallow
Arthrograms provide physicians visuals of the structure and functions of joints including shoulder, wrist, hip, knee and ankles, and help determine possible treatments. Also used as an aid prior to an MRI study to enhance the area of interest.
Myelograms examine the movement of contrast material in the space around the spinal cord, and allow physicians to evaluate the movement of the spinal cord, nerves and intervertbral disks.
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) allows physicians to view any abnormalities within the urinary system including the kidneys, ureters, and bladder. IVP helps in the diagnosis of kidney stones, obstructions and anatomical variations.
Gastric Feeding Tube Assessment examines and confirms the placement and position of feeding tubes in patients.
*A Barium Swallow is a thick, milk-shake like drink. Barium absorbs X-rays and is visible on film. When ingested, barium coats the inside walls of organs; movement of the organs is then visible during exams and allows physicians to see abnormalities.