One of the most common misconceptions people have of their smaller community hospital is that it may not offer the latest in imaging technology, also known as radiology. HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital offers advanced medical imaging that is 100% digital. You can be assured a board-certified radiologist will receive and review your results quickly.

While many outpatient procedures can be performed on a "walk in" basis, there are some exams that require a fasting period prior to the test and a radiologist be present for the exam. For this reason, it is always best to call the Imaging Department at (217) 774-3961, ext. 5171 to find out if an appointment is needed. Please note all radiology exams require a written or phoned-in order from your physician.

Common diagnostic exams performed at Good Shepherd Hospital include:
 

X-ray

Sometimes that rolled ankle is just a sprain but it could be a broken bone. Only a simple, but efficient X-ray can tell the difference. At Good Shepherd Hospital we utilize this standard and proven technology to quickly diagnose and treat a patient’s situation. We feature both general and portable X-ray units for efficiency.
 

Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

Good Shepherd Hospital uses the 64-Slice Computed Tomography (CT) system to perform CT scans – sometimes called a CAT scan. CT is an exceptional diagnostic tool and includes a non-invasive test to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. This technology allows physicians to more effectively detect and treat a wide range of illnesses, from heart disease to cancer to stroke. These scans provide greater detail than standard X-rays.
 

Mammography

Good Shepherd Hospital is dedicated to making sure every woman meeting requirements (age, family or personal history, symptoms of breast disease) has a yearly screening or diagnostic mammogram, a test crucial for detecting breast cancer sometimes even before a lump is discovered after a physical examination.

For those who are in need of a diagnostic mammogram, our digital mammography technology is highly reliable to help radiologists and your doctor evaluate symptoms of breast disease including the assessment of a lump, nipple discharge, breast pain, dimpling of the skin on the breast or retraction of the nipple.

Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Scientific evidence confirms that annual screening mammograms, beginning at age 40, reduce death from breast cancer.

To schedule a mammogram or if you have questions about mammograms and your insurance, call 217-774-3961, extension 5171.

Mammogram Quick Tips

  • When you have your mammogram at different healthcare facilities, it is important that you request a copy of your films, (if film screen) or a digital image file from the facility you had your last mammogram performed.
  • Do not wear deodorant, lotions or perfumes on the day of your mammogram.
  • Plan to wear a two piece outfit – you will only need to remove all articles of clothing from the waist up
  • Prepare to schedule your mammogram appointment for the week following your period. This will reduce the likelihood of inflammation and breast tenderness

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI, or 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 and there is no radiation involved. MRI scans show detailed anatomy, as well as soft tissue detail, which is not possible with x-rays.
 

Ultrasound (sonography)

When most people think of having an ultrasound or sonogram, obstetrics comes to mind. In reality, ultrasound images are yet another tool physicians can use to quickly diagnose and treat illnesses. It has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools. At Good Shepherd Hospital, we perform ultrasounds for diagnosis in the abdomen, heart, pelvis area, breast, thyroid, kidneys, bladder, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, abdominal aorta and testicular areas.
 

Nuclear Medicine

Good Shepherd Hospital offers a wide variety of nuclear medicine imaging services. Nuclear medicine tests differ from most other imaging in that diagnostic tests primarily show the physiological function of the system being investigated. We can perform bone scans, liver/spleen scans, GI bleed studies, gastric emptying studies and more.
 

Bone Densitometry

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine and wrist.


According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans or 55 percent of the people 50 years of age and older. In the U.S. today, 10 million individuals are estimated to already have the disease and almost 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. While women are four times more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, men can also be affected.

Good Shepherd Hospital realizes the prevalence of this debilitating disease. We offer bone density (DEXA) scans which measure bone loss and deterioration.Together, the following five steps can optimize bone health and help prevent osteoporosis:

  • Get the daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D
  • Engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about bone health
  • Have a bone density test and take medication when appropriate