Diagnostic Imaging Services

The Pike County Memorial Hospital Radiology department uses the most innovative technology. We use speech recognition for dictating x-ray results. Speech recognition converts spoken words to text. This technology offers real-time reporting. This report appears instantly, which speeds the time to produce critical results. This quick reporting increases productivity, which allows for faster turnaround time of reports and reduces waiting times for patients and referring physicians.

  • PCMH Radiology services are located on the first floor of the hospital.
  • Licensed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
  • Additional accreditation awarded by the American College of Radiology.
  • Patient care is handled by an experienced and caring team of technologists and board certified radiologists.
  • Safe and efficient testing combined with the latest technology and expert interpretation by experienced physician specialists provides your doctor with a prompt report on test results.


This technique uses high frequency sound waves that reflect off a body structure to form an image. Ultrasound does not expose a patient to radiation. The sound waves create an echo that allows a technician to interpret the size, distance and uniformity of an organ. These sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed on a monitor.

  • Dress comfortably - you may be asked to change into a gown
  • Pelvic Ultrasound - a full bladder is required (drink 32 oz. of water one hour prior to exam
  • Abdominal / Gallbladder Ultrasound - no food or drink after midnight the night before this procedure, no smoking or gum chewing.
  • Renal Ultrasound - a full bladder is needed - patient should be well hydrated 24 hours prior to this procedure.

DEXA, bone densitometry

Bone densitometry has become the standard for measuring the density of bones and is the test for evaluating osteoporosis. The measurement of bone minerals is closely related to bone strength and the potential for bone fractures.

Factors that bring about the need for DEXA, bone densitometry:

  • Menopause lowers estrogen levels, thus increasing the rate of bone reabsorption.
  • Testosterone levels dropping in men due to the aging process, creating an increased risk of bone reabsorbtion.
  • Dress comfortably - apparel should have no metal buttons, buckles or zippers.

Mammography- Digital Mammography

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts using low-dose radiation. This is a procedure that should be done by women annually beginning at age 40. The role of mammography is to identify breast cancer at the earliest stage.

Preparation: Dress comfortably; there will be the need to undress above the waist.

Mammography patients should not use powders, deodorants, ointments or creams prior to this procedure. If possible do not schedule a mammogram just before or during your menstrual period.

CT-Computed Tomography

A CT (Computed Tomography), sometimes called a CAT scan, uses special x-ray equipment to obtain many images from different angles around the body. CT imaging is extremely helpful in analyzing and diagnosing because it can show several types of tissues - lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels. A CT scan is one of the best tools for studying the chest and abdomen.

Preparation: Dress comfortably; avoid clothing with snaps or zippers. Patients may be asked to wear a gown. Some CT exams require the patient to drink a contrast material 1-2 hours prior to the exam.

MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

An MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a non-invasive and painless procedure in which radio waves and powerful magnets linked to a computer are used to create detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues without the use of radiation.

Preparation: Dress comfortably. Patients will be asked to remove jewelry, hairpins, hearing aids, glasses and removable dental work.


Fluoroscopy studies use a special x-ray unit with a monitor attached that allows the physician to see the movement of the intestines, stomach, or esophagus. Prior to the procedure the patient drinks a barium solution that assists the physician in the analysis of the fluoroscopy. Fluoroscopy studies through PCMH include the Upper GI, Barium Enema and Barium Swallow.

General Radiography

General Radiography examinations visualize different body areas including:

  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Skull / Facial Bones
  • Spine
  • Pelvis
  • Extremities (arms & legs)

Preparation: Dress comfortably; avoid clothing with snaps and zippers, patients may be asked to wear a gown.

Digital Imaging

Utilizing the Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS), radiology images are captured digitally and can be accessed through a secure online network. Digital images can be manipulated for a closer and better look at particular spot allowing both the radiologist and physician to better assess what is being viewed.


If you have any more questions about the services we render here at Pike County Memorial Hospital, please, don't hesitate to reach out.