Imaging / Radiology

Our Board Certified team of Radiologists provide coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They bring capabilities to our community usually found only at larger facilities.

The highly skilled teams of Radiologic Technologists are all graduates of accredited Radiology Programs, certified by the State of Indiana and maintain yearly-continued education requirements that allow them to keep abreast of the newest techniques as they develop in our profession. Many of our technologists are cross-trained in several imaging modalities. As a result of this cross-training we staff technologists in-house and ready to complete exams at any hour of the day.

The department has recently been recognized by the American College of Radiography for their high level of organization and attention to all aspects of providing CT services. They now enjoy ACR accreditation in the areas of Mammography and Computed Tomography.

To schedule a test, please call 765-658-2760.

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NEW! Cardiac Scoring

A low-dose cardiac CT scan (also called a low-dose CAT scan) for coronary calcium is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries – the vessels that supply oxygen-containing blood to the heart muscle. Calcified plaque results when there is a build-up of fat and other substances under the inner layer of the artery. This material can calcify, which signals the presence of atherosclerosis, a disease of the vessel wall that is also called coronary artery disease (CAD). People with this disease have an increased risk for heart attacks. In addition, over time, the progression of plaque build-up (CAD) can narrow the arteries or even close off blood flow to the heart. The result may be chest pain, sometimes called “angina,” or a heart attack.

Because calcium is a marker of CAD, the amount of calcium detected on a low-dose cardiac CT scan is a helpful prognostic tool. It measures the amount of plaque in the arteries, which is a leading indicator of heart disease. Knowing your score may help you monitor or even improve your disease. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, such as medication and changing your diet and activity

More than half the people who die suddenly from a heart attack have no previous symptoms. Low-dose cardiac CTs for calcium scoring are designed for people who have not been diagnosed with heart disease. Because calcifications are an early sign of CAD, these scans can show whether you’re at risk for a heart attack or other heart problems before other signs and symptoms occur. Low-dose cardiac CTs for calcium scoring are 99 percent effective in confirming or ruling out coronary artery disease.

The following factors may increase your risk of heart disease.

-You are male and over 45 years of age.

-You are female and over 55 years of age, OR you have passed menopause or had your ovaries removed and are not taking estrogen.

-Your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55 OR your mother or your sister had one before the age of 65.

-You smoke OR you live/work with someone who smokes regularly.

-You have a total cholesterol level of 240 or higher.

-You have high blood pressure.

-You are 20 pounds or more overweight.

-You do NOT exercise at least three times a week.

-You have diabetes OR you need medicine to control your blood flow.

f you checked any of these factors, cardiac score using the low-dose cardia CT scan will help you be proactive in your heart health. Realizing the importance of this service, Putnam County Hospital is offering this services to the community for only $39.95.

If you feel you are a candidate to receive a cardiac score at Putnam County Hospital, please call 765.658.2760 to make an appointment. No physician referral is required, and appointments are accepted 24 hours a day for your convenience.

NEW! Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women — more than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Putnam County Hospital now offers low-dose CT lung screening to individuals who are at high-risk for lung cancer.

This low-dose screening can find lung cancer at an early stage when the chances for treatment success are much better. Through the Putnam County Hospital screening program, eligible patients will receive a low-dose CT of the chest. The exam is quick and painless. No medications are given and no needles are used. All you need to do is hold your breath for six seconds while the CT is taken.

Only individuals at high-risk for lung cancer are eligible for the lung cancer screening program. Putnam County Hospital follows the American Lung Association’s definition of individuals who are at high-risk for lung cancer. The ALA defines high-risk as:

• Ages 55 to 80 and

• Current smoker or former smoker who has quit in the past 15 years and

• Smoking history of at least 30-pack years. The American Cancer Society defines 30-pack years as:

• One pack a day for 30 years

• Two packs a day for 15 years

The cost for this low-dose screening is $39.95. Insurance will not be billed.

Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if you are a candidate for this service. If you do not have a provider, contact the Putnam County Hospital Radiology department at 765.655.2612 and assistance will be provided. Information about this screening, along with other screening services, visit www.pchosp.org and click on Radiology/Imaging Services.

The best thing you can do for your health is to not smoke or use tobacco products. For help with quitting, talk to your doctor or call the free Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669).

MRI

PCH is proud to offer state of the art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services. Our MRI unit is a High Field Open-Sided configuration, which means that you are not put into an enclosed tube-like structure for your exam. Our Hitachi Altaire Unit uses a 0.7 tesla magnet that creates image quality that is directly comparable to a closed system. This capability is very beneficial to those persons who have struggled with issues such as claustrophobia. MRI exams can be scheduled Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

CT Scan

Putnam County Hospital recently installed GE Healthcare’s Optima* CT660, an advanced, scalable Computed Tomography (CT) system offering lower radiation dose capabilities and enhanced ease-of-use in a range of cardiovascular, oncology, neurology, angiography and other procedures.

This imaging system enables our physicians to acquire high quality images to help better diagnose patients, while significantly reducing radiation exposure by up to 40%.

Additionally, the CT660 is among the world’s most energy efficient Volume CT systems, using about 60 percent less energy than previous-generation scanners.

The Optima CT660 has expanded Putnam County Hospital’s capabilities by offering lower doses of radiation and shorter scan times, which is beneficial to all, but it is particularly beneficial to pediatric patients and those who receive multiple scans. Patients who require frequent follow-up CT scans for chronic conditions can now feel comfortable repeating these tests on a regular basis without increased radiation risk.

Nuclear Medicine Services

PCH is fortunate to offer a full range of Nuclear Medicine services to our community. This subspecialty of the field of Radiology can obtain specific diagnosis for a wide range of injuries, acute physiological processes and disease processes that affect body anatomy and function. A certified practitioner is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday for this imaging modality.

Nuclear Medicine scans are obtained by injecting a radioisotope, that is specific to the area of the body that your physician is interested in evaluating, intravenously. The isotope travels to area of interest via the blood stream thus allowing the Radiologist to not only determine the size and shape of the area of interest but also evaluate the functioning time and efficiency.

Mammography Services

Full mammography services including screening mammography, diagnostic mammography and breast biopsies are offered in the Radiology Department. Our Mammography Unit is state of the art with digital imagining.

Hours of service are 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday as our goal is to provide ample opportunity for patients to receive their mammogram in a timely manner. We are accredited by the American College of Radiology, Mammography Quality Standards Act and the Food and Drug Administration.

Ultrasonic Imaging Services

PCH utilizes high definition digital imaging equipment manufactured by Phillips Medical Systems. Phillips systems are currently providing the best ultrasonic imaging technology in the industry including SonoCT© and harmonics tissue imaging. Ultrasound examinations are scheduled Monday through Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. while Ultrasound coverage for emergency purposes are available 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

PET / CT Scan Services

Putnam County Hospital proud to announce that we have partnered with Shared Medical Services to offer PET/CT services at the hospital campus. This service includes all PET/CT exams and is a great convenience for our local residents foregoing the need to travel to Indianapolis, Terre Haute or Bloomington as the closest options for this type of imaging study. The scheduling representatives specialize in this type of imaging study and will contact your insurance company to confirm all payment details for you. To schedule a PET/CT exam call 1-800-500-4014 and representative will be happy to take care of your PET/CT imaging needs.