Digital Diagnostic Imaging & Teleradiography

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Preparing for your MRI

The imaging department at Harrison County Hospital offers the top-of-the-line 1.5T MRI scanner. It delivers excellent image quality and the ultimate personalized care for each one of our patients. We offer LED lighting, optional airflow adjustments and the scanner is open on both ends. Patients are also able to watch their favorite movie or listen to relaxing music.

MRI machines use a powerful magnetic field to produce optimal images.

Prior to getting your MRI you will have to answer a questionnaire regarding you medical history. For your safety, we ask that you wear clothes free of metal and no jewelry. Do not worry if you forget we have scrubs and lockers for your valuables.

Computed Tomography (CT)

The imaging department at Harrison County Hospital offers one of the most advanced CT options in the industry.

In need of a CT scan?

Great outcomes often depend on great scan information. Our new CT equipment provides your doctor with the precise, hi-resolution images they need for a more confident diagnosis. In addition, it offers you a fast, comfortable, and high-quality imaging experience.

Preparing for your CT scan

Your healthcare provider will determine the type of scan that you will need. They will provide you with information on how to prepare for your exam. On the day of your exam, you should pay attention to:

  • Arrival time:
    • You will receive a call or a text with instructions on what to do when you get to the hospital.
  • Diet: Avoid eating and drinking at least four hours prior to your exam.
  • Medications: Bring your medication list with you.
  • Comfort: You should wear comfortable clothes. You may need to change into a gown before the exam and remove your watch and jewelry, including any piercings you can remove. You may need to remove dentures and hearing aids, too. Zippers and metal objects can obstruct the scan.

If you are getting contrast, you may need to have an IV. Through this IV, we will check your creatinine level (function of your kidneys). This is also how we will also administer the CT contrast.

What happens during the test?

You will lie on the CT table. The table may move slowly in and out. The scan will take less than five minutes to complete. Once complete, the technologist will give you instructions based of the type of exam you had done. Your physician will receive the results in 48 hours.

CT Lung Cancer Screening

  • At least a 20-pack-year history of smoking
  • History of smoking, and age 55 to 75
  • Exposure to asbestos, and history of smoking
  • First degree family history of lung cancer (father, mother, brother or sister) and age 50 or older
  • Former smoker; 15 years or less smoke free

Medicare and Medicaid coverage guidelines for lung cancer screening (as of 10 February 2022) are:

  • 50-77 year olds
  • Smoked within past 15 years
  • 20 pack-years (see pack calculator)

For those who are eligible, a physician referral from your primary care provider is required. Call 812.738.7864 to schedule today.

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