Radiology


The radiologists at HSHS St. Francis Hospital blend the latest radiological technology with the highest standard of patient care to get fast and accurate results.

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 Radiology Department at (217) 324-8555 to find out if an appointment is needed. Please note all radiology exams require a written or phoned-in order from your physician.

Our Radiology Department performs over 30,000 diagnostic procedures each year. Radiologists can view exams and reports over the Internet almost instantly.

Common diagnostic exams performed at St. Francis Hospital include:

Digital X-rays: Digital x-rays are used to take images of the extremities, pelvis, head/face, ribs and shoulder/clavicle. Barium exams of the stomach, small bowel and colon are also available.

MRIs: By combining radio frequency waves with a strong magnetic field, our MRI unit creates remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. This is valuable in diagnosing cancer, vascular disease, stroke and joint musculoskeletal disorders. The open MRI machine at St. Francis helps patients who suffer from claustrophobia. It can also accommodate nearly every patient thanks to its higher weight capacity. 

MRI goggles are available to help patients to relax by blocking out the sights and sounds of the machine by watching television shows or movies of their choice.  

Nuclear Medicine: Nuclear medicine uses radioactive substances to image the body and treat disease. These images are useful to detect heart problems, thyroid disorders and bone disease.

CAT (CT) Scans: A CT scan creates cross-sectional images (like slices) of inside the body with a great level of precision with the lowest dose possible. 

Ultrasounds: Ultrasounds uses high frequency ultrasound waves to produce images. It is used for diagnosis, management and follow-up in many areas, but is particularly useful for obstetric, gynecologic and pediatric imaging. This technology is also used for rapid diagnosis of medical, surgical, obstetrical and gynecologic emergencies.

Mammograms: Mammograms create black and white x-rays of the breast to detect tumors and other abnormalities. Women should talk with their doctor to determine a screening schedule that best fits their needs.