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Diagnostic Imaging

Obtaining a Clear Picture of Your Health

With the help of Diagnostic Imaging, Kirby Medical Center is committed to providing our patients with the most advanced imaging technology available. Going far beyond typical X-Rays, our comprehensive diagnostic imaging services include:

Staff members perform radiology services under the supervision of a radiologist who also reads and interprets the findings.


Kirby Medical Center is happy to bring the latest diagnostic imaging services for MRI and PET/CT close to home. Through our agreement with OSF Mobile Medical Systems, a state-of-the-art PET/CT Scanner now comes to Kirby every Monday and the mobile MRI unit is here each Tuesday and Saturday. With these powerful diagnostic imaging tools available at Kirby, comfortably let technology come to you while you stay in the convenience of your own community.

MRI is one of the latest advances in medical imaging today. Unlike standard X-Ray exams, the MRI process uses a large magnet to obtain images and no radiation is used. MRI scans show detailed anatomy, as well as soft tissue detail, which is not possible with X-Rays.

PET/CT helps a physician diagnose and manage your care. The highly sensitive PET scan detects changes in cellular function, like how your cells are utilizing nutrients like sugar and oxygen. The CT, or Computed Tomography, scan provides a detailed picture of your internal anatomy. The combined images of the PET/CT provide complete information enabling your physician to make an earlier diagnosis.

CT Scanning

CT Scanning, sometimes called CAT scanning, is a medical test to helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

A CT scan combines special X-Ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed. CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular X-Ray exams alone.

Using specialized equipment and expertise to create and interpret CT scans of the body, radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma, and musculoskeletal disorders. Kirby Medical Center's new 64-Slice GE Brightspeed CT Scanner provides even clearer and more detailed images to aid in interpretation of your particular medical issue.

Bone Density

Physicians use Kirby Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging technology to better measure bone density or bone loss. Dual-energy X-Ray absorptiometry, or DXA, is an enhanced X-Ray technology used to diagnose and treat medical conditions. Visit the Kirby Bone Health page for more information.

Take the Osteoporosis Risk Questionnaire to estimate your risk of developing osteoporosis.

For more information on Kirby Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging, contact your primary care physician, or call (217) 762-1820.