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Imaging & Radiology Services in Macomb, IL

Utilizing the Best Technology for Imaging

Located on the first floor of MDH.
Contact by phone: (309) 836-1550 | Fax: (309) 836-1551

McDonough District Hospital focuses on technology to offer you the best in medical imaging. Digital images are viewed using the Picture Archive Communication System (PACS) and Digital Radiography (DR) to distribute imaging information and provide a wide range of radiology services.

Diagnostic imaging is often the first exam ordered by a provider. It can visualize most parts of the body and allow for more accurate testing and diagnosis. General radiology uses a small amount of radiation to view the skull, chest, abdomen, spine, pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. More specialized imaging such as Computed Tomography (CT) and fluoroscopy use contrast material that can either be ingested and/or injected. These contrasts better define structures such as kidneys and blood vessels, colon, stomach and more.

Points to Remember:

  • You will need to register in Admitting/Registration 15-20 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Always notify the technologist if you are or may be pregnant.
  • Most general radiographic exams require no preparation. Some exams require no food or drink the night prior. There are also exams that require a preparation kit. You will provided that information when you schedule the appointment.
  • Prep kits may be picked up at the Radiology Department Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Please note: Cell phone use including audio or video recording is prohibited.

Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study

A Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS) allows the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) to see what occurs in your mouth and throat when you swallow. This test lets the SLP see:

  • if food enters your airway instead of your stomach, called aspiration
  • which parts of your mouth and throat may not work well
  • what kinds of food are safest for you to swallow
  • if certain positions or strategies help to improve your swallow

This study is completed in the radiology department with the SLP, radiologist, and a radiology technician. The SLP will give you different foods and drinks mixed with barium. The test results will determine what treatment will improve your swallowing and what foods and liquids are safest to swallow.

In order to complete the VFSS, you must discuss your concerns with your doctor and have a physician’s orders faxed to (309) 836-1551. Once the order is sent, please call the Radiology Department at (309) 836-1550 to schedule the evaluation.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to contact the Speech Therapy Department of MDH Rehabilitation Services at (309) 836-1601.

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