Radiology & Imaging

Medical Imaging Services Offered at Mercer County Community Hospital Include:

CT Scans

A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do.

CT scan has many uses, but it’s particularly well-suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily realigns water molecules in your body. Radio waves cause these aligned atoms to produce faint signals, which are used to create cross-sectional MRI images.

Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear imaging is used to study organ and tissue function. A tiny amount of a radioactive substance is used during the procedure to assist in the exam. The radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is absorbed by body tissue. Nuclear Medicine images can assist the physician in diagnosing many diseases and conditions including; analyzing kidney and spleen function, imaging blood flow and function of the heart and scanning lungs for respiratory and blood-flow problems.

Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and directing treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions.

Most ultrasound examinations are done using an ultrasound device outside your body, though some involve placing a small device inside your body.


X-rays use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs on film or digital media. Standard X-rays are performed for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries.

Mammography and Women's Imaging
A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breast. We proudly offer 3D mammography and comprehensive women’s imaging in conjunction with our women’s health services.
Vascular Screenings
Vascular Screenings check for plaque buildup, blockages or aneurysms in veins that could cause heart attacks and strokes.

State-of-the-art Imaging Services

Mercer Health’s Medical Imaging Services department is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art radiology and imaging services to both inpatients and outpatients. The caring and experienced imaging staff includes registered radiology technicians trained and certified in various areas, including mammography, ultrasound, traditional x-ray and more.

Specially-trained radiologists from Columbus Radiology Corporation read and diagnose images and report their findings back to the ordering provider.

More Information

Some Radiology and Imaging Services are also available at the Community Medical Center. All imaging tests require orders from providers.