Medical Imaging and Radiology

Medical Imaging is a term for X-rays, CT, MR and Nuclear Medicine exams as well as mammograms and ultrasound and other tests and procedures that doctors request to help make a more accurate diagnosis.

Imaging and Radiology services at Hannibal Regional Hospital bring this advanced technology conveniently to the residents of northeast Missouri and west central Illinois.  A variety of services and technologies is available to help doctors make the best, most informed diagnoses.

Serving Inpatient and Outpatients

Our Medical Imaging department supports the imaging needs for Hannibal Regional Hospital patients during inpatient stays and outpatient testing for the entire community.  For the convenience of our patients, Hannibal Regional Hospital’s outpatient radiology services are available from 7 am to 5 pm. Most outpatient procedures require an order from your physician.

To schedule an appointment in the Medical Imaging department, please call 573-248-5688.

Hannibal Regional Imaging Services

Bone Density
Bone density testing helps physicians diagnose osteoporosis, particularly in the early stages before broken bones occur. When tests are repeated over time, they can also help physicians track the rate of bone loss.

CT (Computed Tomography)
CT scans make images with x-ray beams to create cross-section pictures of the body. For approximately 15 to 20 minutes, the patient lies on a table that moves through a circular opening. This procedure gives radiologists an unobstructed view of organs, bone and soft-tissue.

Mammography (Digital)
Digital mammography provides enhanced image quality and detail for screenings and diagnostics. Images from each breast are taken in a top-to-bottom and angled side-to-side view. Additional angles, magnified views and/or different paddles may be used depending on what the radiologist needs.

MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging   See Image - See Video
Hannibal Regional’s new MRI technology provides our patients with a much more comfortable imaging experience and our physicians with more detailed scans and enhanced diagnostic confidence. The new Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5 Tesla MRI creates ultra-high-field, next generation imaging while the more spacious design reduces anxiety and its speed means faster exam times.

Speaking of design, the Siemens Aera 1.5 Tesla offers an Open Bore design which is more spacious. This design helps reduce the closed-in feeling of traditional MRIs and allows for many exams to be performed with the head outside of the system. This helps reduce anxiety and its speed means faster exams, resulting in a more comfortable experience for you.

During an MRI procedure, a patient must remain still so that the images the MRI is producing are crystal clear. Laying in one place, very still is difficult for most of us.. So, to minimize the need for patient sedation and help eliminate claustrophobic fears our new MRI system features CinemaVision goggles that allows you to watch a movie, video, or listen to an MP3 and provides 2-way communications with your imaging technician.

Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses a very small amount of radioactive substances to acquire images. These scans can last from approximately 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on the type of scan, with some scans requiring patients to return after several hours to complete the test.

Ultrasound
Ultrasound uses sound waves to study and characterize internal structures and tissues. A hand-held device called a transducer, or probe, is placed on the patient’s skin, and it serves as both the transmitter and receiver to obtain the images.  Depending on the exam, the ultrasound will take approximately 30 minutes.  At the request of the radiologist or referring physician, a breast ultrasound is sometimes ordered after a mammogram to provide more information about an area of concern.

X-Ray
A chest exam is the most common x-ray ordered for a patient. Extremities, or arm, leg, hand, etc., may be ordered for a patient injury to determine if there is a fracture or need for surgery. Hannibal Regional provides general x-ray services with a digital imaging system and also has a fluoroscopy system where detailed views of bones and tissue are viewed in a movie-like sequence on a monitor.

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Hospital Map and Contact Information

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Hannibal Regional Medical Imaging
6000 Hospital Drive
Hannibal, MO 63401
(573) 248-5688

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