Radiology & Imaging
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Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital provides full-service diagnostic services to the residents of East Central Indiana. Our radiologists use advanced imaging technologies to diagnose and treat many conditions.
We offer the full range of imaging services, including X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs), ultrasounds and more. Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we conduct research into new imaging techniques that can lead to more accurate diagnoses and less-invasive treatments.
Our physicians have advanced education in reading these images to make proper diagnoses. We also use leading edge imaging technology in our operating rooms so surgeons can perform minimally invasive procedures to help you recover faster with less pain. As part of our dedication to creating a remarkable patient experience, we provide safe care using the lowest doses of radiation possible for the most accurate results.
An X-ray uses low-dose radiation to produce images of tissues, bones and organs. X-rays are most often used to detect bone or joint problems, or to check the heart and lungs. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Radiology & Imaging uses digital imaging technology to provide the clearest, most accurate picture for physicians to make their diagnosis.
X-ray exam instructions are included below:
- Barium Swallow and/or Cookie Swallow
- X-ray Lower GI Instructions
- X-ray Upper GI Instructions
- X-ray Myelogram Instructions
- X-ray Small Bowel Series Instructions
- X-ray IVP Instructions
Talk to your doctor about any additional specific instructions you need before your X-ray.
Computed tomography (CT) scans provide rapid, cross-sectional images that can be used to detect problems in tissue structure such as tumor masses, bone fractures and accumulation of fluid.
Positron emission tomography (PET) and CT scans are both standard imaging tools that physicians use to pinpoint disease states in the body.
A PET scan demonstrates the biological function of the body, while the CT scan provides information about the body's anatomy such as size, shape and location. By combining these two scanning technologies, a PET/CT scan enables physicians to more accurately diagnose and identify cancer, heart disease and brain disorders.
Our services also include nuclear medicine, a subspecialty of radiology in which radioisotopes (compounds containing radioactive forms of atoms) are put into the body for the purpose of imaging, evaluating organ function or localizing disease or tumors.
CT scan instructions are included below:
- CT IV and Oral Contrast
- CT IV Contrast Only
- CT No IV or Oral Contrast
- CT Oral Contrast Only
- CT Enterography
Talk to your doctor about any additional specific instructions you need before your CT scan.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive procedure that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. MRI is particularly useful in diagnosing neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, as well as evaluating tumors or abnormalities in the heart and blood vessels.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital offers the latest technology in MRI with a comfortable design and enhanced image resolution. The advanced technology allows for a shorter process and can reduce overall scan times by 15 to 30 minutes per patient exam. Newer scanners provide more room and reduce patient fear and other limitations caused by enclosed spaces.
Ultrasound involves the use of high-frequency sound waves to create images of organs such as the kidneys, liver and gallbladder. Unlike an X-ray, there is no ionizing radiation exposure with this test.
Ultrasound exam instructions are included below:
- Ultrasound Abdomen Exam Instructions
- Ultrasound Kidneys-Bladder Exam Instructions
- Ultrasound Pelvis, OB, Pregnancy Exam Instructions
Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about your ultrasound exam.
To schedule an exam: 765.751.2727