Medical Imaging | Radiology

Committed to providing quality service, our Medical Imaging Center ensures patient comfort and accurate test results.

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When you need a clear picture of your health, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland is here with you to ensure expert care and to deliver precision imaging.

We are a fully digital imaging department. Digital imaging ad¬vantages include improved image quality with lower radiation dose, instant access of images to the radiologist and staff physicians. 

We offer a full range of screening, diagnostic and interventional proce¬dures. Our technologists are licensed and hold advanced certification in their areas of specialty.

If you need to schedule an appointment with our medical imaging department, please call 217-757-6565.

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CT Scans

Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan) is a non-invasive procedure that enables medical professionals to obtain accurate diagnostic information on many areas of your body. The CT uses x-rays to produce a cross-sectional image (or slice) of the areas of your body being examined. Our state-of-the-art CT scanners are capable of capturing entire organs in seconds. They provide outstanding image detail for any exam, including cardiac, head, spine, and abdominal and vascular studies.

Physicians use CT scans to examine injuries as well as diagnose and treat diseases and conditions. This can include:

  • Helping to guide biopsies and other cancer treatments
  • Planning and following up on surgery 
  • Staging and planning radiation 
  • Monitoring chemotherapy 
  • Examining injuries to internal organs and vessels

This technology allows us to image smaller structures with great detail and resolution in even the most challenging applications. CT captured images give your doctor an unprecedented level of detail needed to treat disease and life-threatening illnesses. CT at St. Joseph's Hospital gives:

  • Greater diagnostic confidence
  • Faster scans
  • Optimized radiation doses
  • Shorter breath holds for less discomfort
  • Non-invasive exams with no recovery time

The radiologist will review the images from your CT scan and provide a detailed report to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean, relative to your health. 

Patient in an MRI machine with technician looking on


St. Joseph's Hospital offers the cutting-edge 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. The system is the quietest MRI on the market to the extent that there is no ear protection necessary for maximum patient comfort. The 1.5T MRI delivers high-speed, high-resolution imaging that produces accurate and reliable results with unmatched image quality. The new system design features superior coil technology that allows clinicians to perform multiple exams without repositioning the patient.

Physicians use MRI to evaluate the internal body structure, to help diagnose, manage and treat conditions such as:

  • tumors such as in the pelvis, abdomen or chest
  • congenital heart disease and other heart conditions
  • liver diseases such as cirrhosis
  • blood vessel malformations and inflammation (vasculitis)
  • problems with a baby in the womb
  • bile duct and pancreas abnormalities
  • ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases