At Adams Memorial Hospital we are committed to providing comprehensive diagnostic radiology services in a caring and compassionate environment. Our customized facility offers a conveniently accessed location; a warm environment designed for patient comfort, and advanced imaging technology. The radiology staff has brought together the best combination of qualified caring medical professionals and state of the art technology to assist you and your physician with your treatment. We are accredited by the American College of Radiology, embracing their high standards through accreditation programs & guidelines for quality imaging, education, and patient advocacy. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) accredits our Mammography facility.
The physicians of Summit Radiology are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality diagnostic imaging. Our radiologists have additional fellowship training in interventional radiology, mammography, neuro-radiology, nuclear medicine, and magnetic resonance imaging. Summit Radiology provides coverage 24/7.
The Radiology Department is located on the first floor of the hospital located at 1100 Mercer Avenue. We are staffed 24 hours a day by skilled technologists who are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and certified by the state of Indiana.
Our radiology department has installed state of the art Digital Radiology equipment that is capable of immediate acquisition of all images taken, meaning that the images are immediately available for viewing on a computer screen. This eliminates the need for x-ray film. Your physician can immediately access your images through our specialized Radiology Web Browser. In the event that you need actual films, we can provide these to you through our film loan department. By providing our patients with a fully digital department, we have significantly improved our customer service. We have decreased wait times as a result of more efficient workflow, and more importantly, because of these new efficiencies, we have more time to directly address the needs of you, the patient. A digital image is produced in 7 seconds.
Each imaging modality offered at Adams Memorial Hospital is state of the art. From the high-field MRI scanner, to the rapid speed multi-slice CT scanner, the advanced ultrasound unit, comprehensive nuclear medicine camera, digital fluoroscopy unit Dexa bone density measurement machine to the most modern high-tech digital mammography machine marketed, you will find it in our department.
Adams Memorial Hospital’s Ultrasound Department has been awarded full accreditation by the American College of Radiology due to our superior image quality generated on state of the art scanners by registered ultrasonographers. Abdomen, OB-GYN, Thyroid, Breast, Vascular (carotids, venous, and arterial), and Musculoskeletal are some of our many diagnostic capabilities.
We also offer echocardiograms performed by specially trained echocardiography techs and interpreted by the cardiologists of Indiana Heart. Our Internists monitor Stress Echocardiograms in our department.
Board Certified Radiologists interpret all other examinations on a spectacular digital review station and perform many specialty procedures using Ultrasound, such as biopsies, aspirations, paracentesis, and thoracentesis.
The preparation required for the various CT Scans varies with the scan. Please open and print the preparation instructions for your test. If you have any questions or concerns please call our Radiology Department at 260-724-2145 x 1641 or x 1639.
Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine offers a wide range of diagnostic capabilities. Physiological based information can detect problems within the gall bladder, bone, stomach, thyroid, kidney, lung, and heart. With the use of Cardiovascular stress testing monitored by an Internist or Cardiologist, Cardiolite Imaging is very valuable in determining narrowing or blockages in the coronary arteries within the heart. At Adams Memorial Hospital, we have state of the art equipment and experienced certified technologists. With our computer linked to the Heart Center Medical Group for an interpreting Cardiologist, there is no need to travel to Fort Wayne for this procedure.
Adams Memorial Hospital has installed a 1.5 Tesla Magnetom magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, allowing us to provide outstanding MRI diagnostic capability to physicians in the Decatur area. This machine is the latest generation of high field, short bore MRI systems. It delivers the fastest scanning times and highest resolution images available. The system is from Siemens Medical, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of diagnostic imaging equipment.
Key benefits of the Siemens System are its short length and large opening which especially benefit claustrophobic and larger patients. With its wider couch and bore, our MRI delivers a new standard in patient comfort, combined with the best image quality available.
Our MRI department is accredited by the America College of Radiography. This is a voluntary Accreditation that is representative of our commitment to excellence.
MRI’s are one of the easiest and most comfortable exams of radiologic. The patients asked to lie down on a cushioned table. A device called a “coil” is placed over or under the area of interest. When the patient is comfortably positioned, the table will move through the magnet. The technologist will then step into the control area, while staying in constant contact with the patient both visually and through an intercom. As the exam proceeds, the patient will hear a muffled thumping sound for several minutes at a time. A stereo system is available for patients to hear music during the procedure. Any movement during this time will blur the picture, so patients are reminded to lie as still as possible. Other than the sound, the MRI creates no “physical” sensation.
If you are having an MRI, please inform your doctor or the technologist if you have any of the following:
Any metallic substance can affect the quality of the diagnostic images. Also, be sure to tell us if you are pregnant. Metallic objects often give a bright or blank spot in the picture. To help your doctor make the best diagnosis, you will be asked to remove your eyeglasses, jewelry, dentures, hearing aids and any other metallic objects you are carrying.
You must have a physician’s order to schedule your MRI. After hour appointments are available for patients who cannot get off work for day appointments. To schedule and MRI, please call 724-2145 x1507.
A stereo system is available for patients to hear music during the procedure.
Check out the MRI FAQ page.
MRI Preparation Form
In June of 2009 we installed a State-of-the-art Lorad Full Field Digital Mammography unit. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of images in a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere.
We understand the special nature of this procedure and all of our technologists are specifically trained, having completed many hours of study, specific to the art of digital mammography.
Echocardiography is used to diagnose conditions involving the structure or function of the heart. The test enables visualization of the four chambers of the heart, the valves, the blood vessels entering and leaving the heart, and the sac that surrounds the heart. The procedure is most often performed for the following reasons:
The images made during the Echocardiogram are analyzed and interpreted by a cardiologist. All images are transmitted electronically from Adams Memorial Hospital to Indiana Heart for interpretation.
After your Cardiologist review the test results, a report will be mailed to your Primary Care Physician who will discuss the results with you.