Medical Imaging

The Columbus Community Hospital Medical Imaging Department provides emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Scheduled appointments may be made on weekdays and weekends by calling 920-623-6466.

The department is located on the hospital's first floor across from the registration desk.

Madison Radiologists are now serving patients at Columbus Community Hospital. As the largest independent radiology group in South Central Wisconsin, the group of over 20 board certified radiologists has been providing leading edge medical imaging services and imaging interventions to residents of Madison and surrounding communities for over 34 years.

Subspecialty radiology services provided by Madison Radiologists include: MRI, mammography and breast biopsy, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular and interventional radiology, neurointerventional radiology, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and general diagnostic radiology.

Services offered include:
  • Bone Densitometry: This procedure helps to determine if a woman or man is at risk for osteoporosis. The exam requires no prep, lasts about 30 minutes. The patient completes a history sheet prior to the exam then lies on their back while an x-ray machine scans the back and hip area.

  • Computerized Tomography (CT): A CT takes 2-D images of the body by using an x-ray beam and computer. The patient lies on a table centered inside a large gantry with multiple x-ray detectors. Exams include head, chest, abdomen/pelvis and extremities. Abdomen/pelvis exams may require the patient to drink a contrast fluid to highlight the bowels prior to the exam. IV contrast may also be injected to enhance blood vessels or other structures. Patients over age 35 having contrast injected CT need a lab test prior to the procedure. The exams vary in time from 15-16 minutes.

  • Digital Mammography: The FDA accredited mammography room schedules exams seven days a week. Mammograms are best scheduled after your menstrual cycle. No deodorant or powders should be worn. A personal history sheet is completed prior to the exam. The breast is compressed between two plates. Two exposures of each breast are made from the front and the side. Yearly mammograms are recommended for women over the age of 40. 1 in 7 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): This procedure is available Monday and Wednesday mornings in a mobile unit at the hospital. The technique uses a magnetic field with computers to generate a cross-sectional image of the body. Patients are screened prior to the exam for cardiac pacemakers, heart valves, metallic fragments within the eye, pregnancy, broken bones treated with metal rods, pins, plates. Claustrophobia can be an issue with this exam. There is no prep. The exam lasts about 30-45 minutes. The patient lies on a table positioned within the magnet opening. MRI's are able to detect injuries, diseases and disorders affecting tendons, ligaments, cartilages, and bone. Because of the powerful magnets please remove all metallic objects such as jewelry, glasses, clothing with zippers, pens, credit cards, etc.

  • Nuclear Medicine: These procedures can be scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They require the injection of a radioactive isotope into a vein. Common exams are bone, cardiac, lung, and thyroid. The patient lies on a table with the camera above them while multiple films are generated. Isotopes are prepared for a specific time an weight for the patient. Exam times vary up to 4-6 hours.
 
Radiology
  • Routine x-rays of bones (skulls, sinuses, chest, spine, extremities) chest, abdomen, etc.

  • Colon: barium enema procedure of the large bowel done under fluoroscopy. A cleansing prep is required the day before the exam.

  • Stomach: An UGI procedure of the esophagus and stomach done under fluoroscopy. A barium drink is swallowed. Please do not eat or drink after midnight prior to the exam.
 
Ultrasound
  • Obstetrics: evaluates the fetus in utero for growth and anomalies. Patient will need a full bladder.
  • Abdomen: gall bladder, kidneys, liver, spleen, pancreas. Patient must not eat or drink 12 hours prior to exam.
  • Pelvis: evaluates the uterus and ovaries. The patient must come with a full and uncomfortable bladder. Can also scan the male scrotum.
  • Carotids: evaluation of the carotid arteries in the neck for abnormalities.
  • Cardiac: evaluates the four chambers of the heart. Video tape study of cardiac movement and valve assessment.
  • Venous Doppler: evaluates the venous flow in the legs assessing for clots.