Imaging Services at Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital incorporates state-of-the art imaging in a personalized and friendly environment. We have continually invested in the best diagnostic imaging equipment to ensure we provide the communities we serve cutting-edge technology.  We employ only board certified technologists to perform your comprehensive diagnostic services.

The Imaging department offers immediate appointment availability, high-resolution images, and quick report turnaround, so patients get their results faster. In order to have your diagnostic testing done at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, you will need a signed order from your provider. 

All of Culbertson Memorial Hospital’s diagnostic imaging tests are read by a premier group of Radiologists. Clinical Radiologists, S.C. (CRSC), is based in Springfield, Illinois, with more than 75 board certified physicians covering all radiology sub-specialties. CRSC is one of the largest and most progressive radiology groups in not only Illinois, but according to Radiology Business Journal, the United States. CRSC provides service to patients in a variety of settings, including -- tertiary, community, and critical access hospitals; multi specialty and single specialty clinics as well as physician offices.

CRSC maintains a team of skilled radiologists with many years of experience working with physicians across multiple disciplines. Their radiologists deliver quality interpretations for referring physicians and their patients. CRSC has general diagnostic as well as fellowship-trained physicians, specializing in all areas of radiology, including-- CT; MRI; Ultrasound; Nuclear Medicine; Interventional Radiology; Pediatric Radiology; Neuroradiology; Musculoskeletal; Cross-Sectional Imaging; and Breast Imaging.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for your diagnostic testing with the Imaging Department, please call 217-322-4321, ext. 5279.

DEXA Bone Density Testing

Osteoporosis leads to decreased bone strength and increases risk for fractures. This condition is more common among women because of the loss of estrogen that occurs with aging; however, both men and women are at risk. Osteoporosis DEXA screening should be considered beginning at the age of 55-65 years of age.

A DEXA Scan is a means of measuring bone mineral density. Dexa scans are the most widely used and most thoroughly studied bone density measurement technology. DEXA scans at Culbertson Memorial Hospital are offered every Thursday.

BMD testing should be performed on:

  • All women aged 65 and older regardless of risk factors*
  • Younger postmenopausal women with one or more risk factors (other than being white, postmenopausal and female).
  • Postmenopausal women who present with fractures (to confirm the diagnosis and determine disease severity).

Medicare covers BMD testing for the following individuals aged 65 and older:

  • Estrogen deficient women at clinical risk for osteoporosis
  • Individuals with vertebral abnormalities
  • Individuals receiving, or planning to receive, long-term glucocorticoid (steroid) therapy
  • Individuals with primary hyperparathyroidism
  • Individuals being monitored to assess the response or efficacy of an approved osteoporosis drug therapy.

CT or CAT scan

A computed tomography system (CT Scan) provides highly detailed images of the human body in a much faster time, reducing the patient’s time in the scanner. This diagnostic test allows doctors to simultaneously capture multiple wafer-thin images of a patient’s anatomy within seconds. It provides exceptionally high-resolution images that help doctors to more accurately diagnose patients than ever before.

A CT scan can be used to study any body organ, such as the liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands, lungs, and heart. It also can study blood vessels, bones, and the spinal cord.

An iodine dye (contrast material) is often used to make structures and organs easier to see on the CT pictures. The dye may be used to check blood flow, find tumors, and look for other problems. Dye can be put in a vein (IV) in your arm, or you may drink the dye for some tests. CT pictures may be taken before and after the dye is used.

Digital Mammography

A mammogram is an x-ray test of the breasts used to screen for breast problems, such as a lump, and whether a lump is fluid-filled or a solid mass.

How is digital mammography different you ask? Traditional mammography uses film to capture x-rays of your breasts. Digital mammography does not use film; instead it records digital images that are much more detailed than traditional mammograms and saves them in a computer system. A radiologist can then adjust these digital images and zero in on suspicious or concerning areas. Digital mammograms are remarkably fast, providing crystal clear images in just a few seconds. Digital mammography also presents less cause to worry about repeat radiation exposure because it emits a lower average radiation dose than traditional mammography without compromising accuracy. The digital capabilities allow the storage of many years’ worth of mammograms. This capability provides an ease of access for your physician to compare images from past years and to note any significant changes. Using this state-of-the-art technology allows Culbertson Memorial Hospital to give our patients clear, detailed information in less time than with traditional mammography.

Another benefit of digital mammography at Culbertson is our computer-aided detection software (CAD).  CAD is a “second look” at your mammography images.  CAD alerts the Radiologist to suspicious areas within the breast that may need a closer inspection.  

Digital Mammography is a powerful new tool for early detection of breast cancer. However, it's only natural to feel anxious when it's time to have a mammogram. At Culbertson Memorial Hospital, we understand the emotions that go along with getting a mammogram, waiting for results and, if needed, determining treatment. “The technology and expertise at Culbertson sets us apart from most screening centers,” says Director of Imaging Services, Christy Sims, R.T. (R). “Our highly skilled team of specialists provides the most comprehensive and compassionate care in the area, which helps us give our patients confidence and comfort.”

The Culbertson Memorial Hospital Imaging team has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed.

New 3D Mammography Available!

Our mammography department is an FDA/IEMA and ACR certified facility. Culbertson Memorial Hospital employs three registered technologists with many years of experience in breast imaging.  All mammograms are interpreted by board certified radiologists who specialize in breast imaging. These radiologists are part of a larger group, Clinical Radiologist, S.C., of Springfield, IL.

We are so proud of our new equipment and the new beautiful mammogram suite we now offer our patients.  There have been many positive comments about the ease and quickness of the exam and the new surroundings.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. Unlike X-ray, there is no radiation involved. MRI uses a very strong magnet to produce images of the body in slices, much like a CAT scan. MRI generates highly detailed, cross-sectional images of soft-tissue structures near and around bones, blood vessels, organs and the brain. This unique technology gives a remarkable window to the internal structure of the body and is capable of revealing even the most subtle differences in body tissues.

The MRI mobile unit visits Culbertson Memorial Hospital each Wednesday and Saturday. To schedule an appointment, please call Culbertson at 217-322-4321, ext. 271.


Ultrasound utilizes high frequency sound waves to obtain images from inside the body. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation; therefore, it is not harmful to the body.

For ultrasound testing, gel or oil is applied to the skin to help transmit the sound waves. A small, handheld instrument called a transducer is passed back and forth over the area of the body that is being examined. The transducer sends out high-pitched sound waves (above the range of human hearing) that are reflected back to the transducer. A computer analyzes the sound waves and converts them into a picture that is displayed on a TV screen. Ultrasound is most useful for looking at organs and structures that are either uniform and solid (such as the liver) or fluid-filled (such as the gallbladder). Mineralized structures (such as bones) or air-filled organs (such as the lungs) do not show up well on a sonogram.

Doppler Ultrasound 

A Doppler ultrasound test uses reflected sound waves to evaluate blood as it flows through a blood vessel. It helps doctors evaluate blood flow through the major arteries and veins of the arms, legs, and neck. It can show blocked or reduced blood flow through narrowing in the major arteries of the neck that could cause a stroke. It also can reveal blood clots in legs that could break loose and block blood flow to the lungs.

During doppler ultrasound, a handheld instrument (transducer) is passed lightly over the skin above a blood vessel. The transducer sends and receives sound waves that are amplified through a microphone. The sound waves bounce off solid objects, including blood cells. The movement of blood cells causes a change in pitch of the reflected sound waves (called the Doppler effect). If there is no blood flow, the pitch does not change. Information from the reflected sound waves can be processed by a computer to provide graphs or pictures that represent the flow of blood through the blood vessels. These graphs or pictures can be saved for future review or evaluation.


X-ray is a painless exam that helps the radiologist diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions. Images can be taken of the spine, foot, ankle, leg, arm, wrist, hand, chest, abdomen or pelvis.

X-ray is commonly used to:

  • Determine whether a bone has been fractured or if a joint is dislocated
  • Ensure a fracture has been properly aligned and stabilized for healing
  • Guide orthopedic surgery
  • Assist in the detection and diagnosis of cancer
  • Locate foreign objects
  • Evaluate heart and lung status