Paris Radiology Services

Radiology Services 

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Radiology Services Hours & Scheduling 

  • Family Medical Center: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm
    Hospital: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-5 pm
  • 217-465-2606, Ext. 242


Radiology Services Physicians & Staff 

  • Bruce Houle, DO; Radiologist
  • Don Held, MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT; Radiology Manager


General Information 

Diagnostic X-ray is a medical procedure using X-rays to help identify (diagnose) disease or injury. The machine sends X-rays through your body to procedure an image on film. This X-ray picture is called a radiograph. The hospital has both radiographic and fluoroscopic X-ray machines. This machine is one of the most modern digital fluoroscopy machines on the market.

Ultrasound is a method of obtaining images of your internal organs using sound waves. The pitch or frequency of the sound waves is far above those detectable by the human ear. The sound waves are directed into your body by a hand held instrument called a transducer. As the sound waves make contact with organs, portions of the sound waves bounce back to the transducer like echoes. These echoes are then analyzed by a computer to produce an image of the organs on the screen of the ultrasound equipment. There is no pain during the examination and current evidence does not indicate any health risk resulting from the sound waves that enter the body during a diagnostic ultrasound exam.

Mammography is an X-ray procedure that uses extremely low does radiation to produce an image of the breast. Mammography is primarily used for the early detection of Cancer and other abnormalities of the breast. The Mammogram is performed in a pleasant private area within the hospital to provide patients with a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Mammography patients will have the opportunity to view a breast self-exam film produced by the American Cancer Society. In addition, patients are taught breast self-exam through the use of a Milex Silicone Breast Model and they are provided with an information booklet for future reference. Appointments may be scheduled through the radiology department. The Mammography Department is accredited by the American College
of Radiology.

Computed Tomography utilizes a Siemens low-dose, 64 slice CT scanner. The scanner combines the most advanced technology in electronics and computer science to produce an X-ray image of a thin cross sectional slice of the body. CT scanning allows radiologists and physicians to see inside the human body to more accurately diagnose a patient’s condition. The CT scan is a safe, fast, and painless procedure which eliminates the need for some exploratory surgery and is recognized as one of the most important contributions to medicine in this century due to its diagnostic precision and accuracy.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the latest innovation in diagnostic imaging. A powerful 1.5 T magnetic system is used in conjunction with radio waves to cause hydrogen atoms or other selected elements in the body to give off faint signals. The signals help to form visualization of your internal organs and structures. Since MRI exams are "non invasive" there are none of the dangers associated with surgery and the exams are completely painless. MR Images typically are of fine clarity and detail, helping your physician diagnosis potential problem areas.

Nuclear Medicine involves the use of radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders. The patient is given a radio pharmaceutical which travels through the body, giving off gamma rays (invisible radiation). The nuclear medicine camera detects the gamma rays and creates pictures of the part of the body being studied.

DEXAScanning (Duel Energy X-ray Absortiometry) involves low level duel X-rays and is currently the most widely used method to measure bone mineral density. The patient lies down on an examining table, and the scanner rapidly directs X-ray energy from two different sources towards the bone being examined. The greater the mineral density of the bone the greater the signal picked up by the photon counter.


Our radiology department has been awarded the gold seal of accreditation in mammography from the American College of Radiology (ACR) for its high level of image quality and patient safety.

Paris Community Hospital is licensed as a Critical Access Hospital for 25 beds and is accredited by The Joint Commission. Additionally, the Family Medical Center offers locations in Paris and Chrisman IL to complete the family of PCH/FMC.

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