Radiology / Diagnostic Imaging

Barnesville Hospital is very proud to have a high-quality Diagnostic Imaging department on our team. The department’s stated mission is to “Strive to utilize knowledge and skill to provide safe and controlled radiation exposures and to image appropriate studies with clinical efficiency and cost-effective examinations, generating optimal patient care to our customers and the community.” We believe that this mission has been met and we will strive to continue to meet or exceed this goal in the future as well.

Barnesville Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging department is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to assist you in the best way possible. During normal operational hours we have an on-site staff, skilled with the appropriate tools, to help you. This staff consists of Board Registered Radiologic Technologists, Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and Registered Ultrasound Technologists. We have Board-Certified interpreting Radiologists provided by Radiology Associates, Inc.

If a Radiologist is not on-site, they are available to interpret exams through the teleradiology unit, and forwards the digital images for a reading. Some of the Diagnostic services available are: Mammography, CAT Scan, MRI, Ultrasound, Computed Radiography, and Nuclear Medicine.

Computerized Axial Tomography

Computerized Axial Tomography, also known as a CAT scan, is a leading technology in providing in-depth reports of the entire anatomy of a patient. This is a very beneficial scan for trauma patients, as it is non-intrusive and performed quickly, possibly reducing delay time for needed treatment. The CAT machine operates by turning an X-ray tube and detectors around and over the patient, while allowing them to keep still.

Computed Radiography

One of the most fundamental tasks in Diagnostic Imaging is what is called “Computed Radiography.” This is what is usually referred to when an “X-Ray” is mentioned. These images are obtained by sending small doses of radiation through the area of interest, behind which a digital cassette is placed. The images can be made to show both the skeletal system and the digestive system.

The images created by Computed Radiography can be used to indicate bone fractures and splints, localization of foreign bodies, and even the intestinal tract, which is created by consuming a dense barium suspension that coats the intestines and intestines and allows for imaging on the film.


An Ultrasound machine is similar to other Diagnostic Imaging equipment, in that an image is created using waves. The difference with Ultrasound, however, is that these waves are sound waves, and unlike most other equipment, it uses no radioactivity. The Ultrasound unit produces images using soundwaves that returns information to the equipment from the patients body. The machine emits a sound too high-pitched to be heard by human ears, which passes harmlessly through the skin. The density of the organ being examined is what produces the contrast of the image via soundwave, which is picked up by a handheld device.

The Ultrasound machine is commonly used to check on the progress of a developing fetus inside its mother. It can show, in real-time, the movements and position of the fetus, and can aid in detecting development problems well before birth.

An Ultrasound is also common for Cardiac patients as well as many others. It can be used to show arterial and venous systems, to make sure they are functioning properly. Ultrasound can also be used to find kidney stones, gall bladder stones, and to locate cysts.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine contributes to the diagnosis with the ability to demonstrate physiological functions by injecting radiopharmaceuticals into the patient’s bloodstream. We are able to provide localization of digestive bleeding, search for primary/secondary metastases of cancer, and localization of small fractures that are unable to be visualized on plain film. One the newer services we provide through this unit is Cardiac Function Imaging. We perform these studies while working with the ordering physician on evaluating the amount of stress a patient’s heart is able to tolerate, and also check for any irregularities.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Barnesville Hospital currently has a mobile unit for MRI that provides services to us 2 days per week. This equipment uses a very large bore magnet to receive information from each individual’s protons and neutrons transported back and creating the images. Each type of tissue/bone/fluid had a different return value, and that is what provides the resolution of the image. There is no radiation involved in this modality, and therefore allows for risk-free imaging, with exception to individuals who have artificial devices/implants such as staples, pacemakers, metal in the eye, stents, etc.

Our MRI Units have a 1.5 Tesla magnet, which provides higher resolution, creates a crisper image, and faster scan time, reducing the length of the whole exam considerably. The MRI is best used for imaging of soft tissue neural anatomy (brain,spinal cord, vertebral discs) and intra-articlar anatomy, such as ligaments, menisci, etc. We also have an Open MRI which has a larger opening for those that may have claustrophobia, allowing for large girth patients, and can allow a patient’s head to be outside of the unit for exams of the lower body.

Picture Archival and Communication System

A Picture Archival and Communication System, more commonly known as a PACS, enables images, such as X-rays and scans, to be stored electronically and viewed on computer monitors so that doctors and other health care professionals can access the information and compare it with previous images at the touch of a button. Barnesville Hospital implemented FujiFilm Medical Systems’ Synapse PACS system in September of 2006.

PACS images and scans are available instantly — because thay are transmitted directly from the modality to the server, instantly. Patient digital images are stored in a secure, HIPAA-compliant database. By storing these images on a computer, they are clearer and easier to manipulate. This can lead to improved diagnosis and better overall care. Because images do not need to be transported by hand, they cannot be lost, and can be examined by different physicians at different locations at the same time. The images can also be written to a CD/DVD for patients and referring physicians to open on their own PCs, when requested.


A mammogram is a low dosage x-ray of each breast that is carefully evaluated by a radiologist. Mammography can reveal both harmless and cancerous growths when they are too small to be felt by you or your physician.

The American Cancer Society endorses mammography, along with yearly physical examinations and monthly self-examinations, as the most effective means of detecting breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage. Generally, mammography can reveal benign and cancerous growths before you or your physician can feel them. If detected at the earliest stage, breast cancer has a five-year survival rate of over 95 percent, as small breast cancers are more treatable and can be removed before they spread to other parts of the body.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in American women. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump, pain, skin thickening, nipple discharge, or a change in breast size or shape. Unfortunately, 70% of women have no identifying risk factors. The American Cancer Society recommends mammography as a life saving tool for screening women without symptoms for breast cancer.

Digital mammography, x-ray beams are captured on a specially designed digital detector. This detector then converts the x-ray beams into electronic signals, which are then transferred to a computer. Digital mammography can provide decreased radiation dose of 30-40%. The computerized image is then available for the radiologist to review on a specialized high resolution monitor.

Mammograms make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt or micro calcifications (tiny deposits of calcium in the breast) that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer. The exam is performed with a specially trained technologist, and a radiologist will read the exam and issue a report to your physician. At the same time, you will receive written notification of the results via mail.

Barnesville Hospital offers mammograms Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM and we offer evening hours on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

Additional Information

Barnesville Hospital accepts orders for outpatient diagnostic services from over 275 physicians practicing in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. These physicians practice in facilities such as OVMC, Wheeling Medical Park, Ohio State Medical Center, Riverside Hospital, Grant Medical Center, West Virginia University Hospital, Allegheny Hospital, UPMC, Presbyterian Hospital, and many more.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to make an appointment, please call Barnesville Hospital at (740) 425-5114.