The radiology department at Jefferson County Health Center offers a variety of imaging services to meet the needs of our patients and community. The department is staffed to provide 24-hour coverage, 365 days a year.
Whether you are an outpatient or are admitted as a patient in the hospital, the radiology department works closely with your provider to supply diagnostic testing to you. Results are sent to your physician as soon as possible so that he/she may discuss them with you and continue your care in the most appropriate manner.
The radiology staff is composed of highly trained and qualified licensed radiographers. All technologists are registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and many sub-specialize in other areas of imaging services.
A board certified radiologist works with Jefferson County Health Center as a contracted service to provide all interpretative results and to perform all necessary procedures requiring a radiologist's expertise.
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- General Radiography and Fluoroscopy
- Digital 3D Mammography
- CT Scanning
- Bone Density Testing
- Diagnostic Ultrasound
- Cardiac Ultrasound
- Nuclear Medicine
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
All out-patient services provided are done on a scheduled basis with the order from your provider.
By imagining the breast tissue in 1mm slices, 3D imaging can provide a more accurate exam. In this way, 3D mammography finds up to 40% more invasive cancer than conventional 2D mammography. This means earlier detection. It also can reduce the chance that you will be called back for additional imaging, however, #D cannot eliminate call-backs completely.
Mammography Assistance Program
The Mammography Assistance Program is designed to assist under-insured and uninsured individuals in Jefferson County. For additional information about this program contact Misti Novak, Financial Counselor. The application form can be found here.
Low-Dose Lung Cancer screening
For individuals with high risk factors, early screening is one of the most reliable ways to detect lung cancer prior to developing symptoms. JCHC offers low-dose CT lung screening, a non-invasive imaging solution to test for lung cancer. Individuals who qualify for testing must:
- Be age 55-77
- Be a current smoker or former smoker who quit in the last 15 years
- Have 30+ tobacco pack years*
- Not currently be diagnosed with or treated for lung cancer.
Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in screening should talk with their primary care provider about the value of low-dose CT screening. The test itself takes less than a minute to complete and features a much lower dose of radiation than a typical CT. Screening is recommended annually until you are no longer eligible according to the guidelines listed above.
*A tobacco pack year is the number of years actively smoking multiplied by the number of packs smoked per day. For example, an individual who smoked two packs per day for 15 years (2 packs x 15 years) would be the same number of tobacco pack years as an individual who smoked a pack per day for 30 years (1 pack x 30 years).
Frequently Asked Questions
What Preparation Is Needed For My Exam?
Since many examinations require a different preparation, instructions will be given to you at the time your exam is scheduled. If the instructions are straightforward, they will be relayed to you by your physician or nurse. If the instructions require a preparation kit or are more complicated, you will be sent to the radiology department to pick up instructions and/or a preparation kit.
How Will I Get My Results?
Results will be electronically sent directly to your health care provider. If you are an in-patient in the health center, the results will also be sent as part of your electronic results for physician review. Your physician or nurse will then relay the results to you.
What If I Need To Have My X-rays Or Films For Further Care?
If you are referred elsewhere for follow-up or specialized care, your images can be checked out to you on a loan basis with a signed patient release. Please remember that your films are a part of your permanent medical record at Jefferson County Health Center and need to be returned to us.
Jefferson County Health Center
Department of Radiology
Monday through Friday: 7 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Emergency Radiology and CT services are available after hours through the Jefferson County Health Center Emergency Room.