Medical Imaging


Up-To-Date Technology

Medical Imaging is one of the most important tools healthcare providers use for diagnosing and treating medical conditions. Pender Community Hospital Medical Imaging services provide the highest standards of imaging for every patient.

Top of the Line Digital Management
Images created by our leading-edge equipment are stored in our digital Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS). Because PACS stores scanned results as secured digital images instead of on film, it allows your physician to access those images and reports on-line, 24 hours a day. 

Board Certified Radiologists
At PCH, all of our imaging results and studies are read by Board Certified radiologist by Advanced Medical Imaging. Advanced Medical Imaging is our chosen third-party provider, comprised of a specialty group of doctors who have received advanced training to analyze medical imaging results.

PCH offers the latest, innovative and most imaging options available: 

Bone Density

This test works by using a series of X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. Some of the bones that are most commonly tested are the hip, leg, spine, and arms. 

CT Scan 

This test combines a series of X-ray images captured from different angles around a patient’s body. Then, a computer processing those X-ray to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images offer more-detailed information than regular x-rays.

3D Mammography

This test combines multiple breast X-rays to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast itself. It is safe, low-dose X-ray non-invasive test and is the best screening technology to detect breast cancer early. With 3-D technology, the machine moves around the breast in an arc to create snapshots of the breast tissue in thin layers.

These enhanced images offer benefits such as:

  • Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may not appear as well in standard mammography.
  • Fewer biopsies and additional testing
  • Clearer images of dense breast tissue
  • Greater accuracy in pinpointing size and location

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

This test uses non-invasive imaging technology that produces three dimensional detailed anatomical images. The MRI at PCH has a larger opening to increases comfort and reduces discomfort for patients. This technology makes it possible to create remarkably clear 3D cardiovascular, vascular, and musculoskeletal images. 

Diagnostic Radiology

This is the use of non-invasive imaging to diagnose patients, which is allows doctors to look inside a patient’s body to look for medical problems and conditions. It includes procedures such as X-rays to detect broken bones, evaluate lung function and gastrointestinal disease processes. 

Interventional Radiology

This is a specialized field of radiology, using procedures based on images healthcare providers see that are minimally invasive to diagnose and treat many conditions without major surgery. 

Diagnostic Ultrasound or Sonography

This test uses sound waves to detect abnormalities in many parts the body. Internal organs and structures reflect the sound waves. Special instruments create an image of the desired area then interpret the reflections. 


This non-invasive test is particularly useful in detecting and managing heart disease and is one of the standard tools applied by cardiologists. Other names for it include echocardiogram, cardia echo, or just an echo. 

Nuclear Medicine

This is a type of imaging testing that uses a camera (detector) to create an image of certain tissues and organs in the body after a radioactive tracer (radionuclide or radioisotope) accumulates in the tissues. The radioactive tracer, usually injected into a vein, allows images to show how organs and tissues are functioning. Nuclear Medicine exams include bone scans, thyroid uptake and scans, myocardial perfusion imaging (Cardiolite Stress Tests), hepatobiliary imaging, white blood cell imaging, parathyroid imaging, and kidney imaging.

  • To schedule an appointment in any of these areas please contact your primary physician for a referral or contact Pender Community Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department at 402-385-4069.