Radiology Department

The radiology department at VBCH offers a variety of imaging services to meet the needs of our patients and community.

Van Buren County Hospital staff member with medical equipment.

The department is staffed to provide 24-hour coverage, 365 days a year. We work closely with your physician to complete and provide interpretations of diagnostic exams to your physician.

The radiology staff is composed of highly trained and qualified licensed radiographers. All technologists are registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

A board-certified radiologist works with VBCH to provide all results to your physician and to perform procedures.

Imaging Services

  • General radiography
  • Digital mammo screening and diagnostic mammograms
  • CAT scans
  • Ultrasound (including Echo cardiology and Stress Echo)
  • MRI
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Bone Mineral Density Scanning- Dexa

VBCH radiology also utilizes teleradiology to transmit radiographic images to our contracted radiologist for after-hours or emergent exams.


Ultrasounds are used to examine the internal organs using very high-frequency sound waves. This test can detect cysts, tumors, abscesses, obstructions and infection.


An echocardiogram provides information about the heart to providers. It tells them the size of the heart and how the valves are working.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Scans are used to reveal anatomic details of internal organs that cannot be seen in conventional X-rays.


Patients are offered the convenience of being able to have a mammogram Monday through Friday at Van Buren County Hospital's mammography suite, located next to the Radiology Department.

3D Digital Mammography

This procedure is very similar to the traditional mammogram except it takes many small X-rays from different angles and then compiles all the images into one 3D image.

PACS (Picture Archiving Communication System)

PACS is an electronic system for storing and displaying digital images. It allows providers to receive images almost immediately of X-rays they have ordered. It will also allow providers to view images on their own computers at our four medical clinics. 

BMD Scan (Bone Minderal Density)-DEXA

BMD testing is a safe, fast and painless method to measure whether you have osteoporosis or how likely you are to develop it in the future.

Traditional X-rays used to identify broken bones (for example spine fractures) cannot measure BMD.  BMD has to be measured by more specialized techniques. Different types of BMD tests are available, but the most commonly used and recommended method is called DEXA, which stands for dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. DEXA is a type of X-ray capable of detecting quite small percentages of bone loss.

CT Lung Cancer Screening

Van Buren Hospital is now offering CT Lung Cancer Screenings through our Radiology Department.  The lung cancer screening uses a low dose CT scan and takes about 10 minutes. There are no needles used and it is not an invasive process.

Is a screening for you?

  • Are you 50 or older? AND
  • Do you smoke now? OR if you quit was it in the last 15 years? AND
  • Do you smoke (or did you) at least 1 pack a day for 20 years or 2 packs a day for 10 years?

If you answered Yes to all of these you may be able to get screened.

Other details:

  • For most people screening is done once a year.
  • Screening might find spots in the lungs called nodules.
  • Like with skin moles, most lung nodules are not cancer and will NEVER become lung cancer.
  • Also, like moles, it is a good idea to watch the nodules to see if they grow or change over time.

**Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances pay for one lung cancer screening per year.  

Talk to your docotor to see if a CT Lung Cancer Screening is right for you! You will need a written order from your provider in order to get a scan.

Click the video below to learn more!


Betsy Caviness
Radiology Manager

Mobile Units

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRIs use a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body.

Nuclear Medicine

Available at VBCH but done on-site through one of our mobile units.


Please call Betsy Caviness at 319-293-8707 for any radiology questions. To schedule a radiology exam, please call 319-293-8721.

We are an ACR Certified Facility!


This content was printed from the Van Buren County Hospital website at on June 15, 2024.

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