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Diagnostic Imaging

The Diagnostic Imaging department at Othello Community Hospital provides a variety of exams for inpatients and outpatients designed to provide referring physicians with key information that will be helpful in arriving at an accurate diagnosis. Using some of the newest technology available, our caring and experienced technologists work with highly qualified radiologists to offer personalized patient care. With our new teleradiology system, exams can be sent to Inland Imaging in Spokane and results can be accessible quickly to better serve our patients and referring physicians. For scheduling please contact 509-331-2682 to set up an appointment.

The Diagnostic Imaging department includes:

  • Radiography

  • Mammography

  • Ultrasound

  • CT

  • MRI


Radiography, known to most people as X-ray, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess whether there is a fractured bone, pneumonia, lung disease (via chest X-ray), or gastrointestinal problems (via fluoroscopy). OCH is pleased to introduce the latest technology available in radiography called Computed Radiography (CR). CR allows images to be acquired in a digital format, which enables x-rays to be stored on disc, and permits transmission over computer data lines to virtually anywhere.


Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose X-ray system and high-contrast, high-resolution film for examination of the breasts. Successful treatment of breast cancer depends on early diagnosis. Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers. Mammography can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Current guidelines from the American Cancer Association (ACA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend that, beginning at age 40, women get annual mammograms.



Ultrasound is a safe diagnostic procedure that utilizes very high-frequency sound waves to produce images of many of the internal structures of the body. Since no radiation is involved, many studies have shown that these sound waves are harmless and may be used with complete safety, even on pregnant women. OCH is pleased to announce the acquisition of a second ultrasound unit featuring some of the latest technology available, which will enable physicians to help accurately diagnose and treat their patients.


CT, also known as CAT scan, is one of the most exciting new technologies available in diagnostic imaging. CT uses special X-ray equipment to obtain image data from different angles around the body. It then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs. CT imaging is particularly useful because it can show several types of tissue (lung, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels) with great clarity. Using specialized equipment and expertise to create and interpret CT scans of the body, radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, infectious disease, trauma, and musculoskeletal disorders. OCH is proud to have available the latest multi-slice technology available for the benefit of our patients. Most CT scans can be performed in less than a minute, which improves patient comfort and makes this high-end technology available to even compromised patients, such as children and the elderly.


MRI is currently available on Mondays at Othello Community Hospital. Provided by Inland Imaging from Spokane, the MRI is located in a mobile unit that is located at the north end of the hospital. MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather that X-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods. 

Because MRI can give such clear pictures of soft-tissue structures near and around bones, it is the most sensitive exam for spinal and joint problems. It is also widely used to image knees, shoulders, hips and other joints. The images allow the physician to see even very small tears and injuries to ligaments and muscles.

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