Treatment & Care at NCH

Radiology and Imaging

300,000 Exams Each Year, Generating Over 1 Million Diagnostic Images

Northwest Community Healthcare's full-service diagnostic imaging and radiology department provides you with the latest diagnostic imaging technologies, including digital X-rays, digital mammograms, high field (3T) MRI, CT scans and more, to accurately diagnose your condition.

NCH is accredited by the American College of Radiology.  Based on experience, our board-certified radiologists provide the best in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in diagnostic imaging.

The NCH Advantage

Personalized attention

  • “Know your Images” is a complimentary consultation service for patients who have received imaging tests at NCH. 
  • Meet with a board-certified radiologist from Northwest Radiology Associates to better understand your imaging results.
  • To schedule a Know Your Images consultation, call 847-618-5851 or ask about it at the time of your initial appointment.

Expert, service-oriented staff

  • Board-certified radiologists and interventional/neurointerventional radiologists
  • Highly trained Magnet™-designated nurses
  • Compassionate radiology technologists who care about your comfort

Convenient and quick results

  • 5 convenient locations (outside the hospital): Buffalo Grove (2), Lake Zurich, Mount Prospect, Schaumburg
  • Images available electronically for immediate review by our expert radiologists;  Electronic image archiving means your physicians can also review your images.
  • Reports often sent directly to your referring physician within 2 to 3 hours
  • Diagnostic testing and X-ray procedures available 24/7 for Emergency/urgent care patients
  • Open MRI available at our Schaumburg location
  • Same day appointments available with your doctor referral when immediate testing is necessary
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Bi-plane angiography

Bi-plane angiography provides you with better and less invasive diagnoses and treatment options.

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Bone Densitometry (DEXA)

Bone Densitometry (DEXA) is an examination that measures the condition and density of your bones to evaluate you for osteoporosis.

Treatment 3

CT / CAT scan

A Computed Tomography (CT) scan or sometimes called a CAT scan is a painless and a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

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Computed Tomography Angiography / Dual source CT Scan

What is Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)?
A CTA is a type of CT Scan that can visualize flow in the arteries and veins throughout the body. Examinations can be performed of the blood vessels of the brain, lung, kidneys, and legs.

The study is performed through a standard intravenous catheter placed in the body, usually in the elbow region. This administration of contrast material through the intravenous catheter is a safer method than conventional angiography in which a catheter is inserted in an artery.

The latest in CT technology is performed at NCH using the Siemens SOMATOM Definition Dual Source CT System. 

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Virtual Colonoscopy (CT Colonography)

CT colonography uses CT scanning to obtain an interior view of the colon (the large intestine) that is otherwise only seen with a more invasive procedure where an endoscope is inserted into the rectum.

The major reason for performing CT colonography is to screen for polyps and other lesions in the large intestine. Polyps are growths that arise from the inner lining of the intestine. Some polyps may grow and turn into cancers.

The goal of screening with colonography is to find these growths in their early stages, so that they can be removed before cancer has had a chance to develop. Most physicians agree that everyone older than 50 years should be screened for polyps every seven to 10 years. Individuals at increased risk should be screened every five years and may start screening at age 40 or younger. Risk factors for the disease include a history of polyps, a family history of colon cancer, or the presence of blood in the stool.

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Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy, or a moving X-ray, is a specialized type of diagnostic x-ray that uses a continuous x-ray beam to evaluate the body and its organs in real time.

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Mammography (Full-field Digital)

A mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breast. It is used to detect and diagnose breast disease and often can detect a mass or lump before it can be felt.

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Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)

What is a Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)?
Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is performed to visualize the blood vessels of the body. This noninvasive procedure can be used to diagnose and follow many different vascular conditions including aneurysms, atherosclerotic disease, and vascular malformations. 

How is it performed
An MRA exam is performed in a similar fashion as a conventional MRI exam is done. Some MRA exams are done with the use of contrast material and sometimes the exam will be done without the use of contrast material.

How to prepare
Patients should wear comfortable clothes that are easy to change as they may be asked to wear a gown for their procedure. You will also be asked to remove any jewelry, eyeglasses or metal objects.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI is an abbreviation for magnetic resonance imaging. This is an imaging examination that aids physicians in diagnosis and treating medical conditions.

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Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine involves the use of radioactive materials to help determine the cause of a medical problem based on the function of the organ, tissue, or bone.

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PET/CT scan

Positron Emission Tomography, also called a PET scan, is an examination that involves producing physiologic images based on the detection of radiation from the emission of positrons. Positrons are tiny particles emitted from a radioactive substance administered to the patient.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound, or sonography, uses high frequency sound waves along with a computer to generate a picture of internal organs as they function. A hand-held transducer is placed over a body part, and a high frequency sound wave is emitted.

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X-ray (Digital/Computed Radiography)

X-rays are created by using an x-ray machine to pass a small amount of radiation a particular part of the body. As it passes through, the radiation is absorbed by the denser parts of the body and easily travels through less dense tissue.

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Other imaging procedures

  • Biopsy - Kidney, Lung, Ultrasound-Guided Liver and Ultrasound-Guided Thyroid Biospy
  • Chemoembolization
  • Hysterosalpingography (HSG)
  • Microspheres
  • Myelography
  • Paracentesis
  • Prostate biopsy
  • Radioembolization
  • RF Ablation (RFA)
  • Thoracentesis
  • Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty
  • Virtual colonoscopy
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Expert, service-oriented staff

NCH’s staff of board-certified, radiologists and interventional/neurointerventional radiologists, combined with our highly trained technologists and nurses, work hard to ensure both the accuracy of the tests and your comfort. We also make sure your doctor receives the results within hours of the exam.

A radiologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who specializes in diagnosing and treating disease and injury by using medical imaging techniques. A radiologist has completed at least 13 years of training, including medical school, licensing, a diagnostic radiology residency, and often a one- to two-year fellowship of specialized training, and is at the forefront of imaging technology.

An interventional radiologist is a diagnostic radiologist  who specializes in minimally invasive, targeted treatments using imaging technology.

A neurointerventional radiologist is a medical doctor (MD) who specializes in using minimally invasive interventional techniques to treat patients with neurological symptoms. By threading catheters and tiny instruments through the patient’s blood vessels, a neurointerventional radiologist can assess and treat conditions for which surgery has traditionally been needed. This can reduce risk, pain and recovery time.

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