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Diagnostic Imaging/ Radiology

Southeast Colorado Hospital District's diagnostic imaging team cares about your image.

Diagnostic Imaging includes general diagnostic X-rays, CT scans (computed tomography), MRI scans (magnetic resonance imaging), ABI/TBI Index studies,Bone Density Scans, and ultrasound.
Radiologic Technologists are available during regular office hours 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and are also on-call for emergencies. CT scans and x-rays are interpreted by a licensed radiologist who is available to read studies electronically. All exams are sent by high-speed computer connection to ARIS where the images are interpreted and a report is generated. In most cases a report will be available to your provider in less than one hour. Certain radiology, dexa, CT, MRI, Ultrasound examinations require a pre-authorization and or patient preparation prior to exam, please notify imaging department at (719) 523-2136 for scheduling and instructions.


A radiograph (X-Ray) is a traditional, painless and highly effective medical test that uses radiation to produce images of the body. This procedure is commonly used to detect fractured bones as well as abnormalities of the internal organs.

Southeast Colorado Hospital District's (SECHD) investment in computed radiology (CR) and its Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) allow all radiological images to be both stored and accessed electronically. Images needed by other facilities and providers are presented digitally to the provider you request or on a CD.


Preparing for Your MRI Scan

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and radio wave energy instead of radiation to view internal structures of the body that cannot be seen using conventional X-Rays. MRI provides detailed images of ligaments, muscles, and soft tissues which enable our providers to make an accurate diagnosis

Our MRI service is provided by Shared Medical Services on Wednesday by appointment. If you have an order for an MRI please call (719) 523-2136 and we will gladly help you schedule the test.


Preparing for Your CT Scan

Computed Tomography (CT) uses a series of X-Rays to produce detailed cross-sectional images - or slices- of the body's internal structures. With an extremely high resolution, our new Hitachi 128 Slice CT Scanner is state of the Art. The Hitachi exceptional computer and image processing, is power that significantly enhances clinical productivity, allows two users to review cases side-by-side with minimal interference, fast scan times, detailed images, and an array of features to minimize radiation dose. This medical imaging technology is crucial in helping our providers quickly get an accurate diagnosis.


Preparing for your Ultrasound

Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce relatively precise images of structures within your body. The images produced during an ultrasound examination often provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.

SECHD provides full-time general, OB, and vascular services Monday through Friday beginning at 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Please call 719-523-2136 Imaging Department to schedule your appointment.

The Rural Health Clinic provides electrocardiograms and vascular ultrasound services three times a month through Ultra Imaging traveling services. If you have any electrocardiogram ultrasound orders, please call the Rural Health Clinic at (719) 523-6628.

Radiologic Bone Density Scanning

We can accurately assess bone density. We can diagnose with confidence, precision and accuracy with DXA and ultrasonometer systems for a wide range of clinical and research applications. Dual energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) is considered the most highly developed and most thoroughly validated technique for assessing bone mineral density, according to the World Health Organization's report on the "Prevention and Management of Osteoporosis. " We can diagnose osteoporosis, predict fractures, and monitor response to treatment. Flexible Bone Health and Metabolic Health scans can be designed for your care needs between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Scheduling an Appointment

Radiology is open between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our technologists are on call for emergencies 24 hours 7 days a week. If you have an order for an imaging study or a question about our services, please call us at (719) 523-2136 and we will be happy to assist you.