Ultrasound imaging involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Advancements in ultrasound technology include formatting the sound wave data into 3-D images. Four-dimensional (4-D) ultrasound is 3-D ultrasound in motion. Logansport Memorial’s powerful imaging capabilities allow patients to view a fetus and internal organs as if they were being held in their hands. This helps patients better visualize and understand their condition.

Because it can be used in the most delicate conditions without major side effects, ultrasound is a popular diagnostic method for physicians. It allows them to diagnose without invading the body with dyes, radiation or exploratory surgery.

Although the public may commonly associate ultrasound with observing a fetus during pregnancy, it has a wide range of uses in abdominal, urological, and vascular cases.

Coming in for Tests

Enter through main lobby. If pre-registered, go to Medical Imaging. Please bring a copy of your test order, or ask your physician to fax the order to (574) 753-1384.

Digital Imaging

At Logansport Memorial Hospital, an electronic file system called PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) allows most diagnostic images to be stored digitally. The image is then ready for viewing and diagnosis immediately after it is taken. Image quality is greatly improved and can be manipulated in many ways to give physicians a better look. If requested, the current diagnostic tests will be saved to a small disk for patients to take with them. There is no charge for the PACS disk, but patients should be aware that a home computer must be fairly new to have the capability of viewing the images.