Ionia County Memorial Hospital

479 Lafayette St. Ionia, Michigan  48846 



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Our Mission:  We are committed to improving and maintaining the health of the people of the communities we serve.

Diagnostic Imaging / Radiology Department


At Ionia County Memorial Hospital we provide all of your diagnostic imaging needs in one department. We are staffed 24 hours a days.  Our services include:


Spiral CT Scanner



Nuclear Medicine


Bone Density



What is a Spiral CT?

Computed tomography (CT) is a diagnostic procedure that uses special    x-ray equipment to obtain cross-sectional pictures of areas inside the body. A computer then assembles these pictures into detailed images of organs, bones, and other tissues. This procedure is also called CT scanning, computerized tomography, or computerizes axial tomography (CAT).  The spiral CT is a painless procedure in which a special CT imaging machine rotates rapidly around the body, taking over one hundred pictures in sequence. The scan so sensitive that it's possible to detect nodules that are too small to be seen on a conventional x-ray, which makes it an excellent tool in lung cancer screening.   Spiral CT is typically 10 times faster than conventional CT. Such speed in beneficial in all patients by especially in elderly, pediatric, or critically ill patients.



Ultrasound Services

Ultrasound or ultrasonography is a medical imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves and their echoes.  Ultrasound can be used to detect certain types of cancer and also is used to evaluate the strength of the heart and most commonly to follow the course of pregnancy.  The major advantage of ultrasound is that certain structures can be observed with using radiation.


Mammography at ICMH

Breast cancer, the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, has a higher cure rate if it is caught in its early stages.  Mammography is the most effective way to detect lumps too small to be felt or seen.

The new system at ICMH provides superb image quality and enhanced patient comfort.  The unit's soft, curved lines and ergonomic design easily accommodate all patient exam situations, standing or sitting.  The Mammography staff are well trained and committed to providing quality care to the citizens of Ionia County.


For women over 40 or older, mammography is an essential part of a three-step program for detecting breast cancer.  The other two step, annual clinical examination and monthly breast self exams, are also important and are the primary detection tools for women under age 40.


Nuclear Medicine is Available

Nuclear Medicine is a medial specialty that uses safe, nearly painless, and cost effective techniques both to image the body and monitor disease processes.  It is unique in that it documents organ function and structure, such as the heart and thyroid glands, kidneys, and circulatory system.  Many of thenuclear medicine studies can measure the degree of function present in an organ, often times eliminating the need for surgery.


Common applications include diagnosis and treatment of hyperthyroidism (Grave's Disease), cardiac stress tests to analyze heart function, bone scans for orthopedic injuries, gastric function studies, and liver and gall bladder procedures to diagnosis abnormal function or blockages.  


We offer MRI

MRI is a technique that uses magnetic and radio waves to produce pictures of the body's tissues. ICMH is able to bring the latest technology via a mobile unit thus saving our patients the inconvenience of traveling to Lansing or Grand Rapids.  The mobile unit is in Ionia every Wednesday, Saturday and one Sunday a month.


Bone Density

A bone density test is a simple and painless way to help your doctor assess the health of your bones. Bone density testing is often used to screen for and detect the early stages of osteoporosis, a condition defined by a decreased density of normal bone. 


ICMH uses state of the art technology which enables us to conduct more complete scans than those possible with hand held devices often used in screenings at health fairs.



X-ray studies are used to evaluate the skeleton (bones of the body) and its supporting structures, but they do not detect injury to soft tissue.


The Radiology Manager is Ernest Heady.   He can be reached at

616-527-4200, ext. 277 or by e-mail at



Last updated:  18 March, 2009 07:58 AM