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St. James Mercy Hospital

Diagnostic Imaging includes:

Radiology (X-ray)

St. James Mercy Hospital radiologyAn image is made by radiation in the form of X-rays passing through the body. The image is recorded digitally and stored in PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System). The Radiologist interprets the images and dictates a report that is sent to your physician. If your physician practices locally he/she is able to view your images on his/her computer in the office. Typically X-rays are taken to help diagnose disease and diagnose broken bones. Xrays are often used to help guide the Radiologist during procedures such as biopsies, arthrograms and angiograms.

Available 24 Hours
The department offers general radiology services 24 hours per day to inpatients and emergency room patients. During the night shift technologists are on call and able to respond within 20 minutes. Outpatient services are offered. All imaging services appointments are made through centralized scheduling – please call (607) 324-8279.

Mammography – ACR Accredited, MQSA Accredited

Mammography uses a dedicated X-ray machine to take images of breast tissue. Mammography is important the early detection of breast cancer and other breast disease. Biopsies, Needle localizations and cyst aspirations are done as requested by your physician. Mammography is often used in collaboration with Ultrasound.

Mammography Hours – Rotating Schedule
Mammography hours are now on a rotating two week schedule to accommodate the turn-around time for reports from the radiologists. The changes in hours have been made to be compliant with New York State Department of Health regulations.

Week No. 1:

Tuesday, 7am – 2pm 
Wednesday, 7am – 2pm 
Thursday, 8am – 3pm 
Friday, 8am – 3pm

Week No. 2:

Monday, 8am – 3pm 
Tuesday, 7am – 2pm 
Wednesday, 7am – 2pm 


DEXA is a enhanced form of X-ray that is used to measure bone loss—osteoporosis. Usually the lower spine and hips are X-rayed with a dedicated machine and then a computer measures the amount of bone loss.

CT (CAT Scan) - ACR Accredited

CT Scans are X-ray beams that rotate through narrow sections of the body. Many scans are taken in a short time and produces multiple images. A computer reconstructs the scans to produce two dimensional images.

Typical CT scans are done of the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis. Some times the test involves drinking barium and also getting an IV contrast. These are used to get a better image.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine tests use small amounts of radioactive material to visualize the structure and function of organs, tissue, bones or systems of the body.

Typical nuclear medicine tests include: lungs, gall bladder, thyroid and heart.

Ultrasound / Echocardiography

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce images. Doppler ultrasound may be used during the test. Doppler ultrasound is a technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel.

Typical ultrasound exams include: abdomen, gall bladder, breast, pregnancies, kidneys, arteries and veins.

The heart can also be examined using ultrasound. Many times a Stress test is done in connection with Ultrasound.