Imaging Services

Lake Huron Medical Center Imaging Service

Lake Huron Medical Center offers advanced imaging services to provide patients with high-quality diagnostic and therapeutic services. Our imaging and radiology services teams provide exceptional care and work with doctors, nurses and other clinicians to deliver the highest quality of care that you have come to expect from Lake Huron Medical Center. Our digital imaging technology allows doctors to access test results immediately, so treatment can begin more quickly. Our Imaging Services include:

Advanced MRI

Lake Huron Medical Center in conjunction with St. John River District Hospital offer access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) through Advanced MRI. An MRI is an imaging technique that produces detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The images are created through the use of magnetic fields and radio waves. For some procedures, a contrast agent is used to increase the detail of the image. As most MRI services are provided on an outpatient basis, Advanced MRI is pleased to offer two locations to best meet patient's needs, including:

  • LHMC Health Center, in Fort Gratiot Township
  • St. John River District Hospital, East China Township

For more information about Advanced MRI services or to make an appointment, please call 810-216-1455.

PET Scan

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a test that combines computer tomography (CT) and nuclear scanning to assist physicians with the diagnosis of disease and treatment planning. PET images are different than more traditional radiology studies. X-ray, CT, Ultrasound or MRI procedures look at the structure of different organs. PET images contain information about the body's chemistry and cell function. PET scans combined with other radiology procedures give your doctor powerful information that can aid in your care.

Although used for a number of diagnostic procedures, PET-CT is most readily used in the diagnosis and treatment planning for cardiology, neurology and cancer studies.

PET-CT is provided at the LHMC Health Center through a mobile unit that visits our facility each week. Currently, the mobile unit is at the LHMC Health Center Mondays from 7am to 6 pm. Appointments are provide by physician referral. Physicians can schedule appointments by calling 1-877-688-6122.

32-Slice CT Scanning and Cardiac Scoring

A computer axial tomography (CAT) - often referred to as a CT scan - utilizes the processors of two powerful computers to generate a three-dimensional (3D) image from flat X-ray pictures, one slice at a time. CT scanners use highly complex programs to interpret the X-ray images, the X-ray images are then merged together - slice by slice, angle by angle - to create the 3-D image. CT scans can be used to obtain information about almost any body organ.

The Lake Huron Medical Center CT Scanner provides advanced diagnostic testing for many diseases and conditions, because it provides high quality images utilizing very small slices that allow a radiologist to identify and interpret abnormalities that may otherwise have been missed with other technology. For example, when administered on a timely basis - it can allows small cancers to be identified at a much earlier stage.

Lake Huron Medical Center is home to a 32-slice CT scanner, with some of the most advanced capabilities. Your doctor may order this type of diagnostic imaging when there is a need to evaluate internal organs.

Cardiac Scoring

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death among American adults. Approximately 50 percent of individuals often exhibit no symptoms and feel healthy just prior to a heart attack. To help you understand your risk for heart attack, Lake Huron Medical Center offers Cardiac Scoring. Cardiac Scoring accurately measures the amount of calcified plaque in the arteries - providing you with the information necessary to develop a preventative care plan with your physician.

Utilizing the advanced diagnostic capabilities of our 32-slice CT Scanning equipment, cardiac scoring provides for computer tomography in a noninvasive method to evaluate the potential for cardiac disease especially for those at high-risk for heart disease.

Heart scores are generally not covered by insurance. The cost of the Lake Huron Medical Center comprehensive Cardiac Scoring service is $395, and includes:

  • Exam
  • Radiologist reading
  • Detailed cardiac scoring report, sent directly to the patient and his/her physician

No physician referral is necessary for Cardiac Scoring. To find out more, and to make your appointment, please call 810-216-1455.