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CT Scans in DeKalb and Sandwich

Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb and Valley West Hospital in Sandwich use a 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner with added technology to reduce the radiation dose patients receive. Patients are advised not to have repeated CT scans, and when necessary our radiologists may recommend another type of test that does not use radiation, such as ultrasound or MRI. This is one of several procedures we follow to reduce the risk posed by overexposure to radiation.

Advanced CT Procedures

CT is used routinely to quickly diagnose problems in your body, from trauma to disease. CT also is used for more advanced diagnosis and treatment, including:

  • CT angiography for detecting peripheral vascular disease, aneurysms, stenosis
  • CT-guided nerve root blocks, facet injection and sacroiliac joint (SIJ) injection for managing pain
  • CT-guided biopsy and PET/CT for diagnosing cancer
  • CT-guided radio frequency ablation for treating cancer
  • CT calcium scoring to screen for heart disease
  • CT-guided procedures to drain abscesses and fluid

Early Lung Cancer Screening for High-Risk Smokers

The National Cancer Institute recently released a study that found screening individuals with low dose CT scans could reduce lung cancer mortality. 

Who Qualifies for Screening?

  • Age 55-77 years
  • Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
  • Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 years (one pack/20 cigarettes, per day, per year)
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years; and
  • Receives a written order for low dose CT screening that meets the requirements 

Screenings can be scheduled with an order from your physician or by calling KishHealth System. A physician’s order is not required for the screening. To learn more about the low dose CT early lung cancer screening, or to schedule please call: 

Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb - 815.748.2975
Valley West Hospital, Sandwich - 815.786.3794

Contact Us

Before you call to schedule an appointment, your doctor’s office should fax your order for diagnostic tests to 815.748.8935. Appointments are available weekdays, evenings and Saturdays. For information or to schedule an appointment, including mammography, call:

Kishwaukee Hospital -
Valley West Hospital -

To request copies of your images and reports, please call the individual hospital Medical Records Department

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