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MRI in DeKalb and Sandwich

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field and radio frequency pulse to produce detailed images of the internal organs, soft tissues, and bones. Most procedures are noninvasive; however, some require a contrast injection of an agent called gadolinium. The contrast allows the physician to visualize many different types of tissues, abnormalities, and disease processes. 

The result is an image showing details of the structure and function of specific organs and internal body parts.

KishHealth System uses a closed MRI scanner at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb and Valley West Hospital in Sandwich to produce superior image quality without ionizing radiation, a great benefit to all of our patients.

Specialized MRI Procedures:

  • Breast MRI and MRI-guided breast biopsy
  • MRI using sedation.
  • MR Angiography (MRA) detects problems with the blood vessels using a contrast agent to view real time images of the blood as it moves through the vessels.
  • MRI Arthrography diagnoses problems within a joint, including the shoulder, hip and wrist, using a contrast agent that is injected into the joint to enhance images of the joint structures, allowing the physician to see any abnormalities.
  • MRI perfusion studies use contrast to see blood flow to the brain and help in the diagnosis of stroke, brain tumors.
  • MRI for kidney disease patients, using special software

Wide Bore MRI Available at Valley West Hospital

The Toshiba Vantange Titan 1.5T wide bore MRI at Valley West Hospital offers:

  • Clearest images possible
  • Twice the room of most MRI systems
  • Decreased feeling of claustrophobia with feet-first exams
  • Significant noise reduction with Pianissimo™ technology
  • Softly lit which creates a calming atmosphere to relieve patient anxiety

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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