Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic Services

General Radiography

Chester River Hospital Center provides a full range of general radiography services including chest, spine, extremity, head, and abdomen imaging.

General radiography is commonly used to detect problems with bones, lungs, and other internal structures. These ’diagnostic’ X-rays are small amounts of radiation that pass through the specific area(s) of interest.


Chester River Hospital Center’s endoscopy services enable your physician to diagnose and treat diseases of the digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum) liver, pancreas and biliary tract (gallbladder and bile ducts). This test, which is performed in the hospital’s Radiology department located on the first floor provides your physician with a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon, rectum). 

This exam is performed using a flexible tube which transmits the image inside the intestinal tract to a TV monitor using computer and fiber optic technology. The physician performing the endoscopy can usually make an immediate diagnosis. Your physician will request an endoscopy to diagnose a variety of conditions including colon cancer, hemorrhoids and gallstones.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is part of every specialty now, to prevent, diagnose, manage and treat disease. Nuclear imaging enables the healthcare specialists at Chester River Hospital Center to detect disease at the earliest stages, making early treatment possible and positive outcomes much more likely. Chester River Hospital Center’s two nuclear cameras produce images that are interpreted by radiologists or cardiologists who are trained in nuclear medicine. Our nuclear imaging technicians are graduates of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s nuclear imaging program.

The procedure uses tiny amounts of radioactive material that are administered orally or intravenously to trace desired organs or systems. The nuclear camera is then able to view blood flow, organs or the skeleton. This is imaging is safe—the amount of radioactive material is less than or equal to the amount received from a standard x-ray—and the patient experiences no side effects, discomfort or pain.