Radiology and Imaging: We See the Problem

Radiology is critical to nearly all health care services. Radiology uses imaging technology to see what’s going on inside the body. From broken bones to brain tumors, clear images allow for a precise diagnosis, guide surgeons, and inform follow-up care during recovery.

Munson Healthcare board-certified radiologists and specialty-trained certified technologists provide close to home imaging services throughout northern Michigan. These experts capture and analyze extremely detailed images that allow your health care team to detect, diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries. Physicians and consulting specialists have immediate online access to images from their office or home, speeding your diagnosis and reducing your time to treatment.

Every radiology exam requires a physician’s order and many are available by appointment. Walk-in X-rays are available without an appointment. Emergency imaging is available around the clock at Munson Healthcare hospital emergency departments in Cadillac, Charlevoix, Frankfort, Gaylord, Grayling, Kalkaska, Manistee, St. Ignace, and Traverse City.

All Munson Healthcare radiology teams follow the same evidence-based protocols for consistent, high quality results. 

We Use Advanced Technology

Munson Healthcare provides the highest level of imaging services by keeping pace with rapidly evolving medical imaging technology.

Our advanced digital imaging equipment allows for exceptional images with minimal radiation exposure.

Today, two-dimensional and three-dimensional images of organs, tissues, bones, and other structures are clearer and more detailed than ever before.

Nuclear Medicine and SPECT/CT Imaging

Nuclear medicine imaging uses microscopic materials called radiotracers to treat and diagnose a variety of diseases. Radiotracers are typically injected or swallowed into the body and traced to the area being examined, such as the heart, bone, or kidneys. Special cameras detect gamma energy from the radiotracers and computers then develop images of the inside of your body.

Nuclear Medicine combined with SPEC/CT scanning technology creates an even cleaner image for trained clinicians to read and diagnose. Applications include:

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  • Tumor imaging

  • Bone metastasis

  • Prosthetic loosening/infection

  • Small bone fractures

  • Lymph node imaging

  • GI bleeding

  • Parathyroid

  • Liver hemangioma, and more

Heart care patients will also benefit from nuclear medicine combined with SPEC/CT scanning in ways such as:

  • Stronger heart image clarity with less shadowing from overlying tissues

  • Increased comfort by eliminating the need for a ten-minute scan in a prone position

  • Ability to receive a diagnostic scan for patients unable to raise the left arm above his or her head

Nuclear Medicine with advanced SPECT/CT is available in Traverse City and Gaylord.

Digital Mammography

Munson Healthcare has advanced digital mammography at all locations. Because digital images are immediately available, the technologist can evaluate the quality of the images as they are taken. The digital machine is fast, so patients spend less time in uncomfortable positions during their exam and less time in the exam room. 

3D Mammography (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis)

Advanced 3D mammography benefits patients by increasing detection of small breast cancers by as much as 20 to 30 percent. It also reduces call-backs from screening mammograms by as much as 30 to 40 percent. Those designated as high-risk or with specific breast conditions are eligible. Ask your primary care provider for more information. Patients need a specific 3D mammography order from their provider to obtain the test and not all insurances currently cover the technology.

Advanced 3D mammography is available at these Munson Healthcare screening locations:

  • Cadillac Hospital
  • Charlevoix Hospital
  • Grayling Hospital
  • Kalkaska Memorial Health Center
  • Manistee Hospital
  • Otsego Memorial Hospital
  • OMH Medical Group - Lewiston
  • Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital
  • Smith Family Breast Health Center

Breast MRI and MRI Guided Breast Biopsy

Performed at Cadillac Hospital and Munson Medical Center, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast is an imaging test that uses strong magnets and radio waves to form pictures of the inside of the breast. It also creates images of the tissues that surround the breast. Breast MRI is used to check for problems, such as a leaking breast implant or a suspicious lump or mass. It can also be used to help determine if breast cancer is present and aid in diagnosis and management.  

We Work with Board-Certified Radiologists

Munson Healthcare’s Radiology team includes fellowship and board-certified radiologists and interventional radiologists who have the knowledge and expertise to ensure the best exam and patient care possible. These physicians specialize in:

  • Breast Imaging
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Diagnostic Radiology/Cardiac CT
  • Interventional/Vascular Radiology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Neuroradiology

Grand Traverse Radiologists, PC, is a large physician group that serves Munson Medical CenterFoster Family Community Health Center, and the Smith Family Breast Health Center, all located in Traverse City, Mich., as well as Cadillac Hospital, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort, Kalkaska Memorial Health Center in Kalkaska, Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord and Grayling Hospital. Charlevoix Hospital and Manistee Hospital partner with board-certified radiologists in their communities.

We Meet the Highest Standards

Together, our Munson Healthcare facilities are certified and recognized by the following accrediting organizations for adhering to the highest quality standards:

  • American College of Radiology
  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
  • Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Nuclear/PET Medicine Laboratories
  • Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).
  • Medicare/Medicaid certification
  • The Joint Commission

Women’s Imaging

All Munson Healthcare hospitals offer Women’s Imaging Services. Women’s Imaging encompasses obstetrical, gynecological, bone density, and breast imaging.

For More Information

If you have questions about how to prepare for an exam, please talk to your health care provider.


Service Locations

Bear Lake Outpatient Services 8225 Lake St. Bear Lake, MI 49614 231-864-5002 - Currently closed Get Directions
Charlevoix Hospital - Outpatient Services 14700 Lake Shore Dr. Charlevoix, MI 49720 231-547-4024 Get Directions
Foster Family Community Health Center 550 Munson Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686 (231) 935-5000 Get Directions
Grayling Hospital - Outpatient Services 1100 E. Michigan Ave. Grayling, MI 49738 Get Directions
Mackinac Straits Health System 1140 N. State St. St. Ignace, MI 49781 906-643-8585 Get Directions
Mancelona Family Practice 419 W. State St. Mancelona, MI 49659 231-587-9328 | No COVID-19 Testing Get Directions
Manistee Hospital - Outpatient Services 1465 E. Parkdale Ave. Manistee, MI 49660 Get Directions
Manistee Wellness Center 2198 US-31 S. Manistee, MI 49660 231-398-1960 Get Directions
Munson Outpatient Services - Benzonia 6227 Frankfort Hwy. Benzonia, MI 49616 Get Directions
Munson Outpatient Services - Interlochen 1975 Stirling Dr. Interlochen, MI 49643 Get Directions
OMH Medical Group - Elmira 2572 North US-131 Elmira, MI 49730 Get Directions
OMH Medical Group - Indian River 3860 S. Straits Hwy. Indian River, MI 49749 231-238-0581 231-238-0586 Get Directions
OMH Medical Group - Lewiston 3040 Bourn St. Lewiston, MI 49756 989-786-4877 989-786-2187 Get Directions
OMH Walk-In Clinic 1996 Walden Dri Gaylord, MI 49735 989-731-4111 Get Directions
Otsego Memorial Hospital Outpatient Services 825 N. Center Ave. Gaylord, 49735 989-731-2100 Get Directions
Prudenville Community Health Center 2585 W. Houghton Lake Dr. Prudenville, MI 48651 989-366-2900 Get Directions
Roscommon Community Health Center 234 Lake St. Roscommon, MI 48653 989-275-1200 Get Directions
Smith Family Breast Health Center 4100 Park Forest Dr., Ste. 203 Traverse City, MI 49684 800-968-9292 Get Directions
Wellston Outpatient Services 14477 Caberfae Hwy. (M-55) Wellston, MI 49689 No COVID-19 Testing Get Directions