Appointments Available! Call 618-246-9595.

Welcome to Southern Illinois Imaging

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We are proud to offer residents of our community access to quality imaging care in a convenient location. When your physician sends you to us, both of you can rest easy that we will do everything possible to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

When you come to us, whether it is for a simple x-ray or for an MRI or CT Scan, we are committed to providing you with quality service in a warm and caring atmosphere.

If there is anything we can do to make your experience better, please do not hesitate to let us know.

You are the reason we are here.


We offer fast turnaround with results in as little as 24 hours!

Services Include

  • The only Open MRI in the area
  • New CT
  • New X-Ray
  • Diagnostic Quality MRI Imaging
  • Reading by Board Certified MSK Fellow Radiologist, Dr. James Tarter
  • We offer affordable pricing, catering to patients with high deductibles and self-pay
  • Appointments available (with insurance prior authorization)
  • Friendly knowledgeable staff

For Patients

Things to know before you come to us for your CT or MRI Scan:

  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Check with your doctor, but generally, do not ingest anything except water for 6 hours prior to your test.
  • Even with an Open MRI, which is less claustrophobic than standard MRI machines, the system makes loud noises as it creates images. We supply earplugs and/or music for patient comfort.


Unlike many centers, our facility offers a single bill for both imaging and physician services.

Contact Us

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our services please call us at 618-246-9595.

Hours & Location

Southern Illinois Imaging

4119 South Water Tower Place, Suite A

Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864


Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an order from a physician for an imaging study?

Yes, we require an order from a provider’s office. If you need care and don’t have a provider, contact us. We have resources available to find you help.

What is precertification or preauthorization?

Some insurance companies require us to ask permission before we perform an imaging study. The preauthorization or precertification tells us whether or not your insurance company will pay for the study. Your provider’s office will often need to ask for permission first. Once it gets the ok, we will call the insurance company as well. This happens in the background and you will not have to worry about it. However, insurance companies can sometimes take 24-36 hours to give us permission after your provider’s office has received permission. If you want your study faster, you can always pay out of pocket. The risk is that your insurance company may not reimburse you later.

Will I be required to pay a co-pay or deductible?

When we get a precertification or preauthorization, we will find out how much you owe at the time of service. In order to keep prices low, we expect full payment at the time of service. If you are unable to pay, we can schedule you for another date.

My medical provider says I have to use his/her office for imaging or that I have to use the hospital that he/she is affiliated with. Is that true?

That is not true. As a patient, you have a choice in where you receive care. If your provider refuses to give you an order so you can have your imaging done elsewhere, please contact us and we will get the order directly from the provider. If your provider refuses to view images from an imaging center, please contact us. We can get you in touch with a provider who will have your best interest in mind.

My medical provider says he/she won’t be able to “see” what they need to “see” if I come to your center.

Every study we provide is “diagnostic quality” and can be used to make medical decisions. Ask your provider to be very specific on the order about what they want to see. Call us and we will tell you if we can meet those needs. We can also speak with your provider directly if that makes you more comfortable. We work with many providers in the region to offer the best for their patients. Our MRI is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the same regulatory body that certifies the imaging equipment in hospitals. For equipment to be certified by the ACR, we are required to send images to the ACR. The ACR reviews the images for quality to make sure we can “see” everything we need to “see.” If after getting a test at our location your provider cannot “see” what they want to see AND our radiologist cannot provide the information, we will refund all of your money.

Do you accept my insurance?

We accept most insurances. Please call us and we can help you determine if we accept your specific insurance and how much your out of pocket will be. As low as our rates are, it’s sometimes cheaper for you to pay out of pocket for our services vs. going to a hospital that charges much more.