Services - Greater Regional Radiology/ X-Ray
Types of Ultrasound Procedures performed at Greater Regional include:
- Pediatric Echocardiograms --ages 6-17
- Obstetric (1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimester)
- Carotid (cerebrovascular duplex)
- Small parts, superficial lumps, structures
- Venous duplex of arms and legs to rule out DVT (spell out)
- Paracentesis, Thoracentesis
- Thyroid biopsy
- Ultrasound guided breast (cyst) aspiration
For additional information regarding ultrasound services available at Greater Regional, please call the Radiology Department at 641-782-3508.
Positron Emission Tomography Imaging (PET):
Since 2005, Greater Regional has offered the Discovery ST, a PET/CT system completely optimized for cancer care. This system integrates a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner with a multi-slice Computer Tomography (CG) scanner and is capable of 2D and 3D imaging with a larger bore for all patient studies or sizes. This Discovery ST system provides physicians with more sensitivity, speed, resolution, and diagnostic confidence when treating cancer patients. The “ST” in Discovery ST stands for “See and Treat,” which is what this system allows physicians to do. The Discovery ST assists our physicians in seeing the disease and planning radiation therapy treatment.
Less time on the table means faster results and greater patient comfort. The Discovery ST allows healthcare providers to not only “see” the disease, but begin to “treat” it.
Before having a PET/CT scan, the patient receives a dose of a radiopharmaceutical tracer containing substances that mimic those normally used in the body including water, sugar, proteins, and oxygen. These tracers accumulate in diseased cells. During the scan, the tracers are detected by the system creating an image of the patient and highlighting any abnormal physiology. This image helps our physicians determine if disease is present, the location and extent of disease, and track how rapidly it is spreading.
For additional information regarding PET scan exams available at Greater Regional, please call the Radiology Department at 641-782-3508.
Computerized Tomography Scan (CT):
Greater Regional installed the Toshiba Aquilion in 2006. This system combines x-ray with the use of a high-speed computer and takes cross sectional pictures of the anatomy and our unit is a 32 slice system. It is one of the most sophisticated tests now available. This is a painless, non-invasive procedure that provides images that are invaluable in the diagnosis of a wide variety of health conditions. A CT scan shows the outlines of soft tissue and bone. Within seconds, our CT scan equipment creates highly detailed images. These images or “slices” are then created into three-dimensional images of the body part being examined.
In addition, the CT scan is also used for many of our cancer center patients in the preparation phases for radiation therapy.
For additional information regarding CT scans available at Greater Regional, please call the Radiology Department at 641-782-3508.
Types of CT scans performed at Greater Regional include:
- Head without or with contrast
- Facial bones
- Cervical spine
- Thoracic spine
- Lumbar spine
- Soft tissue with or without contrast
- Chest with or without contrast
- Dynamic chest
- Chest for pulmonary embolus
- Abdomen with or without contrast
- Bony pelvis
- Pelvis with or without contrast
- Elbows, wrist, hands, shoulders, humerus, knees, hips, femurs, tibia/fibula, ankles, feet
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):
Greater Regional Medical Center added the Vantage Titan Magnetic Reasoning Imaging Equipment from Toshiba in-house in 2009. The Titan MRI system features Pianissimo TM technology, which reduces exam noise, to provide you with a quieter, more comfortable experience. Pianissimo is a musical term meaning play softly, so instead of the loud pounding other MRI systems produce, the sound you will hear is more like a gentle tapping. The quiet nature of our system also makes communications between you and the technologist easier.
Titan features an ultra-short, open bore providing a larger, more spacious environment during your MRI exam. The MRI sees through bone and soft tissue, and is especially helpful to diagnose brain and nervous disorders, such as tumors, certain spinal conditions, abnormal fluid in the skill, stroke and traumatic injuries. Like the CT scan, the MRI test is painless and non-invasive.
Your MRI exam provides doctors with high quality images they can use to diagnose and evaluate your physical condition. The Titan system provides more room in the magnet and less noise during the exam, so it is easier to remain motionless during your procedure.
Your comfort, combines with the latest exam techniques on our Titan, assures that your doctor gets the best possible images for the most accurate diagnosis.
What Should You Expect on Exam Day?
- No special preparations are required prior to your exam. You may eat and drink normally, although it is best to limit your caffeine intake. Women should also refrain from wearing eye shadow or mascara.
- Prior to the exam you will be asked to remove all jewelry and metal objects. During the exam, just like a photograph, the most accurate images will be taken when you are still.
- The technologist may place an MRI coil around the part of the body to be scanned. Like an antenna, the closer the coil is to the area of interest on your body, the better the image quality of your exam.
- MRI scans do not use any X-rays or other types of potentially harmful radiation.
- Immediately following the scan, you may resume your normal activities unless otherwise directed by your physician.
For additional information regarding MRI exams available at Greater Regional, please call the Radiology Department at 641-782-3508.
Types of MRI exams include:
- Internal Auditory Canals
- Circle of Willis
- MRV (Venus Brain)
- Cervical spine
- Lumbar spine
- Thoracic spine
- Shoulder Artho
- Bony pelvis
- Female pelvis
- Brachial plexus
- Soft tissue neck
- Non contrast renal
- Abdominal mass
Bone Densitometry/Dexa Scan:
Greater Regional has the GE Lunar Prodigy Bone Densitometry machine. It is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. It is one of the most accurate ways to diagnosis Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. Your results from this test can be a great help as you and your physician as you monitor your treatment plan.
For additional information regarding bone density exams available at Greater Regional, please call the Radiology Department at 641-782-3508.
Greater Regional offers a wide variety of imaging exams to meet the need for orthopedic, general and fluoroscopy x-rays to assist our physicians in the diagnoses of illnesses.
For additional information regarding general x-ray exams available at Greater Regional, please call the Radiology Department at 641-782-3508.