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Radiologic Diagnostic Imaging

Radiologic Diagnostic Imaging

You can count on our team of skilled technologists and board-certified radiologists at Grinnell Regional Medical Center for quality diagnostic imaging. Our state-of-the-art services include digital mammography, X-ray, fluoroscopy, CT, nuclear medicine,MRI, and complete OB imaging services and ultrasound, including Doppler 4-D scanning, as well as mobile X-ray for the comfort of our critical care and emergency patients.

Our new digital mammography services use the computer-assisted diagnostic (R2 CAD) technology for a computerized “second look” for screening and diagnostic mammograms. PACS (picture archiving and communication system) replaces hard-copy diagnostic images with direct digital feeds from modern imaging equipment, which translates to faster service and a permanent digital record of your imaging study results.

GRMC radiology department focuses on patient comforts, patient privacy, patient satisfaction, and operational efficiency. Office efficiency to assure faster patient service and improved patient satisfaction became critical when fielding more than 150 appointment phone calls daily. The staff of 20 registered technologists and two office personnel provides coverage 24 – 7 at GRMC. These trained staff conduct approximately 25,000 radiology procedures per year, from chest and extremity x-rays to CTs to ultrasounds and mammograms.

The process of taking radiographs remains the same. A technologist will use a digital plate instead of a traditional film plate. Patients will experience less radiation and fewer retakes of films caused by lost films.

Caring for Women is a Way of Life for Us

Your good health is our top priority. We have recently joined an elite group of facilities across the country that share an important commitment to raising the standard of care for every patient. We are proud to be recognized as a certified Pink Ribbon Facility.

As a Pink Ribbon Facility we take pride in providing every woman that comes to us for a mammogram with a digital mammography exam. Digital mammography produces images that appear on the technologist's monitor in a manner of seconds. There is no waiting for film to develop, which means a shorter time spent in the exam, and you may get the results the same day.


Mammography

Mammography is the x-ray examination of breast tissues. The goal is to detect breast cancer in its early stages for early treatment. GRMC’s digital mammography combines the latest technology in digital mammography  with MammoPad breast cushions to decrease pain. Adjacent to the mammography suite is an education room for patients to review educational materials on breast health.
The goal of screening mammography is to detect cancer when it is still too small to be felt by the physician or the woman. Early detection of small breast cancers by screening mammography greatly improves a woman’s chances for successful treatment.

If you’re having a mammography scan, here's what you can expect:

Recommended Breast Cancer Screening
The American Cancer Society urges women to have a regular screening for breast cancer as part of their wellness plan using these guidelines:


X-ray

X-ray studies use low doses of radiation and are often performed as the initial examination to diagnose a wide variety of diseases and injuries and later in treatment to determine progress.


Computerized Tomography (CT)

GRMC offers computerized tomography a highly advanced, non-invasive procedure, to aid in diagnosis. CT combines x-rays and leading edge computer technology. The latest in spiral CT technology is offered at GRMC, making it possible for a virtual spiral image of a patient's body.

Talk to your primary healthcare provider to determine the right schedule for you.

These scans are quick, hi-tech tools for looking inside the body without surgery. CT scans can create either two- or three-dimensional cross-section images of your body. Experts closely examine these images looking for abnormalities that may not show up on an ordinary x-ray. CT scans are particularly useful in evaluating the brain, spine, chest, abdomen and pelvis.

If you're having a CT scan, here's what you can expect:


Ultrasound

GRMC offers cardiac, vascular, abdominal, and obstetrical/ pelvic ultrasounds.

Ultrasound imaging is a safe, painless diagnostic procedure. It bounces sound waves off internal organs or structures and then captures the returning echoes as a photograph or moving image on a monitor. There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound studies.

Here's what to expect during an ultrasound:


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI is a non-invasive procedure that creates either a two- or three-dimensional view of internal organs or structures using strong electromagnetic fields and sophisticated computers.

An MRI uses a strong magnetic field to align the water molecules in your body tissues.

A radio signal (not an X-ray) is directed to the part of your body being examined, temporarily disrupting this alignment. When the radio signal stops, water molecules return to their alignment at different rates and emit signals that are received and processed in a computer. Computers assemble the data into a series of images.

Highly trained technologists monitor you and your test from behind a window in the control room. Radiologists evaluate the computer-generated images. They look for abnormalities to help make a diagnosis.

Here's what to expect during an MRI:


Bone Densitometry

We also offer bone densitometry or bone density screening service. Everyone, both men and women, loses bone strength as they grow older. Women have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis than men as women often have smaller, thinner frames. Women also have an increased risk after menopause. Women produce less estrogen after menopause. Estrogen helps protect women against bone loss.

The bone scan takes less than 15 minutes on the scanner.

If you are having a bone density test, this is what you can expect:

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that aging residents take four steps to lower the risk of osteoporosis and bone loss disorders:

The National Osteoporosis Foundation provides guidelines for aging residents to lower the risk of osteoporosis and bone loss disorders.


PET/CT

Positron emission tomography and computed tomography create a combined PET/CT image. This is an exciting new technology that combines the best of nuclear medicine and CT. This service is provided through a mobile unit with Shared Medical Services. PET measures the amount of metabolic activity at a site in the body and a computer reassembles the signals into images. Cancer cells have higher metabolic rates than normal cells and show up as denser areas on a PET scan. PET is useful in diagnosing other health concerns such as cardiovascular and neurological disease, such as Alzheimers disease.
PET is particularly effective in identifying whether cancer is present or not, if it has spread, if it is responsive to treatment, and if a person is cancer free after treatment.


Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnosis. The radioactive materials are detected by special types of cameras that work with computers to provide very precise pictures of the body.