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The ACMH Radiology Department provides physicians with the most recent technology to ensure diagnoses are as accurate as possible. Patients have access to cutting-edge equipment, along with specially trained technologists and expert Mercy radiologists. The Radiology Department provides a wide range of procedures, including General Radiography, Computerized Tomography (CT scan), Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, and Bone Densitometry. The Radiology Department has converted to an all-digital format, which permits the distribution of pictures through the PACS system. Images are read remotely by board-certified radiologists at Mercy Medical Center.

SERVICES PROVIDED


General X-Rays
Diagnostic X-Rays are created by passing small controlled amounts of radiation through the patient's body producing anatomical images. Because of their high energy and short wavelength, x-rays are able to penetrate the body's tissues and bones. The amount of x-rays that passes through will depend on the thickness and density of the area of interest. X-Rays are performed for many reasons, a few of which include pneumonias, fractures, masses, tumors, and fluid collections. This information is captured onto computers and stored in PACS. Exams range from simple procedures that require you to hold still for a moment to those procedures that require you to drink a "contrast" or have an injection of "contrast." Every effort will be made to perform your X-Ray with little or no discomfort to you. If you have questions or special needs, please ask your technologist; they will do their best to make your visit to our department as comfortable as possible.

Computerized Tomography
Computerized Tomography can also be called CT, CT scan or CAT scan. This is an X-Ray technique that produces more detailed images of your internal organs than General X-Ray exams. ACMH has a 64-slice scanner with a weight capacity of up to 400 pounds.

CT is used to help:
  • Pinpoint the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot.
  • Detect and monitor diseases such as cancer or heart disease.
  • Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding.
Ultrasound
Ultrasound is the use of high frequency sound waves directed into the body with the use of a transducer and some gel. The transducer transmits the sound waves and receives echoes back from body tissues. Different tissues and substances in the body produce different wave echoes and images. The images are interpreted by a radiologist and results are reported back to the referring physician. Ultrasound exams are performed once a week by a Mercy ultrasound tech.

Mammography
A mammogram is a low dose X-Ray of the breast. This safe and effective first step to detecting breast cancer is routine and can often identify pathology in a breast long before a physical examination. Finding and diagnosing breast cancer in its earliest stages increases the likelihood that treatment will be successful.

Bone Densitometry
Bone densitometry is a test that measures bone density and the mineral content of bone in a person's body. During the test, the patient is required to lie still on a table while the equipment scans two areas, the lumbar spine and hip. The test is extremely helpful in diagnosing and evaluating osteoporosis.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
ACMH utilizes a mobile MRI service to provide our patients with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). MRI is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create cross-sectional images of your head or body. Your doctor uses these detailed images to identify and diagnose a wide range of conditions. An MRI is used to:
  • Identify brain tumors, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and chronic disorders of the nervous system.
  • Reveal brain abnormalities in people with dementia.
  • Diagnose diseases of the pituitary gland.
  • Locate inner ear tissue abnormalities.
  • Detect blood vessel plaques and blockages.
  • Identify bone and joint infections, injuries, degenerative disorders and tumors.
  • Reveal tumors and functional disorders in organs such as the lungs, liver, pancreas, kidney and spleen.
  • Detect reproductive system and bladder problems.
Nuclear Medicine
ACMH utilizes a mobile Nuclear Medicine service to provide our patients with Nuclear Medicine imaging. Nuclear Medicine is the use of radioactive materials for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of diseases and disorders. Patients having studies done are given small amounts of radioactive material, usually intravenously, but it may be taken orally or inhaled. This material travels through the body to the organ or body part to be imaged. The imaging can take place immediately or up to several hours after the dosing depending upon the study requested. Special equipment, like Geiger counters, detect the radioactive material in the patient. This detected material creates images, which are interpreted by the radiologist.

To schedule your Radiology appointment, call:
641-743-7211

Radiology Business Hours: Monday through Friday 7 AM to 5:30 PM
Radiology Patient Appointments: Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5:00 PM