Full Field Digital Mammography- Because our primary goal is to deliver the highest quality care to our patients, we are adding full field digital mammography to our women's health diagnostic services.
A Full Field Digital Mammography system is the most advanced technology possible in screening for breast cancer.
Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and transmitted and stored just like computer files.
From a patients point of view, having a digital mammogram is much like having a conventional screen-film mammogram. Both film-based and digital mammography use compression and x-rays to create clear images of the inside of the breast. During all mammography exams, the technologist positions the patient to image the breast from different angles and compresses the breast with a paddle to obtain optimal image quality.
Unlike film-based mammography, digital mammograms produce images that appear on the technologists monitor in a matter of seconds. There is no waiting to develop, which can mean a shorter time spent in the breast imaging suite.
The Radiology Department has been updated from developing x-ray films to a Computerized Radiology and Picture Archiving Communications System. Patient exams, MRI, CT, X-Ray, Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine are performed the same but, they are viewed and stored electronically and there are no more bulky films to read, store or transfer. This technology creates a higher quality of image in all radiology exams, which helps in reading and diagnosing.
This entire process saves, storage space, money and benefits patients needing radiology exams. We are looking to the future of healthcare and are on our way to becoming one of America's finest rural health providers!
Bone Mineral Density Testing - Bone Mineral Density testing is used to evaluate and diagnose osteoporosis. This study can measure changes in bone density as well as provide an accurate picture of the risk of future fractures.
16 Slice CT - Computerized Tomographic (CT) scanning provides rapid, high resolution scanning of the head, chest, abdomen, and extremeties by applying computer technology to medical x-rays. The scanner is primarily used to detect tumors, infections and vascular diseases. It is also valuable in the planning and follow-up of patients selected for radiation therapy of known tumors.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a way of taking pictures of the body and its chemical make-up. Physicians use MRIs to see "through" bones into soft underlying tissue such as muscles, fat, and internal organs - all without the use of x-rays or radiation. Mobridge Regional Hospital utilizes a mobile MRI that is available twice a month.
Nuclear Medicine - Nuclear medicine uses harmless amounts of radioactive isotopes that are injected into the body to visualize specific areas. This material either collects in or avoids body tissue associated with particular disesaes. A camera in the machine then relays the images of the location of that material.
Ultrasound - Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to "see" into the body for diagnostic purposes. It is used for obstetric/gynecologic, abdominal, heart and vascular applications.
For more information contact Charles Peacock at (605) 845-8175.