MEDICAL IMAGING

STATE OF THE ART IMAGING

FULL SERVICE MEDICAL IMAGING

The Richland Hospital provides state-of-the-art, full-service medical imaging services in a compassionate and personalized environment.

Our medical imaging services include an array of procedures, x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, and mammograms. With highly efficient technology, equipment, and staff, results from your medical imaging procedure are given to our medical team promptly.

The imaging department is located on the hospital’s first floor near the Emergency Room.

State of the Art CT Scanner

Doctors and technicians at The Richland Hospital are using the GE Revolution EVO CT Scanner. It is among the most advanced in the field, making CT exams at the Richland Hospital safer, more comfortable, and more accurate than ever.

PET-CT COMBINATION SCANS

PET-CT scans combine two types of medical imaging: positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT). These scans provide a more comprehensive picture of a patient’s cellular functioning and assist doctors in diagnoses. PET-CT scans are particularly useful in early diagnoses of cancers, as well as certain heart and brain conditions.

HOW DO PET AND CT WORK?

A PET scan creates images of a patient’s organs and tissues at work. It differs from other types of medical imaging in that it requires a small amount of a radiotracer to be injected into a patient. This fluid is safe and quickly leaves the patient’s body. The PET scanner records the way cells interact with the fluid, revealing abnormalities that may indicate cancer or other concerns.

A CT scan uses X-rays to provide anatomical information that, when combined with the PET scan, helps your doctor accurately locate the specific area or tissues that are affected.

WHEN ARE THESE SCANS USED?

Because PET-CT scans show how your body is functioning at a cellular level, they can enable an early diagnosis of cancer. Your doctor may prescribe a PET-CT scan if they suspect you have cancer.  If you are undergoing treatment for cancer, a PET-CT scan can assess the effectiveness of those treatments. These scans can also be used to provide detailed information about heart function, clarifying what treatments may be needed or what areas of the heart may be compromised.

ARE THERE HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE SCANS?

PET scans are generally very safe. The radiotracer fluid used in PET scans contains only a small amount of radioactive material and leaves the body in a short amount of time. Patients are encouraged to drink plenty of water following the procedure to help flush the tracer from their system.

These scans are not recommended for nursing mothers or women who are pregnant, as the radiation may harm a fetus or an infant. In other very rare cases, some patients have an allergic reaction to ingredients in the radiotracer. These are usually mild.

Specialized Cancer Care

3D MAMMOGRAPHY

Richland Hospital has a new 3D Mammography machine! The Pristina Dueta™  was designed with the objective of putting patients at ease—without the squeeze. Most women* are aware that early detection of cancer can reduce deaths; yet, due to anxiety, 1 in 4 will delay or simply not schedule their regular mammogram. Of those surveyed who experienced the Pristina Dueta™, 93% said having access to the patient-assist compression remote made them less anxious.

So, how does it work?

Using the remote, the patient can control how much pressure is placed on the breast as it is X-rayed. Adding to the comfort factor, the machine’s rounded corners, thinner image detector, and armrests add up to an improved experience. Not only does it take more images with additional angles, but the accuracy and clarity of those images allows doctors to get a better look at the breast tissue and surrounding areas. Where patients are concerned, the best part is the remote control. The measure of relief this brings translates into fewer cancellations of mammograms, better images, earlier detection of problems, and improved outcomes.

Richland Hospital’s quest has always been to bring the best technology to our community and provide patients with the best possible care. The purchase of the new Pristina Dueta™ 3D Mammogram is another step in fulfilling that commitment to our patients. Our thanks go out to the Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination (G.R.A.C.E.) organization, who in part, made the purchase possible.

Did You Know?

Approximately 1 in 8 women (13%) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

The largest decrease in breast cancer is in women under 50. This is believed to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.

Women who had regular screening mammograms had a 60% lower risk of dying from breast cancer within 10 years and a 47% lower risk within 20 years according to Cancer magazine.

New MRI - Room with a View - On Wheels

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Richland Hospital is offering a new service to patients—MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) technology. Though most patients realize that getting an MRI assists doctors in making a more accurate diagnosis without surgery or radiation, some may hesitate to have one. Understandably, they may wonder: Will I get claustrophobic while in the machine’s tunnel? Will I be able to lie perfectly still? Will I be uncomfortable during the procedure? The latest addition to our MRI technology resolves many of these concerns. The Signa Voyager MR is one of the most advanced machines available and is all about maximizing patient comfort. It has the largest bore opening on the market (70 cm; 27.5 inches), direct communication with the technologist is made possible by means of a hand-held alert bulb and intercom system, the patient can opt to listen to relaxing music during the procedure, and the Breathe-free and Motionfree applications eliminate the need for breath holds and lying still during the exam. Along with selecting lighting and music to fit their mood, patients can even personalize their experience by selecting murals and skylights to enhance their experience. The best part? This system delivers uncompromising imaging capability to assist doctors in making a more accurate diagnosis.

Room with a View – On Wheels

The Signa Voyager MR is housed in an exam room within a new state-of-the-art 16-wheeler truck container, which is parked alongside the hospital as an extension of the facility. It is bigger, better, and more advanced than most MRI machines in our area. So, welcome the Signa Voyager MR system and accept Richland Hospital’s invitation to experience the balance of advanced technology and comfort.

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY

Today, technologists take an image and about 7 seconds later it is available for the radiologist to read on a high resolution computer screen.

Digital (DR) Information is also much easier to send to other facilities or other physicians. “Imagine a patient enters the Emergency Room after having a motor vehicle accident,” Director of Medical Imaging Jeremy Pauls said. “Now we can take the images and send them to a specialist who can look at them and make a decision about that patient’s care right away.”

This new technology is also available at our rural clinics–Muscoda Health Center and Spring Green Medical Center–in the form of CR. “We are thrilled to have this technology,” Dr. Kay Balink said. “Now a second opinion on an image is just a click away.”

Digital Radiography offers incredible benefits including:

  • Superior image quality
  • Increased diagnostic capability
  • Lasting image storage and retrieval
  • Easier sharing of imaging information between physicians
 
When to be seen at the Emergency Room
  • Severe/Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Major injuries/stitches
  • Stroke
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Broken bones
  • Partial or total amputation of a limb
  • Trauma or injury to the head
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Severe abdominal pain
When to be seen at Urgent Care
  • Lacerations – deep cuts or wounds that may require stitches
  • Sprains, strains, or deep bruises
  • Mild to moderate asthma attacks
  • Ear infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Coughs and congestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throats
  • Insect bites
  • Rashes
Emergency Room Wait Times & Ordering

Patients needing emergency medical care are treated according to their degree of acuity or seriousness.

ER patients are not cared for in order of their arrival time. They are triaged, ensuring that patients most in need of critical care receive prompt medical attention.

Should a patient need to be transported from our facility, the hospital has access to emergency medical helicopter services via their helipad on the roof of the hospital.

IMAGING SERVICES

Bone Density Scan

A bone density scan determines an individual’s risk for osteoporosis, measuring the strength of a patient’s bones. This procedure utilizes an x-ray machine to scan the patient’s back and hip area and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

CT Scan (Computerized Technology)

This procedure uses a series of cross-sectional x-rays from different angles to retrieve internal images of a patient’s body. Some images may include a patient’s organs, bones, and other tissues.

Diagnostic Radiologic Testing

The Richland Hospital uses non-invasive techniques and imaging scans to identify and diagnose specific areas inside of the body. The results will be sent to the patient’s primary care provider to consult with after the procedure is complete.

Echocardiography

This diagnostic test uses ultrasound waves to create images located in heart chambers, valves, and surrounding areas within the body. This test allows your doctor to detect possible abnormal output and tests for fluid around the heart structures.

Electrocardiography (EKG or ECG)

A method for measuring and recording electrical activity of a heartbeat. This procedure is commonly painless and will quickly detect your heart’s health. The results will be sent to your doctor to discuss with you.

Fluoroscopy Services

Fluoroscopy is an imaging test that runs x-rays into video images for your medical team to see how specific body parts are working. This test may be performed to assist in another surgery or procedure.

Holter/Event Cardiac Monitoring

A holter monitor is a smal, wearable device that tracks the rhythm of your heart. Often worn over a continuous 24-hour or more time frame. During an instance where your doctor may not capture enough information from a traditional electrocardiogram (ECG), a patient may be directed to wear a holter monitor.

Mammography Scan

Specialized technology including an x-ray to examine the breast. A mammogram will check for and detect early signs of breast cancer or other breast diseases.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

A non-invasive technique to provide detailed diagnostic images through radio waves instead of radiation. This procedure is among the safest diagnostic procedures enabling doctors to evaluate and identify issues within internal organs and tissue.

Nuclear Medicine (SPECT)

Single Photon Computed Technology (SPECT) equipment provides a three-dimensional image of internal organs, which greatly improves diagnosing a wide range of medical conditions.

FIND CARE CLOSER TO HOME

The Richland Hospital & Clinics are committed to offering the highest level of care that's closer to home. Our dedicated medical teams utilize state-of-the-art technology and receive special training to provide expert care to the communities we serve.

We serve a vast area in and around Iowa, Sauk and Richland counties.