The Veterans Memorial Hospital radiology department is dedicated to providing the highest-quality diagnostic images possible – with the highest level of patient safety right here at home.
We partner with board certified radiologists from Gundersen Health System. These radiologists provide a dictated report to your provider, and are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. All images and reports are available electronically and are able to be sent to your ordering provider in a quick and efficient manor.
- Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to look at the organs and structures inside the body. During an ultrasound, the patient lies on a table and the technician or doctor uses a device called a transducer. The transducer moves across the outside of the body, sending sound waves that bounce off the tissues inside the body. A computer captures the sound waves and creates an image that the doctor can view. Veterans Memorial Hospital offers a wide variety of ultrasound procedures. This safe form of imaging is useful in diagnosing conditions, as well as evaluating fetal growth and development. If you are expecting, schedule your OB ultrasounds here in Waukon, close to home.
- Bone Densitometry (DEXA) uses advanced X-rays to evaluate your bone density and can determine if you are at risk for osteoporotic fractures. The test uses a low-dose X-ray to measure the mineral content of the bones of your lower back, hip or sometimes the forearm.
- Computed Tomography (CT) A computed tomography scan, also called a CT scan, is a medical imaging technology that uses a scanner to take X-rays of the body. A computer then separates the scanned images, which are called slices. The slices can be stacked by the computer to create a three-dimensional image of the body area that was scanned. CT scans are used to study the soft tissues, organs or bones in your body.
- Fluoroscopies are basically X-ray movies, showing a continuous, moving image of the inside of your body.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging technology that uses strong magnets and radio waves to form a picture of the organs and structures inside the body. MRIs are used to diagnose a number of conditions and are very helpful for examining the brain and spinal cord. When a patient has an MRI, they lie on a table that slides into a tunnel-like machine. The scan is painless, but the machine can be noisy.
- MAMMOGRAPHY is the most advanced screening tool used to detect breast cancer. Women are encouraged to have annual mammograms beginning at age 40. A provider order is not required to schedule a mammogram. Please encourage your loved ones to get screened. If you find a lump, consult with your doctor, but don’t panic — many lumps are not cancerous.
- VMH offers 3D mammography. Due to the advanced technology, the 3D mammogram is clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.
- Women are often worried about getting the results of a mammogram. Many times, abnormal findings are not cancerous. VMH is dedicated to providing a diagnosis as quickly as possible, so women can get back to their normal lives.
- Nuclear Medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials to track molecular activity to see how organs and tissues are working. By using a comparable amount of radiation received during an X-ray, nuclear medicine can identify abnormalities very early in the progression of disease.
- Digital X-rays give us a detailed look at the inside of your body, and are often used to diagnose injuries such as broken bones
Offering a number of diagnostics, we’re here to empower you with the knowledge you need to take the next step.
Preparing for your medical procedure:
It’s much easier to be calm during a medical imaging procedure when you know what to expect ahead of time. We want you to feel confident and reassured before, during, and after your exam. That’s why, before your test, we’ll discuss your medical history, allergies, and whether or not you experience claustrophobia.
While each imaging test is different, most last between 30 minutes to an hour. For certain exams, we may ask you to change into scrubs or a gown and remove any metal jewelry or electronic devices. Some tests require you to fast for several hours before. For certain exams, we may ask you to drink a liquid called a contrast or a radiotracer, or we may inject it intravenously. This helps us get a better look inside your body, but you can rest easy knowing all our tests are either minimally invasive or completely non-invasive. That means you won’t feel any pain, and for most tests you won’t need a recovery period.
Whatever your test, you can depend on our team to guide you through, explaining each step and helping to make you as comfortable as possible. After your exam, we’ll carefully assess each picture and deliver your results as soon as possible. To learn more about what to expect for individual tests, talk to your doctor.