The Radiology department provides a wide range of services including Dexa Scan, digitalized radiography, 3D mammography studies, Computerized Tomography scanning, ultrasound with echocardiography and vascular studies. We also offer extended services that include MRI and PET CT scanning provided by Shared Medical, Nuclear Medicine Service provided by DMS Health Technologies.
All radiologic technologists are licensed as general Radiographers by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The MRHC Radiology department is under the medical direction of Diagnostic Imaging Associates in Des Moines and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to read x-rays, ultrasounds, and CT scans via tele- radiology.
Computed Tomography (CT)
The computed tomography (CT) scanner was upgraded in 2022 to the state-of-the-art GE Revolution Maxima to deliver more personalized and comfortable care. The new model allows for high resolution imaging, lower radiation exposure, more weight capacity, and smart technology to account for specific patient anatomy.
The new system improves patient position accuracy and simplifies the entire patient set-up process by providing one-click, hands-free detection, and automation. It also reduces noise, decreases patient breath hold times, reduces time in the scanner, accelerates exam time from start to finish, reduces patient dose, and decreases contrast quantity. This scanner improves the exam quality on patients where hardware (such as joint replacement) is present with metal artifact reduction software.
One of the unique features the CT scanner offers is the ability to demonstrate the scan process to those who speak a different language or young children who may not understand directions or what is being asked, making the process more convenient for all who use the services.
MRHC has an up-to-date ultrasound machine which uses sound waves to study body parts that are hard to reach. The ultrasound machine is used for OB-GYN, breast, abdomen, pelvic, vascular, and cardiac studies.
We provide 3D Tomography screening and diagnostic mammography exams.Mammography is X-ray imaging of your breasts designed to detect tumors or other abnormalities.
Mammography can be used either for screening or for diagnostic purposes in evaluating a breast lump. Screening mammography is used to detect changes in the breast for women who do not have signs or symptoms or observable breast abnormalities. Diagnostic mammography is used to examine suspicious breast changes such as a lump, pain, or unusual skin appearance. We also have a new soft touch pad which provides a softer, warmer mammogram for patients.
Shared Medical Services has provided mobile MRI services to MRHC for more than 20 years. To enhance our patient experience, they have upgraded to the SIGNA Voyager. This advanced system is designed to help maximize comfort for patients while delivering uncompromised image quality.
Features of the enhanced technology include
- Increased Patient Comfort
- 70cm wide bore for more space around the patient and more accessibility to the patient
- Advanced noise-reducing technology
- Applications that eliminate the need for breath-holds and lying still during the exam
Enhanced Patient Experience
- Customizable sound and lighting (skylights, murals, and integrated music system)
- Increased signal allowing shorter exam times
- 550-pound table weight limit
Increased Physician Confidence
- Consistently sharper images than conventional MRI systems
- Uncompromised imaging capability to help your physician make definitive diagnoses
- Fast, accurate and highly reproducible scans
At MRHC, we are proud to advance our technology partnerships and care to ensure we can continue to provide high-quality healthcare close to home.
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