State-of-the-Art Radiology Services in Cape Girardeau
Saint Francis Medical Center’s Radiology Department offers comprehensive diagnostic services and advanced technology for patients. Staffed by board certified radiologists who have received additional training in specialty areas such as CT, MRI and PET/CT, the Radiology Department also includes an expert team of radiology technologists and nurses. Radiology at Saint Francis utilizes advanced technology and equipment (including a picture archival communication system) to manage and deliver medical images and information.
Radiology offers the following services:
PET F18 Bone Survey
The PET F18 Bone Survey is a powerful tool that helps capture high-definition images of bones, making it easier for doctors to accurately detect cancer that has metastasized or spread to the bone. Saint Francis Medical Center is the first facility in the region to offer this exciting cancer-fighting advancement.
The PET F18 Bone Survey means a shorter wait for results, since time from injection to exam is about 45 minutes (compared to three hours for a conventional bone scan), and the actual test takes only about 20 minutes (compared to an hour for a conventional bone scan).
MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, uses strong magnets and radio waves to produce highly defined images of the interior of the body to painlessly diagnose:
- Brain diseases
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bone tumors
- Herniated discs.
With the addition of Siemens’ MAGNETOM® Espree 1.5 Tesla open MRI, Saint Francis was the southwest Missouri region’s first healthcare facility offering the latest technology.
64-slice computerized tomography (CT) is a powerful computer-driven scanner that can:
- Capture vividly detailed 3-D images in 5 to 10 seconds, compared with 30 to 40 seconds for previous-generation CT scanners.
- Help physicians diagnose a range of issues non-invasively.
- Provide unprecedented clarity with full-color, high-resolution imaging.
- Allow for more accurate diagnoses.
- Be utilized in cardiology, emergency medicine and other medical subspecialties.
Saint Francis was the first facility in the region to provide diagnostic imaging using 64-slice CT. The Siemens SOMATOMTM Sensation 64, the latest adaptation of CT technology, provides far greater clinical and anatomical detail and is now being used to safely and painlessly diagnose a wider variety of medical conditions.
Imaging Stress Tests
- Nuclear stress test: During a nuclear stress test, a radioactive medication is administered. Then a camera is used to take photographs during various stages of stress. Nuclear images show areas of the heart with reduced blood flow.
- Chemical stress test: If you are unable to perform physical exercise, then your physician may order a chemical stress test. Various chemicals including Adenosine, Dobutamine/Dobutrex, Persantine or Cardiolite may be used to exercise the heart in place of physical exercise.
- Stress echocardiogram: Ultrasound images of your heart are taken during various stages of cardiac stress. Depending on your physical condition, you may have an exercise stress test or chemical stress test associated with your stress echocardiogram.
Interventional radiologists at Saint Francis specialize in minimally invasive treatments performed using imaging guidance. Procedures offer an alternative option to open surgical procedures allowing for smaller incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times for the patient. They may be performed on an outpatient basis and are sometimes less expensive than traditional surgery.
PET/CT at Saint Francis Medical Center combines position emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) into one scanner. The system allows clinicians to both visualize tissue and organs as well as observe their function. PET/CT scanners also enable physicians to better diagnose ailments such as cancer, neurological diseases and bone masses, as well as pinpoint the exact location of the disease.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET Imaging)
Positron emission tomography (PET) at Saint Francis Medical Center provides advanced diagnostics for cancer, neurological disease and heart function. Unlike MRI, CT or X-rays that show the internal structures of the body, PET scans show activity in the tissues of the body and help physicians diagnose various diseases and conditions.
Nuclear medicine safely and almost painlessly documents organ functions by injecting small amounts of radioactive tracers. This imaging technology can help assess brain function and assist with bone, renal, liver and lung scans.
Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves that create images of body organs and tissues to help diagnose lesions and cancer; locate internal bleeding; evaluate blood flow in the upper and lower extremities and the brain; perform prenatal testing, such as amniocentesis and fluid aspiration; and perform ultrasound-guided biopsies.
An X-ray is the most common diagnostic tool, used to take pictures of bones and tissue inside the body.
Call 573-331-5162 to learn more about radiology services at Saint Francis Medical Center.