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Diagnostic Imaging
Spencer Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department provides comprehensive imaging services for northwest Iowans and southern Minnesotans. The hospital's commitment to state-of-the-art diagnostic tools is demonstrated by the fact the all modalities provide digital imaging. You can reach our Diagnostic Imaging Department by calling 712-264-8300 ext. 6181.

CT (Computerized Tomography) Services - Spencer Hospital's state-of-the-art CT scanner provides technology that allows the hospital to offer tests that other CT scanner do not have the speed or capability to perform, such as cardiac calcium scoring to determine an individuals risk for heart disease. A CT requires the patient to travel through a rotating ring of very thin x-ray beams. These images are collected and displayed on a screen and with the use of a computer, the images are manipulated and evaluated, sometimes in three dimension.

Digital Mammography - Digital mammography provides state-of-art imaging to aid in early detection of breast health issues. While digital mammography still requires compression of the breast, the compression time is less than traditional mammography and the excellent imaging results in fewer reimaging. All women are recommended to have a baseline mammogram performed between the ages of 35-40. Women age 40 and over are encouraged to have a mammogram performed annually or bi-annually, depending on your personal family physician's recommendation; and women of any age who have a breast health concern should consult their physician regarding mammography.

Diagnostic Radiology - To assist physicians in diagnosis of a patient’s disease through the use of radiography (x-rays) and fluoroscopy, often done in emergency and surgery departments with portable apparatus.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) - An MRI is able to produce pictures that show changes in bone marrow, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, tumors in organs and hemorrhage.The patient is placed in an electromagnetic (not x-ray) tunnel which causes the molecules in the body to give off energy signals that are converted to images on a computer screen.

Nuclear Medicine - Our state-of-the art Nuclear Medicine equipment is used to diagnosis or treat disease, assess tissue function, metabolism or blood flow by injection of radioactive pharmaceutical agents into the patient. These agents attach to organs and body parts, and can be detected by a camera which records their appearance and function. SPECT imaging provides computerized cross-sectional images that also enhance diagnoses, especially in the heart and bone.

Ultrasound - The Ultrasound has diagnostic procedures accomplished by sending high frequency sound waves into the patient. These waves produce a signal that is displayed on a screen. Internal organs, fetus in the mother’s womb, and Doppler blood flow studies of arteries and veins are routine ultrasound procedures.

Bone Mineral Densitometry - Use to determine bone density and if a patient needs medical intervention to prevent further bone loss. All people can experience bone loss. Women particularly are vulernable to bone loss and should consider a bone mineral density exam to determine if their risk for fracture.

Pain Management - Our radiologists are skilled in several procedures which can assist in pain management, including the following: Epidural Flood; Nerve Root Injections; Sympathetic Nerve Block; Facet Joint Blocks; PICC Line Insertion; and Lumbar Puncture.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy - Ultrasound helps guide the biopsy needle to the precise area that needs to be examined. This exam is performed by a radiologist.

Interventional Radiography - Invasive procedures commonly called angiography which is the technique of injecting a contrast medium into the patient’s blood vessels and using special filming to acquire images rapidly while the contrast is in the blood vessels. Needle biopsy, cyst drainage and percutaneous procedures are also a part of this category.

Training - Students in the radiologic technology program of local community college-based programs receive part of their clinical training in Spencer Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department.

Women's Health - Spencer Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department features a Women's Health Suite. Female patients have access to the Women's Health Resource Library as well as a comfortable, private area when undergoing exams such as mammography, ultrasound and bone density. These diagnostic areas also have an entrance for male patients who need to access these services and may prefer not to visit the Women's Health Center.