Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center
Using state-of-the-art technologies, the diagnostic imaging services team at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center provides critical details to help physicians diagnose and treat many medical conditions. Diagnostic Imaging refers to the techniques and processes used to create images of the human body for clinical purposes to diagnose or examine diseases. Diagnostic services include fully-equipped laboratories, x-ray facilities and OB ultrasounds.
Procedures at This Location
CARDIAC ULTRA SOUND
- 2D Echocardiography - It uses ultrasound to take real time pictures of the heart. It can help diagnose structural and functional problems in the heart. It is not dangerous, and a standard echo TTE has no risks.
- Stress Echocardiography - A test that helps diagnose heart disease with the help of ultrasound images. Following exercise or other stress to the heart, the images reveal parts of the heart that may not be receiving enough blood or oxygen because of blocked arteries.
GENERAL ULTRA SOUND
- Abdominal - An abdominal ultrasound image is a useful way of examining internal organs, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder. Because US images are captured in real time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs and enable physicians to see blood flow. This can help to diagnose a variety of conditions and to assess damage caused by illness. Ultrasound imaging is used extensively for evaluating the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and blood vessels of the abdomen.
- Breast - A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissues inside the breast. A breast ultrasound can show all areas of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall, which is hard to study with a mammogram. Breast ultrasound does not use X-rays or other potentially harmful types of radiation. A breast ultrasound is used to see whether a breast lump is filled with fluid or if it is a solid lump. An ultrasound does not replace the need for a mammogram, but it is often used to check abnormal results from a mammogram.
- OB/GYN - Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialized use of sound waves to visualize and thus determine the condition of a pregnant woman and her embryo or fetus.
- Vascular - Ultrasound of the carotid arterial system provides a fast, noninvasive means of identifying blockages of blood flow in the neck arteries to the brain that might produce a stroke or mini-stroke. Ultrasound of the abdominal aorta is primarily used to evaluate for an aneurysm which is an abnormal enlargement of the aorta usually from atherosclerotic disease.
- Biopsies - A biopsy is a medical test involving the removal of tissues or cells for examination. The tissue is then usually examined under a microscope by a pathologist, but can also be analyzed chemically.
- Epidurals - a form of regional anesthesia involving injection of drugs through a catheter placed into the epidural space. The injection can cause both a loss of sensation (anesthesia) and a loss of pain (analgesia), by blocking the transmission of signals through nerves in or near the spinal cord.
- Kyphoplasty - Designed to stop the pain caused by the bone fracture, to stabilize the bone, and to restore some or all of the lost vertebral body height due to the compression fracture. The procedure can be performed under either local or general anesthesia, on multiple levels, out-patient or in-patient, and is viewed as minimally invasive. It is most commonly performed for spinal compression fractures caused by osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bone, and is also sometimes performed for certain other conditions that may have led to a spinal fracture.
- Abdominal and Pelvic MRI - Abdominal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the inside of the belly area. It does not use radiation (x-rays).
- Breast MRI - Breast MRI uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to look specifically at the breast. It is a non-invasive procedure that doctors can use to determine what the inside of the breast looks like without having to do surgery or flatten the breast (as in a mammogram). Each exam produces hundreds of images of the breast, cross-sectional in all three directions (side-to-side, top-to-bottom, front-to-back), which are then read by a Radiologist. No radioactivity is involved, and the technique is believed to have no health hazards in general.
- Head and Spine MRI - MRI is the most sensitive exam for brain tumors, strokes and certain chronic disorders of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis. Current MRI systems can depict brain function, and in this way detect stroke at a very early stage. In addition, it is a useful means of documenting brain abnormalities in patients with dementia and it is commonly used for patients with disease of the pituitary gland. MRI can detect tiny areas of tissue abnormality in patients with disease of the eyes or inner ear.
- MR Angiography - Angiography is a minimally invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Angiography uses one of three imaging technologies and, in some cases, a contrast material to produce pictures of major blood vessels throughout the body. It is typically used to examine blood vessels in key areas of the body, including the brain, kidney, pelvis, legs, lungs, heart, neck, and abdomen.
- Musculoskeletal MRI - MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or copied to CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). Detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning).
Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center
601 South Center Avenue
Merrill, WI 54452