Diagnostic Imaging Services
Referrals - Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Emergency coverage 24 hours a day. Remember, even if you have to see a specialist at a larger facility, you can request testing be done at your local hospital, Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton where you will have shorter wait times, more personalized service and high quality care.
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Diagnostic Imaging is your basic conventional x-ray. We have two diagnostic imaging rooms where we can perform all the basic x-rays including video fluoroscopy (swallowing function).
- Digital Mammography
- Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
- 3D Ultrasound
- Designed to help physicians make more confident and accurate diagnoses, deliver excellent image quality and enhance workflow across a broad range of patient types and applications. The fourSight TEE View software allows for 3-D imaging, enhanced zoom, pan and rotate functions, which provides the ability to analyze and interrogate anatomy from unlimited perspectives. Expectant parents can enjoy seeing 3-D images of their unborn child and receive the photos and video footage of their child to share with family and friends.
- CT Scanning
- The Computed Tomography Scanner (CT Scanner) is a special x-ray machine, which uses computer techniques to produce images of your body. The CT scanner is shaped like a doughnut and to obtain these images the x-ray machine moves around your body while you lie on the table. During the scan, an IV may be started for the injection of the intravenous (IV) contrast solution to better visualize the vessels and structures of the body part being imaged. The ordering physician will be able to inform you if the IV contrast solution is needed.
- Nuclear Medicine
- Nuclear imaging is a method of producing images by detecting radiation from different parts of the body after a radioactive tracer material is administered. The images are recorded on computer and on film. The main difference between nuclear imaging and other radiologic tests is that nuclear imaging assesses how organs function, whereas other imaging methods assess anatomy or how the organs look. The nuclear imaging physician interprets the images to make a diagnosis.
- DEXA Scanning
- Uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone to determine whether you have osteoporosis or are at risk of osteoporosis.
- Image Storage and Retrieval
- Mercy - New Hampton uses a computer network designed for acquisition, transmission, display, storage/archival, and retrieval of digital medical images. Everything will be digital, accessible immediately via computers and added automatically to patients' electronic health records. Physicians across Mercy Health Network - North Iowa can order tests be done in New Hampton and view the secure results and images at their work station as soon as they are available.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- MRI stands fro Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This is a safe and dynamic way for doctors to see inside the body and diagnose certain diseases. MRI does not use x-rays. Instead, it uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create a very clear picture of structures inside your body. MRI uses sensitive equipment and specially designed computers to create images of the entire area being scanned. There is no radiation involved, and the procedure should not cause you any pain.
Timothy J. Lucas, M.D.
Radiologists of North Iowa, P.C.