Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Services in South Dakota
Coteau Health Care Systems Radiology Department is proud to offer quality
radiology services for patients in the Sisseton, South Dakota Area. Not
only can we help with diagnosing patient health problems, but we can treat
them through surgical applications that are minimal in nature. A complete
list of the services our radiologists can assist with include:
- New Onsite MRI
- CT Scans
- Bone density scan (DEXA)
- Nuclear Medicine
- General Radiography
- Electrocardiogram (EKG), Holter & Event Monitors
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
CDP’s Radiology Services Further Explained
New Onsite Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
To better serve our patients, CDP now offers onsite MRI imaging services
using the latest technology. MRI uses a powerful magnet, low-intensity
radio waves, and computer technology to create multi-dimensional images
of your body. MRI is most commonly used to look at muscles, nerves, and
soft tissues in the body.
The new state-of-the-art MRI system at Coteau offers multiple patient-friendly
features including quiet scanning and a wide 71 cm bore opening. These
features create a safe and pleasant scanning environment, resulting in
faster exams. Our new advanced MRI technology has the ability to consistently
produce high-quality images of the brain, spine, knee and more.
If a provider orders an MRI, patients are encouraged to make the best,
most convenient choice when it comes to scheduling their scan.
Computed tomography (CT) is a widely used diagnostic imaging modality.
CT scans allow imaging of the internal anatomy in greater detail than
general radiography. It produces multi-dimensional images that can be
post-processed into 3D images. CT scans show several types of tissue –
including lung, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels with great detail
allowing the radiologists to diagnose cancer, cardiovascular disease,
infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
Ultrasounds are a form of diagnostic testing that uses high-frequency sound
waves to produce images of soft tissue and surrounding structures. Ultrasound
is often used during pregnancy but has many other applications including
visualization of abdominal and pelvic organs, veins and arteries, the
heart and other tissues.
Bone Density Scanning (DEXA)
CDP offers bone density scans—also called dual energy X-ray absorptiometry
(DEXA) scans. DEXA scans are used to measure bone mineral density or bone
mass. These types of scans are helpful in diagnosing osteoporosis, a disorder
characterized by bones becoming weak, fragile and brittle, increasing
the risk for breaks and fractures.
Getting regular mammograms is the most effective way for women to monitor
their breast health. This important screening uses low energy X-rays and
takes multiple images of the breasts so radiologists can look for tissue
abnormalities or lumps that may indicate the need for additional testing.
Mammography breast imaging can detect cancer up to two years before lumps,
or other symptoms, occur. And like all cancers, early detection is key
to treating, and beating, breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends
women start receiving regular mammograms at age 40. For those with a family
history of breast cancer, talk to your primary care provider; you may
need to start this important screening at a younger age. Don’t delay
this critical screening that saves lives. One in eight women will have
a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime. Routine mammography screenings
are the best protection to find, treat—and beat—breast cancer.
Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment
of disease. Tests include:
- Stress tests
- Hepatobiliary (HIDA)
- Lung perfusion scans
Radiography is a general imaging modality that can aid in a variety of
diagnoses. Radiographs are a one-dimensional image that can show bone
and internal organs. CDP utilizes the newest form of fixed and portable
digital radiography equipment. Thus, in any situation, you’ll be
provided with the highest quality exam.
Electrocardiogram (EKG), Holter & Event Monitors
EKGs, Holter, and Event Monitors allow CDP Health to record and monitor
a patient’s heart rate. Electrocardiograms look at potential problems
with the electrical activity of a patient’s heart. Holter and event
monitors—or ambulatory electrocardiography devices—are often
used to diagnose problems with a patient’s heart rhythm or rate,
especially arrhythmias. These monitors are a portable form of testing
used to look at the cardiovascular system’s electrical activity
for an extended period of time.
EEGs are used to measure and record the electrical activity of the patient’s
brain. This test tracks and reports the patterns of brainwaves. This test
aids us in diagnosing seizure disorders, epilepsy, and other neurological
For more information about the radiology services provided at our hospital,
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