Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Services in South Dakota
The CDP Radiology Department is comprised of five different imaging modalities:
- General radiography
- Computed tomography (CT scans)
- Bone densitometry (DEXA)
Along with our in-house modalities, we also offer outreach services that
include MRI and nuclear medicine. The services provided by these modalities
cover a full range of non-invasive tests that provide your doctor with
detailed information that will help aid in your diagnosis. Different symptoms
will indicate what procedures should be performed. Learn more about these
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. Coteau Health Care System utilizes the newest form
of fixed and portable digital radiography equipment. Thus in any situation,
you’ll be provided with the highest quality exam.
Computed tomography (CT) is a widely used diagnostic imaging modality.
CT allows us to see all the internal anatomy in greater detail than general
radiography. It produces multi-dimensional images that can be post-processed
into 3D images. CT scans are extremely beneficial in trauma situations,
as well as in clinical settings.
Mammography is the process of using low energy X-rays to examine the human
breast and is used as a diagnostic and screening tool. Coteau Health Care
System is excited to introduce the acquisition of a Philips MicroDose
full-field digital mammography (FFDM) machine that offers excellent image
quality and high throughput in a low-dose system. The MicroDose system
uses a unique photon counting detector technology and has allowed clinicians
to reduce radiation dosages by up to half that used with other FFDM systems.
In fact, studies report a substantially lower average X-ray dose used
with the Philips MicroDose System than with other FFDM Systems
Ultrasounds are a form of diagnostic testing that uses high-frequency sound
waves to produce images of soft tissue and surrounding structures. Trans
Med is a mobile Ultrasound service that performs vascular, thyroid and
testicular exams for Coteau Health Care System. Ultrasound is used for
more than evaluating a fetus in a pregnant woman.
Other areas include:
- Abdominal organs
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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 most soft tissues in the body. This
mobile service is provided by DMS Health Technologies.
Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment
of disease. This mobile service is provided by Avera McKennan. Tests include:
- Stress tests
- Hepatobiliary (HIDA)
- Lung perfusion scans
Bone Density Scanning
Our hospital offers bone densitometry 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
Electrocardiogram (EKG), Holter & Event Monitors
EKGs, Holter, and Event Monitors allow us 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,
call CDP to speak with a representative.