Radiology

Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services Radiology Department provides 24-hour coverage for general radiology. To learn about the services provided by the radiology department or to schedule an appointment, call (605) 326-5161 Ext 3031.

Computed Tomography (CT)

The term "CAT" scan stands for "Computerized Axial Tomography". This scan is a computerized x-ray that provides cross-sectional anatomy pictures of any part of the body, thus aiding in diagnosis. The exam takes approximately 25-30 minutes. An order from your physician must be obtained to make an appointment for a CAT scan. CAT Scans at Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services are available on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

DXA (Duel-energy X-ray Absorptiometry)

Osteoporosis Testing

Osteoporosis is a disease in which there is a loss of quantity and quality of bone, causing an increased risk of fractures. The best way to prevent the effects of osteoporosis is to find out if you are at risk and begin preventive measures. Bone Scan screening is available on site.

Total Body Composition

Stay fit with the most precise, accurate and reliable tool to determine muscle and fat percentages --- what can be measured, can be managed! DXA Scan Total Body Compostion gives you the reporting tools necessary to see actual changes. A scale can tell you that you lost 5 lbs, but only a DXA can tell you that you lost 10 lbs of fat and gained 5 lbs of muscle!

Digital Mammograms

The American Cancer Society and other organizations recommend that women obtain mammograms every year after the age of 40.

Please remember that some cancers (about 10%) cannot be detected by mammography. Early detection requires a combination of monthly breast self-examinations and periodic mammography.

Mammograms are scheduled twice a month at Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services. Check the Calendar of Events to determine the next screening dates.

MRI

The term "MRI" stands for "Magnetic Resonance Imaging". MRI is a powerful magnet, together with a special radio antenna, that provides images of the brain, spine, and body without the use of x-rays or other ionizing radiation. MRI is an amazing tool for diagnosis. It is not used for treatments. An MRI examination can last for 30-45 minutes. Patients with a heart pacemaker, a surgically placed inner ear implant, or surgically placed blood vessel clips placed within the brain should not have a MRI. Pregnant patients should not have an MRI, except under special circumstances. Patients who have had previous accidents with a small piece of metal may be lodged, are at a greater risk with an MRI procedure and may require skull x-rays to exclude the metal area. An order from your physician must be obtained to make an appointment for a MRI. MRIs are scheduled every Wednesday.

Nuclear Medicine

Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services utilizes the mobile unit of Sanford USD Medical Center for Nuclear Medicine tests. The Mobile Unit is scheduled once a week at Pioneer Memorial's Viborg location.

To learn about the services provided by the radiology department or to schedule an appointment, call (605) 326-5161 Ext 3031.

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