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Offering a Wide Range of Diagnostic Imaging Services

UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center provides a wide range of diagnostic imaging services to aid in patient diagnosis of diseases and conditions. These include Computer Tomography (CT or CAT scan), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology (x-rays), and Interventional Radiology. All images are interpreted by a board certified radiologist.

Using X-Rays and Computer Technology for Clearer Results

A CT Scan is a procedure which uses x-rays combined with computer technology to provide a clear picture of bones, organs and soft tissues inside the body. Trinity offers the latest technology with the iCT scanner. The system is designed to reduce a patient's exposure to x-rays up to 80% compared to other CT scanners. 

The CT exam involves x-ray pictures or "slices" take while the CT scanner rotates around the body part being imaged. The iCT is able realize up to 256 slices. The computer then puts the pictures together on a computer monitor. The images can provide many different "views" that x-rays alone cannot. The images are then read by a radiologist (doctor who specializes in radiological medicine) and then a report is made and sent to your physician.

Exams Include:

  • CT Head, Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis, Spine
  • CT Calcium Scoring for heart disease risk
  • CT Biopsies for lung, liver and various other cancers

Our CT technology is able to produce clear 3D images of an entire organ, including the heart and brain with ability to detect life threatening illnesses at an early stage, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and lung disease. 

Fast scans. Unmatched quality. Exceptional comfort.

Has your doctor ever recommended that you get an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) exam? Or are you simply curious about this imaging test? 

There's no better place to schedule an MRI exam than Trinity Regional Medical Center. That's because we're the only facility in the region with a digital broadband MR scanner. This revolutionary system delivers superb image resolution, fast exams, and a more open patient experience you can feel good about.

It's fast.

Our system can scan patients of varying size, age, and medical condition in less time than previous MRI systems on the market. Routine exams of the brain, spine, knee, ankle, and liver are quick and easy. And even more complex scans may only last 15 to 40 minutes.

It's accurate.

Our MRI delivers the revealing images your doctor needs to help diagnose your medical condition correctly. This makes it easier for your doctor to identify and pinpoint any potential problems and helps reduce the number of repeat exams.

It's comfortable.

Our MRI system has a wide-bore opening to make you feel less confined. If you choose, you can watch a movie with our new system to make time go quicker and help you focus on something enjoyable.

Real-Time Review of Organs via Sound Waves

Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography involves looking at body parts with sound waves to produce a picture on a monitor. Ultrasound does not use radiation (x-rays). The images are captured in real-time meaning they can show internal organ structures and movements while scanning. It also shows blood flowing through blood vessels. 

Ultrasound can also be used to perform needle biopsies of certain organs such as liver and thyroid for laboratory testing to confirm the diagnosis of benign diseases or cancer. 

Diagnosing Medical Conditions

Nuclear Medicine is a part of Radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive material to image body parts - to look for heart disease, many types of cancers, and other abnormalities. 

Nuclear Medicine procedures help diagnose many medical conditions. These procedures use radioactive materials called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers that are injected in a vein, swallowed, or inhaled depending upon what procedure or body part is being examined. Usually 2 - 3 hours later you are put in a device called a gamma scanner that detects the radiation you were given and puts it in a computer screen to measure the amount of radiotracer absorbed by your body. This produces special pictures offers details on both structure and function of organs and tissues.

Non-imaging scans are used for:

  • Kidney function
  • Heart blood flow
  • Lung scan for respiratory and blood flow problems
  • Inflammation of the gallbladder
  • Evaluate bones for infection, inflammation, cancer and arthritis
  • Identify bleeding into the bowel
  • Locate presence of infections
  • Measure thyroid function
  • Localize lymph nodes before surgery in patients with breast cancer or melanoma

An Alternative to Surgical Treatment

Interventional Radiology specializes in minimally invasive imaging treatments performed using x-rays, CT, or ultrasound for guidance. IR offers an alternative to surgical treatment of many conditions and can eliminate the need for lengthy hospital stays in some cases.

Some of the Interventional Radiology procedures done at Trinity are:

Angiogram (Angiography) - an x-ray of the arteries or veins other than the heart to detect blockages or narrowing of the blood vessels. In many cases these can be treated with balloon or stent (metal sleeves to open the blocked artery). Angiograms of the heart are done in the Cardiac Cath Lab. 

Needle Biopsies - a tiny needle that is inserted into an abnormal area in almost any part of the body using medical imaging (x-ray, CT, Ultrasound) to obtain a tissue biopsy to be used for laboratory analysis. This can provide a diagnosis without surgery. 

Blood Clot Filters - a small filter inserted into a vein in the abdomen to help catch and break up clots. 

Catheter Insertions - catheters inserted into large veins for chemotherapy, nutritional support, blood drains and hemodialysis (kidney failure). 

Dialysis Maintenance and Access - to image fistulas inset short/long dialysis catheters for hemodialysis. Fistulas can also become blocked and can be treated with balloons to open blocked veins. 

Vast Amount of Diagnostic Tests

Diagnostic Radiology is an x-ray test that is non-invasive and helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. It uses radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most often used of all radiologic technologies. X-rays are used in a variety of applications. They can detect broken bones, foreign objects, soft tissues of bones, cancer of the bones, arthritis, abnormal bone growths, guide for use with surgical procedures, and many other applications.

Diagnostic Radiology performs a vast amount of diagnostic tests including:

  • General x-rays of every part of the body
  • Upper GI tract
  • Lower GI tract
  • Joints (Arthrography)
  • Urinary Tract (kidneys and bladder)
  • Myelography (Imaging of the spinal cord and canal)
  • Hysterosalpingography (Imaging of the uterus and ovaries)