SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City and in Mexico, Missouri offer advanced medical imaging services to screen for and diagnose health conditions. Whether bone fractures, tumors, blood clots or other abnormalities, we use the best diagnostic tools to produce detailed images that help radiologists detect problems and quickly report them to your physician.
Our Imaging Services Include:
Computed Topography (CT or CAT scans)
CT or CAT scans are non-invasive diagnostic tests that generate three-dimensional images of your internal body, including internal organs, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels. CT scans are primarily used to diagnose and treat cancers and other internal medical issues. Frequently, patients are given a contrast agent by injection or to drink prior to the exam to help to reveal details of specific areas of the body for clearer imaging.
The highly advanceed 128-Slice CT scanner is available at St. Mary's Hospital - Jefferson City and St. Mary's Hospital - Audrain. It provides greater detail and takes less time than traditional CT scans. This non-invasive procedure allows physicians to view the most intricate features of your brain, heart and peripheral vascular system.
Fluoroscopy beams a continuous X-ray to study moving body structures. The beam is transmitted to a monitor for detailed examination. Used in many types of procedures, from barium X-rays to the placement of intravenous (IV) catheters, fluoroscopy may be part of an outpatient or inpatient examination.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
MRI's are use a large magnet field and radio frequencies to provide detailed images of soft tissues and organs. This non-invasive procedure is especially effective in the evaluation of neuromuscular disorders such as brain abnormalities, back pain and joint injuries. MRI excels in detection of breast cancer as well as body solid organ diseases such as liver and kidney problems. In addition, MRI procedures do not employ radiation like with X-rays and CT scans.
Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radiation tagged with tracers that go to the area of the body that needs to be examined. This noninvasive test is used to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and other abnormalities. Nuclear medicine is used, for example, to study kidney function, blood flow, respiratory function, cancer, infection and brain abnormalities.
Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It is used to evaluate symptoms such as pain, swelling and infection and to diagnose a variety of heart conditions and assess damage after a heart attack. It is also used to guide needle biopsies to extract cells for laboratory testing.