DEXA bone densitometry is an enhanced form of X-ray technology used to assess bone density. This procedure is used most often to diagnose osteoporosis. The test can also assess your risk for developing fractures. Willmar Medical Services offers these tests at ACMC.
Computed Tomography (CT)
Computerized Tomography — also called CT, Ct Scan and CAT scan — is an X-ray technique that produces more detailed images of internal organs than conventional X-ray exams, which produce two-dimensional images, CT uses a sensing unit, which rotates around your body, and a large computer to create cross-sectional images of the inside of your body. Willmar Medical Services offers complete CT services at both Rice Hospital and ACMC.
Echocardiograms show what is happening in your heart. ACMC offers adult and pediatric cardiac echocardiography. These ultrasound images help identify abnormalities in the heart muscle and valves, and find any fluid that may surround the heart. Some heart problems — particularly those involving the coronary arteries that feed the heart muscle — occur only during exercise. For a Stress Echocardiogram, ultrasound images of the heart are taken before exercise and then immediately after exercising on the treadmill. Willmar Medical Services offers both adult and pediatric echocardiograms at Rice Hospital and ACMC.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a sophisticated test that uses a magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to generate detailed images of the body. A registered technologist in radiology with specialized training performs the procedure. Willmar Medical Services offers complete MRI services at both Rice Hospital and ACMC, including breast MRI at the Women's Imaging Center.
This is a unique specialty that documents organ function and structure. Nuclear Medicine involves the use of radioactive isotopes to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Specialized technologists in conjunction with board certified radiologists use this service to offer a safe and painless technique to image the body and treat disease. Willmar Medical Services offers Nuclear Medicine at both Rice Hospital and ACMC, including Nuclear PET CT scans at Rice Hospital.
ACMC offers complete sonography services including vascular, abdominal and obstetric studies. Ultrasound images are captured in real-time; they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, and enable physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions. Our registered technologists and ultrasonographers have the highest level of certification. Willmar Medical Services offers complete Ultrasound services at both Rice Hospital and ACMC, including vascular, abdominal, and obstetric studies.
ACMC offers the latest in all digital X-Ray services. A digital X-Ray system uses computers to record and store images rather than film. This allows for faster and less expensive processing of the image and it allows the image to be read by the radiologist quicker than reading off film. The images are then sent to the physician electronically for faster viewing and diagnosis. Patients may not usually refer themselves for an appointment in X-Ray, they are referred by a physician. Willmar Medical Services offers the latest in all ditigal x-ray services at both Rice Hospital and ACMC.
Cardioversion is a procedure performed on a patient whose heart is beating in an abnormal rhythm (irregular heart beat) that should be returned to normal, thus improving the flow of blood to the body. Cardioversion involves the delivery of an electrical impulse to the heart and is supervised by a doctor. The patient will be sedated for this procedure.
CT coronary artery study is a non-invasive test that uses computerized images to view the coronary arteries. During the CT exam, the heart rate and heart rhythm are monitored closely. Two sets of pictures will be taken — one without contrast and one with contrast.
Nuclear Stress Testing
Nuclear Stress Test is a test where a radioactive tracer is injected into the blood stream to determine if the heart muscle is getting enough blood supply. This test provides information on the function of the heart, specifically the function of the coronary arteries. A nuclear medicine camera takes images of the heart before exercise and then immediately after exercising on the treadmill.
Stress echocardiography is an imaging test that uses sound waves to image the heart. The resulting image shows the structure and movement of the heart. For a stress echo, images are taken before exercise and then immediately after exercising on the treadmill. By comparing images, the physician can see changes in the way the heart muscles work when made to beat harder and faster. The images can be used to find blocked coronary arteries.
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is an ultrasound of the heart taken from a probe swallowed into the esophagus (food pipe) and placed behind the heart. The patient is sedated for this procedure. The esophagus is located right behind the heart. By placing the ultrasound probe in this position, the nurse can obtain very clean pictures of the heart.
Echocardiograms show what is happening in your heart. ACMC offers adult and pediatric cardiac echocardiography. These ultrasound images help identify abnormalities in the heart muscle and valves, and find any fluid that may surround the heart. Some heart problems — particularly those involving the coronary arteries that feed the heart muscle — occur only during exercise. For a Stress Echocardiogram, ultrasound images of the heart are taken before exercise and then immediately after exercising on the treadmill.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray imaging procedure used to detect irregularities in the breast and surrounding tissue. Images are taken of the compressed breast to discover any abnormalities or suspicious masses that may not be found with manual exams. Safe and highly effective, mammograms are the single most important method for early detection of breast cancer.
Screening Mammography is used to aid in early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases. Having a routine annual screening mammogram can show changes within the breast that cannot always be felt by the physician or patient.
Diagnostic Mammography is used to evaluate abnormal findings — either a clinical concern such as a breast lump, or when the radiologist has noted a change on the screening mammogram. Diagnostic Mammography is offered through the Women's Imaging Center. Diagnostic mammography performed through Women's Imaging Center allows the patient to have her results on the same day.
Why digital mammography?
Digital mammography is the new standard and replaces film imaging mammography because it is more sensitive in detecting abnormalities, especially in younger women and women with denser breast tissue. The radiologist is able to magnify and manipulate images on a computer screen for enhanced views, something that cannot be done with X-ray film. Digital mammography also has a lower radiation dose to the breast, compared to film/screen mammography.
What do mammograms show?
Radiologists review mammography images looking for subtle changes in the tissue. Using computer-assisted technology they may also note other abnormalities, such as cysts, suspicious masses or micro calcifications — tiny flecks of calcium like grains of salt — that can sometimes indicate the onset of breast cancer. The radiologist also will compare your mammogram with previous ones to note any changes.
Most women's breast tissue has natural lumps, cysts and nodules, they are not uncommon. Not all solid nodules are cancerous — generally 80 percent are benign. However, further tests, such as an ultrasound, may be recommended to rule out problems.
What can I expect?
You will be given a gown and asked to undress from the waist up, removing jewelry or other items that may interfere with imaging. Do not use antiperspirants, powders, lotions or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts the day of your screening. These could be visible on your mammogram and produce false results.
A technologist will position one breast at a time on a lower plate, and an upper plate will compress the breast. Pressure is applied for a few seconds to flatten the breast, allowing for efficient X-ray penetration. You may find the pressure uncomfortable, but some women experience no discomfort at all.
How often should I have a mammogram?
The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society recommend annual mammograms for women over 40. Annual mammograms and clinical breast exams combined with monthly self-exams are the most effective method for detecting breast cancer. If you feel a lump or have nipple discharge or breast pain, call your doctor immediately.
Scheduling a digital screening mammogram does not require a physician referral, so don't put it off. Take responsibility for your well being, and be your own best health advocate.
ACMC-Marshall and Willmar Medical Services (a joint venture between ACMC and Rice Memorial Hospital) offer two wellness scans that will help identify your risk for stroke.
These scans enable you to be screened for vascular disease as a part of your own personal prevention plan. The ultrasound procedures are painless and will give you additional health information you can share with your physician.
After the scans are read by a radiologist, you will receive a letter with your results.
This letter can be shared with your physician. As an added benefit to ACMC patients, the screening results will be automatically included and maintained in your medical record at ACMC, so you or your physician can access the information when needed.
Payment will be required before we begin your screening exam (check, cash, or credit card accepted). We will not file insurance claims for these services
Carotid Artery Screening
Shows the build-up of fatty plaque in the carotid arteries which can lead to stroke.
A gel is applied to your neck over the carotid arteries. A scanning probe will be placed on your neck to visualize the carotid arteries. Price: $50
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
Screens for any irregularities in the abdominal aorta.
A gel is applied to your abdomen. A scanning probe will be utilized to examine the abdominal area. Price: $50
Diagnostic Imaging is a mobile radiology service providing ultrasound an nuclear medicine imaging to area hospitals. Our coverage includes the following locations:
- Redwood Falls
- Granite Falls