The Imaging department at CentraCare Health - Monticello is equipped to assist the diagnosis and treatment of injury and illness. The Imaging department offers MRI, CT, mammograms, fluoroscopy, ultrasounds, nuclear medicine and general imaging procedures. Our staff of radiologists, radiologic technologists and sonographers are experienced and specially trained in imaging procedures.
MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, uses a large magnet and radio waves to capture images of the inside of the body including bones, muscles, tendons, organs and fat. An MRI scan usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete, depending on the type of exam.
CT, or computed tomography, uses special x-ray equipment to obtain many images from different angles around the body. A digital computer, together with a rotating x-ray device, is used to create detailed cross sectional and/or three dimensional images of tissues and organs.
CentraCare Health - Monticello’s comprehensive care for breast health now offers digital mammography to provide women the latest diagnostic technology for breast cancer detection. The digital magnification of the breast ensures the highest image quality and provides radiologists with the ability to manipulate these images in order to zero in on areas of concern for evaluation. This new technology also reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation by delivering a 30 to 40 percent lower dose than conventional mammography.
A fluoroscope is a special x-ray machine that projects images onto a monitor similar to a TV screen. The radiologist will observe these "live" images of your body organs and structures to help in the diagnosis and/or treatment of various medical conditions.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to see inside the body. Ultrasound is a common diagnostic procedure because it generally involves little or no discomfort and little patient preparation compared to many other procedures.
General radiography is the most basic form of medical imaging. It uses x-rays to create a still image of the inside of the body. Any part of the body can be examined. The image created is viewed and interpreted by a doctor, called a radiologist, to detect and diagnose medical conditions in the body.
Nuclear medicine scans use small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose, and sometimes treat, disease. Nuclear medicine is safe and effective in helping detect a wide variety of conditions.