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Radiology

Bone Density Scans

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. A DEXA scan can provide this information.

DEXA - Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry
This special diagnostic x-ray of the hip, spine and/or forearm can determine your current bone density. This test can be used to specifically monitor bone density changes. A physician will analyze your results with a report sent to your healthcare provider. An order from your personal physician must be obtained to make an appointment for osteoporosis testing with a bone density scan (DEXA). Please call the Sanford Hospital Luverne Radiology Department at (507) 283-2321, ext. 225 for further information.


CT Scans

The term "CT" scan stands for "computerized 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 usually takes approximately 25-30 minutes.

CT scans are available at Sanford Hospital Luverne twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

An order from your physician must be obtained to make an appointment for a CT scan.

Please call the Sanford Hospital Luverne Radiology Department at (507) 283-2321, ext. 225, for more information.


Mammograms
The American Cancer Society and other organizations recommend that women obtain mammograms every year after the age of forty. Please remember that some cancers (about 10 percent) cannot be detected by mammography. Early detection requires a combination of monthly breast self-examinations and periodic mammography.

How to complete your monthly breast self-exam:
The self-examination includes looking at the breasts, feeling the breasts, and gently squeezing each breast to check for any discharge. To observe your breasts, stand in front of a mirror. Look for changes such as change in size, dimpling or an inverted or pulled-in nipple. Next, gently squeeze the breast just behind the nipple to see if there is any discharge. The third step is to feel the breasts in a systematic manner. When you do this, be sure to feel deeply through all the breast tissue and to cover all areas of the chest and underarm. It is best to do this when you are lying down, with the arm on the side to be examined behind your head. Think of the breast like the face of a clock with the nipple at the center. Use your three middle fingers held flat against the breast. Do not use your fingertips. Begin at the nipple. With small circular motions, feel all of the tissue out to 12 o'clock. Again, start at the nipple and repeat the circular motion out to 1 o'clock. Then, continue to do this with all the other numbers around the clock.

What you should do if you find a lump?
If you detect any unusual lumps or changes, please contact your personal physician for an exam.

The Sanford Hospital Luverne radiology department has three staff members who are accredited by the American College of Radiology and registered in mammography. Mammography appointments are available Monday through Friday and some Saturday mornings.

Please call the Sanford Hospital Luverne Radiology Department at (507) 449-1340 to schedule an appointment. No physician's order is necessary.


MRI
The term "MRI" stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is the most advanced diagnostic imaging system to date. MRI is a powerful magnet and, together with a special radio antenna, it 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 vessels 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 in which a small piece of metal may be lodged in their eye area are at a greater risk with an MRI procedure and may require skull x-rays to make sure there is no metal in the eyes.

MRIs are available at Sanford Hospital Luverne three days a week, Monday afternoon, Wednesday morning, and Friday morning through a mobile service provided by Sanford Health. An order from your personal physician must be obtained to make an appointment for a MRI.

Please call the Sanford Hospital Luverne Radiology Department at (507) 283-2321 for further information.


Treadmill Stress Testing
A stress test is a noninvasive test used to evaluate your heart. First, electrodes are placed on your chest. Then you will be asked to walk on a treadmill. An individual will start exercising at a very low level, but the workload gradually increases every three minutes. Your blood pressure and ECG are measured throughout the test. This allows the physician to detect and guide the treatment of your condition.
 
In addition to offering stress testing, Sanford Hospital Luverne, also offers Thallium, Cardiolite, Adenosine, and Stress Echo stress testing. Please call the Sanford Hospital Luverne Radiology department at (507) 283-2321, ext. 225, for further information.


Ultrasounds
An ultrasound is a non-invasive tool for the diagnosis of certain diseases, such as stones in the gallbladder or masses or cysts on organs throughout the body. It is often used in obstetrics for dating the fetus and ruling out abnormalities. This is a safe diagnostic tool, as no radiation is used in this procedure. An ultrasound is produced by sending and receiving sound waves.

Ultrasounds are available by appointment Monday through Friday and for emergency purposes. An order from your personal physician must be obtained to make an appointment for an ultrasound.

Please call the Sanford Hospital Luverne Radiology Department at (507) 283-2321, ext. 225 for further information.