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Teresa Beem, Director
(515) 433-8160

The Boone County Hospital (BCH) Radiology Department offers the latest in state-of-the-art medical imaging technology for everyone involved including the patient, the physician, and hospital staff.

To make CT exams as fast, safe and accurate as possible for patients, Boone County Hospital (BCH) installed the AquilionTM PRIME CT system from Toshiba in March 2014.  The system provides faster exams at as low as reasonably achievable doses, while producing high-quality images required for accurate diagnoses.  The CTs large bore opening offers a more spacious feeling for patients, while a higher table weight limit expands the range of patients who can be imaged.  “The speed of the CT enables our clinicians to obtain critical patient information for enhanced diagnoses faster than before,” explains Teresa Beem. “The design of the system allows us to successfully image a range of patients, from pediatric to bariatric, to further improve patient safety and comfort in our community.”

BCH offers 3D mammography.  Due to the advanced technology, the 3D mammogram is clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.  In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks.  A 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

Computed Radiography (CR) accounts for 70 percent of all imaging procedures, in comparison to 10 percent for CT scans and six percent for MRIs. In addition to saving time and providing improved diagnostic X-ray images, CR simplifies the process of transmission for physician consultation because the images are already in digital form. Advantages of CR for the patient include safety, less waiting time, and reduced radiation. 

Digital general radiographic and fluoroscopy unit (pictured left) is similar to CR but has a much faster exposure-to-viewing time of as little as three seconds. One of the biggest benefits of this machine is that the digital X-ray gives off less radiation than conventional film-based equipment. A typical use for this equipment is to observe the digestive trach.  

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system offers a powerful magnet in conjunction with radio frequency waves so the doctor can see images in great detail from many angles. This technology produces pictures of internal organs and structures.

A picture archiving communications system (PACS) is dedicated to storage, retrieval, distribution and presentation of images from the Radiology Department. Benefits include the availability of online images 24 hours a day, all reports and images on one system, multiple physicians accessing the same study at the same time, and permanently archived images.

Nuclear medicine is up to two times faster than the mobile unit that was used in the 2000s. Nuclear medicine imaging techniques give doctors another way to look inside the human body.

These procedures are performed at Boone County Hospital: 

For more information about any of these services, please call (515) 433-8160.

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