Today’s imaging technology offers new and better ways to see inside the human body. At Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, patients have access to high-quality imaging services essential for accurate diagnosis and treatment. Most imaging services are available 24 hours a day for inpatients as well as outpatients.
Our comfortable imaging suite features state-of-the-art equipment for pleasant, private and efficient service. The GMH Imaging Department is staffed by registered technologists with advanced certification who are dedicated to making you feel comfortable and confident about your picture of health. Digital x-ray images are sent electronically to board-certified radiologists in Cedar Rapids, with final reports available within minutes.
3D Mammography technology combines conventional 2-dimensional mammogram images with additional 3-dimensional views, enhancing the views of breast tissue resulting in several benefits. Patients may self-refer without a physician order if over age 40.
Benefits of 3D Mammography include:
- More accurate detection
- Earlier diagnosis
- Better detection in dense breast tissue
- Less anxiety due to fewer callbacks
Bone Density Scanning
Take the first step towards healthier bones! DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absortiometry) is a quick and painless way to measure bone mineral density. More sensitive than a standard x-ray, DEXA offers precision accuracy to help doctors diagnose osteoporosis. A physician’s order is required for this test.
Computed Tomography (CT)
CT—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive test that helps physicians diagnose illnesses and injuries. CT combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce detailed images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels. GMH CT scans provide the lowest radiation dose available, in a relaxing atmosphere that provides comfort throughout your exam.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses magnetic fields, radio frequency pulses and computer technology to create detailed images of the inside of your body. The test is safe and painless with no x-ray radiation involved. At GMH, our MRI unit features short scan times, a shorter tunnel, gentle airflow, soft lighting and soothing music to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It’s a painless, noninvasive test with no x-ray radiation involved. GMH offers a variety of ultrasound procedures including vascular exams, as well as OB ultrasound with revolutionary 4D imaging that enables you to watch your unborn baby in motion.
Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, from cancer to heart disease. It is safe, noninvasive and usually painless. The amount of radiation in most nuclear medicine procedures is no more than what you would typically receive during a standard x-ray.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
In the event of an abnormal mammogram, your doctor may recommend a biopsy. During a stereotactic breast biopsy, you lie on your stomach on a specially designed table with an imaging unit below it. The physician, guided by the imaging unit, uses a biopsy needle to remove tissue samples for further examination.