Radiology & Imaging
To get a better picture of your health, St. Luke’s radiology team provides inpatient imaging and diagnostic screenings right in the hospital. With
one-on-one attention and advanced technology,
we provide a full range of exams including:
St. Luke’s radiology department also provides nuclear medicine scans, which study the body’s organ and tissues and how they work. These scans can help detect cancer, heart disease, arthritis and infection.
All images are stored to a system-wide Picture Archival Communications System (PACS) for fast and convenient physician access. To learn more about radiology technology and what to expect during imaging procedures, visit RadiologyInfo.
In addition to radiology exams, St. Luke’s provides special procedures to aid in pain management and the detection of heart disease, including steroid or pain medicine injections and vascular procedures like stent placement or angioplasty.
St. Luke's Introduces a New MRI
St. Luke’s new Siemens Aera MRI 1.5 tesla scanner provides improved patient care and diagnostic accuracy. With a table limit of 550 pounds and a larger, more open bore the MRI provides extra patient comfort. The MRI, along with the St. Luke’s Imaging and Breast Screening Center’s scanner, is equipped with a unique motion controlling software, which is important for patients who have difficulty remaining still due to discomfort, pain and anxiety.
The Siemens Aera MRI will be conveniently located in the hospital’s newly renovated Radiology Department on the first floor, replacing the current in-house system. In addition, the hospital-based MRI is open extended hours to better serve our patients’ busy schedules. With a physician's order, exams can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 5:30 am – 10:30 pm by contacting Central Scheduling at
Outpatient Imaging & Breast Screening
St. Luke’s Imaging & Breast Screening Center offers preventive outpatient procedures to maintain your health at any age:
Our specialized diagnostic evaluations not only pinpoint your condition with accuracy and speed, but serve as the first step in your road to prevention and wellness. All images from this center are also stored to PACS. In addition to state-of-the-art instruments and equipment, St. Luke’s strives for patient comfort with warm settings, comfortable furnishings and a contemporary environment you can view in our Imaging & Breast Screening Center virtual tour.
Make an Appointment
Schedule your next mammogram or diagnostic screening at St. Luke’s by filling out our easy pre-admission form. You can also call (712) 279-7979 to set up an appointment. Some procedures may require a doctor's referral for scheduling.
View clinic hours and directions for Outpatient Imaging & Breast Screening.
Tips for Your Exam
Although radiology and imaging exams can differ from procedure to procedure, most share the same basic tips. Here are a few for your next screening at St. Luke’s:
- You should inform your physician of any medications you’re currently taking and if you have any allergies, especially to contrast materials like barium or iodine.
- Women should inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is a possibility they may be pregnant. Many tests are not performed during pregnancy as they may harm the fetus. If an x-ray is necessary, special precautions will be taken to protect the baby.
- For some imaging procedures, you may be asked not to eat or drink for several hours beforehand, especially if contrast material will be used in your exam.
- Following your exam, the hospital will receive written results within two to three business days. You’ll be notified of results generally within one week by your family doctor.