Imaging tests help in the diagnosis and treatment of your symptoms or injury, and your physician may order an imaging test as part of your care. Mercy-Dyersville offers general radiology, mammography, and ultrasound. If your physician feels another test is necessary, we will refer you to Mercy-Dubuque, where they also offer MRI, CT scan (CAT scan), PET-CT, and nuclear medicine.
Caring, board-certified radiology technologists are on hand 24 hours daily to get high-quality films and keep you as comfortable as possible during your exam. All exams are interpreted by our board-certified radiologists. Your physician who ordered the test will receive the radiologist's report and will share the results with you.
Digital mammography is now available at Mercy-Dyersville, and patients no longer need to travel out of town for this service. Digital mammography uses computer technology instead of film and allows the physician to electronically enhance and magnify the images, and to adjust the contrast to better examine any suspicious areas. From the patient's perspective, the procedure for a digital mammogram is the same as for a conventional film mammogram. However, since the images are available almost immediately and no film development time is necessary, the examination time for the patient is less. Digital mammography is the most effective tool for early detection of breast cancer.
Ultrasound, also called sonogram or sonography, is an examination that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and vessels within the body. Ultrasound differs from most other imaging modalities in that it does not use any type of radiation or radioactive material.
For more information or to schedule an exam, call Mercy-Dyersville Radiology at 563-875-2952.