Radiology

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System uses sophisticated imaging technology that gives doctors the detailed information needed for early diagnosis and treatment -- without sending patients to other cities for these services.

In addition to general diagnostic, operative and emergency room X-rays, our Radiology Department offers imaging technology that can peer into your bones, your arteries and veins, soft tissues and organs. We can help you see your unborn baby, and help predict whether you might be prone to heart problems or osteoporosis. Technology includes:

Bone Mineral Density Testing – Bone Mineral Density testing is used to evaluate and diagnose osteoporosis. This study can measure changes in bone density as well as provide an accurate picture of the risk of future fractures.

CT Whole Body Scans – Computerized Tomographic (CT) scanning provides rapid, high resolution scanning of the head, chest, abdomen, and extremities by applying computer technology to medical X-rays. The scanner is primarily used to detect tumors, infections, and vascular diseases. It is also valuable in the planning and follow-up of patients selected for radiation therapy of known tumors. Prairie Lakes was the first healthcare facility in South Dakota to implement a 16-slice CT scanner.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging – MRI is a way to take pictures of the body and its chemical make-up. Prairie Lakes' 8-channel unit is the first and only short bore 1.5 Excite MRI unit in South Dakota. It offers a shorter scanning time and a more detailed study.

Nuclear Medicine – We use harmless amounts of radioactive isotopes injected into the body. This material either collects in or avoids body tissue associated with particular diseases. The camera shows us where that material is accumulating.

Ultrasound – Prairie Lakes' advanced 3D/4D ultrasound unit provides expecting parents and physicians new levels of clarity, accuracy, and precision. It is used for obstetric/gynecologic, abdominal, heart, and vascular applications. Recently, Prairie Lakes introduced ultrasound screening to measure a patient's risk of stroke.

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