To aid in the early detection of diseases, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System uses sophisticated diagnostic imaging technology. This technology produces images that include general diagnostic, operative, and emergency room X-rays that evaluate arteries and veins.
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 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a way of taking pictures of the body and its chemical make-up. Physicians use MRIs to see "through" bones into soft underlying tissue such as muscles, fat, and internal organs – all without the use of X-rays or radiation. Prairie Lakes' 8-channel unit is the first and only short bore 1.5 Excite MRI unit offering our patients a shorter scanning time and our physicians a more detailed study.
Claustrophobic patients will appreciate the spacious MRI room featuring a full wall-length window, helping ease that 'closed-in' feeling. When your exam is complete, your study is read by one of a pool of 20 plus fellowship-trained radiologists.
Your physician benefits by having access to one of the most technologically advanced MRI units in the state, capable of providing information on a range of conditions including cardiac and vascular disease, stroke, abdominal and brain disorders, and musculoskeletal conditions in the knee, shoulder and other joints. Nuclear Medicine – Nuclear medicine uses harmless amounts of radioactive isotopes that are injected into the body to visualize specific areas. This material either collects in or avoids body tissue associated with particular diseases. A camera in the machine then relays the images of the location of that material.
Ultrasound – Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to "see" into the body for diagnostic purposes. Prairie Lakes' advanced 3D/4D ultrasound unit provides 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. This screening uses ultrasound to detect a person's risk for stroke. Use of an advanced system at Prairie Lakes Hospital provides clearer, more detailed images, enabling more accurate diagnoses.