An accurate diagnosis needs accurate imaging. At St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital, our American Board of Radiology-certified radiologists and certified technologists deliver clear, accurate images and aid with the diagnosis of a wide range of medical conditions and injuries.
We serve St. Louis area outpatients and can accommodate many special needs.
To make an appointment, call St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital's central scheduling office at (314) 966-9297.
Our services include:
St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital has two fluoroscopy units that use real-time X-ray imaging to allow doctors to see the movement of a body part. Fluoroscopy is generally used for upper and lower GIs, dysphagograms, barium swallows, ERCPs, myelograms, arthrograms and biopsies.
The majority of routine X-rays are chest and abdominal X-rays to detect fractures and/or trauma.
Digital mammography allows for easier detection of breast cancer in comparison to conventional mammography by providing radiologists with more information and higher quality information.
Ultrasound imaging is an important diagnostic tool used in monitoring pregnancy and identifying abnormalities in the breast, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, uterus, ovaries, testes and thyroid. High-frequency sound waves are electronically generated to produce an image.
CT is a medical diagnostic tool that allows the visualization of internal structures within the human body. It aids doctors in diagnosing disease by viewing internal abnormalities and assessing the extent of injury related to trauma. St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital offers all routine CT procedures: CT angiography, fluoroscopy, biopsies and 2-D, 3-D and 4-D reconstruction.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanning
An MRI scanner uses magnetic energy and radio waves to image cross-sections of the body. MRI does not use radiation to obtain images. MRI can be used to diagnose multiple abnormalities such as tumors, arterial venous malformation, injured tendons and ligaments, brain lesions, disk herniations and arterial stenosis.
Nuclear Medicine Testing
Nuclear medicine employs the use of radioactive isotopes for diagnostic purposes. It's primarily used to look at functional processes in the body, such as bone scans, thyroid scans, lung scans, renal scans, gallbladder function and liver scans.
For the most part, scanning is simply a matter of lying on a table while the scanner does the work.
We take every precaution when we administer a nuclear medicine procedure. Exposure to radiation is low because only small quantities are needed for diagnosis. Exposure is short because the drugs lose most of their radioactivity in hours or days. Our facility, equipment and materials meet strict safety standards.
Click below for specific preparation sheets for the nuclear medicine tests we offer here at St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital. Be sure to find out how many scans are involved with your test and the time frame involved with each.