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Our Services

From digital mammography to a 1.5 Tesla MRI to faster, safer Low-Dose CT Scanners, Imaging Services at Missouri Baptist Medical Center offers the most advanced technology available.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Missouri Baptist Medical Center provides a full-service Computed Tomography (CT) department offering all types of CT exams, including highly specialized CT Angiography that examines blood vessels in the body.

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Now offering low-dose for all CT exams

Recognizing the importance of lower radiation doses, Missouri Baptist Medical Center has converted its entire Computed Tomography (CT) scanner platform to the most advanced low-dose technology. This means that you receive 30 to 68 percent less radiation than with most scanners available in the area. Missouri Baptist’s investment in low-dose technology is part of BJC HealthCare’s comprehensive commitment to making medicine better for our community.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a revolutionary technology that combines a powerful magnet, radio waves and advanced computers to produce extremely detailed images without side effects. These images allow physicians to see internally into your body, identify normal and abnormal tissues and assist in making diagnoses and or planning treatments. 

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a non-invasive procedure that can locate abnormal bio-chemistry in a patient. In cancer, changes in bio-chemistry occur before a tumor mass forms. As a result, PET can often identify the presence of disease earlier than a test that looks for a tumor mass.

PET information is usually used together with CT or MRI information. The PET scan can help identify the presence of abnormal bio-chemistry or disease. CT or MRI can be used to precisely identify the location. 

Bone Density Testing

Bone density, or DEXA, scans detect bone loss (osteoporosis) in its earliest stages. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, causing the bones to lose their density. When this happens, breaks can occur from a fall or even from something as simple as a cough or sneeze. However, osteoporosis is preventable, treatable and reversible.

Diagnostic Imaging (X-ray)

An X-ray is a picture, taken by a machine that uses radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body.

X-rays are used to diagnose many disease processes, as well as fractures of bones and dislocations of joints. X-rays are painless, fast and convenient. Missouri Baptist Medical Center provides a full spectrum of X-ray services. In addition to routine X-rays, the department also offers the following procedures:

  • Arthrogram
  • Arthrogram Major Joint Steroid Injections
  • Pre- CT/MRI Joint Injection Arthrogram
  • Joint Fluid Aspiration 
  • Abdominal Obstructive Series Exam
  • Lower GI Series/Barium Enema Exam
  • Upper GI and Small Bowel Series
  • Chest X-ray
  • Hysterosalpingogram
  • Myelogram
  • Intravenous Pyelogram Exam
  • Bone Length/Scan-o-gram Exam
  • Scoliosis Exam

Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)

An IVP (intravenous pyelogram) is an X-ray of the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, ureters and bladder. X-ray dye is given through an IV to outline the urinary tract. A doctor may order an IVP so the urinary tract can be evaluated for stones or other possible abnormalities.

Arthrogram

An arthrogram is an X-ray exam that examines a specific joint, such as the shoulder, knee, wrist or hip. Arthrograms are performed to diagnose acute or chronic tears or other abnormalities of the joint capsule or supporting ligaments.

Ultrasound

An ultrasound test is a procedure using high frequency sound waves to create images of the soft tissue structures (organs) in the body. During the test, a sonographer uses a hand-held probe (also known as a transducer) that sends out sound waves. The sound waves reflect off of soft tissue structures within your body. The transducer receives these reflections and creates a two dimensional image. No radiation is involved. 

Vascular ultrasound

A vascular ultrasound is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the blood vessels in the limbs of the body. During the test, a technologist uses a hand-held probe (also known as a transducer) to send sound waves into the body. The sound waves reflect off of structures within the body and send a signal back through the probe that creates an image or a wave form. Unlike X-rays, ultrasound does not expose the patient to any radiation.

Nuclear Medicine

A nuclear medicine scan uses radiation to help doctors evaluate physiology and function as well as anatomy and to detect disease, inflammation, or infection throughout the body. No other radiology test can more accurately measure the function of the gallbladder or kidneys, or detect certain types of cancer. 

A radioactive medicine is given either as an injection, a pill you swallow, or as a gas you inhale. The medicine travels through the body and goes to a specific organ. That organ then gives off gamma rays that are detected by the nuclear medicine camera. The camera output is sent to our computer system, which develops images of the organ. This shows the radiologist the size, shape and function of the organ. 

 

Myocardial perfusion imaging (Thallium Stress Test)

Myocardial perfusion imaging (Thallium Stress Test) is a test that uses radioactive substances known as tracers to produce images of the heart muscle. When combined with an exercise or chemical stress test, the myocardial perfusion images help to determine if areas of the heart are not receiving enough blood. The stress portion can be performed in two ways. You can walk on a treadmill while an EKG machine records the electrical activity of your heart. If you are unable to walk on a treadmill, a chemical stress may be used in place of exercise. The most common drugs used for this are Adenosine and Persantine. These are vasodilators that open blood vessels and are able to mimic the effects of exercise on your body

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology is an area that performs highly specialized procedures. The procedure room looks much like an operating room. Patients are prepared and recover in the Interventional Radiology holding area where a staff of specialized nurses care for patients. 

Many of the procedures in this department are invasive, and require conscious sedation. We are fully equipped to provide sedation, and recover the patients as required. Our Interventional Radiologists are board-certified and highly specialized to perform even the most difficult cases.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s Interventional Radiology department offers a variety of imaging services. Common tests performed in this area are:

  • AIF Angiography
  • Aspirations/ Drainages IVC Filter
  • Biopsies
  • PICC Lines
  • Carotid Angiography
  • Declotting
  • Dialysis Catheter
  • Fistulagrams
  • HSG with Recanalization
  • Pain Management Injections
  • Paracentesis
  • RFA Ablation
  • Thoracentesis
  • Varicocele Embolization
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Uterine Artery Embolization

Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty is a non-surgical procedure done to relieve the pain associated with spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis. During the procedure, medical grade bone cement is injected into the area of the fracture using X-ray guidance. This stabilizes the fracture and reduces pain and further collapse of the vertebra (spine bone). The procedure is done by an interventional radiologist in a room much like an operating room. A registered nurse will be with you for the entire process. You will receive local anesthetic and some mild sedation to keep you comfortable.

Uterine artery embolization

A uterine artery embolization is typically used for the treatment of fibroids, and is an alternative to surgery. A uterine artery embolization is a procedure that blocks the blood flow to a uterine fibroid, causing the fibroid to shrink and die. The procedure is minimally invasive, and requires little recovery time.

Image Guided Biopsy

A biopsy is a test that takes a small sample of tissue from a certain area of your body, using a very small needle. The tissue sample is then sent to the lab to be processed. Biopsies are commonly done with the assistance of ultrasound imaging or CT imaging to better locate the area of concern. Using image guidance is the safest and most accurate way to get the best possible result for your biopsy.

Contact Imaging Services

Missouri Baptist Medical Center
3015 N Ballas Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63131
314-996-5083

Surgical Evaluation Center
Building B, Suite 112
3009 N Ballas Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63131
314-996-5276

Missouri Baptist Outpatient Center -- Sunset Hills
3844 South Lindbergh Blvd.
Sunset Hills, Missouri 63127
314-525-0500

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