Ahead of the Curve
Our radiologists are always looking at the newest and best technologies for our patients. We work with our partners at Boone Hospital Center, Fitzgibbon Hospital, and Missouri Cancer Associates to make sure our patients receive cutting-edge imaging and treatments so nobody has to go anywhere else.
We were the first in mid-Missouri to treat brain aneurysms with coils and treat stroke patients with interventional techniques.
We anticipated 3D mammography and saw the early research showing it found more breast cancers with less false positives. We worked with Boone Hospital to ensure that ALL of our mammography patients received the new 3D mammograms as soon as it became available in this country (and before anywhere else in Missouri).
With our partners, we offered the first PET and then the first CT-PET in mid-Missouri, and the first Fluoride-PET bone scans.
We worked with Boone Hospital to install the first mid-Missouri high-strength open MRI machine for our claustrophobic patients.
Having seen the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in our patients and our own families, we have worked with our partners to acquire the latest equipment, computer software, and techniques to image the brain for the early signs of this disease.
Harris Breast Center, located within the Center for Advanced Medicine at Boone Hospital offers 3D mammography for all patients. Harris Breast Center has been on the cutting edge of technology for women’s health and was one of the first facilities in the US to offer 3D mammography for all breast exams soon after it was FDA approved in 2012. 3D mammography allows a closer look into the breast tissue by obtaining multiple small slices through the tissue much like a CT scan. The exam takes only 15 seconds longer than a traditional mammogram and has been shown to detect additional cancers in all breast densities in addition to decreasing the number of false positive studies. There is a slight increase in radiation dose with this exam, but it is within the standards set by law, A recent development called C view will soon be added to this exam at Boone Hospital. This technique will reduce the dose back to the baseline level of a standard digital mammogram.
PET brain imaging is a newer technique for the evaluation of early Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Patients need to be referred to us by their neurologist or primary physician for this screening test. Available at Boone Hospital Center and Fitzgibbon Hospital.
CT Lung Cancer Screening
Lung Cancer is the seconding leading cause of death and the number one cause of cancer death in the United States. Lung Cancer 5 year survival rate is only 15% with more people dying from lung cancer than breast, prostrate and colon cancer combined.
Teaming up with Boone Hospital’s Stewart Cancer Center, the radiologists at Radiology Consultants Inc. have established a Lung Cancer Screening program to fight this disease and improve patient survival by as much as 20 percent. The program consists of providing a low dose CT chest examination to those patients who qualify as high risk for developing lung cancer (listed below). Thanks to the Boone Hospital Foundation’s support, the examination is free to those who qualify. If you would like to learn more about the program and participate in the program please visit the Boone Hospital Lung Cancer Screening website (http://www.boone.org/lung) or call 573-815-2888.
CT Colonography/Colon Cancer
A barium enema is a technique to screen the colon for cancer. It uses fluoroscopy to take X rays and image the colon after the radiologist instills barium into the rectum through a small tube.
A newer technique is CT colonography. This is a CT scan of your abdomen and pelvis and afterward the images are computer processed to create 3-D fly-through images of your entire colon that the radiologist uses to look for polyps and tumors.
Both of these procedures require a prep starting the day before with a clear liquid diet and laxatives.
Uterine artery embolization or uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive way of treating uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are associated with pelvic pain and heavy menstrual bleeding and your physician may refer you to us for evaluation and treatment.
This can be an alternative to traditional hysterectomy.
With fluoroscopic guidance, the interventional radiologist advances a small plastic tube through the artery in your hip to the uterine artery feeding the fibroid and then blocks the artery with small beads. This shrinks the fibroid and improves symptoms up to almost 90% of the time.
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Call 573-815-6287 to schedule a consultation with the interventional radiologist.
Pelvic Pain/Male Infertility/Ovarian and Gonadal Vein Treatment
Enlarged, dilated veins in the scrotum and pelvis from the testicles in men are associated with infertility.
In women, dilated ovarian veins are associated with pelvic pain and pelvic congestion syndrome.
Enlarged pelvic veins can be detected with CT, ultrasound or MRI of the pelvis.
Our interventional radiologists can treat these varicose veins in the pelvis with embolic agents that block the veins and relieve the symptoms. This is done through a small puncture hole in the hip after the skin has been anesthetized.
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