Women's Imaging Services

The latest technology in women’s imaging services, including digital mammography and breast MRI, is available in one convenient location at Lake Regional Imaging Center in Osage Beach.

Lake Regional Diagnostic Imaging is a recipient of the American College of Radiology gold seal of accreditation in mammography. This accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. 

Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. 


Digital Mammography

Lake Regional Imaging Center offers state-of-the-art digital mammography services. This technology helps detect breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is most successfully treatable.

Specially trained mammography technologists provide the highest standard of care possible. Radiologists give priority to interpreting each exam and, in many instances, additional diagnostic studies can be scheduled the same day if needed. You and your physician also will receive written follow-up of the results. Lake Regional requires a physician’s order for this exam. An annual physical exam also is recommended.

To schedule a mammogram, please call 573-348-6161.

Breast MRI

In addition to digital mammography, Lake Regional Imaging Center offers the latest in breast MRI services. Breast MRI is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnets and radio waves to produce a picture of the inside of the breast. The test is not painful, and it emits no harmful radiation.

Breast MRI does not replace screening mammography — it is a compliment to a diagnostic mammogram. It typically is used for breast cancer staging or for evaluating implants. Breast MRI also is useful for imaging dense breast tissue, which often is found in younger women, and in viewing breast abnormalities that can be felt but are not visible with conventional mammography or ultrasound.

Breast MRI is extremely helpful in evaluating mammographic abnormalities and identifying early breast cancer, especially in women at high risk of developing breast cancer.

Breast Ultrasound

Lake Regional Imaging Center offers breast ultrasound services. Also known as sonography, ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to image parts of the body. A small instrument called a transducer is placed on your skin. It emits sound waves and then picks up the echoes when they rebound. A computer converts these echoes into an image on a computer monitor.

Ultrasound has become a valuable tool to use with mammography because it’s widely available and less expensive than other options, like MRI. Usually, breast ultrasound is used to target a specific area of concern found on a mammogram. Ultrasound also helps distinguish between cysts (fluid-filled sacs) and solid masses, and between benign and cancerous tumors. Ultrasound is particularly useful in women with high breast density, such as young women.

Ultrasound and MRI Breast Biopsy

To further evaluate breast anomalies, Lake Regional Imaging Center offers minimally invasive ultrasound and MRI breast biopsy. The procedures are simple and virtually painless, and they take only minutes to perform in a comfortable outpatient setting.

During the biopsy, a small needle is used to remove tissue samples using an ultrasound or MRI system. This newer biopsy method removes more tissue than a core biopsy, further increasing the potential for an accurate diagnosis and decreasing the need for additional biopsies.

Bone Density and Body Composition Analysis

Lake Regional Imaging Center offers the most advanced bone health assessment system currently available. The system provides greater insight into hip biomechanical strength; visualization of calcification in the abdominal aorta that can indicate heart disease, lumbar spine, and proximal femur bone mineral density studies, bone mineral density measurements of the entire skeleton, pediatric bone health assessment and more.

Body composition analysis accurately measures fat mass, lean mass, and total mass for the whole skeleton and up to seven user-defined sub-regions. This information provides a more comprehensive analysis of fat distribution.

Other system features:

  • single-sweep scanning, which captures the hip and spine in 10 seconds high-resolution images
  • automatic hip positioning for improved precision and elimination of unnecessary rescanning
  • superior visualization with computer-aided fracture assessment 
  • continuous, automatic calibration to ensure precise measurement results from exam to exam
To schedule a bone density or body composition analysis, call 573-348-6161.

Lake Regional complies with federally established guidelines that ensure specific standards and practices for digital imaging services. Those guidelines mandate personnel education requirements, equipment specifications and operations standards. Our team consists of physicians, technologists and medical radiation physicists who are current with latest trends and practices.