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Diagnostic Imaging

Lake Regional offers a full range of diagnostic imaging services, from X-rays to 3-D mammography. Patients receive diagnostic imaging services both at Lake Regional Hospital and at Lake Regional Imaging Center, located near the hospital at 1075 Nichols Road.


Lake Regional Diagnostic Imaging in the hospital provides appointments for routine, scheduled outpatient procedures from 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lake Regional Imaging Center's regular business hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Imaging Center also offers MRI appointments from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and ultrasound appointments from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Services at Lake Regional Hospital

  • X-ray (radiology)
  • CT (computerized tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Ultrasound
  • Nuclear medicine

Services at Lake Regional Imaging Center

  • CT (computed tomography)Imaging Center
  • Cardiac CT (computed tomography)
  • Mobile PET/CT (position emission tomography and computed tomography)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)*
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Ultrasound
  • Digital X-ray (radiology)
  • Bone density testing
  • Body composition analysis
  • Breast imaging services
    • 3-D mammography
    • Digital mammography
    • Breast MRI
    • Breast ultrasound
    • Ultrasound breast biopsy (minimally invasive, virtually painless)

*Lake Regional Imaging Center offers an open-bore MRI system. The open design accommodates patients of all ages and sizes, including seniors, children and large patients. It also reduces feelings of anxiety and claustrophobia. For many exams, the patient's feet go in first. This feature means that 60 percent of exams are performed with the patient's head outside the chamber.


Do I need a doctor's order?

Yes. All diagnostic imaging services require a doctor's order.

Where do I check in?

Patients receiving imaging services at the hospital should check in with Patient Registration, located near the hospital's main entrance. Patients receiving imaging services at Lake Regional Imaging Center should check in at the center's front desk.

What kind of clothing should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing that can be adjusted or removed easily, depending on the procedure.

Can I wear jewelry?

Watches, necklaces and jewelry sometimes interfere with testing procedures. We recommend you leave these items at home the day of the procedure.

What should I do if I can't keep an appointment?

Please notify us in advance if you cannot keep an appointment so it can be rescheduled. 

Imaging and radiation facts and myths

Some radiology tests use radiation to create images. Others don't.
4 facts and myths about imaging and radiation. Learn the facts

reviewed 5/30/2019

4 facts and myths about imaging and radiation

Imaging tests are used to look inside the body. They help doctors diagnose conditions and determine the best treatments. There are various types of imaging tests, many of which use radiation. The type of imaging recommended for you will depend on the goal of the test, your condition and the part of your body being examined.

To help you understand more about imaging and radiation, here are some common myths and facts.

You should avoid all radiation: MYTH.

We’re exposed to radiation every day. We get it from the air, outer space, the ground and even the food we eat. Scientists measure radiation in millisieverts (mSv). It’s estimated that the average person in the U.S. receives a dose of about 3 mSv per year just through natural means.

For comparison, the radiation you receive from an x-ray of your ankle is 0.001 mSv. That’s equal to 3 hours of natural radiation. A CT scan of your lungs imparts 1.5 mSv, or the equivalent of six months of natural radiation. Even that amount is considered a very low health risk.

If you need imaging that uses radiation, the radiologist will ensure you’re exposed to the lowest amount possible for an effective test.

All imaging tests use some form of radiation: MYTH.

Plain x-rays, CT scans and nuclear scans use radiation. But ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans don’t.

An ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image. MRIs use a large magnet and radio waves.

Imaging tests that use radiation are considered sage: FACT.

Many activities we think of as safe—like taking a walk—carry some degree of risk. Similarly, imaging tests that use radiation are considered safe. Radiologists use the lowest radiation possible to get effective images. It would take ultra-high levels of radiation—far more than those used in diagnostic imaging—to potentially cause cancer later in life.

Still, you want to minimize your exposure to radiation when possible. If you’re worried that your imaging test will expose you to unnecessary radiation, discuss your concerns with your doctor or the radiologist. Maybe you’ve had a similar test done recently that could provide the information they need. Or you may have the option of a different test that wouldn’t expose you to radiation.

Radiation tests can make you infertile: MYTH.

Very high radiation doses can harm eggs or sperm. But the amount of radiation used in diagnostic radiology is very low. No studies have shown that low-level radiation exposure to eggs or sperm causes birth defects or miscarriage. Even cancer patients whose ovaries received fairly high levels of radiation have shown no negative lasting effects.

You can lower your risk from an imaging test by letting your doctor know if you are—or think you could be—pregnant before having the procedure. Your doctor might want to postpone or modify it to lower the amount of radiation you’ll receive.

Learn more about specific imaging tests and how they might be used.

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Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The Joint Commission; Radiological Society of North America

Contact Us

Diagnostic Imaging
Lake Regional Hospital
54 Hospital Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065
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Lake Regional Imaging Center
Building No. 1
1075 Nichols Road
Osage Beach, MO 65065
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