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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. 

Medical radiation: A cause for concern?

Worries about radiation shouldn't keep you from getting a test you need, but it is a good idea to take steps to minimize your exposure.

Medical radiation: A cause for concern?

X-rays, CT scans and other imaging tests have revolutionized the practice of medicine. Without picking up a scalpel, doctors can peer inside the body and locate, diagnose and treat various medical conditions.

But despite their many potential benefits, some of these tests expose patients to small amounts of radiation. And exposure to too much radiation could potentially increase a person's risk for cancer.

While worries about radiation shouldn't keep you from getting a test you need, it is a good idea to take steps to minimize your exposure, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Basis for concern

X-rays and other radiation-based tests use high-energy waves that penetrate the body to create images on film or computer screens. They help doctors see broken bones, tumors or clogged arteries.

The waves also ionize cells, potentially causing them to mutate and perhaps lead to cancer.

All humans are exposed to background ionizing radiation every day, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). This radiation is found in the cosmic rays of our solar system and in radioactive elements in the soil.

Add medical radiation, and exposure to radiation goes up. The more radiation exposure people have, the higher their risk of cancer, according to the ACS.

Radiation and its medical uses

Medical tests that use radiation include:

X-rays (also called radiography), which are two-dimensional views of the body. They may be used to find broken bones or detect pneumonia, or used in the dental office to view teeth and jaws.

Mammograms, or x-rays of the breast. Mammograms screen for and help diagnose breast cancer.

Computed tomography (CT) scans, which generate 2D images as "slices" that can be stacked to create a 3D view of the body. Uses include detecting or confirming tumors, guiding biopsies, and seeing inside organs.

CT scans are the single largest contributor to medical radiation. They account for about 49% of medical radiation exposure in the U.S. population, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Ultrasounds and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests don't produce radiation.

In addition to being used in tests, radiation is also used—in high, targeted doses—to treat certain kinds of cancer. The radiation kills the cancer cells but can damage other cells too. That can lead to other cancers later in life.

What you can do

There's no doubt that imaging tests have saved or improved millions of lives. Almost always, the benefit of having one outweighs any risks.

But the FDA recommends that consumers take these precautions to keep their exposure as low as possible:

  • Don't insist on an x-ray or other radiation-based test if your doctor says there's no need for one—but don't refuse one if your doctor orders it, either.
  • Tell the imaging technician in advance if you are, or could be, pregnant.
  • Ask if you can use a shield or a protective lead apron to cover areas of the body not being examined in the test.
  • When children need a CT scan, make sure the radiology team will use pediatric settings, which use lower doses of radiation.
  • Ask your dentist about using lower-dose (E or F) film for x-rays.
  • Avoid full-body CT scans touted as ways to screen for disease—they expose you to unnecessary radiation without clear medical benefit.

The FDA also recommends keeping a record of all the imaging tests you and your family receive, including dental x-rays.

reviewed 12/6/2019

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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