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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. 

A guide to cardiac catheterization

A way to view the inner workings of the heart without major surgery.

A guide to cardiac catheterization

X-rays can tell you a lot about problems with your bones, but when it comes to matters of the heart, they need a little help.

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure that adds an injection of special dye to x-ray imaging to allow doctors to see inside your heart and surrounding arteries. It can confirm—or exclude—a suspected problem, clarify confusing symptoms or even be used to treat a known condition.

Like any medical procedure, it carries some risks, notes the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Most are minimal and occur infrequently; major complications are even rarer.

But the benefits of viewing the inner workings of the heart without resorting to major surgery can be huge.

The procedure

Cardiac catheterization is usually performed in the hospital, where you might be admitted either the night before or the morning of the procedure.

Equipment used in the procedure includes:

  • An intravenous (IV) line.
  • One or more catheters, which are flexible plastic tubes that are about the size of spaghetti noodles.
  • Dye that is visible by x-ray.
  • An x-ray machine.

During the procedure you'll lie down on a table underneath the x-ray machine. You may receive a mild sedative for relaxation. And the area where the catheter is to be inserted—either the arm, neck or groin—will be numbed with a local anesthetic.

Once the anesthetic takes effect, the doctor will make a small incision and insert the IV line into a blood vessel. The doctor will insert the catheter through the IV and into the blood vessel, then guide it slowly into the heart with the help of x-ray imaging.

Once the catheter reaches the area your doctor wants to examine, he or she will inject the dye and take an x-ray—this is called an angiogram. The resulting images of your heart and its chambers and arteries can be seen on a screen, and pictures can be taken for analysis.

Goals of cardiac catheterization

Cardiac catheterization can help show whether the arteries in your heart are blocked or narrowed by atherosclerosis, also called coronary artery disease. When arteries are known to be narrowed by atherosclerosis, the catheter might be tipped with a balloon that is inflated inside the arterial wall, opening the blockage—this is called angioplasty. The catheter can also be used to place a mesh stent inside an artery to help keep it open.

Cardiac catheterization can also reveal structural defects and measure blood pressure and flow in the heart's chambers.

The procedure is even used in infants who are suspected to have congenital heart abnormalities.

What are the risks?

Risks from cardiac catheterization range from injury to a blood vessel to stroke or heart attack. Sometimes people have an allergic reaction to the dye.

The risks are higher in people who are older and in those who have certain chronic conditions like diabetes or kidney disease.

Talk to your doctor

If your doctor has recommended cardiac catheterization, ask him or her to explain the benefits and risks specific to your health.

reviewed 9/30/2019

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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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