What We Do
What to expect:
When you arrive at our facility you will be given a screening form to complete so that we may ensure your safety before entering the exam room. This form will then be reviewed by an MRI technologist. If you wear clothing free from metal you may not have to change into a gown. Although we provide a locker to keep your valuables safe while being scanned, we do encourage you not to wear a watch or jewelry.
Before your test begins, we encourage you to ask questions and express any concerns. Our focus is to make sure each patient is completely comfortable and at ease.
As claustrophobia is sometimes an issue with patients, rest assured we will do whatever we can to help you ease into the exam since motion caused by anxiety can affect the quality of your images.
Lundberg Medical Imaging utilizes a 1.5T High-Field MRI scanner. Contrary to older MRI units, the MRI scanner at LMI features an ultra-short tunnel and wide bore opening to enhance patient comfort during the exam.
If you have previously been unable to complete an MRI due to claustrophobia, don’t hesitate to ask your physician for medication that will help you relax. Depending on the medication prescribed, you may need to bring someone to drive you home.
If you have any questions prior to your exam, don’t hesitate to call us at (270) 442-82872 and ask for the MRI Department.
What to expect:
A technologist positions your body to obtain the necessary views. During the exposure you remain still and on certain type of x-rays you may be asked to hold your breath to avoid motion on the image. An x-ray may take only a few minutes, but if multiple x-rays are ordered the length of your visit may take longer.
How to prepare:
You will be asked to remove any jewelry, glasses, hearing aids and metal objects that may obscure the x-ray image. You may be asked to undress and put on a gown depending on the area being examined. The technologist will have you remain in the room while they consult with the radiologist on image quality and completeness. Additional images may be required by the physician. At Lundberg Medical Imaging, you will be given your study results before you leave our facility.
Children having x-rays:
If a young child is having an x-ray, restraints or immobilization techniques may be used to help keep them still. These will not harm your child and will prevent the need to repeat the image due to motion. For radiation shielding purposes, a lead apron will be given to your child if it does not interfere with the area being examined. You will be allowed to remain with your child during the test and will also be asked to wear a lead apron to shield you from unnecessary exposure.
Routine x-rays have no side effects and you can resume your normal activities.
If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, inform your doctor and the technologist before having an x-ray. Though the risk of most x-rays to an unborn baby is small, your doctor may consider a different imaging test.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us at (270) 442-8272
What to expect if your doctor orders a CT:
You should wear comfortable clothing. You may be given a gown to wear if metal on your clothing interferes in the exam due to the streak artifact it can create on your images. You may be asked to remove metal objects including jewelery, piercings, removeable dental work, eyeglasses, dentures, hair pins, and hearing aids during the exam.
You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours prior to your exam. If oral contrast is required you will be asked to drink half the contrast the night before the exam and bring the other half with you which you will drink just prior to your procedure. If your physician does not have the contrast in their office you will be asked to stop by our office at least one day prior to your exam for the contrast and instructions. If you live out of town you will be asked to arrive one hour early to drink the contrast to allow adequate time for this to travel through your GI tract.
You will be asked to fill out a screening form with your medical history, medications, and allergies, which the technologist will review with you prior to the exam. If you take Glucophage or Metformin you will be asked to not take these medications the day of the exam or for 48 hours following your test. If you have a history of prior allergic reaction to IV contrast, please alert your physician prior to scheduling your test. They may prescribe medications (such as steroids and Benadryl) to reduce your risk of allergic reaction. If Benadryl is given we ask that you have someone drive you due to increased drowsiness caused by this medication.
Please inform your physician and the technologist if there is any chance of pregnancy.
The CT will take approximately 15 minutes, but expect a 30-45 minute time frame for your visit in case additional imaging is required.
Some CT exams require you to hold your breath. If you are on oxygen you will be allowed to bring your oxygen in the room during the exam.
When your exam is complete you will asked to wait on the table while the technologist checks your images with the radiologist. He will then determine if additional imaging is required and that will be performed at that time. You will receive your results before you leave and your doctor will be notified if immediate action is required.
If you have any questions prior to your exam don’t hesitate to call us at 270-442-8272 and ask for the CT department.
Ultrasound is a useful way to examine many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to: liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, aorta, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, thyroid, breast, testicles, and legs (blood clots).
What to expect:
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your exam. You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area that will be examined.
Other preparation depends on the type of ultrasound exam you will have. For some exams your doctor may instruct you not to eat or drink 6 to 12 hours before your appointment. For others you may be asked to drink 32 ounces of water 1 hour prior to your exam so that your bladder is full when the scan begins. The time your test will take depends on the exam ordered by your doctor. Please allow 20 minutes to 1 hour for your exam.
If you have any questions prior to your exam, don’t hesitate to call us at (270) 442-82872 and ask for the Ultrasound Department.
A screening mammogram does not prevent cancer, but detects cancer at an early stage when annual mammograms are performed. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of death among women.
At Lundberg Medical Imaging we strive for excellence in breast imaging, early detection, and superior patient care. All of our technologists have undertaken specialized training and certification in mammography. Our facility also offers state of the art, American College of Radiology accredited, digital mammography equipment.
What to expect:
A routine mammogram takes two images of each breast in compression. If you have breast implants, additional images are required to complete the study. Compression is required and plays a key role in separating breast structures for optimum visualization. If the radiologist detects a change on your mammogram, additional images with a possible breast ultrasound will be obtained to allow us to properly evaluate changes. If necessary, a short-term follow up or biopsy will be recommended.
Please allow 30 minutes for a routine exam. If additional imaging is required, this will add time to your visit.
Please wear a two-piece garment as you will be required to remove items from the waist up. A gown will be provided for you.
Many of our patients choose to schedule a bone density exam on the same day. If you do so, wear pants with an elastic waist and no metal and you will not have to change out of them.
Do not wear deodorant on the day of the exam in order to prevent potential artifacts on the images.
You will be given your mammogram results before you leave our office
If you have any questions prior to your exam, don’t hesitate to call us at (270) 442-8272 and ask for the Mammography Department.
A DEXA scan uses an extremely low dose of radiation, is a fast and painless exam, and is considered safe for use on patients of any age.
Generally speaking, women over 50 should get a DEXA scan once every two years, although it is helpful for those in their early 40s to have a baseline exam for comparison in the years to come.
Risk Factors include:
– natural or surgical menopause
– previous fracture as an adult
– prolonged use of steroids
– Caucasian or Asian descent
– thin or small build
– family history of osteoporosis
– alcohol abuse
– inactive lifestyle
– inadequate calcium intake
How to prepare for your DEXA:
Wear a comfortable outfit with elastic-waisted pants and no metal buckles, buttons, or zippers. You will be asked to remove your shirt and bra, unless a sports bra is worn, and you will be given a comfortable gown to wear.
You will be asked to lie on your back on a padded table. We scan your lumbar spine and both hips. If you have had surgery on these areas, please notify your technologist and your wrist will be scanned as an alternate. During the exam, an overhead arm that houses a camera will travel above your body to take the readings. It is important that you lie still for accurate measurements. You may breathe normally. The scan will take approximately 5 minutes.
The computer will generate a printed report with pictures, and the technologist will review your results with you before you leave. If bone loss is detected, your physician will map out a plan of action for you.
Most insurance companies will pay for a DEXA scan every two years, and for your convenience it can be scheduled on the same day as your mammogram.
If you have any questions prior to your exam, don’t hesitate to call us at (270) 442-8272 and ask for a DEXA technologist.