Diagnostic Services



CT calcium scoring uses CT images to identify the presence and determine the amount of calcium in the heart arteries. For patients, this means the opportunity to diagnose the risk for heart attack and begin treatment to avoid a heart attack.

CT Perfusion is a CT-based non-invasive imaging technique that allows physicians to measure how much blood is present in the brain and how quickly it is moving. This is done by scanning the patient several times every few seconds before, during and after the intravenous delivery of an iodine-containing contrast agent that absorbs the X-rays. Perfusion CT is used in the diagnosis of stroke, clogged carotid arteries, and certain types of brain tumors.

MRI guided breast biopsies. MRI is the most sensitive imaging modality, detecting suspicious lesions or breast cancer at the earliest possible stage. Women who are high risk for breast cancer but who have negative mammogram or ultrasounds and/or women with dense breast tissue are candidates for this MRI breast scanning. Taking a breast biopsy guided in real time by MRI is an important advance in diagnosing breast cancer. For patients, this means avoiding a surgical biopsy. And, perhaps most important, this technology makes it possible to biopsy suspicious tissue that would otherwise have been very difficult, and in some cases impossible, to target with ultrasound or mammography.

PET with NeuroQ. NeuroQ analyzes images of the brain created by PET scans, and provides physicians with the data that can be used in earlier diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s. For patients, this means that dementia and Alzheimer’s can be detected and diagnosed much earlier than ever before. Earlier detection means that treatment can be implemented to lessen the impact of the disease.

Radiofrequency Ablation, an outpatient procedure is a minimally-invasive technique that destroys cancer tumors. Bursts of radiofrequency energy are sent through a catheter directly to the tumor. The interventional radiologists at Boone Hospital Center perform this procedure as an alternative to surgery for liver, kidney, lung and bone cancer patients. For patients, this procedure can prolong life without enduring chemotherapy or major surgery.

Non-surgical Vertebroplasties offer relief to patients suffering chronic pain from compression fractures in the spinal vertebrae. Many times these patients suffer from osteoporosis. The procedure involves injecting bone cement into the vertebrae to stabilize fractures, and results in significant pain relief. The interventional radiologists at Boone Hospital Center perform more vertebroplasty procedures than any other imaging program in mid-Missouri. For patients, this means avoiding serious surgery, and immediate pain relief. Most patients go back to normal activity the day after the procedure.

Virtual Colonoscopy (VC) – also known as a CT colonoscopy – is a relatively new radiology tool that is being used to detect colorectal polyps and to perform colon screening. Virtual Colonoscopy is a non-invasive and comfortable procedure that uses one of our CT scanners to image your colon after it is filled with a moderate amount of carbon dioxide (CO2). This procedure is helpful to locate and evaluate lesions in the colon. Early detection of colon lesions with proper follow-up and appropriate treatment dramatically increase the cure and survival rates in people with colorectal disease.