November 12th, 2012

Great River Health Systems has installed four new ultrasound systems and a PET/CT scanner in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. The units provide the latest technology for achieving high-quality imaging in a short time.

The ultrasound system’s image clarity and resolution:

  • Enhances diagnostic capability, potentially reducing or eliminating the need for more expensive or invasive tests and procedures
  • Helps guide catheters and needles without radiation exposure
  • Helps patients and their physicians visualize and discuss the images
  • Identifies the nature of suspicious lesions sooner
  • Makes ultrasound examinations much faster
  • Provides clearer ultrasound images in difficult-to-image patients


Because it can be used in the most delicate conditions without major side effects, ultrasound has become one of the most popular diagnostic methods.


Diagnostic Imaging also added a permanent PET/CT scanner. Previously, the health system used a mobile scanner one day a week. By adding the technologically advanced scanner in-house, Diagnostic Imaging offers increased flexibility in daily scheduling and added convenience for patients locally. The unit can complete a whole-body scan in about 25 minutes and provides multiple layers of superior image quality.

”The addition of these diagnostic tools demonstrates Great River Health Systems’ dedication to providing innovative solutions for patients by pushing the boundaries of image quality, workflow and ease of use,” said Greg Fields, director of Diagnostic Imaging.