Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

Saint Anthony's is dedicated to providing exceptional outpatient services to the Alton, Illinois community by offering advanced diagnostic tools for CT Scan, MRI and Ultrasound -- helping physicians reach confident diagnoses while providing the best patient care. 

In May 2010 new Signa HDxt MR system from GE Healthcare was installed at Saint Anthony's Health Center and less than two months later, a new 64-slice CT scanner began delivering the lowest dosage CT scans in the St. Louis metropolitan region.

Signa HDxt MR System 
This advanced MRI technology delivers highly detailed images of the human body with increased speed, better resolution and unique applications.  While offering shorter exams and great comfort for patients, the new MRI technology provides higher diagnostic confidence for doctors.

A special feature include the ability to do dual breast scanning, and provide MRI breast biopsy. The system also tolerates patient motion very well during brain scans, which reduces retakes.

MRI exams are used when people are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable from a conventional physical examination. The GE Signa HDxt MR system non-invasively assists physicians in a variety of anatomical areas, such as the head, abdomen and chest, and including imaging of the vascular system and major organs.

As a full service acute care health system, Saint Anthony's Health Center offers a variety of medical imaging services. Used to determine the location and specific type of different diseases, medical imaging services are also utilized in Saint Anthony’s Pain Management Center. The experienced technologists working in the imaging areas at Saint Anthony’s are dedicated to giving exceptional patient care every day, working closely with a team of board certified radiologists. Saint Anthony’s Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Services has earned accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for MRI, CT and Mammography technology.

64-slice CT Scanner – Most Advanced in the Area
Saint Anthony’s Health Center is the first in the St. Louis Metropolitan area to incorporate one of the most advanced diagnostic tools for helping physicians reach confident diagnoses to provide the best patient care – a 64-slice CT scanner with low dosage radiation.

“We are pleased to bring area residents the newest – and safest – CT technology,” says Larry Reed, M.D., Chief of Radiology at Saint Anthony’s. “The 64-slice CT scan can perform scans in just a few seconds with much more detailed images.

“But what sets Saint Anthony’s 64-slice CT apart from others is its ability to drastically reduce radiation levels by almost 50 percent compared to other 64-slice CT scanners. This is especially important for patients who may need multiple imaging tests, such as individuals with cancer and women of child-bearing age.”

CT exams are used when people are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable from a conventional physical examination. Saint Anthony’s 64-slice GE LightSpeed VCT XT configured system non-invasively assists physicians in the diagnosis of a variety of anatomical areas.

“The speed of the 64-slice CT scanner can gather a high-resolution image of a heart, brain or both lungs in less than five seconds,” notes Dr. Reed. “A scan of the whole body is possible in about 30 seconds. The speed of the 64 slice CT scanner has also allowed for the technology to be an alternative to conventional angiography or cardiac catheterization. The procedure is less invasive and produces excellent imaging.”

In addition to the 64-slice CT, Saint Anthony’s recently upgraded its MRI technology, adding specialty coils for shoulder, knee and breast -- providing improved image quality and imaging speed, and enhanced overall diagnostic services for patients.

To learn more about the Advanced Technology at Saint Anthony's Health Center, call 618/465-4520.  


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