CoxHealth offers a full range of radiology and laboratory services in several locations for your convenience. Expect shorter wait times, faster turnaround for your test results, and fewer unexpected delays. To receive your results quickly, be sure to create a CoxHealth Express account.
Has your physician ordered a radiology exam? Learn more about common tests below.
Common Radiology Procedures
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRIs let your doctor see detailed images of the inside of your body. You’ll be asked to follow some specific instructions prior to your exam, which will include removing all jewelry, hearing aids and glasses, completely emptying your pockets and possibly removing your makeup. MRIs use powerful magnets, for safety and to allow the clearest images possible, it’s important that no metal be in the room with the MRI.
The CoxHealth Breast Care Clinic offers breast MRI for patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or those who are at particularly high risk for developing the disease.
A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray exam of your breast that is used to screen for and diagnose breast cancer. CoxHealth offers all-digital mammography for clearer, more detailed images.
Experts recommend women receive a baseline screening mammogram by age 40. At CoxHealth, referrals are not required for mammograms. Call the location most convenient for you to schedule your mammogram:
- Springfield: 417-681-5161
- Monett: 417-354-1138
- Branson: 417-348-8313
- Barton County: 417-681-5266View our page on mammograms for additional details.
Computed Tomography (CT)
CTs use X-rays and computer scans to create a detailed picture of specific areas of your body. CT is typically used to examine soft tissues, such as your sinuses, blood vessels and organs.
Ultrasounds or sonograms use high-frequency sound waves to create images. This test is commonly used to monitor pregnancy, to examine your abdomen or pelvis and blood vessels leading to your brain and extremities or as an additional step in diagnosing breast cancer. It can also be used to guide a needle during biopsy procedures.
Nuclear medicine uses a small amount of radioactive material to help your doctor diagnose certain diseases and conditions, especially in the very early stages.
PET & PET- CT
PET and PET- CT is a branch of nuclear medicine. PET scans create an image of your body's metabolic activity, using a small amount of injected radioactive material. PET - CT combine the information from a PET scan with the anatomical information from a CT scan. When the CT is superimposed over a PET scan, doctors can pinpoint areas of concern.
Routine X-rays use external radiation to produce images of your tissue, bones, internal organs and vessels.
Fluoroscopy is like an X-ray in real time. A continuous X-ray beam is passed through your body and the image is transmitted to a video screen so your doctor can closely examine a specific body part and its movement. Fluoroscopy is often used during procedures.
VCUG - Voiding Cystourethrogram
A voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) is a test that uses X-rays to take pictures of the urinary system. It shows how well the bladder and its connecting tubes (the urethra and the ureters) are working.
Before the test, discuss with your doctor any previous difficult catheterizations or VCUGs. Before coming to the hospital, explain to your child what will happen in words they can understand. For younger children, it is best to explain right before the test. Sometimes, it is difficult to know how to explain this test to children. If you would like help, please call a child life specialist at 417-730-7133.
Radiology services are provided by the professionals of Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates.
Outpatient laboratory services are available in locations across the Ozarks. If your physician orders labs, you’ll be referred to a convenient location. Your doctor will notify you of your test results, or you can access your results through you CoxHealth account. At CoxHealth, skilled laboratory technologists, clinical laboratory scientists, pathologists and laboratory technicians work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you and your physician with timely test results.
Outpatients who are referred to the hospital for lab testing should go to the registration department first, before going to the lab. Registration and lab staff work together to direct patients to the correct location for lab services.
How to Prepare for a Lab Test
You may need to take certain steps prior to your visit, such as fasting, avoiding certain food or not using tobacco products. Please be sure to cehck your patient instructions from your referring physician for more details.