Radiology Services 











Des Peres Hospital's Radiology department offers advanced imaging services to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions and traumatic injuries.

Our Radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology and licensed by the state. Our technologists are board certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART).

Services include:


For an appointment with Des Peres Hospital radiology, call our Scheduling office at 314-966-9297.


Diagnostic X-ray

X-ray imaging encompasses a wide range of techniques and applications.  In general, X-ray imaging can be broken down into two major categories -- Radiographic and Fluoroscopic.

Fluoroscopy is a method that takes real time X-ray imaging and allows physicians to see the movement of a body part. It is useful for a variety of diagnostic and interventional procedures, indcluding upper G.I.'s, lower G.I.'s, dysphagograms, barium swallows, ERCP's, myelograms, arthrograms, biopsies.

Today's digital equipment rapidly provides doctors with sharp, highly detailed images.  Exams are much quicker, there is less radiation, and fewer repeated films.

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Radiographic X-ray

The majority of routine X-rays are chest and abdominal X-rays and or/trauma to detect fractures.

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Digital Mammography

Des Peres Hospital offers digital mammography.

Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and, more importantly, viewed.  The radiologist can magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images.  These features allow the radiologist to evaluate microcalcifications and focus on areas of concern.

Benefits of this technology include:

  • Clearer images — Advanced digital mammography takes electronic images that can be manipulated to improve resolution and contrast.  Clearer images make it easier to view dense tissue and small tumors, and often eliminate the need for follow-up imaging.
  • Earlier detection — Studies suggest that 10 - 20 percent of breast cancers detected by self-examination were not visible on film x-rays.  Digitally imaging the breast may improve a physician’s ability to detect small tumors.
  • Improved Care — According to a National Cancer Institute study, digital mammography was significantly better in screening women under age 50; women of any age with very dense or extremely dense breast tissue; pre- or perimenopausal women of any age.

To schedule an appointment, call Des Peres Hospital Scheduling at 314-966-9297.

There are two types of mammograms -- a screening mammogram for those with no symptoms or problems and a diagnostic mammogram for those experiencing problems such as lumps, thickening, swelling, and nipple discharge. 

Other procedures performed are needle localizations.

We are certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

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Bone Density

Des Peres Hospital has a fan beam bone density unit.   The bone density exam is utilized to detect osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that gradually weakens bones so they become fragile and more likely to break.  There are several medications now that can help slow and/or prevent this process. This simple test takes approximately 15 minutes for the actual scan. 

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Ultrasound imaging is an important diagnostic tool used in monitoring pregnancy and identifying abnormalities in the breast, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, uterus, ovaries, testes, and thyroid.  An ultrasound consists of high frequency sound waves which are electronically generated and have no known harmful effects on humans at the levels used for diagnosis.

Breast core biopsy is a non-surgical procedure.  The Radiologist locates a suspicious lesion, then, through the use of a biopsy needle, takes tiny sections of tissue for examination and diagnosis.  This technique minimizes pain.

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Vascular Lab

The vascular lab performs noninvasive procedures that can evaluate arterial disease which can lead to a stroke, and evaluate veins of the legs for potentially life-threatening blood clots.

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CT Scanner

Des Peres Hospital has a 64 slice Computer Tomography (CT) scanner.  CT is a medical diagnostic tool that allows the visualization of internal structures within the human body.  It aids physicians in diagnosing disease by viewing internal abnormalities and assessing the extent of injury related to trauma.  Des Peres Hospital offers all routine CT procedures: CT angiography, fluoroscopy, biopsies, 2-D, 3-D, 4-D reconstruction.

For more information about the risks and benefits of CT scans, visit the FDA's site .

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MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Des Peres Hospital is equipped with a 1.5 T MRI unit.  MRI uses magnetic energy and radio waves to image cross sections of the body. The benefit of MRI is that unlike CT, it does not use radiation to obtain images. MRI can be used to diagnose multiple abnormalities such as tumors, arterial venous malformation, injured tendons and ligaments, brain lesions, disc herniations, and arterial stenosis.

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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine employs the use of radioactive isotopes for diagnostic purposes.  Nuclear medicine is primarily to look at functional processes in the body, for example bone scans, thyroid scans, lung scans, renal scans, gallbladder function and liver scans.

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