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Radiology Department

The Radiology Department at Floyd Valley Hospital provides state-of-the-art equipment and technology with experienced staff to assist the radiologist in making a diagnosis.

Steven J. Saulsbury, M.D.

Steven J. Saulsbury, M.D.

  • Certified by the American Board of Radiology
  • Undergraduate degree from Drake University
  • Medical degree from University of IowaCollege of Medicine
  • Diagnostic Residency completed at Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Nuclear Medicine Fellowship completed at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Joined Floyd Valley Hospital and Orange City Health System in 2005
  • Became the Medical Director of the FVH Radiology Department in 2011
 

David M. Meis, M.D.

David M. Meis, M.D.

  • Certified by the American Board of Radiology
  • Undergraduate degree from Iowa State University
  • Medical degree from University of IowaCollege of Medicine
  • Diagnostic Residency completed at Southern Illinois
    University, Springfield, IL
  • Joined Floyd Valley Hospital in 1995
 

Service Modalities

Mammography

A digital mammogram sends x-rays through breast tissue to obtain detailed images.  These images are then are examined by a radiologist to look for abnormalities and changes from previous exams if applicable.  October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Be sure to schedule your routine screening mammogram by calling 546-3394.  Due to the volume of patients that use October to remember their annual exam, you may consider scheduling in your birthday month.  For diagnostic exams, you will need a physicians referral. 

For those needing financial assistance, there is a new program funded by the Floyd Valley Hospital Foundation to help those that are un-insured or underinsured receive screenings.  You may obtain an application from either the Business Office or Radiology Department.  Please return the application with copies of the proper verifcation documents to the Business Office at Floyd Valley Hospital for consideration.

CT

A CT scan, also called a CT, computerized tomography or CAT scan, is an x-ray technique that produces images of your internal organs that are more detailed that those produced by conventional x-ray exams.  CT scans use an x-ray generating device that rotates around your body and a very powerful computer to create a coss-sectional image, like slices, of the inside of your body.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, scanning or sonography involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures inside the body.  Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

MRI

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is also a radiology technique that uses magnetism, radio waves and a computer to produce images of body structures.  the MRI scanner is a tube surrounded by a giant circular magnet.  the patient is placed on a moveable bed that is inserted in the magnet.  The magnet creates a strong magnetic field that alligns the protons of hydrogen atoms, which are then exposed to a beam of radio waves.  This spins the various protons of the body, and they produce a faint signal that is detected by the receiver portion of the MRI scanner.  the receiver information is processed by a computer and an image is produced.

C-Arm

A C-Arm is a portable x-ray machine used in surgery and pain control procedures.

PET CT

A mobile PET CT is available twice a month for patient studies.  The nuclear portion (PET) of this test pinpoints metabolic changes in the body and the CT gives the physician anatomic reference points.  This is especially helpful in marking and watching tumor progression for oncology patients, neurological conditions and cardiovascular disease.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine technicians are available to conduct Nuclear Medicine Function Tests right at Floyd Valley Hospital.  This special groups of radiological examinations scan organs and bones.  They can be especially helpful in assessing how organ functions; locating metastic lesions to the bone; identifying infections, malignancies and recurrences of cancers; evaluate effectiveness of therapy for cancer; and evaluate transplact functioning.

Fluoroscopy

A new fully digital combination Radiology/Fluoroscopy machine was recently delivered to the Floyd Valley Hospital Radiology Department. This piece of equipment is a tremendous addition for patients and staff. This fully digital machine, through new technology, allows less radiation dose to patients having exams and provides a very sharp and detailed image for the radiologist to view. The new machine can be used for many radiological exams such as chests, abdomens, extremities and spines. The fluoroscopy can be used in a variety of GI studies including stomach images and esophograms as well as used in conjunction with speech therapy. The system may also be used for pain injections and specialized diagnostic studies such as arthrograms and myelograms.

Features

The Radiology Department featurs state-of-the art digital image reading and storage.  PACS (Picture Archiving Communication System) allows for quicker diagnostics by the radiologists, sometimes from remote locations.

Mammography Accredited

Technologists working at Floyd Valley Hospital are board certified in their respective modalities.

Screenings

Stroke Screening
The radiology department, in conjunction with Northwest Iowa Diagnostics, conducts an on-site stroke screening.  For more information or screening dates, please contact the Radiology Department at 712-546-3394.

Lung Cancer Screening

People with a history of cigarette smoking have a higher risk of lung cancer.  Based on the National Lung Screening Trial findings, a lung cancer screening is recommended for people 55 - 74 years of age and either:

  • are current smokers with a smoking history of at least 30 packs per year or
  • former smokers with at least a 30 pack
    per year smoking history who have quit within the last 15 years.

 

Contact Information

Radiology Department
Floyd Valley Hospital
714 Lincoln Street NE
Le Mars, IA 51031
712-546-3394 or 800-642-6074 x394