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Radiology

The radiology department at Osceola Community Hospital consists of four radiology technologists all of whom are also trained in mammography. The department is open from 6:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturdays it is open from 7:00 a.m. until the Family Medicine Clinic is closed. After hours, the department is "on call."

Dr. Robert Thorbrogger is the hospital radiologist and is here Monday through Friday mornings and is also available after hours for emergencies.

The radiology department is responsible for bone density tests, mammograms, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, EKGs, and MRI’s. The mobile MRI is here on Wednesday, if needed.

 Light Speed 16-slice CT Scanner

Patients at Osceola Community Hospital now have access to a quicker, more advanced diagnostic tool with a newly installed Light Speed 16-slice CT (Computed Tomography) Scanner from GE Healthcare. The scanner, the first of its kind in the Sibley area, allows physicians to obtain key information needed to diagnose disease and illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke and chest pain.

Now, in just seconds, the new 16-slice CT scanner can capture multiple ultra-thin, high-resolution images of a patient’s anatomy, including the head, spine, chest and abdomen. The speed is especially helpful in shortening breath holds for geriatric patients, patients who are on ventilators and pediatric patients.

“We’re proud to offer the only 16-slice scanner in Northwest Iowa,” said Janet Dykstra, CEO of Osceola Community Hospital. “It allows our physicians to perform new, enhanced procedures that help diagnose with superior quality.”

Per rotation, the new unit can produce 16 slices, or a number of different scans through the body, while the previous scanner could make just one rotation. This means faster, clearer images that can significantly improve diagnosis and treatment. Osceola Community Hospital physicians are able to provide better patient care with this new technology, which can:

  • Capture images of a beating heart in a single breath hold
  • Obtain thicker or thinner slices without rescanning the patient
  • Perform whole body trauma scans in seconds, a considerable improvement from previous scanners

“Among the advantages of the 16-slice CT scanner is its ability to better display cross-sections of the internal anatomy,” said R. W. Thorbrogger, M.D. Radiologist. “The image resolution and quality is extraordinary.”

Digital Mamography

Osceola Community Hospital has recently purchased a new Hologic Selinia Demensions Digital Mammography unit. Breast tomosynthesis is a new x-ray technology that acquires 3-D images of a stationary compressed breast. The platform used in the process can be tailored to a patient's need. This digital process can remove layers of tisssue on the image, thus allowing medical personnel to closely see edges of leisons.

Selinia Demensions also incorporates one-touch-control for transition between imaging modes. Those modes include full-field digital mamography (2D imaging), tomosynthesis (3D imaging) or "combo-mode" imaging (2D + 3D imaging). The latter quickly acquires a traditional digital mammogram and a tomosynthesis scan in the same compression.