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Below are a list of the diagnostic tests that are available. Consult your physician if you have questions.

Bone Density

Dexa Scan

Using a small dose of ionizing radiation, Dexa scans are often used to diagnose osteoporosis by testing the bone mineral density of your bones to test if they are healthy and strong. Your healthcare provider orders a bone mineral density test to check your bone health for multiple possible reasons including as a routine screening and if you are at risk for having weak bones or are prone to fractures.

Exam Preparation

  • This exam requires minimal preparation; wear loose comfortable clothing, you may also be asked to wear a gown during the exam and remove any jewelry. You should not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours prior to your exam.
  • You will be asked to complete a questionnaire to aid the doctor in determining if you have any medical conditions or take certain medications that either increase or decrease your risk of a fracture.

During the Exam

  • Bone Density tests are performed with patient lying on a padded table and you will be asked to hold still.

After the Exam

  • After the exam your imaging will be interpreted and a report will be sent to your provider. Your provider will contact you to discuss the results.

CT Scan

Computed Tomograhy (CT) Scan

A CT scan, also referred to as a cat scan, provides two and three dimensional images of the body. The scan will show the bones, organs and other tissues in a thin “slice” of the body. An entire series of pictures a CT scan produces is like a loaf of sliced bread. The slices can be viewed individually (2 dimensional) or you can view the whole loaf (3 dimensional). These images are created by a computer program.

Some scans will require a contrast agent (dye). This contrast may be given by mouth, injected through an intravenous line (IV), or by enema. This dye highlights specific regions inside the body.

Exam Preparation

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing and remove jewelry. You may also be asked to change into a gown.
  • Depending upon the type of CT exam you are having, you may need to drink oral contrast or have an IV started for a contrast injection.
  • Notify the technologist if you are nursing or there is a chance you are pregnant.

During the Exam

  • During the exam you will be lying on a moveable imaging table. Once comfortably positioned, the table will slowly move into the CT scanner while an open tube, resembling a donut shape, rotates around the portion of the body being imaged.

After your Exam

  • After your appointment your imaging will be sent to a Radiologist and referring Provider. Your Provider will contact you with the results of the scan.


RC Hospital & Clinics has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?
When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.  To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility's personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It's important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

What does ACR accreditation mean?

  • Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
  • Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform mdical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
  • Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

What does the gold seal mean?
When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.

Introducing New 3D Mammography Technology

RC Hospital and Clinics is proud to offer the newest and most advanced early detection 3D breast imaging technology for our patients. The benefits of our new 3D mammography (also known as tomography or tomosynthesis) are clearer images for everyone, especially those with dense breasts.

This technology can detect cancer 2-3 years earlier, reduce unnecessary callbacks and offers a lower dose of radiation. Approved by the FDA, our 3D mammography is a safer, more comfortable option.

Benefits of 3D Mammography

Tomosynthesis, also known as tomo or 3D, is an advanced type of mammogram that uses the same x-ray technology as standard 2D mammograms. In 3D exams, the camera moves in an arc over the breasts, taking images from various angles. This type of exam provides images of the breast in layers, making it easier to find abnormalities.

What are the benefits of 3D mammography?

  • Higher cancer detection rate
  • Decreased need for additional testing
  • FDA approved
  • The widest angle of 50 degrees
  • Image acquisition every 2 degrees
  • More 3D information for a more informed decision

What is the difference between 2D and 3D mammograms?

2D Mammogram:

  • Uses x-rays to create two-dimensional, flat images of your breasts.
  • Takes images from the top and side of your breast.
  • Has the potential for breast tissues to overlap during compression, giving them an abnormal appearance.
  • If your mammogram appears abnormal, you will need additional imaging; 10% of women who have 2D mammograms will be called back for additional imaging.
  • Most insurances cover the cost of an annual 2D screening mammogram.

3D Mammogram:

  • Is recommended for women with dense breast tissue; however, it is beneficial regardless of your breast density.
  • Uses x-rays to create three-dimensional (3D) images of your breasts.
  • The arc moves over your breast, taking multiple images, so there is less potential for tissue overlap.
  • You are less likely to be called back for additional mammogram images.
  • There may be an out-of-pocket cost for this exam (depending on your insurance plan).

Both exam types provide accurate results. If you would like your annual screening mammogram to include 3D mammography, please request 3D when you schedule your appointment.

Check with your insurance provider to determine if any additional costs are associated with 3D mammography.

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-ray to detect cancer early before women experience symptoms. Mammography is the most effective method of early breast cancer detection.

Exam Preparation

  • Schedule your mammogram the week following your period
  • If you have breast tenderness, take a mild pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen one hour prior to your scheduled mammogram. If caffeine causes breast tenderness, refrain from caffeinated beverages for one week prior to your mammogram.
  • Do not wear deodorant, lotion or body powder on your chest or under your arms, as these may appear on the mammogram and interfere with correct diagnosis
  • Please inform the technologist if there is a possibility that you may be pregnant
  • A mammogram typically takes 20-30 minutes

During the Exam

  • During your mammogram the technologist will position your breast in the mammography unit. Your breast will be placed on a special platform and compressed with a clear plastic paddle. Breast compression is necessary to even out the breast thickness to visualize all tissue.

After your Exam

  • After your appointment your images will be interpreted by a Radiologist and results will be sent to your referring Provider. Your Provider will contact you with the results of the imaging.
  • Additional imaging may be necessary for further diagnostic evaluation, such as a diagnostic mammogram or an ultrasound. This does not necessarily indicate an abnormality was found or that your mammogram was not properly obtained, but that additional images are needed to ensure all breast tissue is fully evaluated.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body. MRI does not use x-ray or radiation.

Exam Preparation

  • The presence of metal in your body may be a safety hazard and/or affect the MRI images. Before having an MRI, notify your provider and technologist if you have any metal or electronic devices in your body such as joint prostheses, heart valves, defibrillator, pacemaker, metal clips, cochlear implants, a bullet, shrapnel or any other type of metal fragments.
  • You will be asked to change into hospital provided scrubs. Jewelry, watches, hair clips, piercings and possibly dentures will need to be removed. You will have to leave all items containing metal, valuables and cards with magnetic strips (such as credit cards) in a locker outside of the MRI room.

During the Exam

  • A highly-skilled imaging technologist will operate the MRI scanner and tell you what to expect. Depending upon the type of MRI exam you are having, an intravenous (IV) line may be placed in your arm so that contrast material can be injected. Images will be taken before and after the contrast material is injected.
  • You will be positioned comfortably on a cushioned, moveable table and provided with headphones to listen to music. The technologist is available at all times in the adjoining control room, and can be reached by using a call button that you will receive prior to the scan.
  • For the best quality images, it is important that you remain as still as possible during the exam. You will hear a drumming sound as the machine captures the images. MRI exams often include multiple phases or sequences, some of which sound different and vary in length of time. You may be asked to hold your breath while images are acquired.

After the Exam

  • After your appointment your imaging will be sent to a Radiologist and referring Provider. Your Provider will contact you with the results of the scan.

Nuclear Medicine

A Nuclear medicine exam uses small amounts of radioactive materials, called tracers to monitor and diagnose medical conditions within the body. The tracer is typically given through an IV, and the nuclear medicine camera takes pictures to show how and where the tracer travels through your body.

Exam Preparation

  • Preparation for your nuclear medicine study will depend on the type of scan your provider has requested

During the Exam

  • You will be positioned on a cushioned exam table, where you will be asked to remain as still as possible. To capture the images, the camera may be in close proximity to you, but will not completely surround you.

After the Exam

  • After your appointment your imaging will be sent to a Radiologist and referring Provider. Your Provider will contact you with the results of the scan


Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within the body. This type of imaging is useful to evaluate a fetus, thyroid, abdominal organs, blood vessels, heart and other portions of the body.

Exam Preparation

  • Each Ultrasound exam requires different preparation. Please follow the instructions given to you by the scheduling staff upon making your appointment

During the Exam

  • You will be positioned on a cushioned table and the imaging technologist will apply gel onto your skin in the area to be imaged. The technologist will use a wand called a transducer over the area to capture the images.

After the Exam

  • After your appointment your imaging will be sent to a Radiologist and referring Provider. Your Provider will contact you with the results of the scan


X-ray imaging uses a small dose of radiation to produce a picture. It is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. It is the fastest and easiest way for a healthcare provider to view and assess the chest, bones and other structures of the body.

Exam Preparation

  • Most X-ray exams do not require any special preparation

During the Exam

  • You may be positioned on an exam table for imaging. For the best quality images, you will be asked to remain as still as possible during the exam. You may also be asked to hold your breath or be repositioned for additional views.

After the Exam

  • After your appointment your imaging will be sent to a Radiologist and referring Provider. Your provider will contact you with the results of the scan.