The two were sitting in the waiting room of Sikeston Imaging Center, located at 1014 North Main St. just behind Ferguson Medical Group. The one-story brick building is the site of state-of-the-art equipment which is designed to provide images to aid area physicians in making a diagnosis for patients.
Since opening in April 2005, Sikeston Imaging Center has offered MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CT-Scans (Computed Tomography Scans).
Until Sikeston Imaging Center was built, patients had to travel a distance to have an exam and now this center is able to provide convenience and accommodate patients in this area.
"We can provide same day services with a 24-hour report turn-around," said Simsouda Mahathah, RT (R) (CT) (MR), operations manager of the local center. "The staff at this facility strives to provide the best patient care along with the highest quality of work."
Mahathah describes the equipment at Sikeston Imaging as "state-of-the-art." She explained an MRI differentiates between normal and abnormal tissues, providing a sensitive examination to detect disease. The Siemens 1.5 Tesla magnet is able to perform faster imaging which can help claustrophic patients to complete the exam.
A CT-Scan is a form of medical imaging that involves minimum radiation exposure to provide clinical information in the detection and differentiation of disease. The Philips Brilliance 6-slice CT machine is able to acquire more images in less scan time.
The machines' software capabilities enable the technologists to provide different images, such as three or four-dimensional views, which assist physicians with their interpretation.
The staff is equally up-to-date. The technologists are all registered and a registered nurse is available for contrast injections.
The facility has board certified radiologists to interpret the exams and many of the radiologists have sub-specialties in neuro, musculoskeletal and nuclear medicine. Also the radiologists are available to discuss what exam is the most appropriate for the patient and area physicians are able to view the images with high-speed internet.
Reactions to the new facility in the first year of operation are positive, Mahathah said, adding patient survey forms are filled with good remarks. Sanders also noted that physicians are pleased with the services the facility has to offer.
The equipment and the staff combined create a quality of service for those using Sikeston Imaging Center, Sanders continued.
"Patients can feel confident when they have their exam done," she said "And they will receive high quality service through the entire process."