Our Services & Departments

Radiology

The Department of Radiology at Aspirus Wausau Hospital is dedicated to high quality medical imaging and interpretation of those images. It provides comprehensive services in both diagnostic and interventional radiology with advanced technology, highly qualified, dedicated and compassionate staff and an expert team of board-certified radiologists who are available 24 hours a day.

The Department annually performs approximately 100,000 imaging procedures for in-patients, outpatients and Emergency Department patients.

The information below is designed to answer questions about the services and procedures provided by the department of radiology.

Breast Imaging Center
CT
Diagnostic Radiology
Fluoroscopy
MRI
Nuclear Medicine
Ultrasound
Scheduling Appointments
Map and Directions
Radiologist Profiles
Contact Us

Breast Imaging Center

 

Each year an estimated 240,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 are expected to die from the disease (American Cancer Society, 2002). The diagnosis of breast cancer is a source of fear and anxiety for women. There are few American women who have not felt the pain of breast cancer, either personally or through the experiences of a loved one.

The fight against breast cancer is one that can be won. Even though it is not currently possible to entirely prevent the disease, if it is detected at an early stage, the chances for a cure are excellent! The key to early detection is regular screening. The screening recommendations of the American Cancer Society include regular Breast Self Examination (BSE), Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) by a health care provider, and mammography.

For more information about breast imaging services, please click on one of the links below.
Screening Mammography (Patient brochure bic 003 pe)
Diagnostic Mammography (Patient brochure bic-003 pe)
Breast Ultrasound (Patient brochure bic-001 pe)
Preoperative Needle Localization (Patient brochure bic-005 pe)
Ultrasound Guided breast needle biopsy (Patient brochure bic-004 pe)
Stereotactic breast biopsy (Patient brochure bic-006 pe)
Cyst aspiration (Patient brochure bic-007 pe)
Galactography (Patient brochure bic—002 pe)
Sentinel lymph node biopsy (Patient brochure bic-008 pe)

Hours of operation
Breast Imaging Center: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM-4: 30 PM
Telephone: (715)-847-2586
Fax: (715)-847-2151
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CT
Computed Tomography, also called CAT scan, uses special x-ray equipment and powerful computers to provide physicians with highly detailed, cross-sectional images of any part of the body. CT imaging can show several types of tissue—lung, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels—with great clarity. Using CT scans of the body; radiologists can more easily diagnose cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma, and musculoskeletal disorders.  
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Diagnostic Radiology
X-ray imaging is one of the fastest and easiest ways for a physician to view the internal structures of the body. X-ray imaging has been available for 100 years and is an excellent tool for assessing skeletal trauma (e.g. broken bones), and for comprehensive imaging of the thoracic cavity including the lungs and heart.
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Flouroscopy
Fluoroscopy utilizes x-rays to evaluate the internal organs (colon, stomach, kidneys) of your body. In order to visualize these internal organs, contrast media is given orally or through an IV to highlight or outline these organs. Fluoroscopy provides the Radiologist with “live” images, like a video, which shows the function and structure of that organ.

Services and Procedures:
The Fluoroscopic section of the Radiology Department performs the following procedures:
Esophogram (pe-rad-055.pdf)
Upper GI (pe-rad 031-083)
Upper GI with Small Bowel Follow Through (pe-rad-031-104)
Small Bowel Follow Through (pe-rad 031-105)
Barium Enema (pe-rad 031-115)
IVP (pe-rad 031-84)
Voiding Cystourethrogram [VCUG] pediatric (pe-rad-054.pdf)
Voiding Cystourethrogram [VCUG] adult (pe-rad-053.pdf)
Hysterosalpingogram [HSG] (pe-rad-056.pdf)
Arthrogram (pe-rad-057.pdf)
Myelogram (pe-rad 031-117)

Hours of Operation
Fluoroscopy department: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM-4:00 PM
Telephone: (715)-847-2291
Fax: (715)-847-2759


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MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a very important imaging modality. MRI provides physicians with highly detailed, cross-sectional images of the body. A very powerful magnet and radio waves are used to create these images. There are no x-rays involved in obtaining MRI images.

The MRI department offers the following exams and procedures using a traditional MRI. Click on the following for more information:

Hours of operation
Monday -Friday 6:30 AM-5:00 PM
Telephone: (715)-847-2289
Fax: (715)-847-2601

To Schedule: (715) 847-0050  (Physician Referral Required)
To Pre-register:  (715) 847-2175 (should pre-register prior to appointment)
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Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty within radiology. The images are developed based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance given to the patient, either intravenously or by mouth. Nuclear medicine imaging (also called radionuclide scanning) is an excellent diagnostic tool because it shows the anatomy (structure) of an organ or body part, as well as the function of the organ.
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Ultrasound
Ultrasound uses sound waves and computers to produce images of the body. Ultrasound does not use radiation and can be performed quickly.

Ultrasound has many uses. It can be used to detect and localize breast cysts or solid masses. It is often used to diagnose gallstones. Ultrasound is used to examine the kidneys, liver, pancreas and spleen for tumors, inflammation, cysts or stones. Ultrasound can be used to guide needle placement for biopsies or to drain fluid from the lungs, abdomen or breast cysts.

A common use for ultrasound is in Obstetrical and Gynecologic imaging. Because ultrasound does not use radiation, it is a safe method to evaluate the well being of the pregnant woman and the fetus. Ultrasound is also used to evaluate the uterus and ovaries.

What will I experience during the test?

The patient is positioned on the exam table. A gel is applied to the area to be viewed and a hand-held wand, called a transducer, is moved over the skin. The transducer sends information to the computer, which then produces the ultrasound images. During the exam, you will feel light pressure from the transducer being moved over your skin. You may be asked to change your position or to hold your breath, so that certain images can be obtained.

A typical ultrasound exam may average 30-60 minutes, depending on the type and number of organs being imaged.

Types of Ultrasound Exams Performed at Aspirus Wausau Hospital:

Diagnostic Procedures

  • Abdomen: this test may look at all of the organs in the abdomen, may be limited to the Right Upper Quadrant (RUQ includes liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas, right kidney) or be focused on just the liver, kidneys, or aorta.
  • Breast
  • OB/GYN: this includes scans of the female reproductive system and scanning to evaluate the status of a pregnancy.
  • Extremities, Thyroid, Scrotum
  • Vascular (arteries and veins)

Ultrasound Guided Interventions

If you have any questions about your ultrasound exam, please contact the Radiology Department (Ultrasound section) at 715-847-2296.

Hours of Operation: Ultrasound Department

Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vascular Ultrasound (Arteries and Veins)

Ultrasound exam used to evaluate the blood vessels (veins and arteries). These procedures are performed through the Aspirus Heart and Vascular Institute. Vascular Ultrasound can be used to demonstrate:

  • Atherosclerotic disease of vessels (narrowing or aneurysms-a bulging part of the vessel)
  • Lower extremity vascular thrombosis (blood clots in veins)
  • Lower extremity vascular masses
  • Congenital malformations
  • Evaluation of vascular leg pain or swelling

For more information on this exam, please call the Wausau Heart Institute at 1-800-240-6169 or 715-847-2488.

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Scheduling Apptointments
To Schedule an exam, please contact Central Scheduling at Aspirus Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
(715) 847-0050
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Map and Directions
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Radiologist Profiles
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Contact Us

Breast Imaging Center
847-2586
Breast Imaging Fax
847-2151
CT Department
847-2295
Fluoroscopy
847-2291
Fluoro Fax
847-2759
MRI Department
847-2289
MRI Fax
847-2601
Nuclear Medicine
847-2297
PACS/RIS Administrator
847-2290
Radiology Administration
847-2292
Radiology Administration Fax
847-2640
Radiology File Room
847-2270
Radiology File Room Fax
847-2474
Radiology Film Requests
847-2360
Radiology Nurses
847-2531
Radiology Nurses Fax
847-2299
Radiology Reception
847-2283
Radiology Reception Fax
847-2154
Scheduling
847-0050
Ultrasound
847-2296