1200 North 7th Street, Chariton, Iowa 50049
Phone: (641) 774-3223 | Toll-free: (800) 404-3111 | Email:

LCHC’s Radiology Department has state of the art imaging equipment which allows us to offer the highest quality results while maximizing patient convenience and comfort – close to home. LCHC’s Radiologist is available on site weekly for quick and accurate diagnosis.

Radiologist services provided by Radiology Partners.

  • Ultrasound: Mon-Fri
  • Computerized Tomography (CT Scan): Daily
  • DEXA Scan (Bone Density): Monday-Friday
  • Digital Mammograms: Monday-Friday
  • Nuclear Medicine: Weekly
  • Vascular Venous Ultrasound: Monday-Friday

We also offer the following services through our mobile providers:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Wednesday
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET CT Scan): Upon Request
  • Arterial Ultrasound: Monday
  • Echocardiograms: Thursday
  • Stereotactic Biopsy: Upon Request

*Dates of availability are subject to change.

Dexa Scan

Did you know that as we age, our bones become less dense and more prone to fractures? LCHC offers DEXA Scan daily Monday through Friday – a quick painless way to tell if a person has osteoporosis or is at risk of developing the disease, with much less radiation than a typical X-ray. A physician’s referral is needed and Medicare will pay for this screening every 2 years. Other insurances vary by individual policy.

Quick Facts about Osteoporosis:

  • Typically, there are no visible symptoms. Often a patient is not diagnosed until after a painful fracture occurs.
  • Smoking, excess use of alcohol, and excess caffeine consumption puts an individual at a higher risk for the disease.
  • The first 5 – 10 years following onset of menopause, a woman loses between 25% – 30% of her bone density.
  • Fractures caused by osteoporosis can lead to substantial expenses for healthcare as well as disability, and in some cases, death.

Talk with your doctor and see if DEXA Scan would be beneficial for you in diagnosing or preventing osteoporosis.

3D Digital Mammograms

Lucas County Health Center now offers the Genius 3D Mammography exam, which reduces unnecessary callbacks by up to 40% and detects 41% more invasive breast cancers.

By offering the Genius exam, our radiology department provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening. If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography exam or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact LCHC’s Radiology Department at (641) 774-3223.

Stereotactic Biopsy

Mobile Stereotactic Biopsy Unit

At a time when advances in medical technology are critical to the success in women’s healthcare, Lucas County Health Center has made the decision to offer our patients the best choice in minimally invasive breast biopsy – giving you comfort and peace of mind during a time of high anxiety and uncertainty.

Health Enterprises’ Mobile Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Unit is at LCHC upon request. For more information, contact Radiology at (641) 774-3223.

Frequently Asked Questions

My doctor says I need a Non-Surgical Breast Biopsy. What can I expect?
Now that your physician has recommended that you have a breast biopsy, you may have questions about this procedure. These FAQs will answer many of your questions about the procedure and the mobile unit that provides this technology to you. They will help you understand why the procedure is necessary and what to expect.
Where will my procedure take place?
Lucas County Health Center, in conjunction with Health Enterprises of Iowa, strives to provide you and the community with the latest advances in medicine. Your breast biopsy procedure will be performed in a mobile unit under the direction supervision of a Surgeon or Radiologist and by Registered Radiologic Technologists. After you have gone through admissions and finished your paperwork that is required by LCHC, you will be taken from the hospital to the mobile biopsy unit. Any further questions that you may have will be answered by technologists or by the physician.
Why do I need a Non-Surgical Breast Biopsy?
Probably by now your physician has explained to you that your mammogram has revealed an abnormality in your breast. In the past, these abnormalities or lesions were treated one of two ways. Either they were “followed” over a period of time by the physician to see if there was a significant change, or the patient had surgery to remove the lesion completely (surgical excisional biopsy.) However, a large percentage of these abnormalities are benign and present no health risk to the patient. For this reason, the technology of non-surgical breast biopsy was developed. Physicians agree that this method of biopsy is a less painful, less invasive way to obtain the tissue sample needed for diagnosis. This procedure requires much less recovery time than does a surgical excisional biopsy and there is no significant scarring to the breast.
Will it hurt?
Because the physician uses a local anesthetic, there is only a small amount of pain during the procedure. However, as individuals, each of us has a slightly different pain threshold. Some patients report that it feels similar to having your ears pierced or being snapped by a rubber band.
How is the biopsy performed?
Your doctor has probably already discussed with you whether you will have an ultrasound-guided biopsy or a stereotactic breast biopsy. The two are different only in that the ultrasound technique allows you to lie on your back during the procedure and stereotactic technique requires that you lie face down on a table and the breast is placed through a special opening. Once you have undressed and put on a gown, you will be placed in a biopsy position designed for your particular need. The breast is gently compressed – similar to a mammogram compression – and x-ray or ultrasound images or taken to assist your doctor in precisely locating and mapping the area to be biopsied.

After the skin has been cleansed with a disinfecting soap, your doctor will numb the area with local anesthetic using a very thin needle. You will feel a slight pinch during the numbing process.

Once the area is completely numb, a small nick is made in the skin to assist the biopsy needle insertion. When the needle is positioned at the area requiring the biopsy, your doctor will begin the process of collecting the tissue samples.

The entire collection process typically takes only a few minutes to complete. Several tissue samples are taken during this time to ensure the most accurate diagnosis possible.

After the procedure the mobile staff will hold pressure on the site for five to ten minutes to prevent bleeding. A bandage will then be applied to the biopsy site. You may dress and go home.

What instructions should I follow after the biopsy?
After the biopsy is complete, the mobile staff will give you discharge instructions for your biopsy aftercare.
Will I be able to resume my normal activities right away?
After the technologist or nurse has applied a dressing to the biopsy site, you may get dressed. Most women feel fine after the procedure and return to their normal routine right away. However, we recommend that strenuous exercise or activity be avoided for at least 24 hours. If possible, it is not a bad idea to go home after the procedure, put up your feet and simply relax.
When can I expect the results of my biopsy?
The physician performing the biopsy will send the tissue sample to a pathologist who will look at it under a microscope. The pathologist will examine the tissue and send a report to the physician within a few days. Your referring physician will contact you with the results.
What if I have more questions?
Our staff feels it is very important that all of your questions about the breast biopsy procedure are answered and that you have all the information you need. If you have additional questions or concerns that are not addressed here, don’t hesitate to contact your physician prior to your biopsy appointment.