Imaging Services at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital 

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital offers a variety of imaging services. Using the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment, our experts are able to diagnose and treat multiple diseases and conditions. 

Our Location

Outpatient Services at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
3655 Vista Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
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Free Valet Service Available
Parking is available in the covered garage on Vista Avenue, directly across from the hospital and West Pavilion.

Here are a few of the imaging services we offer at Saint Louis University Hospital and what you need to know before coming in: 

Bone Densitometry

You do not have to do anything special before this test.

CTA (CT Angiography)

Please do not eat or drink anything two hours prior to your test. Wear comfortable clothes.

CT Scans

If your doctor said that your CT scan would be “with IV contrast,” you should not eat or drink anything for two hours prior to your test. If you know you are allergic to iodine, which is the contrast injected into your vein, you should let your doctor know.

Diagnostic X-rays

If you are having a basic X-ray of the chest, arms or legs, you don’t need to do anything special before this test.

Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology treatment involves a tiny pin-hole incision in your wrist or groin. Your doctor will usually instruct you to not eat or drink anything for 8 to 12 hours before this procedure. Learn more about interventional radiology services.

Mammography

Digital mammography uses a low-dose X-ray to examine breasts. This service provides excellent image quality, immediate access to patient information and reduces procedural discomfort.

MRI Capabilities

The Three Tesla Magnetic Resonance Scanner (3T MRI), Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Scanner (iMRI) and Open Tesla Magnetic Resonance Scanner (Open MRI) give physicians advanced imaging technology to more accurately diagnose a broad spectrum of disease and conditions.

 

3T MRI, 1.5T MRI and High Field Open MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

For MRIs of the kidney, liver, pancreas and spleen, please do not eat or drink anything for eight hours before your test.

PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography) Scan

Please do not eat or drink anything except water for four hours before your test. Also, do not engage in strenuous exercise for 24 hours before your test. You may drink water at any time. Drinking extra water is helpful. You may also take your medications, except insulin, at any time. If you are a diabetic on insulin, please call us before the day of your test for special instructions. Your test will take two or three hours. Wear comfortable clothing, without any metal, if possible. Women may wear a bra. Gowns are available, if needed.

Ultrasound

For ultrasounds of your abdominal region (stomach, bile ducts, liver, gallbladder or pancreas), please do not eat or drink anything 6 - 8 hours before the test.

For ultrasound of your urinary tract, bladder or pelvis, you must have a full bladder during the test. This might be uncomfortable. Please drink at least 32 ounces of water 45 minutes before you come and try not to visit the restroom until your test is completed.