Mena Regional Health System offers a full service Radiology Department with state of the art imaging equipment to service all of our patient’s imaging needs. Our department is fully operational 24/7, with a team of skilled and dedicated technologists providing exceptional patient-centered care.

Cutting Edge Imaging Services

Many of our staff are trained in multiple modalities, enabling them to complete examinations quickly and efficiently. Our referring physicians can rely on us to deliver prompt report turn-around times, thanks to our close working relationships.

Additionally, we have an on-site radiologist that works in conjunction with our referring physicians to provide excellence in quality of care. At Mena Regional Health System, we provide small-town personalized care while utilizing the most advanced high-tech imaging equipment available.

Digital X-Ray
Digital x-ray is a modern form of radiography that captures images through the use of x-ray sensitive plates. The advantages of digital radiography include time efficiency, as it bypasses the need for chemical processing, and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Additionally, digital x-ray requires less radiation to produce images with superior detail to those produced by conventional radiography.
Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to examine organ function and structure. It is used to screen and diagnose a wide range of diseases including heart disease and other abnormalities in our patients’ bodies. These procedures are generally painless and non-invasive tests that allow our doctors to diagnose different conditions. These scans utilize injected radioactive substances. Our scanning equipment analyzes the distinctive energy generated by the injected substances. The computers then generate images that provide a detailed view of our patients’ organs and tissues.
Digital Mammography
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the U.S., second only to skin cancer. Mena Regional Health System is proud to offer digital mammography as a screening tool to potentially detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms, and diagnostic mammograms are given to women who have noticed changes in their breasts or women who had an abnormal screening mammogram. The quality of digital mammography is far superior to analog, allowing radiologists to see subtle changes that could be missed with conventional analog or digital mammography. MRHS Digital Mammography machine offers a comfort paddle designed to improve patient comfort during mammograms. Early detection saves lives, talk to your Primary Care Provider about your annual screening or call the Radiology Department for more information.
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a noninvasive medical imaging test that produces detailed images of almost every internal structure in the human body, including the organs, bones, muscles and blood vessels. MRI scanners create images of the body using a large magnet and radio waves. No radiation is produced during an MRI exam, unlike X-rays. These images give your physician important information in diagnosing your medical condition and planning a course of treatment. To make MRI exams as fast, safe, and accurate as possible for patients, Mena Regional Health System has purchased an Orian 1.5T MRI system with Deep Learning Reconstruction Technology from Canon Medical Systems. The Orian 1.5T MRI provides faster exams, while producing highest-quality images required for accurate diagnoses.
Computed tomography is commonly referred to as a CT scan. A CT scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce images of the inside of the body. It shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs and blood vessels. CT scans are frequently done with and without contrast agents to improve the radiologist’s ability to find any abnormalities.

Why are CT scans sometimes ordered with contrast?
CT scans may be done with or without contrast. Contrast refers to a substance taken by mouth or injected into an IV line that causes the particular organ or tissue under study to be seen more clearly. Contrast examinations may require you to fast for a certain period of time before the procedure. Your doctor will notify you of this prior to the procedure.


To learn more about our radiology services or need to schedule exams, and general exam preparation, please contact your physician or call (479) 243-2214.

Todd Laing, BSRT, RDMS

Director of Radiology

Jonathan C. Welsh, M.D.