When life is too busy, Rapides Outpatient Center makes it easy to get the health care you need. We are dedicated to providing greater convenience for patients needing diagnostic tests involving laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy and/or cardiology services.

We are located in the Outpatient Plaza at Rapides Regional Medical Center. Our hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (318) 769-3777.

Outpatient Services

  • Lab work
  • Diagnostic X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Bone Density
  • Mammography
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • CT
  • EKG
  • EEG
  • Stress test
  • Pulmonary Function Tests
  • Pulse Oximetry Tests

Things to remember before you arrive for tests at Rapides Outpatient Center include: your driver’s license, insurance card and any prescription or written order from your physician.

What does it mean to be Accredited?

What should I know about radiation safety?

Before you imagine procedure, be sure to ask your physician the following question:

  • Why is the test needed?
  • How will having the test improve my care?
  • Are there alternatives that do not use radiation and deliver similar results?
  • Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?
  • Are pediatric and adult tests delivered using the appropriate radiation doses?

Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?

When you see gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.

To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

What does ACR accreditation mean?

  • Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
  • Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification to perform medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
  • Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

What does the gold seal mean?

When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imagining accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.