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Diagnostic Imaging

Also called radiology services, helps physicians arrive at an accurate diagnosis for a wide variety of diseases that cannot be made through physical examination or blood tests alone. We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including CT scans, ultrasound, MRI scans, mammography, and bone density scanning.

All diagnostic imaging exams are performed by fully license ARRT certified radiology technologist, who all hold current State of California CRT licenses. All medical images generated by the skilled and caring technical staff are reviewed and reported on by Board Certified physician radiologists, many of whom are Fellowship trained in multiple subspecialties of Radiology, including Advanced Body Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging and Interventional Radiology.

Digital Radiography (DR X-ray)

Digital Radiography is the latest technological advancement in X-ray imaging. Digital Radiography (DR) is the direct conversion of transmitted X-ray photons into a digital images using an array of solid-state detectors such as amorphous selenium or silicon, with computer processing and display of the image. Digital Radiography (DR) replaces both the use of film or Computed Radiography (CR) plates with a direct digital transfer of X-ray images into PACS or Picture Archiving and Communication System, greatly improving efficiency while also improving image quality and lowering radiation exposures. An X-ray, or radiograph, is a non-invasive imaging test intended to generate pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays have been used for over a century, and they are the most frequently used form of medical imaging. Today’s X-rays, particularly those obtained with DR systems are very safe and require only minimal radiation exposure to the patient.

A bone X-ray is used to:

  • Determine whether a bone has been fractured or if a joint is dislocated
  • Ensure that a fracture has been properly aligned and stabilized for healing following treatment
  • Determine whether there is a buildup of fluid in the joint or around a bone
  • Be used as a guide for an orthopedic surgeon for procedures such as spinal repair, joint replacement, and fracture reductions
  • Evaluate injury or damage from conditions such as infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths or other bone diseases, such as osteoporosis
  • Assist in the detection and diagnosis of cancer
  • Locate foreign objects
  • Evaluate changes in bones

A chest X-ray is the most common type of x-ray and is often part of a routine physical examination. It is typically the first imaging test used to help diagnose symptoms such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • A persistent cough
  • Chest pain or injury
  • Fever

Physicians use the examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Heart failure and other heart problems
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Other medical conditions