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Imaging Services

Chino Valley Medical Center offers a full spectrum of medical imaging services. From routine x-rays to MRI and CT scans, our facility has the technology and expertise to help patients determine the cause and severity of any medical condition. Our experts can also provide second opinions for more complex or unusual cases. Here is some information about our most common procedures:

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1) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body's internal structures. Patients generally lie on a table that slides into a sizeable tube-shaped machine with openings at each end. Once inside, they can communicate with the technologist using an intercom system outside the machine.

2) Digital Radiography (X-Ray): X-rays are one of the most common diagnostic tests performed. They are used to diagnose various conditions, including broken bones, pneumonia, and other chest diseases. Our facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art digital radiography machines which produce images that our radiologists can quickly analyze.

3) Computerized Tomography (CT Scan): CT scans commonly identify tumors or other abnormalities in the bones, muscles, and internal organs. Some CT scans help guide surgery or inject fluids into specific body areas. The CT scanner is a donut-shaped machine that produces images using computers and sophisticated software programs. The patient is placed on a stretcher that slowly moves through the scanner.

4) Ultrasound Scanning: It is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses sound waves to produce images of the body's internal organs. A transducer is placed on the skin's surface over the affected area and moved around to collect information about the organs underneath it.

5) Nuclear Medicine: Nuclear medicine is a branch of radiology that uses radioactive substances to produce images of organs and tissues in the body. The most common nuclear medicines are radiotracers which are injected into the body. These compounds are then absorbed by the tissues of interest and produce gamma rays detected by unique cameras. This produces images that can be viewed on a computer screen or printed for a physician's review.

6) Fluoroscopy: Fluoroscopy is a medical imaging technique that visualizes moving structures within the body. It is most commonly used to view the esophagus, stomach, intestines, and respiratory tract. This procedure requires the patient to swallow a barium mixture which coats the lining of the digestive tract and makes it easier to see during the procedure.

7) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MRI uses radio waves and magnetic fields to create detailed pictures of the body's internal structures. This test is commonly used to evaluate brain and spinal cord injuries. It can also detect changes in tissue caused by disease or damage.

8) Mammography: Mammography is a particular type of X-ray used to examine changes in the breasts caused by cancer or other conditions. There are several different types of mammography, including digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound.

9) Bone Densitometry: Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and brittle due to the loss of calcium from the bones. This condition is most common in postmenopausal women but can also occur in men. Bone densitometry is used to detect bone loss and monitor the progression of osteoporosis.

10) Dexa Scan: Dexa scans to measure bone mineral density and are helpful in determining a person's risk of developing osteoporosis in the future.