The Imaging Department offers state-of-the-art diagnostic services one would expect to find in a big city.
Our team includes specially trained nurses and licensed radiologic technologists certified in CT, MRI, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. Our expert staff complements our comprehensive imaging technology, ensuring excellent patient care and treatment.
We are the regional referral center for Northern Arizona and perform more than 95,000 exams a year.
Fifty percent of our exams are done on an outpatient basis. Our department works closely with the emergency and trauma teams and is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our radiologists are leaders, providing consultations to physicians throughout Northern Arizona. Excellent patient care is our primary focus.
- Trauma, inpatient and outpatient services
- Board-certified radiologists specialized in individual imaging modalities are available in-house around the clock
- Same-day service (by physician’s orders only) for outpatients requiring special attention
- Written reports available within 24 hours (verbal within 12 hours)
Specialized medical equipment and procedures
CT Scanners — diagnostic, biopsy, trauma, vascular and cardiac services. FMC’s Imaging Department offers a 64-channel CT scanner. FMC was one of the first hospitals in the state to add this level of CT technology.
- CT coronary angiography: FMC was one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to perform CT coronary angiography. We have performed more than 500 CT coronary angiography studies, which are used to determine blockages in the arteries of the heart. This procedure is nonsurgical and is appropriate for low- to medium-risk cardiac patients.
- CT angiography:
Scans veins anywhere in the body. Examples of when this technology is extremely useful include diagnostic studies looking for blood clots in the lungs and pain management, when CT can be used to guide needles for injecting steroids in areas of inflammation.
MRI — Offers complete diagnostic services and vascular studies. A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a computer and a magnetic field to produce a high-resolution, two-dimensional, cross-sectional image of bone and soft tissue. FMC has a 3.0 Tesla magnet located at The Summit Center and a 1.5 Tesla magnet, which was upgraded in 2008.
Nuclear Medicine — Two dual-head, Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) cameras. Nuclear medicine involves injecting tracer (radioactive material) that is tagged to reach a certain organ or part of the body. The amount of tracer used is carefully selected to provide the least amount of radiation exposure to the patient, and ensure an accurate diagnostic test. Nuclear medical imaging procedures often detect a wide variety of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and infection. A full compliment of nuclear medicine therapy services also are offered.
Ultrasound — Four Accuson Ultrasound machines which are used for vascular, complex OB/GYN and abdominal exams. Our ultrasonographers are nationally registered and perform a wide variety of procedures including vascular and invasive examinations.
Bone Mineral Densitometry — Measures bone density, and usually is performed on patients who are being assessed for osteoporosis.
Interventional Radiology — For interventional radiology procedures, the Imaging Department utilizes a dedicated special procedures suite. This suite allows our department to perform the fullest range of interventional procedures:
- Arteriograms — A special X-ray that diagnoses a blockage or malfunction in the arteries.
- Stent Placement — A small mesh tube that is inserted to hold a blood vessel open.
- PICC Line Placement — A special type of intravenous line that is placed in the arm. A PICC line can be left in place for up to three months.
- Drainages — This procedure, in which a catheter is placed through the skin and into the organ to drain fluids, is performed without surgery.