North Valley Advanced Imaging
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 345-6067 (billing)
(530) 894-0174 (fax)
Mon-Fri: 6:30am – 7:00pm
Sat: From 8:00am by Appointment
Located on the corner of Esplanade and E. 7th Avenue, our advanced imaging center is
accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and offers conventional
high-resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), including MR-Angiography (MRA), Breast MRI and MR-guided breast
biopsy, diagnostic and screening Computed Tomography (CT), and Positron
Emission Tomography (PET).
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
As the name implies, MRI images are created using magnetic fields, not radiation.
The stronger the magnet, the better the image. It’s that simple.
Conventional MRI’s use magnets six times stronger than can be used in
any “open” MRI system. Thus, physicians who want the best possible images
prefer conventional MRI when at all feasible. We have two conventional
MRI scanners. The newest, a GE LX Horizon Short Bore, provides the most
spacious patient area possible without compromising magnet strength and
CT (or CAT) scanners create cross-section pictures of the body,
allowing physicians to see organs, tissue and bones in much greater
detail than with conventional x-rays. CT’s are painless and have traditionally been used to diagnose disease or trauma in patients with specific symptoms.
We currently have two helical (or spiral) multi-slice scanners, the newest being a 64-detector system which provides a faster scan, unprecedented image detail, and reduced
radiation dose to the patient
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a powerful imaging technique
that holds great promise in the diagnosis and treatment of many
diseases, particularly cancer. A non-invasive test, PET scans accurately
image the cellular function of the human body. A CT scan provides
anatomical information such as location, size, and shape. Our scanner, a
Philips Gemini GXL PET/CT, allows us to combine these two scanning
technologies into a single PET/CT scan, which enables physicians to more
accurately diagnose and identify cancer, heart disease, and brain
disorders, often earlier than other studies. Click here for more information on PET imaging.
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