Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

Our advanced diagnostic imaging services are performed at North Valley Advanced Imaging (located just one block south of its sister facility, North State Imaging) on the corner of  7th Ave. and Esplanade. Fully accredited by the American College of Radiology, this facility offers conventional high-resolution MRI, (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) 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 ionizing radiation.

The stronger the magnet, the better the image. It’s that simple. However, the other critical factor in obtaining the best images possible is the training and expertise of the technologists and physicians. In the wrong hands, image quality can be greatly decreased with improper parameter choices.  The American College of Radiology has addressed this issue with the advent of their MRI accreditation program.  Our center is not only fully accredited but also provides the latest in MRI technology. Our GE LX Horizon Short Bore greatly reduces the feeling of claustrophobia that a small percentage of patients experience. This new MRI provides the most spacious patient area possible without compromising magnet strength and image quality. MRI’s are completely painless, but if you are scheduled for an MRI, it is important to be properly prepared.

CT Scanning 

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 painless, 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.