North Valley Advanced Imaging
Chico, CA 95926
(800) 942-6907 (billing)
(530) 894-0174 (fax)
Mon-Fri: 6:30am – 7:00pm
Our advanced diagnostic imaging services are performed at North Valley Advanced Imaging, located 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 and radio waves instead of radiation. The field strength of the magnet is measured in tesla (T) and the majority of high field scanners in use today operate at 1.5T – the industry standard. We have two high field MRI scanners. The newest, a GE LX Horizon Short Bore provides a spacious patient area that can reduce the feeling of claustrophobia that a small percentage of patients experience. We also offer sedation for those who may need it.
Another critical factor in obtaining the best images possible is the training and expertise of the technologists performing the exam. 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 fully accredited and our technologists are among the best.
Last but not least, it matters who interprets your MRI. Our team of experienced on-site radiologists work closely with your doctor to make sure you have an accurate diagnosis.
MRI’s are a non-invasive and painless test, but if you are scheduled for an MRI, it is important to be properly prepared.
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. In some cases, a contrast material may be given orally or with an IV injection to provide additional diagnostic information. If you are having a contrast enhanced exam, it is important to be aware of any conditions that could interfere with your exam or any lab work that might be required.
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.
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