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207 West Legion Road
Brawley, CA 92227
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Office hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Imaging Center at Pioneers Memorial Hospital continues to provide state-of the art technology to meet the needs of our communities. In order to meet our growing needs, the radiology department underwent a face lift in 2006, including the addition of new diagnostic equipment.
A medical procedure that uses radiation in the form of X-rays to help diagnose disease or injury.
X-rays are used to detect, or to rule out, certain problems and then to initiate preventive or corrective measures.
- General Skeletal: x-rays of the skull, neck, ribs, chest, spine, hip, arms, hands, leg, feet, etc.
- Fluoroscopy: imaging of the stomach, colon, gallbladder, small bowel, etc.
- Angiography: also called arteriography examines blood vessels or various organs. The procedures begins after a contrast fluid injection to determine presence of, and the size and shape of blockages of arteries or veins. Example: Angiogram of the blood vessels of the abdomen and legs.
- Contrast Radiography: an X-ray procedure that use a special substance — a contrast medium—to highlight tissues and organs that would not be visible otherwise.
These procedures focus high frequency sound waves on the body. The echoes produced are converted to an image displayed on a monitor. Ultrasound is a simple, effective, and safe procedure used to help diagnose many medical conditions, among them cancer, gallbladder disease, blood clots and breast disorders. It is also used during pregnancy to check the baby’s health and development.
- Color Doppler Imaging
- Obstetrical Ultrasound
- Transvaginal Ultrasound
- General Abdominal and Pelvic Ultrasound
Computerized Tomography (CT)
Computerized Tomography is a rotating X-ray beam that “scans” a narrow cross section of the body. A computer reconstructs the image which is displayed on a screen and permanently recorded.
- Head scans
- Whole body scanning
- Vascular scanning with 3D reconstructions
- Spiral (Helical ) scanning is an extremely fast scanning with less patient time on the scanner table
- Bone and /or soft tissue images
- Multiple cross sections
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) / Computerized Tomography (CT)
An integrated system for a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner with a multi-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner and is capable of 2D and 3D imaging. It has a larger bore that can accommodate all patient studies or sizes. This state-of-the-art PET/CT system provides physicians with more imaging sensitivity, speed, resolution, and diagnostic confidence when treating cancer patients as well as other clients. Pioneers provides the PET/CT service in partnership with Alliance Imaging.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a diagnostic tool which allows visualization of body tissues, structure, and blood flow. It uses a strong magnetic field with radio waves, not X-Rays, and transmits signals to a computer. The computer produces 2–3 cross section images giving precise information as though looking directly at the tissue.
- Bone Imaging
- Joint Imaging
- Brain Imaging
An X-ray technique that produces two different pictures of the breast, one taken from the top and one taken from the side. These can reveal changes in the breast before they are detectable by the patient or the healthcare provider, and often indicate whether a lump is cancerous or not. Mammography can also reveal other changes in the breast that might be caused by cancer, such as local scarring and distortion.
- Screening Mammography
- Diagnostic Mammography
- Needle localization Mammography
- Stereo tactic Biopsy
Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA Or DEXA)
To detect osteoporosis acutely, an enhanced from of x-ray technology is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). DEXA is a quick painless procedure for measuring bone loss. Measurement of the lower spine and hips are most often done.
Other Imaging Technologies
- Intravenous Pyelogrphy (IVP): Also called excretory urology, examines the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters and bladder.
- Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Small Bowel Series: Examines the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. The procedure may take several hours and requires the oral intake of barium solution (like a milkshake). In some cases, carbonated beverage or medication may be necessary to produce gas for an improved contrast on the X-ray.
- Barium Enema: Also called a lower gastrointestinal (GI) series is used to examine the colon. The procedure takes about an hour. A small tube is gently inserted into the rectum to allow the barium to flow into the bowel. An x-ray will be taken with the barium in the bowel. Then, the patient will be allowed to empty the bowel. Another X-ray may be taken after the bowel is empty.