When you enter the doors at Sonora Regional Imaging Center, you'll notice a warm and friendly atmosphere designed to offer you comfort, security and a sense of calm. We believe diagnostic imaging should not be a cold, sterile, assembly line process. Instead we have gone to great lengths to make the testing a positive, stress-free experience. Some exams that require a physician immediately present may still be performed at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Regardless of which location your diagnostic screening is performed at, your exam will be conducted with state-of-the-art technology by well-trained staff. Whether you're having an MRI, CT scan, digital mammography, X-ray or ultrasound screening, diagnostic imaging plays an important role in your doctor's ability to diagnose disease earlier, design more effective treatment plans and achieve improved outcomes. When you choose Sonora Regional Medical Center's Diagnostic Imaging, you choose the very best in imaging services. Our staff takes pride in its experience, capabilities and technology. We specialize in brain, orthopedic, cardiac, spine and cancer imaging.. Our services include: Computed Tomography (CT) Sonora Regional Medical Center's Imaging Center has a 64-slice CT,which allows your doctor to see a more detailed 3D image of the inside of your body. This allows him or her to see much more detail to aid in diagnosis. The results of CT enable your doctor to diagnose certain diseases earlier and more precisely. Digital Mammography MAMMOMAT NovationDR has a large detector,which means,in most cases,only one exposure is necessary for a complete breast image. Its unique compression plate means less painful exams because only the pressure necessary for optimal image quality is applied. Plus,our technology provides women with the advantage of reducing radiation exposure by 20-30 percent compared to conventional analog systems. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Our Imaging Center's Open Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment can tackle the toughest studies and the most complex pathologies. An MRI scan is an image of body tissues that is created with a huge magnet and radio waves. No x-ray or other high-energy radiation is involved. With these high-quality images,your doctor's diagnosis will be more accurate and dependable,and his or her ability to treat you will be even better. Nuclear Medicine Radiologists at Sonora Regional Medical Center are able to detect heart disease,cancer,infection and other disorders by evaluating organ function with nuclear medicine exams. Images are developed based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance given to the patient. Scans may take as little as a half-hour to complete however some can take an hour or more. Positron Emission Tomography (PET)/CT Scans Physicians at Sonora Regional Medical Center are now able to detect cancer in a more precise way with a state-of-the-art mobile PET/CT scanner. PET scans focus more on how structures behave than on how they look. Cancerous tissue,which shows up on PET scans as bright areas,consumes sugar at a very high rate. PET scans can distinguish between dead scar tissue and active cancer,and detect cancers at an earlier stage when they are smaller. Ultrasound Ultrasound is used for everything from taking a first peek at a developing baby in the womb to determining the risk of vascular disease. By emitting high-frequency sound waves into the body,physicians can translate the echoes that bounce off body tissues and organs into visual images that provide valuable medical information. Vascular disease,stroke and abnormalities in the abdomen or reproductive system all exhibit telltale signs that ultrasound can help to detect. X-ray X-ray imaging provides a rapid method of evaluating the body,especially the joints,bones and chest cavity. X-ray is particularly helpful for diagnosing common bone injuries and diseases,such as fractures,bone infections and arthritis,as well as common conditions of the lungs and chest,such as infection,emphysema and fluid accumulation.