Imaging & Radiology
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center provides you with diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative imaging and radiology services using the latest advanced technology.
The imaging center at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate care using the latest in advanced medical imaging technology. Our board-certified team of radiologists, nurses and technologists work together to make your experience comfortable and convenient—from easy scheduling to fast, accurate results.
At GRMC, we take the time to make sure you understand what to expect, during your test and after. Our advanced technology and skilled staff ensure that your results are accurate, so you need fewer follow-up visits. We communicate your results to your doctor promptly—in some cases, the same day.
Imaging and Radiology Services
GRMC uses state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic imaging technology to diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions, including a full range of women’s wellness and diagnostic services through the GRMC Women’s Imaging Center. GRMC services include:
GRMC offers 3D ultrasound services, including breast ultrasound and pelvic ultrasound to assist in diagnosing identified problems that can’t be seen using traditional x-ray equipment. This technology is used to get a clear picture of soft tissues, and can be helpful when diagnosing ovarian and uterine issues.
GRMC is proud to be among the first facilities in the nation to install the Multitom Rax Twin Robotic X-ray system. The Robotic X-ray system features a unique and open design, with twin robotic arms that move around the patient so the patient does not have to move. This capability helps reduce patient re-positioning that can cause pain and increase the risk of further injury. This system takes 3D images under the patient’s natural weight-bearing condition – whether the patient is seated, lying down, or standing. This is essential because the knees, pelvis and spinal column appear differently when the patient’s body weight is applied compared to when the patient is lying down. Other advantages of the Robotic X-Ray System include:
- Multi-modality: It combines radiography, fluoroscopy, angiography, and more
- Multi-clinical: Trauma, ortho, gastrology, urology, interventions and pain management
- Multi-patient: Pediatric, geriatric, bariatric, immobile, trauma, and everyone else
- Multi-dimensional: Static, dynamic and tomographic imaging
Bone density scanning, also called DEXA or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is today’s standard for measuring bone mineral density and is commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis.
A CT scan uses a thin beam to create a series of pictures taken at different angles called ‘slices.’ Layering CT image slices on top of one another enables our team to create a three-dimensional (3D) view of your body that can be rotated on a computer screen to look at different angles of your bones, organs and soft tissue.
This minimally-invasive procedure is performed by an interventional breast radiologist. The procedure uses digital imaging to pinpoint the exact location of the breast lesion from two different angles. This procedure is done with the utmost delicacy to minimize discomfort and precision to ensure a diagnosis.
These biopsies are needed to obtain a tissue sample for examination and is evaluated to diagnose disease or to monitor the effects of treatment.
An MRI scan creates cross-section images with the help of a magnetic field and radio waves. MRIs provide our radiologists with images of your head and body, including the brain, neck, spinal cord and soft tissue, images that typically cannot be attained with a CT or an X-ray alone.
This scan will produce images of the human body’s metabolic activity, measuring important body functions such as blood flow, oxygen use, and sugar (glucose) metabolism. This technology is another tool to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many types of cancer, as well as other non-cancer related illnesses.
Nuclear medicine scans give our physicians a detailed image of the patient’s organ function and can also help locate and diagnose infections, tumors, diseases and fractures. GRMC provides several types of nuclear medicine exams, including liver, renal, bone, cardiac and thyroid scans.
GRMC provides you with many different types of sonograms, including cardiac screenings, diagnosis of infection or cancer, and treatment of tumors and biopsies.
EKG’s, also called a “stress echo,” are used to determine how well your heart and blood vessels are working. We will have you exercise on a cardio machine while a GRMC physician monitors your blood pressure and heart rhythm. Transesophageal Echocardiograms produces images of the patient’s heart using an ultrasound. The goal is to view the function of the heart and blood vessels to ensure there are no blood clots or masses inside your heart.
At GRMC, we offer both 2D and 3D mammography. While most patients won’t notice a difference between the two, 2D mammography takes traditional images from the top, bottom, and side, while 3D mammography creates slices of images, similar to a CT scanner. While 2D mammography continues to be the standard of treatment for most women, some women may benefit from a 3D mammogram, including women with dense breasts. Because of the slices, 3D mammography can produce clearer images, which can reduce stressful callbacks for repeat screenings. Even more important, 3D mammography can increase the early detection of invasive cancer. Talk with your physician about whether a 2D or 3D mammogram is most appropriate for you.
X-rays are among the most common screenings conducted at GRMC. X-rays help physicians look at different parts of your body, including bones and internal organs. They are typically fast, painless, and require no special preparation.
Make an appointment
Whether your provider makes an appointment on your behalf or you call us to schedule your visit, we’ll work with you to ensure that the care you need is covered by your insurance provider before finalizing your appointment.
To make an appointment, call GRMC Scheduling at 830.379.2411 or contact the imaging and radiology center at 830.401.7745.