Imaging & Radiology
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center provides you with diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative imaging and radiology services using the latest advanced technology.
As a diagnostic hospital, we offer a wide range of tests and screenings to determine the source of your condition in order to properly treat you. Our staff of compassionate imaging professionals will do everything in their power not just to achieve the highest degree of clinical accuracy, but to ensure you have a safe, exceptional patient experience.
Plus: many exams, including 3D mammograms, can now be scheduled at our Women’s Imaging Center, where you’ll be treated with the care and attention you deserve by a team of women’s health experts.
Learn More About the Many Imaging Services We Offer
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
Watch a demonstration of the Robotic X-Ray System
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.
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.
A 3D mammogram is an X-ray of the breast tissue taken at multiple angles to look for inconsistencies or lumps that could be signs of breast cancer. It is recommended that women get an annual mammogram beginning at the age of 45, though for some, this may be moved up to 40.
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.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images called sonograms. Although ultrasounds are most commonly associated with pregnancy, GRMC provides you with many different types of sonograms, including cardiac screenings, diagnosis of infection or cancer, and treatment of tumors and biopsies.
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.
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.
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center provides a comfortable, outpatient environment for your PET/CT scan. Your images are obtained on state-of-the-art equipment and interpreted by radiologists who are specially trained to read your scan.
PET, also known as PET Imaging or PET scan, stands for Positron Emission Tomography. 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. CT imaging uses special x-ray equipment to produce a detailed view of organs and tissues in the body. When the two scans are merged or fused together, it allows more accurate interpretation of the PET metabolic findings. The PET/CT technology is another tool to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many types of cancer, as well as other non-cancer related illnesses. For cancer diagnoses, PET/CT shows possible tumor “hot spots” on the PET scan corresponding directly to the physical mass seen on the CT scan. This helps your doctor by providing a more exact location for possible biopsies, surgeries, and treatment.
Calcium scoring is a non-invasive exam that uses a CT system to take images of your heart and arteries to determine if there is any blockage or buildup of plaque. This will help our team discover if you are at risk for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack.
This screening, also called a “stress echo,” is 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.
This screening 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.
Take control of your back pain. If you have a spinal fracture from the bones of the spinal column weakening and collapsing, GRMC is here for you. Balloon kyphoplasty inflates the collapsed vertebra and restores it back to normal. For more information, see our pamphlet.