Imaging Services or Radiology
Our staff provides warm and caring service to our customers. We have highly trained female technologists, and our Radiologist has over 16 years of experience reading mammograms.
Our facility is the first to offer the SenoClaire 3D Breast Tomosynthesis machine! The SenoClaire is a 3-dimensional imaging technology that uses a low-dose short X-ray sweep around the compressed breast with only 9 exposures. This imaging technique is designed to separate the tissues and to reduce the overlapping of structures allowing our technologists to see more clearly.
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Computerized tomography, also known as a “CAT scan,” is a medical diagnostic imaging tool that allows the visualization of internal structures within the human body. This aids physicians in diagnosing disease, viewing abnormalities and assessing the extent of trauma damage.
Our 32-slice CT scanner uses a low radiation dose to create high-resolution, digital images. A fast processing speed and simplified staff workflow allows a quick patient scan time and faster diagnosis from care providers.
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General Radiography (X-Ray)
We have a full spectrum of x-ray services, examining virtually any part of the body. We can provide images of the body’s internal structures. These images are thoroughly reviewed by our radiologists.
PICTURE ARCHIVING COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (PACS)
The latest technology for storing and sending your imaging. We provide the capability of sending your radiology exam directly to your doctor as a digital image nearly anywhere instantaneously.
At our facility we have 3D & 4D ultrasound, which provide three dimensional images of a fetus. Ultrasound can also be used to examine body organs and systems like the heart, spinal cord, or cysts. We can provide you with the first pictures of your baby.
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This imaging technique provides real time, live imaging of your internal organs as they function. Contrast media is usually used to detect abnormalities or disease.
We contract our MRI with a company called Mobile MRI of Idaho, and we are performing MRI's every Tuesday, with an additional day every other Wednesday. MRI studies are used to generate images of all sorts of body tissues that you might not be able to see on X-ray or CT Scan.
DEXA (BONE DENSITY SCANNING)
Dexa scans are most commonly used to measure bone density, and is one of the most accurate way to diagnose osteopenia and osteoporosis. We offer this service five days a week. For athletes, or for people with a variety of concerns about their fitness, our machine has the capability of determining an extremely accurate Body Mass Index (BMI), which can be tracked indefinitely.
Introducing Accuvein Technology
If you’ve ever felt like a pincushion while giving blood or getting an IV started, technology now being used at North Valley Hospital will be a welcome relief. We have now implemented the AccuVein AV400 vein visualization system in their facility. The AccuVein device has been show to improve first stick success and reduce patient pain. The system is designed to help healthcare professionals locate the best vein for venipuncture. Simply point the lightweight, portable device at the skin and click to display the peripheral veins beneath. “Our nurses love it. Everything from the ease of use, to the patients thinking it looks really cool. It’s a great tool.” said Arnese, our previous Director of Nurse Services. North Valley Hospital District is very excited to continue adding new, innovative tools for our communities benefit.
FAQ's About Accreditation
What should I know about radiation safety?
Before your imaging procedure be sure to ask your physician the following questions:
- Why is the test needed?
- How will having the test improve my care?
- Are there alternatives that do not use radiation and deliver similar results?
- Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?
- Are pediatric and adult tests delivered using the appropriate radiation doses?
Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?
When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.
To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility's personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It's important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.
What does ACR accreditation mean?
- Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
- Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
- Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
What does the gold seal mean?
When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.