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Imaging Services/Radiology

The first step in addressing a medical problem—whether it’s a blocked artery, a tumor or broken bone—is to find its precise location within the body, accurately measure it, and provide a “roadmap” that guides physicians during treatment. The staff of Alvarado Hospital Medical Center’s radiology department, including physician-radiologists and radiology technologists, uses all the available state-of-the-art technology and procedures for this purpose.

As a sign of Alvarado’s ongoing commitment to serve the medical needs of our community with highly advanced acute care, the hospital has a nuclear medicine scanner with SPECT/CT capabilities. This SPECT/CT feature allows us to overlay CT images with our nuclear medicine study for even more definitive diagnoses. This works particularly well with parathyroid imaging, bone imaging and any Infection imaging. Our increased capacity means we can now perform even more cardiac and nuclear studies in half the time with better image resolution.

For further information, contact us at 619-287-3270

In addition, Alvarado Hospital has technology that offers a large field of view for vascular and interventional imaging, and provides are physicians and technicians with large-format digital flat-panel X-ray system for angiographic imaging. It provides high-resolution imaging across the full range of vascular and interventional applications.

For patients, the new vascular and interventional imaging technology means increased comfort and safety, improved speed and accuracy of scans, and enhanced performance.

Services Available

General X-ray

Includes any bone of the body from head to toes


  • Myelography
  • Upper and lower GI studies
  • Arthrography
  • Barium enemas
  • Urography
  • Cystogram
  • Esophagrams
  • Hysterosalpingograms

Computerized Tomography (CT)

  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Biopsies
  • Radio frequency ablations (liver and lung)
  • Drainage
  • Computerized Tomography Angiography (CTA)
  • Head\neck (including brain, ear, sinus, orbital, facial)
  • Spine (including cervical, thoracic and lumbar) Extremity (upper and lower)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • Extremity (upper and lower)
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Spine (including cervical, thoracic and lumbar)
  • Head/Neck (including brain, orbital, facial)
  • MR angiograms

General and Vascular Ultrasound

  • Arterial/ABI and carotid doppler exams
  • Abdomen, breast, scrotal, salivary and thyroid glands
  • Obstetrics/gynecology
  • Biopsies and aspirations
  • Drainages (abscess, paracentesis, thoracentesis)
  • Venous doppler exam, including vein mapping
  • Bypass graft assessment and dialysis grafts
  • Breast (biopsy, cyst aspirations, and wire/clip localization)

Vascular and Interventional Radiology

  • Angiography (i.e. aorta, carotid, vertebral, abdominal, pelvic, etc.)
  • Biopsies
  • Abscess drainages
  • Venous access procedures (central lines, vas cath, tunneled line, PICC lines)
  • Thrombolysis and infusion therapy
  • Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA)
  • Stent placement
  • Dialysis fistulagrams
  • Trans catheter therapy
  • Embolization
  • Trans jugular intrahepatic porto systemic shunt (TIPS)
  • Gastrointestinal tract interventions (tube placements, biliary stent and drainage)
  • Urinary tract interventions (nephrostomy, ureteral stent placement)
  • Uterine fibroid embolization

Nuclear Medicine

  • Bone imaging, including whole body, limited and 3-phase (can perform SPECT with CT overlay if indicated)
  • Cardiac Studies: including myocardial perfusion with a treadmill or adenosine stress, ejection fractions and thallium viability
  • V/Q lung scans, also lung quantification
  • Hepatobiliary studies
  • Thyroid studies, to include uptake and imaging
  • Parathyroid Imaging, to include injection before surgery
  • Renal imaging, to include 3-phase with/without lasix and/or medications
  • Liver/spleen Imaging, to include SPECT with CT overlay if indicated
  • Hepatic hemangioma study
  • GI bleeding imaging
  • Gastric emptying study
  • Brain imaging, to include vascular flow, brain death and SPECT with CT overlay if indicated
  • Cisternograms, shunt evaluation and CSF leaks
  • Sentinel node injection, to include breast or melanoma for pre-surgical node detection
  • WBC infection imaging, limited or whole body
  • Tumor localization studies, including SPECT with CT overlay if indicated
  • Therapy studies, including whole body scans and oral therapy
  • Meckel’s diverticulum study

Featured Services

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