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Diagnostic Imaging

Advanced Imaging Services in Downtown Spokane

At MultiCare Deaconess Hospital, diagnostic imaging is used to create a graphic depiction of the structures and functions of the body’s organs and other internal systems. These images are used to examine and diagnose certain medical conditions.

Deaconess Hospital’s imaging department offers both diagnostic and interventional radiology. Our services include:

  • Angiography — A procedure to X-ray blood vessels. Coronary angiography is a test used to explore the coronary arteries. Used to show concerns such as a blockage caused by heart disease or other problems.
  • Cardiac Catheterization — A test used to explore the coronary arteries by inserting a fine tube (catheter) into an artery or vein of an arm or leg and maneuvered through the arteries of the heart. It can be used in the diagnosis of heart disease.
  • Chest X-ray — Takes a picture of your heart and lungs. Usually two views are taken: one from the front and one from the side. It can be used in the diagnosis of a variety of heart and lung conditions.
  • Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) Scan — Uses X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional or three-dimensional images of the body or head. It can assist in the diagnosis of different cancers, stroke or brain injury.
  • Echocardiograph — Uses sound waves to create a detailed picture of the heart. This test can be used in the diagnosis of a number of heart conditions including valve disorders, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure and heart attack.
  • Liver Elastography — A diagnostic ultrasound used to investigate possible disease in the liver by measuring liver stiffness; helpful in managing liver fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatitis.
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) — An imaging technique in which contrast dye is injected into a blood vessel and magnetic resonance is used to create an image of the flowing blood through the vessel. It can be used in the diagnosis of heart disorders, stroke, blood vessel disorders and to detect stenosis of the brain arteries inside the skull.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) — A type of imaging involving the use of magnetic fields to look inside the body and head to detect subtle changes in the water content of tissues. MRI can be used to help diagnose cancer, as well as to identify damage from a heart attack, diagnose certain congenital heart defects, evaluate blood vessel problems and aid in evaluating stroke damage.
  • Nuclear Heart Scan — Uses radioactive tracers (such as technetium or thallium) to outline heart chambers and major blood vessels leading to and from the heart. A nuclear heart scan shows damage to your heart muscle. It can be used in diagnosing heart disease, valve disorders or heart failure.
  • Nuclear Medicine Studies — Tests that use extremely small and safe amounts of radioactive materials to give your physicians important information about organs in your body. These tests are unique in imaging studies in that they show whether a particular organ is functioning properly.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy — Uses mammography localization and inserts a needle into the precise area of the breast where an abnormality is noted, retrieving a core of breast tissue. Diagnosis can then be made using a less invasive procedure than traditional biopsy.
  • Thallium Stress Test — A procedure in which a small amount of radioactive material is injected into a vein and a camera displays how blood flows to the heart muscle. It's usually done in conjunction with an exercise stress test on a treadmill or bicycle.
  • Ultrasound — Shows structures inside the body without any invasive procedure. It works by sending sound waves into the body, which bounce back and supply the ultrasound machine with information to create a picture of internal organs.

Billing Information

You will receive two separate bills for your imaging services. Your bills will be as follows:

  • One bill from MultiCare Deaconess Hospital for the technical charges, which include equipment and supplies.
  • One charge from Radia for the professional charges, which is for the radiologist’s professional interpretation of your images and the report sent to your provider with the findings of your imaging study.

For more information about your bill from Deaconess, please call the Billing Customer Service number listed on your statement.

For more information about your bill from Radia, please call 800-714-5937 or visit

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