At MultiCare Valley Hospital, diagnostic imaging is used to create pictures of the body's organs and its internal structures. These images are used to examine and diagnose medical conditions. We know that some patients feel anxious about undergoing imaging procedures. For that reason, we strive to be efficient and comprehensive while making you as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about your imaging test, our staff will be happy to speak with you.
Angiography: Also known as arteriography, this procedure is used to X-ray blood vessels. Coronary angiography is a test that explores the coronary arteries. A fine tube (catheter) is inserted into a blood vessel and maneuvered into a coronary artery. Once the tube has reached the heart, dye is injected. The heart and blood vessels are then filmed while the heart pumps. The picture, called an angiogram or arteriogram, can show problems such as blockages caused by heart disease.
Chest X-ray: This is a test that takes a picture of your heart and lungs. Usually two X-rays are taken — one from the front and one from the side. Chest X-rays are useful for diagnosing a variety of heart and lung conditions.
Computed Tomography (CT Scan): Also known as computerized axial tomography (CAT scan), this procedure uses X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional or three-dimensional images of the body. It can assist in the diagnosis of cancer, stroke or brain injury.
Echocardiogram: This test uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart. The picture is more detailed than an X-ray. An echocardiogram can be used to diagnosis a number of heart conditions, such as valve disorders, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure and heart attack.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scan: This type of imaging uses a magnetic field and radio waves to detect subtle changes in the water content of tissues in the body. MRIs are helpful in diagnosing cancer and congenital heart defects, identifying damage from a heart attack or stroke and evaluating blood vessel problems. Be sure to let your doctor and MRI technician know if you have any metal implants or fragments in your body — an MRI may not be advisable. Tooth fillings are okay, but pacers, shrapnel and intrauterine devices (IUDs) are not. Please ask if you have questions.
Nuclear Heart Scan: These scans (also called radionuclide imaging or radionuclide ventriculography) use 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 to diagnosis heart disease, valve disorders or heart failure.
Nuclear Medicine Studies: These tests use extremely small, safe amounts of radioactive materials to provide important information about organs in your body. These tests are unique in that they show whether a particular organ is functioning properly.
Thallium Stress Test: Also known as a nuclear stress test, this type of imaging shows the heart muscle at work. A small amount of radioactive material is injected into a vein and a camera displays how blood flows to the heart muscle. A thallium stress test is usually done in conjunction with an exercise stress test on a treadmill or bicycle.
Ultrasonography: An ultrasound shows structures inside the body without invasive procedures. 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.
You will receive two separate bills for your imaging services:
For more information about your bill from MultiCare Valley Hospital, please call the number for Billing Customer Service listed on your statement.
For more information about your bill from Radia, please contact 800-714-5937 or visit radiax.com.
For more information about diagnostic imaging at MultiCare Valley Hospital, please contact 509-473-5483.