Medical Imaging

We offer an extensive range of diagnostic
and therapeutic services using
state-of-the-art imaging equipment.

The high-tech marvels of today’s medical imaging provide detailed information to target your cancer as never before. Performing more than 50,000 imaging procedures each year, Bay Area Hospital is the premier imaging site in southwestern Oregon.

Our highly trained, friendly staff of imaging professionals provides exceptional care for our patients. A team of board-certified radiologists from Bay Area Radiology PC is stationed on-site to interpret your test results and provide expert support to your physician.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality of diagnostic imaging, serving every patient with professionalism, compassion, and integrity.

Computed tomography

Since its invention in 1972, CT has become a mainstay of diagnostic imaging. Modern CT equipment produces complex images in seconds rather than minutes or hours, providing quicker and more in-depth information than other modalities or ordinary X-rays.

Digital mammography

A digital mammogram is a low-radiation procedure, providing state-of-the-art diagnostic images. Because the technology is digital – like a digital camera – there’s no film to develop. Your images will be available for immediate review by our highly qualified radiologists.

Caring for you is the core of what we do, and your welfare is our top priority. Our skilled, compassionate staff uses the most up-to-date equipment to make your mammogram as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides a remarkable window to the body’s internal structures. It has become an invaluable diagnostic tool, replacing many invasive surgical procedures.

Unlike other techniques, MRI does not use radiation. It combines a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to generate highly detailed images of soft tissue structures near and around bones, blood vessels, organs and the brain.

Our top-of-the-line Magnetom Skyra MRI system features a superior magnetic field strength and a roomy configuration for patient comfort.

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine can help diagnose a wide range of diseases and disorders, by using a gamma camera to produce images of the body. A technique known as Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography rotates the camera around the patient to create a three-dimensional image.

The gamma camera is basically a giant Geiger counter. The patient is given an injection of a substance that gives off mild radiation from inside the body. The camera records varying radiation levels, and a computer generates images of the patient’s body.

This technique can be adapted for a wide variety of tests and studies to examine the body and detect disease.

PET-CT

Combining the images of a positron emission tomography (PET) scan and a computed tomography (CT) scan, a PET-CT scan is a powerful diagnostic tool. It can pinpoint a tumor’s location, determine whether the cancer has spread, and measure how active the cancer is.

The CT scan provides detailed anatomical pictures of tissues and organs inside the body, while the PET scan reveals abnormally functioning tissues that can indicate cancer.

Ultrasound

Diagnostic ultrasound, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of what’s inside your body. It has many uses, including assessing fetuses, evaluating blood flow, studying the heart, and evaluating a breast lump. It can be used on most soft-tissue organs, excluding bowels and lungs.

Ultrasound waves travel freely through fluid and soft tissues, but they bounce back when they hit denser objects. The echoes vary in strength, depending on what kind of tissue the sound waves encounter. Functioning like the sonar that guides submarines through water and bats in flight, ultrasound collects these echoes to make pictures of your body’s inner structure.

X-Ray

X-rays have been in use for more than a century, but modern X-ray technology has grown steadily more complex and sophisticated. Despite development of new technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound, X-ray images remain a vital tool for diagnosing diseases and injuries.

Technology and professionalism

Bay Area Hospital is equipped with a full range of up-to-date imaging devices. Our radiologists are board-certified, with specialized training to ensure accurate interpretation of your images. We employ technologists with college degrees, specialized training, and national credentials.

Our outstanding facilities and our team’s proven expertise assure you safe and accurate imaging. We deliver the highest levels of service and confidence, with the convenience and comfort of being cared for close to home.

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