Today’s advanced imaging technology makes it possible to see inside
the human body more clearly than ever before. Our sophisticated equipment
enables doctors to diagnose and treat disease faster and with greater
accuracy. Along with the confidence that comes from knowing that your
medical team is equipped with the diagnostic tools to provide better care
for you, our investment in technology means you’ll benefit from
quicker, more comfortable procedures.
Patient Centered Care
Our Imaging Department is designed to maximize your comfort. Our friendly
staff is dedicated to making your experience here as pleasant as possible.
For the convenience of our patients and their referring physicians, we provide:
- Easy and flexible scheduling, including some walk-in appointments
- Convenient complimentary valet parking
- Comfortable waiting areas
- Prompt delivery of test results
Faster, Better Communication
Your doctor has immediate access to the results of your diagnostic procedure
— and can view them on a computer screen using secure Internet access
from home, the office or the hospital. Our electronic archiving also makes
your entire hospital record available to authorized staff at the click
of a computer button. If you come back to the hospital with an emergency,
your information is instantly available to your doctors and nurses for
To schedule an appointment in our Imaging Department, please call (702) 657-5507.
Preparing for Your Imaging Procedure
If you have a scheduled appointment, please discuss the procedure and any
special instructions with your doctor before you arrive. If a test is
ordered while you are a patient at the hospital, your physician, nurse
or technician can explain the procedure and answer any questions you have.
These general guidelines will help you prepare for and stay comfortable
during your procedure:
- Wear loose-fitting clothes. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown.
- Don’t wear items containing metal. In some cases, you will be asked
to remove jewelry, watches, hairpins, eyeglasses or dentures.
- Some tests require you to go without eating or drinking for a specified
period before your procedure. Be sure to ask your doctor about this at
least 24 hours before your appointment.
- Tell your technologist if there is a chance you may be pregnant or if you
- Tell your technologist if you are allergic to iodine or shellfish.
- Some procedures require you to remain still for a period of time. Your
technologist will explain what you need to do for a successful procedure.
Advanced Imaging Technologies
North Vista Hospital uses sophisticated imaging technology to diagnose
and treat a wide variety of medical conditions.
Computer Tomography (CT) scans create images of internal organs, tissues
and bones. In just seconds, this advanced technology can make a complete
scan of your entire body — or produce detailed views of a targeted
area, such as the brain or heart. Physicians can view the individual images
(called “slices”) for specific detail. Or they can assemble
the images to create a three-dimensional view of an organ. The result
often is a faster, more precise diagnosis.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI technology relies on a combination of radio waves, computer technology
and a strong magnetic field to produce high-definition, three-dimensional
images of internal organs and structures. Physicians order MRIs to diagnose
a wide range of conditions, from cancer, heart and vascular disease and
strokes to joint and muscle disorders.
Nuclear medicine uses tiny, safe levels of radioactive liquid to help
physicians diagnose disease. The liquid is formulated so that after you
drink it or receive it through an IV, it goes to the part of the body
being studied. Then, special cameras scan the affected area. The cameras
can detect disease by registering metabolic changes made visible by the
liquid. Nuclear medicine procedures are painless and you are exposed to
no more radiation than you would receive from a traditional X-ray.
X-rays are the most traditional form of diagnostic imaging. Even with
the advent of many newer and more highly advanced technologies, X-rays
remain an important part of our Imaging Department and are commonly used
to view broken bones and other medical conditions.
Radiographic/Fluoroscopic (R&F) Unit
Radiographic/Fluoroscopic equipment is most commonly used for upper gastrointestinal
and barium studies to detect the cause of digestive problems. We also
use this technology to detect spinal cord abnormalities, fractures of
vertebrae, and certain internal organ functions.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images inside the
body that can be viewed on a monitor. It’s a safe and painless way
to view the health and development of a baby before birth. Ultrasound
can be used to view other areas of the body, including the heart, liver,
bladder, kidneys and breasts.