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At Longview Radiology, our clinics provide comprehensive Diagnostic Imaging services. 

 

LONGVIEW/KELSO

  • MRI (1.2 High-Field Open, seen above)
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Ultrasound
  • Diagnostic X-Ray

CENTRALIA

  • MRI (closed-bore) 
  • Ultrasound

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imagine (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a pain-free, non-invasive medical test used to produce two-dimensional and three-dimensional images by scanning the body into “slices.” The procedure uses a combination of radio frequencies and magnetic fields to create images of internal body structures and is beneficial for its ability to detect problems within the body or brain, without surgery.

Essentially mapping the distribution of hydrogen within the body, an MRI is particularly useful for imaging the brain, spine, soft tissue within joints, and the interior structure of bones, as well as detecting nervous system, joint, heart and cancer-related diseases. The entire body is visible to the technique – which does not involve radiation – and poses few known health risks.

Which MRI is right for you?

There are currently two main types of MRIs available: High Field and Open.

A High Field MRI is the more traditional of the two. For this type, the patient is placed on a bed that moves inside a tube where the body is then scanned. Our state-of-the-art High Field MRI services are delivered through a GESigna HDx 1.5 EchoSpeed 8 Channel MRI. These machines can accommodate up to a 350 pound person.

In contrast, as its name suggests, an Open MRI is done with the patient lying on a bed that is open on three sides and can accommodate up to 660 lbs of weight. This type does not require patients to be inserted into a tube, providing comfort and reduced anxiety for those fearful of confined spaces. Longview Radiology is  the only facility between Tacoma and Salem to provide services using 1.2 High Field Open MRI technology.

We offer the following MRI services:

  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Head
  • Soft Tissue Neck
  • Brain
  • Orbits
  • Maxillofacial Bones
  • Cervical Spine
  • Thoracic Spine
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Extremity
  • Joint
  • MRA Head
  • MRA Neck
  • MRA Chest
  • MRA Abdomen
  • MRA Pelvis
  • MRA Run Off
Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed tomography (CT), also known as a CAT scan, uses x-rays and computer technology to produce a series of two-dimensional images of an internal body structure, or generate a three-dimensional image of a particular part of the body. This three-dimensional image is produced by the advanced diagnostic technique available through a High-Speed Helical CT and achieved by a device that winds an x-ray around the body in a spiral path. A CT scan is pain-free and used in a variety of medical situations, including the detection of cancer, heart disease and aneurysms, providing a higher level of clarity and detail than can be achieved through an x-ray exam alone.

We offer the following CT services:

  • Head
  • Orbits
  • Maxillofacial
  • Soft Tissue Neck
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Cervical Spine
  • Thoracic Spine
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Extremities/ All Joints
  • CTA Head
  • CTA Neck
  • CTA Chest
  • CTA Abdomen
  • CTA Pelvis
  • CTA Run-Off

 

Ultrasound

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also known as medical sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves and computer technology to visualize internal organs. It is a diagnostic imaging technique that enables a radiologist to analyze the size, shape and structure of an organ and any pathologic lesions. Often used in abdominal, thyroid, obstetrical and breast imaging care, ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation.

Ultrasounds display images in thin, flat sections. These images provide a clear picture of soft tissues. Most ultrasound examinations are completed within 30 minutes to one hour.

We offer the following Ultrasound services:

  • Thyroid
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Renal
  • Appendix
  • Testicular
  • Venus Duplex Extremity

 

Diagnostic X-Ray

Diagnostic X-Ray

An x-ray examination, also known as a radiograph, is a non-invasive medical test that exposes part of the human body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of internal body structures. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging, enabling radiologists and other physicians to diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions.

X-rays are a form of radiation, like light or radio waves. As such, they can be focused into a beam similar to that of a flashlight. However, unlike a beam of light, x-rays are able to pass through most objects, including the human body. Dense tissue and bones within the body block or absorb many of the x-rays. In doing so, they produce a picture when the x-rays strike a computerized imaging plate, appearing white against the negative background. X-rays are highly effective in displaying the internal formation of any bone in the body, including the chest, abdomen, facial bones, skull, sinuses, hand, wrist, arm, elbow, shoulder, foot, ankle, leg, knee, thigh, hip, pelvis or spine.

Radiation exposure from x-ray examinations is minimal. Contemporary x-ray systems deliver a very brief and narrow beam of radiation. Exposure is reduced by limiting the size of the beam and utilizing lead shielding devices when appropriate.

X-Rays and Pregnancy

At Longview Radiologists, we take a conservative approach to x-rays during pregnancy. In general, they are considered safe. However, in light of conflicting studies and the controversy currently surrounding this issue, we advise x-rays should only be performed during pregnancy when the benefits outweigh the risks. X-ray examinations on the arms, legs or chest do not expose your reproductive organs to the direct beam. However, x-rays of the torso, such as the abdomen, stomach, pelvis, lower back and kidneys, have a greater chance of exposure to the uterus. Patients should inform the technologist if there is a possibility of pregnancy prior to examination and must complete a patient consent form.

If you have concerns regarding the amount of radiation involved in any of the tests we offer, please contact us at (360) 425-5131.

We offer the following diagnostic x-ray and radiographic services:

  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • IVP
  • Cervical Spine
  • Thoracic Spine
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Skull / Facial Bones
  • All Joints (hip, knee, etc.)
  • Feet
  • Hands
  • Fingers
  • Sinuses