A CT (computed tomography) scan, is an assessment that uses advanced X-ray technology to take 360-degree images of the internal organs, head, neck, spine and/or other extremities. During this procedure, many pictures are taken at one time to attain different angles of the target area, which are then processed by a computer to create a cross-sectional view. Our providers of Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado are patient-focused caregivers who will take their time to walk you through the entire process from start to finish with great attention and compassion.


    Imaging at Valley View also performs CT scans for children. Our radiology team is a compassionate and patient group of professionals who will do their best to ensure you and your child are as comfortable as possible.  During your visit, our registered technologists will take their time to walk your child through their imaging exam with great care to help keep them calm and relaxed. The team commits to Image Gently by using ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) to keep the dose at the right range for the right height and weight of the child to protect them from receiving unnecessary dose.


    Generally, a CT scan is used when your primary care provider needs to get a better understanding of what is causing you pain or contributing to your current health condition. This scan provides a detailed internal look of your body, which is superior to traditional X-rays. Once your scan is complete, your doctor can gain a better insight into what is going on and determine a diagnosis and treatment plan.


    We recommend that patients wear loose-fitting clothing to their exam. A hospital gown will be provided, if necessary. All jewelry, including watches, should be left at home as metal objects can interfere with the CT/CAT imaging. Hearing aids and dental fixtures may need to be removed as well, if possible, and you may be required to fast from food and/or water for a short period before your exam.


    At the start of your scan, our registered technologists may inject a dye and/or have you drink an oral contrast is used to differentiate tissues and organs. From there, you will be positioned comfortably in a horizontal position on the procedure table for the scan. You will need to lie very still, and we may also ask you to hold your breath for a short period to get the most accurate pictures possible. You can expect the table to move with every image it takes, and you may hear a noise that sounds similar to a machine moving in a circular motion (like the sound a drill makes) or a high-pitched beep.


    Although your body will be exposed to a small amount of radiation, CT scans are very safe and extremely accurate. It’s important to let your provider know if you are currently on any medication, have any known allergies (especially to iodine), and if you are pregnant. Rare adverse reactions may include hives, hitching, or an allergic response to the contrast and/or medical dye used during your exam. A great benefit of a CT scan is that it can catch various diseases (i.e., malignant cancers or tumors, malformations of the heart, bowel diseases, cystic fibrosis, and severe injuries) in their early stages, which can prevent a more serious condition from developing.


    Our Valley View providers work diligently to provide quality care every step of the way and look forward to helping you get the answers you need to attain optimal health. When patients visit Valley View, they are treated like family and are provided the undivided attention they deserve. Call Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to schedule your CT scan today. We offer flexible scheduling hours and will do our best to get you in as soon as possible.


    An MRI (or MR) is a specialized diagnostic test that utilizes advanced digital systems to take pictures of internal organs and structures of the body. This scan combines powerful magnetic fields, radio waves, and computerized technology to create cross-sectional images of specific areas on the body, like the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. An MRI is unique because unlike a traditional X-ray, it is able to capture images of the soft tissues (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone marrow). Call Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to schedule your MRI and to learn more from our elite team.


    Imaging at Valley View also offers MRI scans for children. The comfort of you and your child is extremely important to us. We will instruct your son or daughter with the utmost care and make our best effort to keep them relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire process. Our team has been doing this for years, and you can rest assured that your child is in very good hands.


    An MRI is used to help capture images of the soft tissues so your doctor can fully visualize specific areas of concern to determine what is going on and how you can move toward treatment. MRIs are especially ideal for diagnosing problems in the brain or spinal cord, diseases in the eyes or ears, injuries of the shoulders, neck, or back, and issues with your joints or tendons. This scan can also capture the size and location of tumors.


    Patients should wear loose-fitting clothing with no metal fasteners to their exam. If necessary, a hospital gown will be provided depending on the area being examined. Jewelry, watches, and metal hairpins should also be left at home. Fasting instructions will vary per patient, depending on the location of the exam area and if any dyes are needed for your MRI/MR. Instructions on drinking and eating will be provided by our office prior to your test so you know what to expect.


    Our technologists will have you lie down comfortably on a cushioned bed and may inject a contrast medium, like gadolinium, to highlight certain soft tissues of the focused area. This process helps differentiate between healthy and unhealthy tissue. The bed will then be slowly guided into a donut-shaped machine. Our registered technologists will be in constant contact with you throughout your exam to guide you through what you should expect. If you get anxious in small spaces speak with your primary care provider about medications before the scan.


    An MRI does not expose you to any radiation, which makes it one of the safest scans we perform. On rare occasions, it’s possible to have a mild allergic reaction to the contrast solution that is administered for your exam. Symptoms may include metal taste, itching, hives, or in extremely rare cases, anaphylaxis. An MRI is a state-of-the-art diagnostic tool that can catch various health concerns and diseases in the soft tissues that can’t be seen on a typical X-ray.


    Imaging at Valley View is excited to offer modern medical care to the regional community. We also work diligently to provide convenient appointments for you and your family so you can get the prompt care you need. Call our radiology team at Valley View to schedule your exam. Countless patients choose Valley View because of our unparalleled customer care and we are honored at every opportunity we get to serve local men and women.


    A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that is used to observe how your organs and tissues are functioning. By evaluating changes in the body at a cellular level, we can detect a wide variety of cancers and brain disorders. It uses a radioactive drug (also known as a tracer or radiotracer), a specialized camera, and a powerful computer to capture this activity. Our esteemed team of radiologists of Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado is pleased to offer PET scans to patients who are searching for answers to their health-related issues.


    A PET scan is used to detect cancer or abnormal tissue and determine if cancer has spread. It is also used to evaluate brain abnormalities, such as memory loss and seizures. Lastly, it can be helpful in determining the effectiveness of treatment or medication.


    Patients are encouraged to wear loose-fitting clothing and to leave all metal jewelry and/or accessories at home. A hospital gown will be provided, if necessary for your exam. Typically, most patients will be asked to not eat or drink for several hours prior to their exam. It’s also important to let our office know if you are pregnant, a diabetic, or on any medications.


    At the start of your procedure, one of our highly trained technicians will inject you with a radiotracer and once the solution has properly distributed throughout your body after about 60 – 90 minutes, we will prepare you for the imaging portion of your exam. You will lie down on a treatment table that will slowly slide you into the PET machine. This process will typically take about 45 minutes to complete as one of our radiologists views the images and measurements of your internal organs and tissues to detect any signs of cancer.


    There is little to no risk of undergoing a PET scan. This test is an effective tool in evaluating any changes or abnormalities in the function of your body, which enables us to catch diseases (cancers) and health concerns so you can get the treatment you need.


    If you suspect any health concerns and think a PET scan may provide the answers you’ve been looking for or have been referred to our office by your primary care provider, don’t hesitate to call Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado today to schedule your exam. A PET scan can help save your life, and our fellowship-trained radiologists at Valley View are here to serve you.


    X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that is used to capture images of the bones, lungs, heart, chest wall, and GI tract. Our skilled radiologists of Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado serves patients of all ages and offers convenient hours for individuals in need of radiology care. Our state-of-the-art facility is set apart as it features the latest imaging technology and certified health care professionals who have years of extensive experience. We are committed to serving you with high-quality care.


    When performing X-rays on children, we take extra precaution and care to ensure your child is as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We will move patiently and walk your son or daughter through each step with clear direction and compassion. Many of the kids that visit our facility are usually so proud that they got an X-ray and are excited to tell their friends all about it. The team uses ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) when considering the amount of radiation to use, while not compromising the diagnostic quality of the image.


    X-rays are frequently used to assess injuries or trauma to the bones but can also be used to detect foreign objects in the body and diagnose pneumonia. X-rays are a valuable tool in assessing cancer, abdominal pain, blocked arteries, and other abnormalities. Essentially, a doctor will order X-rays to diagnose and evaluate a wide range of illnesses or wounds.


    Patients will be welcomed into a private changing room so they can remove any articles of clothing or jewelry (if necessary) to change into a hospital gown for their assessment. The location of the target area will determine the position of the patient and the machine. For example, if the ribs are being X-rayed, a patient will lie down on a treatment table as the X-ray machine is properly centered by the technologist to capture images. In some cases, an iodine-based contrast is used to help improve the visibility of certain organs or tissues. As the electromagnetic film passes through the body, the images are generated onto film, which results in a black, white, and gray picture.


    The amount of radiation that your body is exposed to during an X-ray exam is very minimal and should not be of any cause for concern. If you are pregnant, please let your primary care provider and our team know so we can take extra precaution during your exam. Digital X-rays offer immediate results, which are crucial in the diagnostic process.


    Do not hesitate to call Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to schedule your X-ray exam. Our highly trained team of radiologists can serve you quickly to provide prompt results to help determine the cause of your concern. Our radiology team in Glenwood Springs looks forward to serving you and your family.


    An ultrasound is a state-of-the-art imaging test that generates pictures of various body parts. It utilizes sound waves, a medical gel, a specialized device, and advanced computer technology to generate a live image of internal structures. An ultrasound can be used to identify and diagnose unexplained symptoms, such as pain, swelling, or infection of the breasts, abdomen, pelvis, and various organs. Our certified team of radiologists of Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado are highly trained and experienced in performing ultrasounds on adults and children. Call our office today to schedule your ultrasound.


    When we perform ultrasounds on children, our radiology team takes extra precautions to ensure your child is as calm and comfortable as possible. Our compassionate registered technologists will walk your child through all the necessary steps slowly and gently so they understand what is expected of them. We will do our best to ensure your child has a great experience.


    An ultrasound is used to evaluate and diagnose a wide variety of ailments, abnormalities, and to track the progress and anatomy of a growing baby. It is an ideal medical tool for observing pain, swelling, and infection of different areas of the body. It is also used to examine internal organs, such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, ovaries, uterus, and thyroid.


    Patients will be asked to wear loose-fitting clothing to their exam and will need to remove any metal jewelry or dental appliances prior to their scan. A hospital gown will be provided, if necessary. Food and beverage intake will vary, depending on which area is being examined. For example, if your kidneys are being scanned, you may need to drink around 32oz of water and hold your bladder so we can get a better image. In other cases, you will be asked to fast for a short period of time. Specific preparation instructions will be provided by our office prior to your test so you know what to expect.


    Our qualified team of registered technologists will guide you through the whole exam process as the instructions will vary, depending on the specific location that is being observed. Generally, we’ll have you remove any articles of clothing that may obstruct the reading on the ultrasound, then have you sit or lie comfortably as we apply the medical gel to the target area. From here, a specialized handheld device is glided along the designated site to reveal an image of your internal structures.


    An ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation, which makes it one of the safest imaging exams we offer. It is a relatively simple test that is quick and easy to perform and is generally comfortable. This exam uses high-frequency sound waves to generate images in real time.


    Our team at Imaging at Valley View works diligently to ensure all our patients have a pleasant experience and really take their time to guide patients through their exams with great care and compassion. Call Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to learn more or to schedule your ultrasound to attain the answers you deserve. We provide flexible scheduling hours and will work with you to get you in at your earliest convenience.


    Breast imaging is a diagnostic exam of the breasts that uses modern imaging technology to distinguish between healthy and abnormal tissue. There are several different types of breast exams, including mammography, ultrasound, biopsy, and MRI. The most common breast exam performed at Imaging at Valley View is 3D mammography, which uses low-dose X-rays to observe the breast tissue. A mammography scan is a valuable tool in detecting breast cancer in its early stages. Our uniquely trained team of radiologists of Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado are committed to providing each of our patients with exceptional service. This is why so many patients choose our practice as it is well-known for outstanding patient care.


    lmaging at Valley View offers the following breast imaging exams:
    – 3D digital mammography: This is an advanced imaging test that uses state-of-the-art technology to convert X-rays into pictures of the breasts. These images are then transferred to a computer for review by one of our certified radiologists. This process also allows for long-term image storage.
    – Stereotactic breast biopsy: This test uses breast imaging that utilizes low-dose X-rays to locate abnormalities so a small tissue sample can be extracted and examined under a microscope. This method is less invasive than a traditional biopsy, which means there is little to no recovery or scarring.
    – Breast ultrasound: This scan uses sound waves to capture images of the internal structures and tissue of the breasts. This is usually performed to further examine abnormalities or a lump that was discovered during a physical breast exam.
    – Breast MRI: This test uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce images of the breasts. It’s typically conducted as a secondary tool to a mammography or ultrasound.
    Valley View is the only facility in Glenwood Springs to offer The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam.
    Genius exams deliver a series of detailed breast images, allowing your doctor to better evaluate your breasts layer by layer, and over 200 clinical studies support the benefits of this technology. Studies show that the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam has greater accuracy than 2D mammography for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. And it’s the only mammogram FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts.
    We do not require a doctor’s referral to make an appointment for mammography.


    Breast imaging is used to examine the breasts to catch any signs of abnormality, such as breast cancer or a tumor. Typically, we recommend patients over the age of 40 to receive a mammogram screening at least once a year. Regular breast imaging can help detect a malignant or benign tumor, cysts, and observe a suspicious mass or microcalcifications.


    Any specific preparation instructions will be provided by our office before you come in for your exam. Typically, we recommend that you schedule your exam one week following your menses (if applicable) because the breasts tend to be less tender during this time.


    The imaging exam will differ, depending on the type of scan you are receiving, but during a mammogram, our registered technologists will guide you to our private procedure room and have you stand in front of the imaging machine. Your breast tissue will then be positioned over the systems receptor and compressed for a few seconds to capture a clear image. You will be able to communicate with our radiologists throughout the entire duration of your scan. Once the exam is complete, you will be free to return to your normal activities.


    The benefits and risks will vary, depending on the type of imaging you and your doctor think is best for your condition. All of our radiologists are fellowship-trained and highly experienced in performing breast imaging scans. Whether you are receiving a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, or stereotactic breast biopsy, our registered technologists will review all the potential risks with you prior to performing your exam. In many cases, the benefit of catching an aggressive and possibly fatal disease far outweighs the minor risks of an exam.


    The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about mammography and breast imaging:
    – What’s the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?
    A screening exam is done on a woman without any breast complaints; a diagnostic exam is done when the woman or her caregiver report a new finding.
    – When should I start getting regular mammograms?
    Most organizations recommend yearly screening mammograms for all average-risk women beginning at age 40.
    – When should I stop getting mammograms?
    With women living longer, there is no specific recommended age to stop getting mammograms. If you are in reasonably good health, you should continue getting yearly mammograms.
    – If no one in my family has breast cancer, why do I need to get mammograms?
    Up to 85 percent of breast cancers are random and occur in women with no family history of or specific risk factor for breast cancer.
    – How often is breast cancer genetic?
    Less than 15 percent of breast cancers have known genetic links and only about five percent have a detectable gene mutation, such as the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations.


    Imaging at Valley View employs a talented and caring team of radiologists who are genuinely concerned about the comfort and overall well-being of our patients. Our imaging team also partners with the exceptional medical professionals and doctors at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to make sure the imaging results are received promptly and smoothly so that patients can move forward with the necessary treatment.


    Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado offers a select list of imaging tests that are specific to the needs and health concerns of women. Our fellowship-trained radiologists are well-versed in performing technologically advanced scans that produce clear images of the internal structures of a woman’s body. We also take extra care and precautions with women who are in need of imaging care during pregnancy. If your healthcare professional referred you to our office, please do not hesitate to call Imaging at Valley View to schedule your imaging exam as soon as possible. We are here to serve you.


    Our registered technologists perform a wide variety of imaging tests at Valley View, including:
    – DEXA (Dual energy X-ray absorption helps to identify osteoporosis and osteopenia)
    – Obstetric ultrasound (imaging test of an embryo or fetus)
    – Pelvic ultrasound


    Women’s imaging tests are used to examine anatomical structures, like the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix, or to monitor the growth of an unborn baby. An imaging assessment can analyze malignant masses or lesions, uterine fibroids, endometrial adhesions, infections, blockage of the fallopian tubes, polyps, congenital defects, unexplained vaginal bleeding, the position of a fetus, and much more.


    Since each imaging test is different, there will be varying instructions and requirements for every exam. In many cases, a patient will need to wear a hospital gown and remove all jewelry for their assessment. You may also be required to drink a contrast or take a laxative or enema to gain a better picture of your internal structures. Our technologists will provide detailed instructions and guide you through the entire exam process.


    All of these exams present their own risks and benefits, but if an imaging test is ordered by your doctor, then it’s because they believe the gain of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the concerns associated with the exam. Some women may face the unique circumstance of having to undergo a CT scan while they are pregnant because their illness or condition may be harmful to not only themselves but their unborn child. Imaging at Valley View utilizes strict protocols and safety measures to optimize your health and comfort.


    Imaging at Valley View takes great pride in offering modern care to our local community, and our certified team of radiologists works tirelessly to provide the best patient experience possible. If you need to schedule an imaging exam, call Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado today. We offer flexible scheduling hours and will do our best to get you in as soon as possible. Our highly trained team looks forward to helping you.


    Men’s imaging is the assessment of the prostate or scrotum via advanced imaging techniques. Our fellowship-trained radiologists of Imaging at Valley View have been assisting Glenwood Springs, Colorado patients for many years. By utilizing state-of-the-art technology, we are able to observe and diagnose a wide variety of health concerns quickly and efficiently. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need to move forward on the road toward recovery and optimal wellness. This is why countless patients travel to our facility every year and you can rest assured that when you visit our office that you are in excellent and caring hands.


    Imaging at Valley View offers the following scans for male patients:
    – MRI for prostate
    – We also use Pylarify® for prostate imaging


    An imaging exam may be ordered by your doctor to analyze pain, swelling, or infertility. In some cases, we may also utilize Pylarify, which is an FDA-approved diagnostic imaging agent that helps detect prostate cancer. A male-specific imaging scan will assess the health and abnormalities of the scrotum and/or prostate.


    There will be different preparation instructions for each test, which will be provided by our office before you come in for your exam. We also recommend that you leave behind all metal jewelry or watches at home as metal can interfere with your MRI exam. A hospital gown will also be provided at the time of your visit.


    An MRI of the prostate is a noninvasive procedure that captures images of the prostate gland and does not use ionizing radiation. During the procedure, you will be properly positioned so the MRI machine can generate images of the designated area. Typically, this process takes about 45 minutes to complete.


    Don’t put off scheduling your exam any longer as the benefits greatly exceed the minimal risks involved. Call Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to set your appointment today. Our team of gifted radiologists at Valley View can provide you with the care you need to put your mind at ease so you can gain a clean bill of health.


    Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that utilizes radioactive material (also known as radiopharmaceuticals) to detect, diagnose, and treat a wide variety of diseases or disorders. A radiopharmaceutical is a type of drug that is drawn to specific bones, organs, or soft tissues. When this material is used for an imaging exam, it’s detected by certain types of cameras or radiology tests to capture pictures of internal structures to provide data on how the organs, tissues, or certain body systems are functioning. Imaging at Valley View features a highly accomplished and dedicated team who are committed to providing patient-focused care. Call our office in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to learn more.


    Nuclear medicine is a diagnostic tool that is used to analyze the function of the bones, organs, and biological systems of the body. It can also determine the severity of certain diseases and is used as a form of treatment or therapy. It can be helpful with the following health conditions:
    – Cancers
    – Heart disease
    – Infections
    – Gastrointestinal disorders
    – Endocrine disorders
    – Neurological disorders
    – Other abnormalities within the body


    Before you come in for your exam, our office will provide specific instructions to help you prepare for your test. Depending on the area being examined, instructions will vary. In some cases, we may have you fast for several hours prior to your test or even drink a certain amount of water to gain a better image.


    Depending on the area that is being examined, the type and dose of the radiotracer will vary. The tracer will either be injected, swallowed, or inhaled as a gas. The tracer will emit radiation, which is captured by our specialized camera equipment to create pictures for the analysis of specific functions. The length of the exam will vary for each patient.


    Even though you will be exposed to radiation, it is a very low dose, which is actually similar to the amount of radiation that you would be exposed to during a traditional X-ray exam. Nuclear medicine provides a detailed view of the internal body structures and data on biological functions to detect disease and various health concerns that can save your life. Therefore, if this mode of imaging is ordered by your provider, then it’s because they believe it’s the best form of treatment that may help yield optimal results for your health.


    Imaging at Valley View is proud to offer modern imaging techniques and medicine to the men and women of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Nuclear medicine has been used for years and is an effective method in the diagnosis and treatment of a long list of diseases and disorders. If you are searching for a reputable imaging center, then call Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to schedule your nuclear medicine exam as soon as possible.


    Our accomplished team of radiologists of Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado is pleased to offer various screenings and wellness exams for men and women. A screening or wellness test utilizes various imaging scans, like CTs and/or MRIs, to attain helpful data to determine the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases. The overall goal is to gain a better understanding of your current health and whether treatment is necessary. We also invite you to view our CT and MRI page to learn more.


    lmaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado offers the following:
    – Bone Density Scan (DEXA)
    – Body Composition Scan
    – Cardiac screenings


    A wellness screening is often performed to evaluate the current state of your health and/or severity of your condition. For example, with a bone density scan (DEXA), we are able to capture images of your bones to determine how strong they are, the results of a fracture or injury, and the amount of bone loss that has occurred over time. This helps us to create a detailed report for your primary care provider so you can move forward with treatment or therapy.


    The screening will vary for each patient, depending on the scan that is ordered by your doctor and your unique condition. In some cases, your primary care provider may also order lab and genetic testing to better understand your case. At our facility, we offer CTs and MRIs to attain images, which are noninvasive tests that are quick and offer immediate results. Our registered technologists will guide you through your screening process and ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.


    There are minimal risks with a CT and MRI scan. Although you will be exposed to a small amount of radiation during a CT, an MRI does not use ionizing radiation. If a health screening is ordered by your doctor, then it’s because they think the benefits of gaining a clearer diagnosis with an imaging exam is worth significantly more than the low adverse reactions of being exposed to slight amounts of radiation.


    Our team at Imaging at Valley View works diligently to provide personalized and compassionate service to every patient. If you need to schedule a health screening, call our office in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. We pride ourselves on giving our patients the attention and trusted care they deserve.