Persistent headaches that can’t be explained, pain or trauma caused by a fall or accident, or abdominal pain that doesn’t go away all are reasons your physician may send you for a diagnostic imaging exam. With the remarkable ability to see under your skin and into your organs, diagnostic imaging provides answers to medical questions previously only understood through exploratory surgery.
We offer diagnostic imaging services at multiple locations throughout the Sutter Santa Rosa service area, ensuring that your exam can be performed on the full range of medical imaging equipment by a certified radiologic technologist close to home. Your images will be interpreted by a highly skilled radiologist, stored in our electronic health record system and available to you and your physician.
Depending on your condition and medical question, the exam may be performed at one of our hospital radiology departments, outpatient imaging centers, outpatient imaging centers or care centers on state-of-the-art technology, including 64-slice CT and 3T MRI. Here are some of the services we provide.
Computed Tomography (CT)
A CT scan is an X-ray-based procedure in which multiple "slices" of data are acquired of the body part being imaged as you lie on a table and are advanced into a donut-shaped machine. Sutter's imaging locations use ultra-fast, advanced multi-slice CT, enabling the delivery of the lowest possible radiation dose. Common uses of CT include the detection of tumors, infections, internal bleeding and trauma, blood vessel blockages (CT angiogram) and colon cancer (CT colonoscopy), also called a virtual colonoscopy.
An ultrasound study of the heart, the echocardiogram uses sound waves to quantify how well the heart is pumping blood and enable the diagnosis of heart disease.