At Carson Valley Medical Center, we perform a variety of diagnostic imaging procedures using advanced technology.
The CVMC medical imaging department is open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (limited Saturday services -- CT, MRI or X-Ray), though radiologists and technicians are available 24-hours a day to serve our hospital and emergency patients.
Many tests are performed at CVMC that may not be listed below. If you need information about any imaging procedure, please contact our medical imaging department at 782-1533 or consult with your physician.
Mobile Imaging Technology
In March 2018, technicians in the CVMC medical imaging department began training on a newly-arrived portable X-ray machine which allows for bedside imaging and diagnostics throughout CVMC’s emergency room, acute care hospital and ICU.
The motorized machine can be driven from room to room, to perform X-Rays on multiple patients within a small matter of time.
“For us, it is a state of the art upgrade to our critical services,” CVMC Medical Imaging Manager Michael Jones said. “It is the newest system of its kind in the greater Carson Valley area, and that includes Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Reno.”
The immediate benefit to CVMC patients is added time and convenience.
“It affords patients and our physicians immediate access to diagnostic tools that can be used bedside,” Jones said. “Now, our physicians will be able to diagnose bedside before the X-ray technician even leaves the room. This is especially important in our emergency department due to the immediacy of it. When seconds matter the most, this new technology affords our patients and physicians those extra minutes.”
The machine will be used in critical and emergency care situations, as well as alleviating the need to physically move a patient when faced with a possible dislocation or fracture.
It can also be used to assist in the placement of an internal venous line.
The acquisition of the new technology came as a result of a combined effort between the CVMC board of directors and administration team.
Along with the addition of the X-ray machine, one of the medical imaging departments imaging suites was outfitted with digital radiology (DR) capabilities.
This will allow X-ray images to be instantly recorded in digital format as compared with the previous computer radiology process which required each X-ray image taken in the department to be converted manually to a digital file -- a process that often took 10-15 minutes per image previously.
Click the imaging procedure below to learn more about the exam and how to prepare for it.