Imaging services in the Inland Empire
The Diagnostic Imaging Department at Riverside Community Hospital offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services specifically designed to meet each patient's needs. Our highly skilled team of imaging specialists uses advanced imaging technology to diagnose patients throughout Riverside County, California, and it's surrounding communities. Medical imaging allows our doctors to visualize structures and processes within the body, so we can identify all types of conditions, from broken bones to artery blockages.
If you need to schedule a diagnostic imaging appointment, you can call us at (855) 445-2205.
Riverside Community Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiology for our computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine and ultrasound services.
Advancements in imaging technology
Once known as an "X-ray Department," the field of medical imaging now encompasses a wide range of imaging services. With modern imaging technology, our physicians can gain a clear picture of the body's internal structures. In some cases, image-guided technology can even prevent the need for certain surgeries.
Our imaging services
We provide a variety of imaging services on an inpatient and outpatient basis, including:
- Computed tomography (CT)—CT scans involve combining a series of X-rays to create a 3D image of an area of the body. These scans allow physicians to see inside the brain and blood vessels to detect signs of an injury or disease.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—MRI scans use magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of tissue and internal organs. This imaging exam helps physicians diagnose and plan treatment for diseases and injuries. It can help us diagnose conditions such as spinal cord injuries, heart disease and blood vessel damage.
- Nuclear medicine—This imaging technique involves a gamma camera (device that detects gamma radiation) and tiny amounts of radioactive tracer material to produce images of the body. This imaging modality allows physicians to detect, monitor and treat diseases, including many types of cancer.
- Ultrasound—This imaging method uses sound waves to produce images of the body called sonograms. Ultrasounds allow us to view and monitor internal structures of the body without any radiation. That's why this imaging method is ideal when monitoring the development of a fetus during pregnancy.
- X-ray—X-ray imaging involves a small amount of radiation to produce a picture of an area inside the body. This common imaging method allows us to detect infections and orthopedic conditions, such as broken bones and dislocated joints.
- Fluoroscopy—This imaging method uses X-ray technology to create footage of internal structures of the body in motion. That's why this imaging technique is sometimes referred to as an X-ray movie or a moving X-ray. This type of imaging helps physicians look at the heart vessels, bowel, bones, joints and muscles in more detail.
Diagnostic testing is key to quickly and accurately identifying heart conditions. We offer the following heart-specific imaging procedures to help detect heart disease in its earliest stages:
- Magnetic resonance angiography
Our neurology programs use a variety of imaging procedures to diagnose complex conditions affecting the brain, spine and nerves. Neuroimaging procedures we perform include:
- Carotid duplex ultrasound
- Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)
- Extracranial ultrasonography
- Transcranial doppler
- Transesophageal echocardiography
- Transthoracic echocardiography
We offer imaging services for women's health needs. The Breast Imaging Center at Riverside Community Hospital offers mammograms, screenings and ultrasounds and computer aided detection (CAD).