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Diagnostic Imaging
GVH Diagnostic Imaging

The Radiology Department at Gunnison Valley Hospital offers state of the art, current, updated technology in equipment and has a well qualified staff with ARRT certification in Radiography, Computed Tomography, and Mammography. Our staff shares over 160 years of combined experience. We are dedicated to growing our services and are affiliated with Weber State University in providing clinical education for students pursuing the Diagnostic Imaging field.The department works under the direction of two board certified and experienced Radiologists, Dr. Bevan Bastain and Dr. Connie Vail.

The Radiology department hours are 7 am to 11 pm, Monday thru Friday. X-ray, CT, and ultrasound services are also covered on an emergent basis after hours and on the weekends. For questions relating to imaging or to schedule an exam call the Radiology Department at Gunnison Valley Hospital at 435-528-2125.

Types of imaging that we provide:
CT – Computed Tomography Scan

Gunnison Valley Hospital’s commitment to technology is exemplified by the Radiology department’s CT scanner. The Philips Ingenuity 64 slice CT scanner was recently added to the department. With low patient radiation dose, excellent, detailed, and fast imaging our scanner gives optimal patient care. The CT scanner is used in the Emergency department for abdomen and pelvic pain and injury, head trauma, stroke evaluation, blood clots in the lungs, and other emergent situations. CT is ordered clinically for headache, sinus disease, cancer evaluation, pain, questionable fractures of extremities, and other imaging as ordered by your doctor. Some CT scans require a prep that includes drinking a barium “smoothy” or a mixture with juice. These preps take 1-2 hours prior to the exam. Some CT scans also require a contrast that is injected intravenously. You may be asked to have a blood chemistry test for kidney function prior to the Injection of the contrast. An automated injector helps control contrast dosing and follows the injection with a saline flush, allowing the technologist to use less contrast in doing the study. A CT scan must be ordered by your doctor and can be scheduled through their office or by calling the Radiology department.

Radiology- X-Ray and Fluoroscopy

Gunnison Valley Hospital offers diagnostic imaging services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Taking X-rays of the chest, spine, arms, legs, abdomens for injuries and illnesses. Fluoroscopy is “X-ray in motion” and is used to visualize esophagus, stomach, and bowel concerns. Fluoroscopy is performed on Tuesdays and Thursdays by a board certified radiologist. Some fluoroscopy exams require you to fast and will require ingesting barium mixtures during the exams . Fluoroscopy is also used for joint evaluations and injecting medications into the joints. All diagnostic imaging X-rays and fluoroscopy require an order from your doctor. X-Ray is covered routinely from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. Fluoroscopy exams must be scheduled on Tuesday or Thursday.

Mammography

Gunnison Valley Hospital offers ACR accreditation in mammography . Our digital mammography unit provides excellent screening imaging and incredible diagnostic images in breast care. Our technologists are qualified, board certified and licensed in mammography. A screening mammogram is recommended annually for all women 40 and older. It is the only imaging you can order for yourself and does not require a doctor’s order. Additional imaging may be performed following a screening mammogram to further evaluate an area of suspicion. Any diagnostic imaging breast exam including lumps, pain, redness, nipple discharge, or follow up to a prior mammogram does require a physician order and must be scheduled with the Radiology department either through your doctor’s office or by calling the Radiology department. A board certified radiologist will read your exam and send a report to your doctor. Screening mammograms are done Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am to 4pm. Diagnostic exams are done with a radiologist on site on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Patients can order a screening exam on their own behalf, but diagnostic exams must be ordered by a physician. For additional questions related to mammography or to schedule a screening, please call 435-528-2125.

MRI

Gunnison Valley Hospital offers mobile MRI services provided by Perspectives Imaging. Their state of the art MRI unit images sports injuries, joints, spines, heads, and other areas as specified by your doctor that need the detailed imaging provided by MRI. The mobile unit currently is scheduled at GVH on Tuesday mornings and Saturday afternoons. A doctor’s order and preauthorization from your insurance and needed for an MRI.

Exams must be ordered by a physician and are done on a scheduled basis on Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons. For additional questions or to schedule an exam, please call 435-528-2125.

Ultrasound

Gunnison Valley Hospital offers ultrasound services by trained, RDMS certified, and experienced sonographers. We have two ultrasound machines for less wait time in scheduling an examination. We offer abdomen, pelvic, carotid, venous, small parts, early ob, routine ob, and other exams in conjunction with pregnancy. We want your pregnancy experience to be enhanced by the care you receive through GVH’s imaging services! We offer gender only ultrasound at 16 weeks for a private pay cost of $35. Also offered are 3D imaging at 28-32 weeks gestation, also private pay for $65. Ultrasound examinations require a doctor’s order (except for gender and 3D imaging).

Bone Density and Body Composition

Gunnison Valley Hospital has updated bone density technology using a DEXA scanner. The DEXA scanner is a low radiation way to test the bone density using images of the hip and spine. It takes only minutes to complete and is helpful in assessing hormone replacement therapy, and other osteoporosis treatments. Patients, particularly women,should have a bone density exam beginning at menopause or when beginning HRT or other osteoporosis treatment. Re-evaluation should occur annually or every two years as directed by your doctor.
The DEXA scanner also has the capability to check body composition. This exam does not require a doctor’s order and is available self pay for $30. Body Composition can be utilized to help you meet weight loss goals, and for athletic training purposes.

For more information about using the new DEXA scanner at Gunnison Valley Hospital to measure body composition or detect osteoporosis, call 435-528-2125.