Diagnostic Imaging / Radiology
The Diagnostic Imaging Department at Mercy Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing diagnostic services using advanced technologies. We strive to accommodate our patients' exam needs and report results in a convenient, efficient, and timely manner.
We provide general diagnostic procedures including:
• Bone mineral density test (DEXA scan)
• Computed axial tomography (CT scan)
• Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound)
• Fractional flow reserve (FFR)
• Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
• Nuclear medicine
• X-ray (General Diagnostics)
In radiology, a physician's ability to diagnose an injury or illness depends greatly on the quality of the diagnostic images she or he has to work with. Our skilled staff has specialized training in diagnostic imaging as well as extensive hands-on experience. In fact, on average, more than 54,000 diagnostic imaging procedures are performed at Mercy Medical Center every year and all of our staff members are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and are required to have 24 continuing education units every two years. The knowledge, skill, and experience of our staff helps ensure that they capture the best possible images.
Mercy Regional Medical Center is also well known in the Four Corners region for providing quality, compassionate nursing care. One of our nurses' goals is to help alleviate potential pain or anxiety patients may experience during certain invasive diagnostic procedures. Diagnostic Imaging Department nurses look after patients who require their care and can provide conscious sedation as necessary. These specially trained critical care nurses are all certified in advanced life saving techniques.
All diagnostic images are read by board certified radiologists who work at Mercy. Radiologists are physicians who have advanced education in the specialty of radiology and have completed a multidisciplinary fellowship.
Technology and Equipment
Most diagnostic images at Mercy Regional Medical Center are captured in digital format, eliminating the need for costly and cumbersome films. Additionally, the digital images can be accessed through our secure network for viewing in our operating rooms or in physicians' offices, saved to a compact disc and given to the patient, or sent anywhere in the world via e-mail.
Full staffing is available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Radiology Department is, however, open 24 hours a day, and both staff and radiologists are available on-call to accommodate emergencies 24 hours a day, every day.
Patients or physician offices may schedule diagnostic imaging procedures at Mercy by calling (970) 764-2200. Most procedures must be ordered by a physician or another authorized healthcare provider.