About Diagnostic Imaging

In 2011, MCDH opened a $7 million, 8,000-square-foot Diagnostic Imaging Center with all the latest technology, including digital mammography.

Our licensed and certified team of technologists and Radiologist work together to provide physicians with critical medical information useful in diagnosing and treating disease and illness. You’ll find that our experienced imaging team is caring, compassionate and dedicated to quality patient care.

The DI Center includes diagnostic radiology, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. In addition, our state-licensed mammography program provides a follow-up reminder and monitoring service. The PACS (picture archiving communication system) allows images to be transferred via the internet to the Radiologist or any other physician. Together these services eliminate the need to refer patients out of the area for anything other than specialized services provided by large medical centers.

Hours/Appointments

Outpatient Appointment Number: 707-961-4665

Hours of operation:

  • Diagnostic Imaging Center Registration: 8am-5:30pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Radiology: Walk-in’s welcome without appointments from 8am-5:30pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Bone density: 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Mammography: 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Ultrasound: 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Nuclear Medicine: 8am-5pm(Tuesdays & Thursdays)
  • CT: 9am-5pm (Monday-Friday)
  • MRI: 9am-5pm (Monday-Friday)

Mammograms

Why Have a Screening Mammogram?

  • The American Cancer Society estimates that a woman in the U.S. has a one in eight chance of developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • It is the second most common type of cancer among women in the U.S., and the leading cause of death among women 40-49.

About Our Equipment

The GE Senographe Essential digital mammography machine can image virtually any woman with flexible, off-centered ergonomic paddles even for very small breasts to improve both patient comfort and image accuracy. Exams are quick and accurate. There is easy wheelchair access.

Our Credentials

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Certified
  • American College of Radiologists (ACR) Accredited

To make an appointment or for more information: 707-961-4665

Bone Density Scan

Why Have a Bone Density (DEXA) Scan?

Women are at greater risk for osteoporosis (the disorder in which progressive bone loss results in increased risk of fracture) than men.

About Our Equipment

A GE Prodigy Advance Bone Densitometry Unit: the test takes only minutes.

To make an appointment or for more information: 707-961-4665

CT Scans

Our Toshiba Aquilion 32-Slice CT Scanner is state-of-the-art, the same machine used at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Ca. A major patient benefit: SUREExposure™ software adjusts radiation dose according to the size of each patient, particularly important for children.

In 200 milliseconds, the gantry can rotate around a patient’s entire body—a fast scanning capability that can effectively reduce image distortion of moving organs, such as the heart and lungs. With increased speed, multi-slice CT imaging is especially useful for examining patients who are unable to hold their breath—such as trauma victims admitted to the ER or acutely ill patients and young children.

Dose Reduction Technologies

With patient care a top priority, Aquilion 32 uses SURETechnologies™ applications which are specifically designed to consistently deliver the highest image quality available, while simultaneously achieving significant reductions in radiation and contrast dose.

Preset Dose Reduction Program: To help clinicians optimize the patient dose during the protocol setting, dose reduction programs are preset with a low dose protocol for volumetric diagnosis and a pediatric protocol which sets minimal dose levels based upon patient age.

Personalized Dose Control: Real-time exposure control with SURE Exposure™ automatically adjusts radiation levels based upon each patient’s size to reduce dose with no loss in image quality—providing a dose reduction of up to 40%.

X-Ray, MRI, Fluoroscopy

X-Ray: Our Toshiba Radrex-1 allows for quick images which are sharp and require less radiation.

MRI: Toshiba uses special software and hardware to reduce noise by 90% over traditional MRI scanners.

Fluoroscopy: The Toshiba Kalare system is extremely fast, accurate and uses the smallest dose of radiation necessary.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancer, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body. Nuclear Medicine diagnostic testing services provided include:

  • Brain Death
  • Bone Scan
  • Bone Marrow Scan
  • Cisternogram
  • Dacryoscintigraphy (Lacrimal Scan)
  • Gallium Tumor/Infection
  • Gastric Empting
  • GI Blood Loss
  • Hepatobiliary Scan (HIDA)
  • Leveen Shunt Study
  • Liver/Spleen
  • Lymphoscintigraphy
  • Lung Perfusion, Lung Ventilaton
  • Meckle’s Diverticulum Scan
  • MUGA-RBC
  • Myocardial Infarct: PYP
  • Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (Nuclear Stress Test)
  • Octreoscan
  • Parathyroid Scan
  • Renal Flow & Function
  • Thyroid Scan -Tc99m, Thyroid Scan & Uptake
  • Thyroid Cancer –Whole Body Scan
  • Thallium Resting (Viability)
  • White Blood Cells/Labeled In-111 Infection

Uninsured Locals Discount

To help people living in the Mendocino Coast Health Care District who do not have health insurance coverage, we offer the following discounts (applies only to local residents who pay for services out of their own pockets):

  • 50% discount for payment in full within 30 days of date from service.
  • 40% discount for payment in full within the 31st to 60th day from the date of service.
  • 30% discount for payment in full within the 61st to 90th day from the date of service.

The following towns and zip codes are within the Mendocino Coast Health Care District: Fort Bragg 95437, Westport 95488, Caspar 95420, Little River 95456, Comptche 95427, Albion 95410, Elk 95432, and Mendocino 95460.

For more information on the discount policy call Cindy Schlafer at 707-961-4684.