UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center offers a wide range of tests and equipment to meet you and your provider’s needs in healthcare imaging, including:
- General X-Ray
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear Medicine
- Bone Density
General X-Ray is a type of medical imaging that projects x-rays through the body and records the images on a computer. Prior to digital technology, images were most commonly recorded on film.
Computed Tomography (CT)
CT is a type of medical imaging that uses radiation and computer processing to generate images of the patient’s body in “slices”. A combination of various x-ray views are taken to show cross sections of bone and soft tissue inside the body. SRMC has two low-dose CT scanners that decrease patient exposure to harmful radiation by 40% when compared to average CT scanners.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
An MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and computers to visualize internal structures in great detail. SRMC’s cutting edge 3.0 Tesla MRI Scanner provides high resolution imaging. It is the only MRI system with fiber optic technology, setting SRMC apart from any MRI facility in the Southwestern Region.
This test uses sound waves to produce images of the heart, allowing your doctor to examine how your heart is beating and pumping blood.
Nuclear Medicine is a medical test that enables a physician to evaluate the structure and function of various organs. Patients are given a small dosage of a radioactive substance that travels to the part of the body that needs to be examined. A special camera is then used to obtain images and data that help with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. SRMC provides a wide range of studies, including Myocardial Perfusion, Renal scans and Thyroid scans.
Ultrasound, also called sonogram or scan, is a non-ionizing (no Radiation) test that is performed with a handheld transducer that sends out high frequency sound waves, creating real-time images of soft tissues such as organs and vessels. This exam involves a small probe and ultrasound gel to expose the body to high frequency sound waves that produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound imaging is safe, painless, noninvasive, and helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
A medical test that uses x-rays to measure the grams of calcium and other bone minerals in a bone segment. This exam can determine the presence of osteoporosis, a condition that can cause bones to become fragile and possibly break.
Mammography is a screening and diagnostic tool that is used to examine a patient’s breast tissue, enabling early detection of breast cancer. UNM SRMC is proud to offer the latest technology in breast imaging, 3D breast tomosynthesis mammography, which captures several top-quality images, reducing the number of false readings and decreasing a patient’s stress levels. This innovative new technology allows our doctors to see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible to help find breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. And, it has been proven to reduce the need for follow-up breast exams.
Want to learn more?
For more information and patient resources, please visit Radiology Imaging Services at the University of New Mexico Hospitals Health System (UNMHHS).