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Advances in modern imaging technologies have saved countless lives by detecting serious disease at earlier, more survivable stages. At KRMC, our patients have access to some of the most sophisticated medical imaging technology and expertise in the region. We have many imaging capabilities, some of which include:
KRMC was one of the first hospitals in the state to offer digital mammography testing for screening and diagnosing breast cancer. This technology is seen as the biggest advancement in mammography in 30 years because the digital tests are clearer and more accurate than conventional mammography.
Multislice CT Scanners
KRMC has three Computed Tomography or CT scanners, including a 64-slice unit. These scanners enable practitioners to take images of the anatomy in multiple â€œslices,â€ which produces exceptionally clear three-dimensional images of internal structures.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to visualize soft tissue structures in the body. Unlike CT, it uses no ionizing radiation, but rather magnets and radio waves to create images. KRMC has two MRI systems, one of which is a powerful 3T MRI â€” one of only a few in Arizona, which produces a much stronger magnetic field than conventional MRI systems. It is highly useful in neurological (brain), musculoskeletal (body), cardiovascular (blood vessels and heart), and cancer imaging.
KRMC has the only Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) scanner in the region. By merging PET and CT together, this technology offers state-of-the art capability for pinpointing cancer in the body. Additionally, PET/CT shows promise for diagnosing other conditions, including Alzheimerâ€™s, Parkinsonâ€™s, and congestive heart failure.
KRMCâ€™s Expert Radiology Team
Even with sophisticated technology for producing medical images, accurate test results still require the skilled expertise of doctors called radiologists. These doctors receive many years of specialized training in the interpretation of medical images for identifying injury and disease in the bodyâ€™s systems.
KRMC recently signed on three radiologists from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN: Drs. Wade Alleman, Kale Bodily, and Christopher Johansen. Starting in July, they will join KRMC radiologist Dr. Warren Mays to provide comprehensive radiology services at KRMC.
Radiology is a very competitive field in medicine. Those who gain entrance are often at the top of their medical school class. Only the best of the best are accepted at the Mayo Clinic â€” which means that patients at KRMC will have access to one of the most highly-skilled radiology teams in the region.
Nationally Accredited Imaging Services
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has accredited all KRMC diagnostic imaging modalities, which include MRI, CT, ultrasound, digital mammography, PET/CT, and nuclear medicine. The ACR accredits each imaging modality separately. It can be common for hospitals to be ACR accredited in a few modalities; but itâ€™s much rarer to be accredited in all of them.
ACR accreditation means that KRMC has passed rigorous review processes and meets stringent national standards for quality diagnostic imaging.
KRMC is proud to be the regionâ€™s leader in diagnostic imaging services. With the latest technology combined with the skilled expertise of our radiology team, patients at KRMC have access to some of modern medicineâ€™s most-advanced imaging tests for detecting illness and injury.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the KRMC Imaging Center at (928) 692-2727.