Diagnostic Imaging

Tahoe Forest Health Systemís Diagnostic Imaging and Briner Imaging departments offer state-of-the-art technology, on par or better than many large hospital systems.

Our services include a radiology department with ultrasound, nuclear medicine, DEXA screening, MRI, and CT Services. The Briner Imaging Center offers state-of-the-art digital mammography for every patient. Our board certified Radiologists and Registered Technologists are dedicated to offering the highest quality imaging services in the area.

Radiology, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, CT Services, and MRI

Located at Tahoe Forest Hospital in the new Western Addition on Pine Avenue in Truckee

Hours: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm daily
Emergency Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
For more information please call (530) 582-3420

Imaging scheduling for all services can be accessed by calling (530) 582-6510 or 1-800-733-9953 ext. 6510.
Scheduling Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

briner imaging center Briner Imaging Center:
offering state-of-the-art digital mammography

Located at Tahoe Forest Hospital in the new Western Addition on Pine Avenue in Truckee
Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday

Imaging scheduling for all services can be accessed by calling (530) 582-6510 or 1-800-733-9953 ext. 6510.
Scheduling Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday

Incline Village Community Hospital
Diagnostic Services including X-ray and Multi-slice CT Scan are open daily at Incline Village Community Hospital

Hours: 7am-7pm Monday through Friday
8:30am-6:30pm Saturday and Sunday
Emergency Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

To schedule diagnostic services at Incline Village Community Hospital please call (775) 833-4100.
No appointment necessary for most procedures.

What is a CT (CAT) Scan?

Computed tomography, or CT scan, is also known as a CAT (computerized axial tomography) scan. Tahoe Forest Hospital's state-of-the-art multi-slice CT scanner is a high quality piece of equipment that combines traditional x-ray technology with computer technology. CT scanning allows your physician to see a detailed image of your body or internal organs with a high-resolution 3-D image. The CT Scanner is a diagnostic tool that provides a quicker, more accurate diagnosis of many medical conditions that are very difficult to detect with regular x-rays. CT scanning is painless, non-invasive and involves minimal radiation exposure, due to thin beam scanning technology.

Why are screenings important?

Many diseases can begin early in life and go undetected for years. Heart disease, lung disease and osteoporosis affect millions of Americans each year. Diseases can often be detected and stabilized through simple lifestyle changes or minimal medications if diagnosed early.

During the CT Examination

After you change into an examination gown, a Certified Radiology Technologist who is specially trained in imaging procedures will comfortably position you on the CT exam table. You will lie face up as you pass through the opening of the scanner, called the gantry. The scanner is open-faced and non-claustrophobic. The CT scanner resembles a large ring, which rotates around your body at 360 degrees as it sends and picks up thin beam x-rays obtaining cross-sectional images. Each organ can be seen clearly without overlap from other organs in the body. Periodically, the technologist may use the intercom to ask you to hold your breath for a short period of time. This helps to create better pictures when scanning the abdomen or chest. Most CT examinations take approximately 15 to 45 minutes.

After Your CT Examination

After your examination is complete, the radiologist checks the quality of the images taken. Occasionally, more scans may be needed. After you exam, you can eat and drink as you normally would and resume all of your regular activities. The radiologist will interpret the results of your examination and give a report to your physician.

Screening Exams

Tahoe Forest Hospital has the technical capabilities of many large hospitals, and some of the most advanced equipment anywhere. We offer a variety of body scans that provide detailed images of your body. These simple tests screen for a host of hidden ailments like heart disease, lung cancer, and life-threatening diseases of the brain, abdomen, and pelvis before symptoms occur.

Body Scanning Tests

CT (CAT Scan) screening is a revolutionary way to detect disease early and assess the current state of your health. Complete follow-up care is available including a report to share with your physician. Body scanning is a complement to a physical examination by your physician, and is not recommended for annual use. The following screenings are available (and referral by physician is not required):

Types of Screenings

Bone Densitometry
Osteoporosis affects over 25 million Americans. Often people with osteoporosis do not know their bones are thinning and they can suffer serious problems from the disease. Both men and women are at risk for osteoporosis. If diagnosed early, treatment can be prescribed that may slow down or even reverse the effects of bone loss. Tahoe Forest Hospital offers bone densitometry testing that produces images of the spine, hip or whole body. This test monitors the effects of age, diet, family history and other risk factors. An order from your physician is needed for this test.

If you've never had a mammogram, or you haven't had one in over a year, you should consider making an appointment. No physician referral is necessary, and most insurance plans are accepted. Statistics show that mammograms and monthly self-checks are the most effective methods for detecting breast cancer early. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can be treated. You are never too old to have your first mammogram, and follow-up care is available from a local physician. The procedure is simple, non-invasive and is performed by one of our certified mammography technologists. Our equipment is accredited by the American College of Radiology, meeting tough Federal standards for performance.

Tahoe Forest Hospital District, 10121 Pine Avenue, PO Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160, (530) 587-6011

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