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Diagnostic imaging services at Northern Nevada Health System include comprehensive radiology services ranging from X-rays and MRIs to mammograms and more. Let us meet your diagnostic imaging services needs.

Northern Nevada Medical Center has achieved the high standards required for American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation in all imaging areas, including nuclear medicine, mammography, CT, MRI and both diagnostic and vascular ultrasound. Northern Nevada Medical Center is also accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), the gold seal of approval in healthcare certification, signifying adherence to the highest levels of technical quality, patient care and safety.

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Diagnostic Imaging Services


Produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body to create an image, X-rays can help diagnose a variety of conditions.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Also known as a CAT scan or CT scan, computed tomography generates detailed images of an organ. This is done by using an X-ray beam to take images of many thin slices of that organ and joining them together to produce a single CT image.

Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)

A CT scanner can be used to obtain images of blood vessels noninvasively.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Creating clear detailed images of internal organs and tissue, magnetic resonance imaging uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field. An MRI scan is a common procedure to help diagnose a variety of potential issues.

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)

A non-invasive procedure, MRA uses MRI to visualize blood vessels on a computer monitor. These blood vessels appear as two-and-three-dimensional images.

Ultrasound (Sonography)

High frequency sound waves are used to see inside the body and produce an image.

Bone Densitometry

Bone densitometry can help diagnose osteoporosis through bone density scans. While both men and women can develop osteoporosis, it is more common in women, particularly after menopause.


The most common and recognized use of imaging in order to detect breast cancer is a mammogram. Women over 40 — or younger women with a family history of breast cancer — should have annual mammograms.

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Taking images of blood vessels in various parts of the body, such as the brain, neck, abdomen, legs, kidneys and heart, angiography is an imaging procedure designed to help your doctor diagnose and treat hard-to-see areas.

Catheter Angiography

To examine the circulatory system, a catheter is usually inserted into an artery in the groin and advanced into the area of interest.

Cardiac Catheterization and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

Potentially saving heart muscle from damage or death, this technology provides faster and more precise cardiovascular exams.

Electrophysiology Studies (EPS)

To find where an abnormal heartbeat is coming from, electrophysiology studies test the electrical activity of your heart.

If you need a referral to a physician at Northern Nevada Health System, call our free physician referral service at 775-356-6662.