Medical imaging center in Denver

The Medical Imaging Center at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center is a full-service diagnostic radiology department equipped with advanced imaging technologies. Our staff is committed to the highest level of patient care and excellent customer service.

We are committed to the rapid communication of precise results to our referring physicians, so patients can get answers to their questions quickly.

To schedule an appointment at the Medical Imaging Center, please call us at (303) 839-6520.

All examinations are performed and interpreted by physicians who are certified by the American Board of Radiology and have advanced subspecialty fellowship training. Our facility has received accreditation from the American College of Radiology for our MRI and mammography services.

Benefits of our medical imaging center include:

  • Same-day scheduling available
  • Physicians to quickly access patients' images and reports anywhere on our medical campus
  • 8-hour turnaround on reports
  • Verbal and statistic reports available
  • Courier services available
  • Oral sedation offered
  • Free parking
  • Easy access in and out of the facility
  • Patient images and reports are instantly viewable for physicians
  • Easy access to previous imaging studies at other facilities

Additionally, we use a safety protocol program called Radiation Right® that prevents accidental or excessive radiation exposure. This helps us to ensure you receive the lowest effective dose of radiation.

Our staff and radiologists have expertise with conscious sedation/general anesthesia for procedures. To ensure patient safety, specialized radiology nurses aid our physicians in complex procedures.

Our imaging and radiology services  

CT scan (computed tomography imaging)

A CT scan, also known as a CAT scan (computerized axial tomography), is a medical imaging method that uses a series of x-ray images. Each image is taken from different angles to generate detailed cross-sectional images of the body. CT scans are often helpful in providing a quick examination of people who may have internal injuries or trauma. CT scans determine if biopsies are necessary and help plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.

In partnership with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, we are the only hospital in Colorado (and one of the few in the nation) to own one of the most advanced CT scanners in the world. The Acquilion One 320-slice CT scan system offers definite diagnostics with full body scans in under 3 seconds.

CT scan tests and procedures:

  • CT angiography—provides detailed pictures of both blood vessels and tissues throughout the body where contrast materials are used to improve view-ability
  • 3D imaging—provides a three-dimensional image of a particular body part
  • Cardiac imaging—provides pictures of coronary arteries to look for blockage or plaque buildup, key indicators of increased risk of a heart attack
  • Virtual colonoscopy—allows the large intestine to be examined for cancer or polyps

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

MRI uses magnetic fields, not radiation, to create pictures of the internal organs and structures inside the body. MRIs help doctors diagnose conditions and internal injuries and check to see if medicines or treatments are working properly. These procedures are typical non-invasive.

Types of MRI scans:

  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)—an MRI scan that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of blood vessels inside the body (without a contrast agent as used in CT angiography)
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)—compares the chemical composition of normal brain tissue with abnormal tumor tissue. This test can also be used to detect tissue changes in stroke and epilepsy

Mammography

We perform digital mammograms over film mammograms, which are more accurate and better at detecting cancer in women under 50, women with dense breast tissue and women who are perimenopausal.

Digital mammogram technology also saves time by producing images that are immediately available on a computer monitor, allowing technologists and radiologists to enhance and manipulate the images to see the most accurate and clear information possible. Learn more about mammograms and how to schedule your mammogram.

Digital diagnostic radiology

Digital radiology pertains to a form of x-ray imaging where digital x-ray sensors are utilized instead of photographic film.

  • X-ray—a form of imaging utilizing digital X-ray sensors rather than photographic film
  • Fluoroscopy—uses a continuous X-ray, rather than one single picture, almost like an ‘x-ray movie’

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty where small amounts of radioactive material and treat a disease or determine the severity of the disease.

Types of nuclear medicine scans

  • PET scanning—a type of imaging where radioactive ‘tracers’ are injected into the body and absorbed by the bloodstream to show how organs and tissue are working
  • SPECT imaging—similar to a PET scan, but takes longer and is less expensive
  • Thyroid therapy—a treatment where radioactive iodine is used to treat hyperthyroidism or even thyroid cancer

Interventional procedures

Radiology plays a critical role when it comes to cancer, whether being used to find and diagnose the disease (staging) or as a means of helping treat the disease (tumor embolization and intra-arterial chemotherapy).

  • Detailed cancer staging and restaging
    • Tumor volume measurement
    • PET scanning
    • Image fusion techniques
  • Tumor embolization
  • Intra-arterial chemotherapy

Interventional radiology and neuroradiology

Our non-invasive, interventional radiology and imaging services such as DEXA, intravascular ultrasound, 3D and 4D imaging allow us to treat your neurological condition.

Neurological conditions we treat:

  • Acute stroke
  • Covered stent repair of aortic aneurysms
  • Intra-arterial chemotherapy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Uterine artery embolization
  • Vertebroplasty

Other diagnostic services

  • Ultrasound—High-frequency sound waves create video images of soft tissue areas of the body; used in pregnancy and to examine internal organs
  • X-ray/fluoroscopy—Small doses of radiation create pictures of the body’s internal structures; especially useful to diagnose bone fractures and joint injuries
  • Bone density (DEXA)—Small dose of ionizing radiation produces pictures of the inside of the body (usually the lower spine and hips) to measure bone loss; helpful in diagnosing osteoporosis
  • Stereotactic core and ultrasound-guided biopsies—Stereotactic biopsies use mammography (X-rays) to locate breast abnormalities, while ultrasound biopsies use high-frequency sound waves to create breast tissue images; both used to find breast cancer or abnormalities.