GRMC Imaging Department
Offering Advanced Diagnostic Tools
The Imaging Department at Gila Regional provides an array of powerful medical imaging technologies that allow for more effective, less invasive testing without leaving the community.
- We use the most advanced radiology and diagnostic technologies coupled with compassion
- We are proud to utilize picture archiving communications systems (PACS). T
- This allows images to be stored on a portable CD or directly accessed though our electronic medical records system by our surgical unit, the ER, and referring physicians from their offices.
- We are open 7am to 7pm; Bring your Health Providers' prescription to Registration
- Our caregivers are highly trained and dedicated to patient comfort and care.
- Our Imaging Nurse is available for special procedures
Comprehensive Women's Imaging - including digital mammography and
stereotactic biopsy -- ACR (American College of Radiology) accredited
- Computerized Tomography (CT Scan) – ACR Accredited
- General Radiology and Fluoroscopy
- MRI Services - ACR Accredited
- Nuclear Medicine Services
- Ultrasound Services
- Echo Services
- Imaging Nurse
- Picture Archiving Communication System (PAC)
- CT (Computerized Tomography) -
- GRMC's 160-slice CT scanner is capable of cross-scanning all parts of the body. It is a highly-developed machine that exposes you to less radiation and is faster than anything else offered in New Mexico. The resulting quality and detailed images are essential for accurate diagnosis. We have board certified radiologists on site to monitor and read your exams. All of Gila Regional's technologists are nationally and state certified. We offer CT virtual colonography as well as heart imaging - CT Calcium Scoring and CT Coronory Angiogram
DigitalMammography -- It uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce images that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor, and transmitted and stored just like computer files. The technology allows Radiologists to view the Mammography images in a matter of seconds. The Radiologist can adjust brightness, change contrast and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses and other changes that may be signs of early cancer. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology.
- Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD) with Mammography - This unit is an aid for the Radiologist as a second pair of "eyes". If the software detects any breast abnormalities, it marks them for further review.
Mammography offers invasive breast biopsies and
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy – This unit provides a minimally invasive breast biopsy that generally does not require anesthesia. The procedure is quick and about one-third the cost of an open surgical biopsy. There is a quick recovery time with little more than a band aid.
- Digital Radiology - The newest computerized radiology CR (Computer Radiography) and DR (Digital Radiography) offers significant diagnostic quality advantages over conventional film methods. This ensures that the images appear ready for the Radiologist for a faster turnaround time. With our new and improved PACS system we can provide their images on discs to take to their doctors to provided continuum of care.
- General Radiology and Fluoroscopy - For routine x-rays the Radiology unit is staffed by licensed technologists. Fluoroscopy is a study of body structures seen in real time functions. These procedures are performed by a Radiologist and are used to look at many body systems, including digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. We work closely with Speech Pathology in this area for modified swallow studies.
- Imaging Nurse is available to assist the Radiologist in all invasive procedures in imaging. The imaging nurse is licensed and has critical care experience. Our procedures include CT biopsies of the liver, lung, chest and bone. Ultrasound biopsies include breast, thyroid, paracentesis and thoracentesis.
- Ultrasound – Uses sound waves instead of radiation. Ultrasound testing identifies and records the body's organs and any abnormalities. The technologists are friendly and highly experienced caregivers and provide a wide range of ultrasonography. All procedures are explained to the patient and the gel used is warmed making the experience very comfortable.
- Echo – Uses sound waves instead of radiation. This provides imaging of the structures within the heart. Some tests that are done are echo, stress echo, and TEE studies. The Echo technologists are experiences and dedicated, they work directly with the local Cardiologist.
- Nuclear Medicine – allows the Radiologist/Cardiologist to quickly and safely determine problems within bones, kidneys, thyroid, lungs, gallbladder, liver or heart. The functions of these body parts can be checked and care can be provided with medication (isotope) that has virtually no side effects or possible allergic reaction. Dual-head cameras are used during this procedure, cutting the exam time in half.
- Picture Archive Communication System (PACS) -- The PACS system digitally stores, transmits and displays radiology images. Networking allows for referring physicians to have immediate access to patient information resulting in increased efficiency.
Gila Regional Radiology/Imaging Department
1313 E. 32nd Street, Silver City, NM 88061
- Scheduling – For imaging and cardiopulmonary (Respiratory): available to schedule patients from 8am – 5 pm Monday through Friday excluding holidays. You can contact them at (575)538-4125 to schedule your exams.
Payment options for GRMC's Radiology/Imaging
Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance plans cover costs of care. We accept all patients regardless of ability to pay.
For more information contact GRMC Financial Counselors through the
Patient Financial Services.