GRMC Imaging Department Offering Advanced Diagnostic Tools
The Radiology/Imaging Department at Gila Regional provides an array of powerful medical imaging technologies that allow for more effective, less invasive testing without leaving the area.
- We use the most advanced radiology and diagnostic technologies coupled with compassion
- We are proud to utilize picture archiving communications systems (PACS). This allows x-rays to be stored on a portable CD or directly accessed through our electronic medical records system by our surgical unit, the ER and referring physicians from their offices. This results in less patient visits and saves you time and money.
- We are open 24/7; Bring your Health Providers' prescription to Registration
- Our caregivers are highly trained and dedicated to patient comfort and care.
Comprehensive Women's Imaging - including digital mammography and
- Computerized Tomography (CT Scan)
- General Radiology and Fluoroscopy
- MRI Services
- PET Services
- Ultrasound Services
Our most advanced equipment includes:
- 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 image is essential for an 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.
Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD)
for Mammography -- This unit works as a second pair of "eyes" by automatically scanning a patient's mammogram after initial interpretation. If the software detects any breast abnormalities, it marks them for further review by a radiologist.
-- Computerized radiology offers significant diagnostic quality advantages over conventional film methods.
- General Radiology and Fluoroscopy - For routine x-rays the Radiology unit is staffed by a full-time Radiology Nurse and a full-time RPA (Radiology Practitioner's Assistant). This means patients do not have to wait as long to receive service. Fluoroscopy, the internal study of the digestive tract, is also offered. RPAs provide these services to patients with a focus on patient-centered care and comfort.
Digital Mammography-- Several steps are taken to ensure greater comfort for our patients. It uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image 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 X-ray images in a matter of seconds. They 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.
Instant release machines let go of the breast the second the exposure is completed.
Mammo Pads are used on the machine to make it feel softer and to ease patient discomfort and the Mammography suite has been decorated with a homelike, feminine feel. After talking to your provider,
call 575/538-4051 to schedule your mammogram.
Resonance Imaging) - These units deliver highly detailed images of the human body with increased speed, better resolution and unique applications that utilizes CAD software that marks abnormalities. This advanced technology provides shorter exams and greater comfort for patients, while providing higher diagnostic confidence for doctors.
- Nuclear Medicine - Nuclear Medicine allows Radiologists to quickly and safely determine problems with bones, kidneys, the brain, thyroid, lungs, gall bladder, liver or heart. The functions of these body parts can be checked and care can be provided with medication that has virtually no side effects or possible allergic reaction. Dual-head cameras are used during the procedures, cutting the imaging time in half for most exams.
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET) -- PET scanning is a unique, non-invasive diagnostic imaging tool that produces images detailing the biochemical functioning of an organ or tissue, which are essential in staging a cancer and helping to determine the correct course of treatment.
- 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.
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy 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. Patients can immediately return to routine activities with little more than a bandage.
- Ultrasound - Using sound waves instead of radiation, ultrasound testing identifies and records the body's organs and any abnormalities. The Ultrasound Unit at GRMC has dedicated friendly and highly experienced caregivers that provide a wide range of ultrasonography. A vast majority of the procedures are non-invasive. All procedures are explained to patients, and the gel used is warmed making the experience very comfortable.
Gila Regional's Imaging Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and has set a goal to attain ACR accreditation for each modality of service by 2014.
Gila Regional Radiology/Imaging Department
1313 E. 32nd Street, Silver City, NM 88061
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.