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Imaging & Diagnostic Services

Our mission is to work closely with providers on study selection (x-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI) and interpretation of the resulting images so that patients receive the best service and care possible.

Imaging Services

Computed Tomography (CT)

CT is a medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays and digital computer technology to create detailed pictures of the body. It can image every type of body structure at once, including bone, blood vessels and soft tissue. A CT scan is a non-invasive, painless and safe procedure.

Our CT service is committed to excellence in patient care and radiation dose reduction. The Philips Brilliance 16-slice CT scanner and our technologists are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and we have pledged to adhere to Image Gently guidelines for pediatric patients.

The scanner software is designed to provide sagittal, coronal, axial and 3-D reconstructions of the images that are taken in less than a second by the machine. These multiple views give our radiologist more information when reading your exam.

The Walla Walla Clinic offers a full range of CT scans for any body part.

Our Care

We emphasize compassionate care and a commitment to excellence. We give personalized attention to your healthcare concerns and decision-making. Our staff will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Please call to schedule your next CT with us!

CT Hours

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to noon

Digital Mammography

A mammogram is an x-ray image of your breasts used to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection and help decrease breast cancer deaths. A mammogram can be used either for screening or for diagnostic purposes.

Our Hologic Dimensions Digital Mammography machine is ACR-accredited to perform both screening and diagnostic mammograms, and our female technologists are all certified in mammography, to ensure your comfort. We use computer-aided detection (CAD) software for all screening exams to detect any abnormalities within the breast and to bring them to the radiologist's attention. Diagnostic exams are performed with a board-certified radiologist on-site to read the exams immediately after completion.

There is no ideal age to start screening for breast cancer. Further, experts and medical organizations don't agree on when women should begin regular mammograms or how often the tests should be performed. Talk with your provider about your risk factors, your preferences, and the benefits and risks of screening. Together, you can decide what screening mammography schedule is best for you.

Our Care

We emphasize compassionate care and a commitment to excellence. We give personalized attention to your healthcare concerns and decision-making. Our staff will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Please call to schedule your next mammogram with us!

Mammography Hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. Our 1.5 Tesla GE MRI scanner is a large tube that contains these powerful magnets. You lie inside the tube during the scan. MRI scans are a non-invasive and painless procedure and can be used to examine almost any part of the body.

Some individuals may not be able to have an MRI scan if they have any implanted devices, embedded shrapnel or metal, recent surgery, are wider than the tube opening, or are claustrophobic. A preliminary screening during scheduling will help determine if an MRI scan can be performed.

Our Care

The Walla Walla Clinic MRI department cares about your safety. Our MRI scan and MRI technologists at the Walla Walla Clinic are certified and accredited by the American College of Radiology.

We emphasize compassionate care and a commitment to excellence. We give personalized attention to your healthcare concerns and decision-making. Our staff will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Please call to schedule your next MRI with us!

MRI Hours

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging (sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to view inside the body. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can also show movement of the body's internal organs as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels. Our high definition 3-D/4-D ultrasound imaging machines and highly trained technologists can help your provider evaluate, diagnose and treat medical conditions.

We offer ultrasound imaging of the soft tissues, carotid arteries, thyroid, abdomen, aorta, breast, kidneys, pelvis and prostate, along with Doppler ultrasound, ultrasound-guided biopsies and ultrasound-guided needle placement at the Main Clinic. OB ultrasounds are offered at the Walla Walla Women’s Clinic, a department of the Walla Walla Clinic. 

Our Care

We emphasize compassionate care and a commitment to excellence. We give personalized attention to your healthcare concerns and decision-making. Our staff will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Please call to schedule your next ultrasound with us! 

Ultrasound Hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional services provided include:

  • Philips Direct digital x-ray
  • Digital fluoroscopy

Direct Digital Radiology

We provide a full range of direct digital radiographic and fluoroscopic exams. This means your x-ray is captured and stored electronically. Your images are viewable instantly by your clinic provider or can be sent electronically or by CD to any referring provider.

Diagnostic Center

Bone Densitometry (DEXA)

Bone densitometry is a non-invasive procedure in which bone mineral density is measured and then compared against a normal population of people who are the same age, weight, and gender as the patient. It uses a low energy x-ray beam to produce a "scan" of the lumbar spine, hip, and/or either forearm. Your provider uses the information gathered from this study to assess your bone condition, and risk of fracture, and to assist in deciding whether treatment is necessary. If you are already undergoing treatment or therapy for osteoporosis or osteopenia, periodic follow-up studies are recommended to assess changes in bone density. There are no injections or liquid to drink.

Procedure

The study takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. During the exam, you will lie quietly on a comfortable (padded) scan table while an x-ray tube moves over the area being scanned.

After the Exam

Once the chosen areas have been scanned satisfactorily, the exam is complete and you may leave. The technologist will apply the computer program to analyze the images that have been produced. The computer will print a copy of the scan and the analysis of the area that has been imaged. A copy of the completed scanned images and the radiologist's report will be sent to your provider. The information gathered and the image scans are stored on the computer, making it possible to do future studies and comparisons.

Holter Monitor, 24-Hour and Zio

These monitors provide continuous tracking of cardiac rhythm for changes correlating with patient symptoms. The 24 hour Holter monitor is the best choice for symptoms that are occur frequently and need a prompt diagnosis. The Zio Holter is the best choice to show a pattern or to catch less frequent events. It can be worn for as little as 48 hours up to 14 days.

ECG (EKG)

Twelve-lead electrocardiogram to evaluate resting abnormalities in heart rhythm and cardiac status.

King of Hearts Monitor

The King of Hearts monitor selectively records heart rhythm as patient symptoms occur. Patients manually trigger recordings. Worn for two weeks to 30 days, this method is appropriate for infrequent symptoms. The monitors are designed for telephone transmission of ECG tracings over an extended period of time.

Spirometry

The Spriometry test measures lung function with and without bronchodilator. Results include forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in one second. The exam takes 30 to 45 minutes. Patients should not use inhalers four hours prior to testing.

24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor

Ambulatory blood pressure monitor measures blood pressure in patients while they are doing normal activities for a 24-hour period. The blood pressure data obtained is printed with a detailed report including graphs and provider interpretation.

Pacemaker and Defibrillator Checks

Prescribed for follow-up of pacemaker and defibrillator function. A transmitter is supplied to the patient, who is contacted on a regular basis for pacemaker checks.

Lower Extremity Arterial Exam

This arterial exam is a non-invasive assessment used to evaluate arterial insufficiency. Ultrasound is used to determine the locations and severity of disease. Testing includes Doppler waveforms, pulse volume recordings, and segmental pressures giving the ankle-brachial index at rest and post exercise. The exam takes one to two hours. Patients may have a light meal prior to testing. Loose-fitting and comfortable clothing is suggested.

Ankle Brachial Index

This arterial exam is a non-invasive study done at rest and is helpful in evaluation of arterial insufficiency. The exam takes 30 minutes. No special preparation.

Diagnostic services include:

  • Vascular
    • Arterial profiles (including Doppler waveforms)
    • Pulse volume recording
    • Systolic pressures (with and without stress)
  • Pulmonary
    • Spirometry with maximal voluntary ventilation
    • Check oxygen saturations with oximetry
    • Pulmonary stress
  • Cardiology
    • EKGs
    • Cardiac stress testing
    • Heart monitoring (24-hour and Zio event monitors)
    • Pacemaker check
    • 24-hour blood pressure monitoring

Our Care

We emphasize compassionate care and a commitment to excellence. We give personalized attention to your healthcare concerns and decision-making. Our staff will make every effort to accommodate your needs.