Hospital Imaging Call: (509) 575-8022
Valley Imaging Call: (509) 248-7380
Fax: MR, CT, US, PET/CT orders: (509) 576-6982
Fax: X-ray (plain films): (509) 575-8685
The best defense against some of today's most deadly diseases lies in early detection. From ultrasound to radiology, CT scans to nuclear medicine, technology plays a significant role in successful recovery.
Virginia Mason Memorial has the very latest in imaging tools needed to diagnose medical conditions early so they have a higher likelihood of being treated successfully. A full range of imaging services is provided at the main hospital campus and at Memorial's Valley Imaging. Comprehensive mammography imaging is also available at 'Ohana, Memorial's Mammography Center.
A full range of outpatient and inpatient x-ray procedures are offered through Virginia Mason Memorial's radiology department, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These include fluoroscopic procedures including upper and lower GI series, myelography (spinal cord x-ray examinations), as well as additional sub-specialized fluoroscopic exams.
Virginia Mason Memorial is using software technology that allows for doses to be reduced during a CT scan, while still achieving a usable image for a radiologist. The benefits to patients are three-fold: improved technology without a cost increase to the patient, higher quality images for the radiologist to read, and a radiation dose reduction of up to 60 percent when compared to exams done previously.
Virginia Mason Memorial's digital special procedures lab features the new Advantix LCA+, which is used to pinpoint the location of blood vessel blockages and to guide the placement of balloons and stents during angioplasty. It is also used to study other types of vessel and organ pathology in other anatomical areas, such as the kidneys or brain.
Nuclear medicine can help determine how organs and bones are functioning. It can be used to diagnose fractures, cancer, arthritis, heart function, kidney function and thyroid uptake.
Virginia Mason Memorial's ultrasound department has several procedure rooms for both outpatients and inpatients. These include OB/GYN and small parts scans, as well as vascular studies consisting of duplex venous and carotid imaging.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Virginia Mason Memorial offers the latest in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology for the benefit of patients and referrals. The Magnetom Espree™ Open Bore MRI is particularly useful for brain, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal imaging. Because of its unique design, it allows scans of the lower region of the spine to be taken feet-first with the patient's head remaining outside the magnet's bore.
The unit has been manufactured by Siemens specifically to combine a larger bore or opening for patients and a shorter electromagnet that supplies high-field power (1.5 Tesla) for higher quality images.
It provides up to four times more signal-to-noise ratio over traditional MRI designs, giving doctors more detail for making decisions about healthcare, especially for heavier or more muscular patients with higher body mass.
Computerized tomography is a medical diagnostic tool that allows the visualization of internal structures within the human body using a specific section or cutting image of the body. This aids physicians in diagnosing disease, viewing internal abnormalities and assessing the extent of trauma damage. Virginia Mason Memorial performs more than 7,000 CT scans annually including:
- Routine CT examinations of head, neck, body
- CT angiography with three-dimensional computer enhancements
- CT-guided biopsy and aspiration procedures
- Three-dimensional views for bone detail
- CT pulmonary angiography
- CT pediatric procedures
Early detection remains a woman's best defense in the battle against breast cancer. Like all cancers, breast cancer develops when abnormal cells in the body change and grow out of control. When problematic breast tissue cells are diagnosed early, the prognosis for cure is extremely high.
At 'Ohana, Memorial's Mammography Center, women find a comfortable and supportive setting, encouraging them to maintain regular mammogram screenings. 'Ohana's mammography program includes the following services:
- Screening mammography
- Diagnostic mammography
- Ductography (uses an injected contrast material to obtain galactograms/pictures)
- Full range of procedures including cyst management and stereotactic (x-ray guided breast biopsy) technique
- High-definition breast ultrasonography (ultrasound-based diagnostic imaging)
What is Image Gently/Image Wisely?
Virginia Mason Memorial technologists in radiology and CT have taken a pledge to Image Gently and Image Wisely. This means they have voluntarily made a choice in how to practice their profession.
Radiology and CT exams use radiation in the process of gaining life saving diagnostic information and allow doctors to "see" inside the human body for disease and/or injury diagnosis and treatment planning. Clinicians weigh the risk vs. benefit factor prior to any x-ray exam and proceed appropriately.
Virginia Mason Memorial's Imaging Services has cut radiation exposure by 50% for all pediatric exams because they realize the importance of reducing radiation during all x-ray and CT examinations. Decreasing pediatric dose during CT and x-ray exams by half means the potential for a radiation induced disease process has been reduced greatly. Parents of pediatric patients should ask their medical providers if radiation reduction techniques are being used during medical imaging.
The American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists created the Image Wisely campaign with the objective of lowering the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies and eliminating unnecessary procedures.
Learn more at https://imagewisely.org/
Image Gently and Image Wisely Pledge
- To make the Image Gently message a priority in staff communications
- To review the protocol recommendations and, where necessary, implement adjustments to processes
- To respect and listen to suggestions from the imaging team on ways to ensure changes are made
- To communicate openly with parents
- To commit to the goal to image gently when imaging or treating children
- To spread the word in departments, practices, hospitals or clinics
COVID-19 News & Announcements
New! June 23: Going Home after Birth during the COVID-19 Pandemic
New! June 23: Volver a casa después de dar a luz durante la pandemia de COVID-19
To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.
To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.
We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public - this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
UPDATED! May 26: New Visitation Policy
As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
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Prescription Home Delivery
We now offer home delivery for your prescription medications.
Visitors to Generations OB/GYN
As part of our continuing efforts to focus on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Generations has changed its visitor policy.
No visitors will be allowed for clinic visits, with the only exceptions being:
1 Visitor will be allowed for the first OB appointment
1 visitor will be allowed at the 20 week anatomy ultrasound
Visitors to the Family Birthplace
Women in the Family Birthplace may have one visitor.
Telehealth: Your questions answered
COVID-19 Evaluation Clinic
Our Creekside HealthyNow location is now a COVID-19 evaluation clinic. If you have cough and fever, please schedule your visit at our Creekside Location. Please list your symptoms in the reason for visit so our team is better prepared to assist you.
This location completes an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for COVID testing. Learn more »
We have reduced the number of Physician and Provider positions we are recruiting for in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you be interested in possible employment with Virginia Mason Memorial, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are actively reviewing our staffing needs and new positions are being approved for posting. We appreciate your interest in us and hope to have the opportunity to consider you for a role with VMM.
Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19
Chaplains at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital provide care for every patient regardless of their personal beliefs or non-beliefs. For support, assistance, prayers, and all other spiritual care requests, please email email@example.com or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035
There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal, or hospital room, phone. Calls are confidential. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, and if desired, offer prayer. If you are part of a faith community a chaplain can help you connect with them.
Without regular visits from family and friends a stay in the hospital can be even more challenging. One of our newest offerings, Virtual Chaplaincy using Zoom, helps make connections. By contacting the Spiritual Care team at the email or phone number above you can request a Zoom meeting. Family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley, from the four corners of the state, from across the country and even internationally, are meeting with patients via Zoom to offer their love and support. Due to the popularity of this option scheduling and frequency may, at times, be limited.
Hospital Lab Services
All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.
Beginning Thursday, March 19, the hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice.
The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.
Farmacia Del Hospital
A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, la farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.
Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm