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Imaging Services

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.

Diagnostic radiology

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.

Interventional radiology

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

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.

Ultrasound

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.

CT scans

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

Mammography

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

Learn More

NEW! Telehealth: Let us bring your Healthcare to you.

We are now offering Telehealth visits at all Virginia Mason Memorial clinics. These are typical appointments with your provider but from your home, work, or wherever is most convenient for you

Learn more about joining one of our providers for a Telehealth visit »

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 »

COVID-19 Virginia Mason Memorial Press Conference March 21

Hospital Visitor Restrictions

Visitor Restrictions Poster

Latest News

Physician Recruitment: Our Physician and Provider recruiting efforts have been modified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, we are scheduling phone calls with interested candidates, but site visits are not allowed. Also, we will not be extending contracts during the acute phase of the COVID-19 response. Please know how much we appreciate your interest in us and how much we hope to have the opportunity to consider you further for a role with VMM.

Please contact us at physicianrecruitment@yvmh.org to schedule a phone call with one of our recruiters.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

For prayers and spiritual care requests please email CurtisMcFarland@yvmh.org

Tele-Chaplaincy

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 to connect confidentially with a hospital chaplain. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, if you are part of a faith community the chaplain can help you connect with them, and, if desired, the chaplain can provide prayer.

Virtual Chaplaincy

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 to connect confidentially with a hospital chaplain. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, if you are part of a faith community the chaplain can help you connect with them, and, if desired, the chaplain can provide prayer.

Elective surgeries: Based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Virginia Mason Memorial is postponing elective surgeries and procedures.

Visitors to the Family Birthplace: In another protective measure, the hospital is also further limiting visitors to the Family Birth Place. Women in labor may have two visitors until the baby arrives. After the birth there may be only one visitor.

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.

Hospital pharmacy: 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