Diagnostic Imaging

Our technology is state-of-the-art, and our staff is committed to providing outstanding customer service.

Klickitat Valley Hospital provides imaging services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our imaging department is fully digital, which means results are available to you and your doctor in less than 24 hours. Accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) affirms we produce the highest quality of images with the lowest dose of radiation.

Computed Tomography (CT/CAT Scan) uses special x-ray equipment to obtain image data from different angles around the body. It then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs. CT scans are the first line of defense for people experiencing the symptoms of a stroke to quickly determine if the patient can safely receive medication. Commonly used for diagnosing internal injuries, cancer, tumors, or kidney stones, CT is also a trauma modality.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The technique has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of conditions in all parts of the body, including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders.

Mammography is a specific type of imaging using a low-dose x-ray system for examination of the breasts. Klickitat Valley Hospital offers the most advanced technology with digital mammography. Digital mammography is 25 percent more effective at detecting abnormalities in women with dense breasts than conventional mammography. While other diagnostic tests are sometimes necessary, the mammogram is the first line of defense against breast cancer.

Ultrasound Imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of “seeing” inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The sound waves are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No radiation is involved in ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder. Ultrasound, as most people know, is the preferred method used to visualize an unborn fetus.

X-Ray Imaging, or radiography, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. For nearly a century, diagnostic images have been created by passing small, highly controlled amounts of radiation through the human body, capturing the resulting shadows and reflections on a “digital” plate. X-rays allow the physician to view and assess broken bones, a cracked skull or injured backbone. X-rays also play a key role in orthopedic surgery and the treatment of sports injuries. Procedures are also performed at the patient’s bedside using mobile radiographic equipment as well as in the Emergency Department, and recovery room. KVH Diagnostic Imaging also supports the the Surgical Care department by offering digital imaging during procedures to assist our surgeons.

Bone density testing is done to determine if you have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is when bones are more fragile and more likely to break.

Years ago, osteoporosis would only be suspected once you broke a bone. Currently, a bone density test give a more accurate calculation of your risk of breaking bones. After your exam, you and your provider can determine if you are at risk and if you should take action to improve or stabilize your bone density.

Doctors use bone density testing to:

-See if bone density is decreased before you break a bone

-Determine your risk for breaking bones (fractures)

-Identify osteoporosis

-Monitor treatment of osteoporosis

Medicare allows a bone density test to be completed once a year.

Osteoporosis is more common in older women, however, men also develop the condition, and regardless of your age or sex, your doctor may ask you to have a test if you’ve:

-Lost height

-Broken a bone

-Taking certain medicine such as long-term steroid use

-Had a transplant

-Had a drop in hormone levels such as estrogen

When scheduling your exam we’ll ask you to stop taking any calcium supplements or milk of magnesia for 48 hours before your bone density exam. The exam requires about 20 minutes to complete.

Klickitat Valley Health’s Diagnostic Imaging Team has been awarded the ACR Golden Seal of Accreditation by the American College of Radiology. This accreditation is given to medical facilities that offer superior CT image quality along with close attention to patient safety. The award also recognizes the high level of professional training that our CT technologists have completed.


Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Emergencies Only

On-Call staff always available for emergencies during other hours.

Contact Information for Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging is located at Klickitat Valley Health Main Hospital

Phone: (509) 773-1020
FAX: (509) 773-6497
Email: xray@kvhealth.net

For Providers: http://www.kvhpacs.net/novarad


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