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Diagnostic Services in the Central Valley

In the medical realm, imaging describes various processes medical professionals use to obtain a detailed picture of the body, inside and out. In the last 100 years alone, our ability to identify warning signs on hidden parts of the body have drastically improved. Salinas Valley Healthcare System has stayed on top of these medical advances and equipped ourselves with high quality imaging devices so that we can provide patients with optimal diagnostics and preemptive treatments.

Scanning vs. Surgery

Without being able to see inside the body, doctors have traditionally relied on surgery to examine a patient with unexplained ailments. This is not an ideal diagnostic procedure as it puts the patient at risk of infection, requires a brief stay at the hospital, and is a costly endeavor that may yield no results. Now surgery is used as a last resort diagnostic measure, and even then doctors typically employ minimally invasive techniques.

Imaging services and minimally invasive diagnostic surgeries are almost always done on an outpatient basis. This means patients do not need to stay in the hospital and can return home shortly after the test.

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Ultrasound scanning works like underwater sonar using a device similar to a microphone pressed against the area being scanned. Most ultrasound scans are done from outside the body, through the skin. This device sends out very high frequency sound waves, which go into the area being examined and bounce back when they hit an organ or blood vessel. These sound waves are processed by a computer, which produces a map of the area being scanned. This technique allows the radiographer to see static structures and to observe moving parts such as the heart of a baby in the womb or the valves inside an adult heart.