Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging at Incline Village Community Hospital, NVIncline Village Community Hospital and Tahoe Forest Health System’s Diagnostic Imaging and Briner Imaging departments offer state-of-the-art technology, on par with or better than many large hospital systems.

Our services include a radiology department with ultrasound, nuclear medicine, DEXA screening, MRI, and CT Services. The Briner Imaging Center offers state-of-the-art digital mammography for every patient. Our board-certified radiologists and registered technologists are dedicated to offering the highest quality imaging services in the area.

Radiology and CT Services

Incline Village Community Hospital

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Emergency services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
For more information, please call (775) 833-4100.

Diagnostic services including x-ray and multi-slice CT scan are open daily at Incline Village Community Hospital.

  • Conveniently located inside the Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Most insurance accepted

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Emergency services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

To schedule diagnostic services at Incline Village Community Hospital, please call (775) 833-4100.
No appointment necessary for most procedures.

Radiology, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, CT Services, and MRI

Tahoe Forest Hospital

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Emergency services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
For more information, please call (530) 582-3420

Briner Imaging Center:  
Offering state-of-the-art digital mammography
Located at Tahoe Forest Hospital in the new Western Addition on Pine Avenue in Truckee
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Imaging scheduling: 
All services can be accessed by calling (530) 582-6510 or 1-800-733-9953 ext. 6510.
Scheduling Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

What is a CT Scan?

Tahoe Forest Hospital's state-of-the-art, multi-slice CT scanner combines traditional x-ray technology with computer technology.

Computed tomography, or CT scan, once known as a CAT (computerized axial tomography) scan. CT scanning allows your physician to see a detailed image of your body or internal organs with a high-resolution, 3-D image. The CT scanner is a diagnostic tool that provides a quicker, more accurate diagnosis of many medical conditions that are difficult to detect with regular x-rays. CT scanning is painless and non-invasive and involves minimal radiation exposure, thanks to thin beam scanning technology.

Why are Screenings Important?

Many diseases can begin early in life and go undetected for years. Heart disease, lung disease and osteoporosis affect millions of Americans each year. Diseases such as these can often be detected and stabilized through simple lifestyle changes or minimal medications if diagnosed early.

During the CT Examination

After you change into an examination gown, a certified radiology technologist who is specially trained in imaging procedures will comfortably position you on the CT exam table. You will lie face up as you pass through the opening of the scanner, called the gantry. The scanner is open-faced and non-claustrophobic. The CT scanner resembles a large ring, which rotates around your body at 360 degrees as it sends and picks up thin beam x-rays obtaining cross-sectional images. Each organ can be seen clearly without overlap from other organs in the body. Periodically, the technologist may use the intercom to ask you to hold your breath for a short period of time. This helps to create better pictures when scanning the abdomen or chest. Most CT examinations take approximately 15 to 45 minutes.

After Your CT Examination

After your examination is complete, the radiologist checks the quality of the images taken. Occasionally, more scans may be needed. After your exam, you can eat and drink as you normally would and resume all of your regular activities. The radiologist will interpret the results of your examination and give a report to your physician.

Screening Exams

Tahoe Forest Hospital has the technical capabilities of many large hospitals and some of the most advanced equipment anywhere. We offer a variety of scans that provide detailed images of your body. These simple tests screen for a long list of hidden ailments such as heart disease, lung cancer, and life-threatening diseases of the brain, abdomen and pelvis before symptoms occur.

Body Scanning Tests

CAT scan screening is a revolutionary way to assess the current state of your health and detect disease early. Complete follow-up care is available, including a report to share with your physician. Body scanning is a complement to a physical examination by your physician and is not recommended for annual use.

The following screenings are available (and referral by physician is not required):

  • Coronary calcium scoring
  • Abdominal and pelvic screening
  • Lung screening scan
  • Bone density screening

 

Types of Screenings

Bone Densitometry - DEXA
Osteoporosis affects more than 25 million Americans. People with osteoporosis often do not know their bones are thinning, and they can suffer serious problems from the disease. Both men and women are at risk for osteoporosis. If diagnosed early, treatment can be prescribed that may slow down or even reverse the effects of bone loss. Tahoe Forest Hospital offers bone densitometry, DEXA, testing that produces images of the spine, hip or whole body. This test monitors the effects of age, diet, family history and other risk factors. An order from your physician is needed for this test.

Mammography
If you've never had a mammogram or haven't had one in more than a year, you should consider making an appointment. No physician referral is necessary, and most insurance plans are accepted. Statistics show that mammograms and monthly self-checks are the most effective methods for detecting breast cancer early. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can be treated. You are never too old to have your first mammogram, and follow-up care is available from a local physician. The procedure is simple and non-invasive and is performed by one of our certified mammography technologists. Our equipment is accredited by the American College of Radiology, meeting tough federal standards for performance.