Innovative Imaging Services

The use of advanced imaging technologies and image-guided procedures are vital in diagnosing many medical conditions. Los Alamitos Medical Center’s diagnostic imaging facilities, convenient to the Orange County and Greater Long Beach areas, offers an array of high-quality imaging options to help physicians map out a comprehensive treatment plan for you.

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Advanced Imaging Technologies with Compassionate and Exceptional Care

Accurate, convenient and fast diagnostic imaging is the starting point in diagnosing a range of medical conditions. Los Alamitos Medical Center and its affiliate diagnostic imaging locations offer innovative imaging options in a comfortable outpatient setting.

From magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) technologies to nuclear medicine, ultrasound and X-rays, we use advanced technology to help physicians and other healthcare providers in Orange County and the Greater Long Beach area diagnose, treat and/or manage medical conditions.

We are fully certified by The Joint Commission to give you the quality of care and expertise that you need for your peace of mind. Additionally, the Los Alamitos Medical Center is a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and is an American College of Radiology (ACR)-accredited facility in the following:

  • Ultrasound
  • CT
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Mammography
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scan
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Ultrasound breast biopsy
  • Stereotactic biopsy

When you visit our imaging centers, our team of experienced staff and radiologists will provide you with timely readings, and with compassionate and personalized care for a comfortable imaging experience.

For your diagnostic imaging needs, visit us at any of the following convenient locations:

  • Los Alamitos Medical Center
  • Total Care Imaging Center
  • Walker Street Imaging Care

Diagnostic Imaging Services

What Is Diagnostic Imaging?

Diagnostic imaging describes a variety of techniques for viewing inside the body to help determine the cause of injury, illness and/or to confirm a diagnosis.

Common Types of Diagnostic Imaging Tests

The type of imaging your doctor recommends depends on the symptoms and the part of your body being examined. Imaging tests are generally painless and easy; however, some require you to remain still for a long period to produce clear, detailed and multidimensional pictures.

Certain tests may also involve exposure to small amounts of radiation, and may include the use of contrast agents to enhance the visualization of structures in the body. These are given orally or intravenously. Some of the most common types of diagnostic imaging tests include X-ray, CT scan, nuclear medicine scan, MRI scan, mammography and ultrasound.

What Imaging Tests Do We Offer at Los Alamitos Medical Center?

When you come to us for diagnostic imaging, our team of dedicated and attentive radiology staff will guide you every step of the way, from the time you schedule an appointment to the actual screening.

Our multiple imaging locations in the Orange County and Long Beach areas offer the following services:

  • Bone densitometry - a noninvasive diagnostic test that uses low doses of X-rays to measure your bone mineral density and bone loss at an early stage. A bone densitometry test is used to diagnose conditions, such as osteopenia and osteoporosis, and to predict your risk of future fractures.
  • CT scan - uses a combination of X-ray and computers to create a cross sectional image of your body that helps physicians look for fractures, cancers, blood clots, signs of heart disease and internal bleeding.
  • Digital mammography – is a low dose X-ray of the breast that uses solid-state detectors found in digital cameras, which convert X-rays into electrical signals to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen.
  • 3D mammography – is an enhanced mammogram also known as a tomosynthesis. It better visualizes the layers of breast tissue. This is highly recommended for patients with dense breast tissue, history of breast cancer or new concerns in their breast as it may help to find smaller cancers earlier.
  • MRI - a noninvasive imaging technology that produces detailed three-dimensional images using a large magnet and radio waves. MRI scanners help doctors examine the brain, spinal cord and nerves as well as muscles, ligaments and tendons to detect, diagnose, treat and monitor diseases.
  • PET/CT – a type of imaging test that uses a small amount of radioactive substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body. The tracer travels through the blood, mapping organs and tissue to help radiologists see certain areas more clearly. The PET/CT combines the anatomical information from a CT with the functional information from the PET into one single exam.
  • Breast biopsy - is a diagnostic procedure in which cells are removed from a suspicious area in your breast. These biopsies are performed by a radiologist using one of three different technologies to help guide them (Ultrasound, Stereo-Xray or MRI). They will choose the type of biopsy that best visualizes the suspicious area.
  • Ultrasound - a noninvasive diagnostic technique that uses sound waves to create images of organs, tissues and other structures inside the body. One of the most common uses of ultrasound include monitoring the growth and development of the fetus during pregnancy as well as imaging of the heart, blood vessels, eyes, thyroid, brain, breast, abdominal organs, skin and muscles.
  • X-ray - an imaging test that uses a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves to generate images of tissues and structures inside the body. Medical X-ray scans can help physicians diagnose, monitor and treat medical conditions.

How To Prepare for Your Visit

We are committed to providing you with the highest level of care and concern to help make your imaging experience as comfortable and quick as possible. Here are some reminders to help you prepare for your visit:

  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled screening.
  • Some examinations may take a while. Please allow approximately one hour for your screening or ask us in advance how long to expect for the procedure.
  • On the day of your appointment, please bring your photo identification, insurance card, prescription from your doctor’s office with diagnosis, and/or form of payment for co-payment or co-insurance.
  • Please bring the CD and report of previous findings on the body part to be examined for comparison, if applicable.
  • Please keep a copy of our telephone number and address with you, in case you need to contact us for delays, or you cannot find our facility.
  • Please call your insurance provider prior to your procedure to check if they require pre-authorization or a referral letter for your visit.

Schedule an Appointment

If you need diagnostic imaging in or near the Orange County or Greater Long Beach areas, please call (855) 840-3668, and we’ll connect you to one of our Imaging Centers near you.

To learn more about our services and location details, or to request an imaging appointment, see the scheduling information at the top of this page.

Insurances Accepted

Los Alamitos Medical Center accepts a variety of insurance plans. For questions about your coverage, please contact your insurance provider directly or click on this link for the list of our accredited insurance providers.

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