Radiology


Cibola General Hospital offers its patients a full selection of leading-edge radiology services to accurately and efficiently diagnose diseases in their early stages. The result is improved outcomes and better health for local residents. Highly trained professionals use the latest technology to provide X-rays, echocardiograms, and other imaging services that include CT scan, mammography, ultrasound, MRI, fluoroscopy and bone density.

The hospital's state-of-the-art equipment includes:

  • GE Lunar Prodigy
  • GE Advantx and Siemens Luminos Agile Radiography/Fluoroscopy
  • GE 64-Slice CT Scanner
  • GE Logiq 9 with 3D Ultrasound
  • GE Logiq P6 Ultrasound
  • Hologic Selenia full-field digital mammography system
  • OEC 9800 C-Arm
  • AMX 4 portable
  • GE 1.5 HDxt 16, 8-Channel MRI System

The Radiology department is staffed by professional technologists 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please call our direct line for any questions you may have regarding our services: 505-287-5250.

Patient Resources

Starlight Virtual Tour for Kids - Demonstrates a closer look at the equipment and procedures in an easy-to-understand format.
Printable Handouts for Procedures (links)
Spanish Handouts for Procedures (links)
Video Presentations - A Radiologist Explains Procedures (links)

CT

CT scan, or Computed Tomography examination, is a sophisticated diagnostic imaging procedure that permits cross-sectional imaging to allow physicians to see a single slice of the body...just as if you were taking a slice of bread out of a loaf. CT scans are used for diagnostic procedures that range from examining the head for bleeding or blood clots, to determining an organ's size and shape and evaluating disease processes. Using this technology, physicians can view the inside of anatomic structures, a feat not possible with general radiography.

Digital Mammography

Mammography is an X-ray procedure that uses low-dose radiation to create an image of breast tissue, and is the best way to detect breast cancer early and improve the odds of successful treatment. A mammogram can reveal breast lumps up to two years before they can be felt. The American Cancer Society recommends that women receive a mammogram once a year after age 40, though women at risk may need to have mammograms sooner or more often. The entire procedure, including preparation and processing the images, usually takes 40 to 60 minutes. Actual exposure time is very short.

Cibola General Hospital offers state-of-the-art digital mammography. Digital mammography provides better detection and diagnostic capabilities, and allow physicians to generate images in seconds. The capabilities of digital mammography result in fewer repeat views, lessening exposure to patients. The technology provides the added benefit of magnifying, manipulating and sharing images electronically not possible with traditional film-based mammography system.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a sophisticated diagnostic technique that uses a magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to generate detailed and cross-sectional images of human anatomy. Because it produces better soft-tissue images than X-rays, MRI is most commonly used to create sharp images of the brain, spine, thorax, vascular system, and musculoskeletal system (areas such as the knee and the shoulder). MRI is safe and noninvasive and produces no X-ray radiation, although it is not generally recommended for pregnant women. There are no known side effects or after effects.

At Cibola General Hospital, the MRI unit is high-field, high-service for faster and more precise images. In addition, the unit is mobile. MRI is available five days a week.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses sound waves to produce images of organs, vessels, and tissues in the body. The procedure has many applications, including evaluating blood flow within the heart, detecting breast cysts or gallstones, assessing the health of unborn babies, and examining the prostate, uterus, liver, kidneys, pancreas, colon, and urinary bladder. During an ultrasound exam, inaudible sound waves create "echoes" as they bounce off organs and tissue, and these echoes are then converted into an image on a computer screen. It is a safe, effective form of imaging.

Cibola General Hospital currently offers general ultrasound services daily. We also offer vascular ultrasound and echocardiography two days a week.

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is a specialized diagnostic procedure that permits examination of either the large bowel or the upper gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and the first small portion of the bowel or intestine. A fluoroscope is an X-ray unit combined with a television screen that allows a radiologist to observe the part of the body being examined. A series of X-rays will be taken. For some patients, a compound called liquid barium is used to produce clearer images that demonstrate the organ and how it is working. It passes through the body immediately and does not require any special precautions.

Cibola General Hospital also has a C-Arm and a portable fluoroscopy unit, which allows the procedure to be performed in surgery.