Diagnostic imaging services in Anchorage, Alaska
Whether you are coming in for a routine mammogram or a complex interventional radiology procedure, our imaging services team are ready to meet your needs.
Our highly trained specialists at Alaska Regional Hospital will handle your imaging procedure with professionalism and compassion.
To schedule an appointment, please talk with a scheduling team member at (855) 226-9105.
High-quality imaging services you can trust
At Alaska Regional, we are a Joint Commission accredited healthcare organization. Achieving the Joint Commission's Gold Seal means we are committed to delivering positive patient outcomes in safe surroundings. We have also achieved accreditation by the American College of Radiology in mammography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) scanning.
All of our imaging procedures are supervised and interpreted by fellowship-trained, board-certified radiologists. Our imaging results are collected and managed by a fully digital environment, often referred to as PACS, Picture Archive and Communications System.
PACS allows your physician access to digital images and view your test results from anywhere there is internet access. This system enables healthcare providers to get information about your health faster, allowing them to provide more efficient and effective medical care. For general information about our diagnostic imaging and radiology department call (907) 264-1244. To schedule an appointment, call and speak with our scheduling team at (855) 226-9105.
The American College of Radiologists recognizes our expertise in delivering high-quality and safe imaging services.
Our highly skilled and experienced imaging team has earned our facility the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval through delivering advanced procedures and positive outcomes.
Reasons you may need imaging services
From severe auto accidents to stroke symptoms to broken bones, imaging helps physicians see how disorders affect your body. Reasons doctors request medical imaging include:
- Diagnosing and evaluating symptoms for specific health disorders
- Monitoring progress of medical treatments
- Viewing damage to organs, bones, muscles, blood vessels and nerves
- Preparing for surgical procedures
Imaging services we offer
We offer a variety of procedures to help diagnose health conditions. Some of the procedures we offer include:
This type of scan combines thin cross-sections of digital images to provide a detailed diagnostic image in all areas of the body. Biopsies and other treatments can be performed using CT scanning.
Digital or 3D mammography
Mammography uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. With digital, the imaging procedure uses computed tomography to take pictures and form a 3D picture of the breast. The procedure offers high-definition images with more details than traditional mammography.
Fluoroscopy is a type of X-ray that creates real-time “moving” images of a patient’s internal organs and structures. It also helps doctors see functions such as swallowing, pumping blood and gastrointestinal movement.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
MRIs acquire images of the body using powerful magnets and radiofrequency waves. It reveals medical conditions and increased details of soft-tissue anatomy that are not easily diagnosed through X-ray, ultrasound or CT scans.
Ultrasound utilizes high-frequency sound waves to display moving, 3D images of the inside of the body on a monitor. No radiation is involved with ultrasound imaging procedures. It is most commonly used to see a baby in the womb.
X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. Individual particles, called photons, pass through the body and are detected by a highly sensitive imaging plate that is transmitted into a sharp digital image.
Advanced imaging-related services
Alaska Regional offers advanced services through our imaging department including:
Alaska Regional Imaging Alliance
Our Alaska Regional Imaging Alliance (ARIA) is a state-of-the-art facility with the latest equipment to meet the needs of all patients. The team at the facility delivers high-quality care in a soothing, spa-like environment.
Our imaging center offers several breast health services including screening. We work with you and your personal doctor to provide results anywhere there is internet access. Your doctor will receive results usually within hours of your procedure.
We specialize in breast health screening and interventional radiology procedures. Some of our procedures include:
- 3D and traditional mammograms
- Bone density scan (DEXA)
- Stereotactic breast biopsy
- Ultrasound-guided biopsy
Alaska Regional provides several image-guided lab procedures including:
- Injection therapy for pain management
- Placement of catheters to draw blood, give IV therapy and allow dialysis
- Placement of port-a-caths and peripherally inserted central venous catheters for oncology care or medication infusion
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses radioactive materials to diagnose and treat disorders. It is an invaluable tool in providing your physician with results that help diagnose symptoms so appropriate treatment can be planned.
Radiologists usually use an injection or inhalant (gas) to introduce a radioactive substance, known as a radiopharmaceutical or tracer, into a patient's body. Next, the tracer attaches to a targeted area for study.
A specialized video camera picks up radiation from the tracer. The results allow doctors to see crystal-clear images of the organs, blood vessels, or other soft tissues and help them create treatment plans.
For more information about the Alaska Regional Imaging Alliance, please call (907) 264-2929.