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Parkview Imaging Center

At Parkview Imaging Center, customer service is our commitment. We are Southern Colorado’s leading outpatient imaging center offering MRI & CT, and have been serving the community since 1995. We strive to empower patients and physicians, providing them with the information necessary for peace of mind. Our same day appointments allow us to provide answers in only a few short hours rather than days!

You will receive your scan by technologists who are double registered, MR, CT and Radiology, with a total of 50 years experience, and our MRI facility has been fully accredited by the American College of Radiology since July 2000.

With our superior imaging capability on our 3.0T MRI and 16-slice CT, high quality images and fast turnaround times, we are personalizing imaging with every scan.

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

We offer patients the most advanced capabilities available on our 3T MRI scanner.

MRI creates pictures of your body using a magnetic field, radio waves and a computer. MRI pictures show bone and soft tissues of the body including; muscles, nerves, brain, discs and ligaments. An MRI scan is a painless procedure with virtually no known side effects.

What does 3T mean?

The strength of an MRI scanner is measured in units called Tesla (T) units, and MRI scanners can have a Tesla strength of 1T to 3T. Parkview Imaging Center’s MRI scanner has a Tesla strength of 3T, which is the most powerful MRI strength available for clinical use. The stronger the MRI strength, the faster the MRI scan can be done; and at Parkview Imaging Center, most exams take 20 minutes or less. 3T MRI scanners also take pictures of your body at the highest resolution available, meaning your doctor will see the highest level of image quality when seeing the MRI performed at Parkview Imaging Center. You might make the comparison to the picture quality of a regular TV compared to HDTV.

What happens during an MRI Scan?

The technologist will position you on the MRI scanner table and move the table into the MRI scanner. Although the technologist will be controlling the procedure from an adjacent room, he or she will be able to see and communicate with you at all times.

During the scan, you will hear a series of pulsing noises that sound like knocking or banging. These are normal sounds produced by the equipment. During most procedures, you will be able to use a headset to either listen to music or watch your favorite TV show during the exam.

What is a Contrast MRI Scan?

In a contrast scan, a clear nonradioactive liquid will be injected into a vein, usually in your arm. This contrast agent makes certain details clearer and is a routine part of some MRI scans. If your doctor orders a scan with contrast, you will need to drink plenty of fluids for the remainder of the day of your scan.

How do I prepare for my MRI Scan?

In most cases, you don’t have to do anything to prepare for your MRI scan. Unless you are instructed otherwise, you may eat and drink as you choose, and you can continue to take any prescribed medications.

Scans that require special instructions are those with contrast, and those done of the abdomen or pelvis. This is important to ensure high quality pictures. Please check with facility for specific instructions.

Before the scan, you will be asked to remove your watch, keys, coins, credit cards, hairpins, and any other objects that could be damaged by the MRI scanner or might cause distortion on the images. It is very important not to bring any metal objects into the scan room without letting the technologist know.

You may also be asked to change into a comfortable scrub top or bottom during your exam.

Can anyone have an MRI?

  • Most patients can have an MRI exam, even those who have metal implants.
  • Those patients with the following cannot have an MRI:
  • Pacemakers
  • Some inner ear implants
  • Active Implanted neurostimulators or pain pumps
  • Implanted TENS units
  • The following implants may require that we see your implant card so that we can call the manufacturer for scanning safety:
  • Cerebral aneurysm clips
  • Stents
  • Filters
  • IUD’s

If you should have any questions regarding the safety of any implant you may have, please feel free to call and speak to one of our technologists.

What if I am pregnant?

If you are pregnant or feel you may be pregnant please call us so we can consult with your physician and discuss the situation with you.

What If I am claustrophobic?

Parkview Imaging Center has many options to make you comfortable during your MRI scan. Most scans take less than 20 minutes to complete. Our theatre and sound system allow you to choose between listening to your favorite kind of music or watching your favorite TV show. In the most anxious patients, oral sedation can be used.

What happens after the test?

After your scan, the technologist will check to make sure quality images have been obtained. The radiologist will interpret the images and a report will be sent to your physician with the results of your MRI scan. Your physician will then discuss the results with you.

CT Scan

Computed Tomography (CT)
Committed to better patient care by reducing patient dose.
We are well known in the community for our exceptional patient care, quality of service and for our highly experienced patient friendly staff.
Many thousands of satisfied patients have been served by Parkview Imaging Center since 1995.
We are certain that you will find your experience at our office much more convenient and efficient than any other facility in town.
What does “Low Dose” mean and why is it important?
Exposure to radiation, from any source, can build up over time and can increase the risk of tumors or other medical issues in a small percentage of the population. Our goal is to adhere to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle, i.e. to use the lowest possible dose to obtain the required diagnostic image quality. The CT scanner that Parkview Imaging Center has purchased from Siemens uses patented technology which enables a 40-60 percent lower dose of radiation without a loss in image quality.

What does PIC offer you over hospital-based CT scanners?

Ease of Scheduling

No recorded messages. Knowledgeable and courteous schedulers answer the phone right away and are ready to assist you in scheduling your exam. We recognize that you have your own busy schedule and we try our best to accommodate your needs by offering extended weekday hours, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am-1:00 pm.
Easy Access
Parking is right outside our front door. Our facility is conveniently located and easy to find whether you are coming from out of town or from your doctors’ office.
In and Out Quickly
No “check-ins” at a separate admissions desk. Our check in is easy and quick and most appointments are from 15-30 minutes in length. You won’t waste time in a waiting room and you won’t get “bumped” by an in-patient. You can have your scan done over lunch or before or after work without taking time off from your job. We even accommodate unusual working schedules, just ask our schedulers.
Superior Patient Satisfaction
When asked about their experience at Parkview Imaging Center, our patients had many positive comments:
“The staff who work here are friendly and knowledgeable.”
“Prompt and Courteous.”
“Private. People very nice. Thank You!”
“Quick scheduling, very friendly staff.”
“ Location is great and staff is friendly.”
“Friendliness and ease of getting in & out quickly.”

What is a Computed Tomography(CT) Scan?
A computed tomography scan, also known as a computerized axial tomography(CAT) scan, is a noninvasive procedure that uses targeted x-rays with the aid of a computer to create detailed cross-sectional images of the inside of the body. A CT scan is frequently used to evaluate the brain, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and sinuses.
When should I arrive for my scan?
You should arrive 10-15 minutes before your exam to provide time for our staff to greet you and help you fill out any necessary paperwork.
What happens after my scan?
There are no lasting affects from a diagnostic CT exam. You may move around and drive immediately after your procedure.
When will I get my results?
Parkview Imaging Center provides a 24-hour turnaround time on all interpretations. The final results will be given to your referring physician as soon as the images are interpreted and analyzed by one of our subspecialty-trained radiologists. Your doctor will share the results with you.

Parkview Imaging Center
404 West 12th Street
Pueblo, CO 81003
719.542.0172

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400 West 16th Street, Pueblo, CO 81003

719.584.4000