Detecting and treating diseases
Doctors and specialists use diagnostic images to evaluate bones, organs and soft tissue. The information provided by these images helps detect and treat diseases inside the body. Ocean Beach Hospital offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic imaging services onsite.
Our medical imaging services are available 24 hours a day and are used for emergencies, surgeries, inpatient and outpatient care. We image patients of all ages, from newborns to elderly adults, taking the time to ensure they are as comfortable as possible throughout the imaging process. We also follow ALARA (“as low as reasonably achievable”) practices, ensuring the lowest level of radiation exposure required in order to obtain a diagnostic image. Our imaging department is a completely digital environment, allowing us to store more images and access them faster.
What to expect during the imaging process
Patients undergoing imaging services should wear loose, comfortable clothing with the least possible metal and jewelry. You will be standing, sitting, or lying on a table and may be repositioned several times during the exam. An outpatient x-ray may take as little as 10 minutes, while a CT, MRI, ultrasound or nuclear medicine procedure may take 30 minutes to an hour or more. Results are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist (most often with sub-specialty training in the relevant body area/technology) who sends a report to your referring provider. The referring provider will contact you with results of the exam.
Each of our technologists is licensed and nationally registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.