Outpatient Imaging Center
When you or your family faces illnesses or injuries that require expert diagnosis and care, you can feel confident knowing that Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Imaging Center provides precise and accurate imaging services.
Designed to maximize the opportunity for prevention, treatment and cure, the Imaging Center follows the latest protocols to minimize the radiation exposure caused by some imaging tests. This allows our physicians and clinical staff to provide the most accurate diagnosis and treatment for your individual medical needs.
Our subspecialized imaging radiologists are dedicated to providing timely delivery and expert diagnosis to our referring physicians for every imaging exam. Their stewardship drives the caring and comfortable experiences our patients share when they visit our imaging center.
We have a team of almost 50 imaging physicians and specialists that includes radiologists, cardiologists, interventionalists and nuclear medicine specialists. Many of our physicians subspecialize in a specialized area so that we can provide expert diagnoses and consultations across all areas of medical imaging. Our imaging physicians also treat certain diseases with minimally-invasive, nonsurgical, image-guided procedures.
We provide high-tech imaging to ensure accurate diagnoses from head to toe. Imaging tests are performed in a caring, patient-focused environment and meet our high standards of comfortable, compassionate results-driven care. Our screenings include:
Computed tomography (also known as a CT or CAT scan) uses a narrow beam of X-rays and high-powered computers to generate images of bones and soft-tissues in the body. CT scans are most often used for your head, chest, abdomen, spine and pelvis.
MRI is an advanced, state-of-the-art digital imaging method, which produces clear, high-resolution images of tissues and organs within the human body. A powerful, yet harmless, magnetic field is combined with radio waves to produce detailed pictures of body structures such as the spine and brain, as well as a wide range of internal organs and tissues.
Because MRI scans are so versatile, the pictures they produce can be analyzed by your doctor to detect, diagnose and treat conditions ranging from bone infections, joint damage and multiple sclerosis, to brain injuries, blocked blood vessels and cancer.
Nuclear medicine scans use a special camera (gamma) to take pictures of tissues and organs in the body after a radioactive tracer (radionuclide or radioisotope) is put in a vein in the arm and is absorbed by the tissues and organs. The radioactive tracer shows the activity and function of the tissues or organs.
Our radiology suite is where we perform X-rays and fluoroscopy. Our technology allows us to produce X-rays within seconds. Fluoroscopy shows a continuous X-ray image, like an X-ray movie.
Our expert technologists are committed to providing you compassionate care with the highest exam quality and lowest possible radiation dose. We track your lifetime radiation exposure and minimize the amount you receive.
This type of imaging test uses sound waves that bounce off your body. A computer transforms the waves into images. Ultrasound is often used to examine soft tissues and babies developing in the womb.
Some ultrasounds require special preparation. Others don’t. If you need to follow special instructions before your procedure, we provide them at the time of scheduling.
Interventional Radiology uses imaging to perform minimally-invasive procedures that allow us to diagnose and treat many health problems. It allows us to do many things that would have required surgery in the past and these treatment procedures generally have less pain, risk and recovery time than traditional open surgery.
We perform many interventional radiology procedures, including:
- Placement of catheter devices into the veins to allow frequent blood draws, medication administration or dialysis
- Blocking abnormal arteries to stop bleeds
- Re-opening arteries and veins and placing stents to keep them wide open
- Drainage procedures to relieve pressure in your liver or kidney
- Needle biopsies
- Placement of feeding tubes
- Removal of infected fluid from an abscess
Conveniently located on the second floor of main hospital building, the Imaging Services Center features some of the latest imaging technology available to ensure that you receive the highest quality exam.
When you arrive, admitting department staff will greet you and proceed with registration. You will be escorted to imaging department, where your technologist will greet you for your exam and explain your test in detail, once you and your family are in our secure area. You’ll have the opportunity to any ask questions at this time. Based on your scheduled exam, your guests may be escorted to a comfortable waiting area while the technical portion of your exam is completed.
Please remember to bring a list of your current medications, prescription and nonprescription, your order form and your insurance card along with your picture identification on the day of your exam.
Clothing manufacturers are using copper and other metallic fibers in the actual material of most athletic clothing and yoga pants. These fibers will show up on imaging exams and can pose a safety hazard, will decrease image quality, or abstract the organs being imaged. This is why we ask that you be prepared to change based on the exam you’re having.
Our radiologists will read your exam and send the results to your physician usually within 48 to 72 hours.
A contrast is an organically bound iodine material that is used to make some abnormalities easier to see and will be delivered through a small IV catheter that will be placed on your arm or hand by the technologist. Our Imaging Center uses only non-ionic contrast (the safest kind), but with all contrast agents there is some potential for allergic reaction. Be sure to tell your technologist if you've had a reaction to contrast injection in the past, or if you are particularly sensitive to medications or certain type of seafood. It is important to let your technologist know if you are diabetic and are taking Metformin or Glucophage.
For some of our imaging exams it’s not possible to have family members accompany you during your scan. If you bring children or others who need assistance to your appointment, we ask that you make sure you have an additional responsible person with them.
We understand that exams may be interesting or that you would like to save the memory. But for the safety and privacy of our physicians, technologists and other patients, we ask that you not take pictures or use any recording, streaming, or image capture service or app during your exam. (This includes Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Live, TikTok and others.)
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