The University of Arizona Medical Center -- Academic Medicine is Smart Medicine

Medical imaging, or radiology, is often the starting point for diagnosis. With a proper diagnosis, you’ll begin receiving optimum treatment as soon as possible.

At the University of Arizona Medical Center, we integrate the highest technology available with expert radiologists so you can be confident regarding your entire treatment process.

If you are in need of medical imaging, please obtain an order from a physician prior to scheduling an appointment. Once you have the imaging order, please call our Patient Service Center at (520) 694-8888 to schedule an appointment or complete our Request an Appointment form and select Medical Imaging as the specialty.

Cancer Imaging

We offer advanced positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanning for the diagnosis of solid tumors and a variety of cancers. This technology provides not only better resolution of images – meaning our radiologists can see cancer when it is smaller and easier to treat – but the scan is done with less radiation and in a shorter amount of time. PET/CT has also become a powerful new way of evaluating brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, persistent seizures and dementia.

This new form of hybrid imaging combines a single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan, which shows how your organs work, and a computerized tomography (CT) scan, which shows your anatomy. Together a SPECT-CT image offers better precision for diagnosing cancers and other conditions, such as orthopaedic issues and infectious diseases.

Cardiac Imaging

Low-Dose CT Scan
Our top-of-the-line, low-dose CT scanner takes less than a minute to provide superb resolution and approximately one-tenth the dose of radiation of standard CT scans. This scan is used to view the heart and coronary arteries for effective management of heart disease.

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) creates moving and still images of your heart and blood vessels. MRI scans of the heart, aorta, coronary arteries and blood vessels are used for diagnosing coronary artery disease and other heart problems. Physicians can use these scans to examine the size and thickness of the chambers of the heart and determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or heart disease.

Nuclear Cardiac Camera
This new technology allows our radiologists and cardiologists to more clearly view the location and stage of heart disease. Like our other advanced medical imaging techniques, the nuclear cardiac camera means less radiation exposure and a quicker scan.

University Medical Imaging and Breast Imaging Center

Quality care and service are the focus at our University Medical Imaging and Breast Imaging Center. At the center, we combine an experienced team of specialty radiologists with the highest quality imaging technology to ensure precise and prompt diagnostic results.

Our multi-modality radiology imaging center is leading the field, with PET and CT scanning including 64-slice CT, high-field MRI, ultrasound, echocardiography, and computed radiography.

We do our best to make any special accommodations needed to make you as comfortable as possible during your imaging procedure. If you are visiting the clinic from the University of Arizona Cancer Center North Campus, complimentary transportation to and from is available.

To schedule an appointment at University Medical Imaging, call the University of Arizona Medical Center's Patient Service Center at (520) 694-8888.

Breast Imaging
It’s an unsettling statistic: One in every eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life.

At the Breast Imaging Center within University Medical Imaging, you have access to some of the most advanced and comprehensive medical services available in the Southwest. Our radiologists are experts in breast imaging and image-guided procedures.

The best defense against breast cancer is early detection. Screening mammograms - an X-ray of the breast - can detect breast cancer at its earliest stage. Our 3D imaging technology shows the fine details of the breast tissue more clearly without any added radiation. At the Breast Imaging Center, we perform nearly 20,000 mammograms a year.

When additional imaging is necessary, our center offers specialized mammogram views and state-of-the-art breast ultrasound and MRIs. These diagnostic examinations are overseen by our breast imaging experts, who are available to discuss results and any further recommendations with patient at the time of their appointment.

When needed, a core needle breast biopsy can be performed. Our doctors are highly trained and experienced in breast biopsy, as well as other specialized procedures, including minimally invasive options. Procedures are performed skillfully and accurately, providing the most reliable results and best outcomes.

No referral is needed to schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram at the Breast Imaging Center. Call the University of Arizona Medical Center's Patient Service Center at (520) 694-8888 to request an appointment at the University Medical Imaging and Breast Imaging Center.

Please note: University Medical Imaging and Breast Imaging Center requires payment at the time of service. We accept cash, personal check and credit cards as well as most insurance plans and Medicare.

Complete University of Arizona Medical Center Medical Imaging Services

CT scans, also known as CAT scans, for:
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Chest and abdomen images
  • Cancer diagnosis and identification of treatment targets
  • Skeletal problems and injuries
  • Osteoporosis screening
  • Organ injuries
  • Vascular disease detection, diagnosis and treatment options
  • Gout using dual-energy CT scans
Echocardiography, also called echo, cardiac ultrasound, ultrasonography or cardiac doppler, for:
  • Aneurysm
  • Enlargement of the heart (cardiomyopathy)
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart membrane inflammation (pericarditis)
  • Heart valve disease
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans for diagnosis of many conditions, including:
  • Cancer
  • Digestive disorders
  • Heart and vascular disease
  • Joint and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Stroke

Our MRI machines reduce sound-related discomfort, lessen the effort needed to get on and off the table, improve comfort levels by changing the positioning of the body to be feet first into the scanner, shorten scan times and increase physician confidence through improved images.

Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT)scans for diagnosis and treatment of:
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease
  • Metastatic bone disease
Ultrasound, also known as sonography, for viewing:
  • A fetus
  • Internal organs
  • Movement of internal tissues and organs
  • Areas involved in surgical procedures, including biopsies
  • Breast tissue for biopsy
  • Superficial structures such as the thyroid gland
X-ray for:
  • Bone fractures
  • Joint injuries and infections
  • Artery blockages
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cancer detection, including mammograms to detect breast cancer

Clinical Trials

The University of Arizona conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials that support our commitment to improving patient care. For more information, visit the University of Arizona Clinical Trials site.

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