Radiology & Imaging Tests

UNM Health is a regional leader in radiology imaging and testing.

We offer the latest and most advanced equipment, techniques and service in New Mexico. From MRIs to CAT scans, ultrasounds and fluoroscopy, we have the technology to diagnosis your or your loved one in a comfortable, convenient setting.

Imaging Tests & Services

Computer tomography (CT) imaging is also known as a CAT (computerized axial tomography) scan. CT scans help doctors see internal organs, bones and tissue through radiation and computer processing. CT scans create images of sections of the body in “slices.”

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This test uses sound waves to produce images of the heart, allowing your physician to examine how your heart is beating and pumping blood. It also tells your doctor the size and shape of your heart, as well as if there is any tissue damage.

This uses x-rays to obtain real-time moving images with a fluoroscope (a tool with a fluorescent screen). We offer this test at our UNM Hospital and UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center locations.

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A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test uses a powerful magnetic field and computers to visualize soft tissue and organs in detail. MRI arthrograms take images of joints such as the shoulder, hip or knee using contrast.

MRIs are different from CTs in that they do not use radiation. Our cutting-edge scanner provides high-resolution imaging and is the only MRI system with fiber optic technology.

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MRI Brochures

MRI Arthrogram Brochures

Also called a sonogram, an ultrasound is a non-ionizing (meaning no radiation) test. This study is performed with a handheld device that sends out high-frequency sound waves. The waves create real-time images of soft tissues such as organs and vessels.

Ultrasound imaging is safe, painless and noninvasive and helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

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General imaging, also known as x-rays, is a type of medical imaging made by projecting x-rays through the body onto a detector. X-rays are most commonly used to detect broken bones. We offer X-ray walk-in services at several locations.

Women's Imaging

Bone Density Test (DEXA)

This study, also called a DEXA scan, uses x-rays to measure the grams of calcium and other materials in a bone segment. It can determine the presence of osteoporosis, which is a condition that can cause bones to become fragile and break.