CT, or CAT Scan
Computed tomography - more commonly referred to as CT, CT scan or CAT scan - uses x-rays and advanced computer technology to generate detailed cross-sectional, and if needed, three-dimensional views of the body's internal organs and body structures. CT scans are used to identify normal and abnormal body structures, as well as guide procedures. The exam is painless.
General Radiology, or Digital X-ray
X-rays are a form of radiant energy, like light or radio waves. Unlike light, X-rays can penetrate the body, which allows a radiologist to produce images of internal structures. The radiologist can view these radiographic images on a TV or computer monitor.
Our 34 foot long mobile mammography coach provides 2D and 3D digital screening mammography, the same tests we provide in our Imaging Center. Purchased in 2016 with funds from CARRS/Safeway, and in conjunction with the Providence Cancer Center and the Providence Alaska Foundation, this state-of-the-art breast cancer detection unit rolls near and far.
Providence Imaging Center in Anchorage now offers the two most advanced scanners in Anchorage: the GE Optima 450W 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner that emphasizes patient comfort without compromising quality, and the GE Signa HDx 3.0 Tesla MRI scanner, meeting clinical musculoskeletal and neuro needs with exquisite image quality.
Providence Imaging Center's PET-CT in Anchorage combines two scanning technologies - PET and CT - into one machine, providing clinicians with highly defined, 3-D images of the human body in one system. The result is excellent image quality and spatial resolution, improved tumor detection and localization, precise disease staging, better monitoring of cancer recurrences, shorter investigation time, and greater patient comfort and convenience.
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (X-ray). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Providence Imaging Center in Anchorage is accredited as the State's first Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, and is the only center in Anchorage with this accreditation. We provide many imaging services specific to women.
Mammography plays an important role in the early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breast that is used to detect many breast changes too small or too deep to feel.