The services available through Southwest Health System include routine x-rays, ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT), digital mammography (including 3D mammograms), nuclear medicine, and echocardiography. Medical imaging services provide a selection of diagnostic tools that support the work of our Emergency Department and other areas like Cardiopulmonary Services. An echocardiogram, for instance, can be helpful in evaluating a heart murmur or unexplained chest pain. Physicians in our health system use their medical training in addition to lab testing and imaging to help evaluate treatment options.
When your doctor directs you to the Radiology Department for services here, you can feel confident that our qualified staff are equipped with technology that is on par with the latest teaching facilities. That means faster imaging times and better patient outcomes.
All technologists in the Medical Imaging Department are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. In addition, our Ultrasound Technologists are registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Our mammography technologists have had additional training in performing mammograms and have passed a special registry examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Several of our technologists have specialized in a certain imaging modality such as Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Nuclear Medicine and passed a registry examination in that modality which is given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The mammography service is Accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Many doctors with patients who receive medical imaging services from facilities in Montezuma and La Plata counties work with radiologists in Durango. They include:
- Mark Walters, MD
- Patrick Messerli, MD
- Kurt Rohren, MD
- Brett Englund, MD
- Jonathan Delacey, MD
- Jay Johnson, MD
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is an appointment required?
Routine x-rays (chest, wrist, arm, ankle, etc.) don’t require an appontment. Other services (like mammogram, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, echocardiogram, fluoroscopy, or nuclear medicine study) do. Call (970) 564-2050 to make an appointment.
- Where is the imaging department?
The Medical Imaging Department on the first floor of the north campus. Inside the main (North) entrance to the hospital is a receptionist who can direct you.
- Should I be concerned about exposure to radiation?
The levels of radiation patients are exposed to during an imaging procedure are very small (similar to being in the sun for 20 minutes) and we take every necessary precaution.
Patients are billed separately through MSN by the radiologists affiliated with Radiology Associates, PC. Their billing office number is 800-841-4236.
Hours of Operation and Scheduling
Our department is open for out-patient services Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. If you are having a routine x-ray (chest, wrist, arm, ankle, etc.) you do not need an appointment. If your doctor has ordered a mammogram, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, echocardiogram, fluoroscopy, or nuclear medicine study, please call (970) 564-2050 to make an appointment.
The Medical Imaging department is under the direction of Wendell Heck, RT(R)MR. He can be reached at (970) 564-2059. Learn more about Southwest Health System and our commitment to quality in Cortez and Mancos.