The Diagnostic Imaging Department provides a full range of imaging services for routine outpatient exams. Orders from an outside provider or facility can be accepted at Summit Pacific Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging Department.
Diagnostic Imaging Contact Information
Phone: 360-346-2243 Fax: 360-346-2156
Imaging Services Offered: (click on service for more information)
Computer Tomography (CT)
SPMC has a state-of-the-art Computed Tomography (CT) scanner that produces high quality images of the full body. The machine then reconstructs all the data into thinner slices for better diagnostic value.
Patients having CT scans, or better known as CAT Scans, may need to fast or receive contrast dye for their exam. These exams are appointment based and can take up to 20 minutes.
Bone Density -DEXA
With DEXA, our doctors are able to detect osteoporosis before it occurs. Without DEXA, diagnosing osteoporosis generally only happens after a fracture when it’s reached the acute or advanced stage. If we find that bone density is lacking or diminishing, preventive actions can be taken immediately.
The condition known as osteoporosis can commonly occur in individuals as they age, particularly in women. This condition is caused by the lack of calcium and specific bone materials, this can lead to brittle bones and possible fractures.
Performing the test is quick, easy and painless. Practically no preparation is needed before the imaging exam.
Body Composition Assessment
An Advanced Body Composition exam is a quick low dose X-ray exam that measures the three main tissues of the
human body: bone, fat and lean mass. This exam may help your health professional assess what level of exercise or intervention is needed to maintain a good ratio between fat and lean muscle mass.
Preparing for an Advanced Body Composition Assessment
- Avoid taking calcium supplements for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
- Wear comfortable clothing without zippers, buttons or any metal.
- Please remove all jewelry prior to exam.
- You should not have had a barium study, radioisotope injection, oral or intravenous contrast material from a CT scan or MRI within seven days prior to your Advanced Body Composition assessment.
Because the assessment report is very detailed we ask that you call to schedule this appointment. We want to insure our staff has the appropriate amount of time to go over the results with you.
This exam costs $50 and payments are due before your appointment. Insurance will not cover this exam.
X-ray imaging has been a diagnostic tool in the medical field for over 100 years.
Digital X-rays produce an image about 5 seconds after the exposure is made. With digital radiography, radiation doses are very minimal to what they were prior with film radiography. Because digital X-ray images are seen immediately, patients no longer have to wait until the film has been developed to see if the images are clear enough for diagnosis. Another advantage is that in most cases, overexposed or underexposed images can be digitally corrected which eliminates the need for the patients to repeat the exam.
You do not need a scheduled appointment for your X-ray exam. If an order has not been faxed to the hospital please bring it with you. For any questions please call 360-346-2243.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to create moving images of soft tissues of the body. The images are very high quality, and let doctors see small differences in tissue. This is especially useful in helping solve medical problems. Ultrasound is painless and doesn’t need surgery. It’s one of the safest tools used in medicine today.
Ultrasound can create excellent images of:
- A fetus (unborn child)
- Blood vessels
- Uterus (womb)
- Many other parts of the body
An echocardiogram is a noninvasive ultrasound test that evaluates heart function. During an echo exam, high-frequency
sound waves from a hand-held wand placed on your chest provide pictures of the heart’s valves and chamber. These
echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen to evaluate the pumping action of your heart.
Mammogram Self-Referrals Now Available
Fitting in a mammogram can be challenging for busy women. Summit Pacific has the perfect solution, we now offer walk-in screening mammograms! While mammograms do not require a physician order, they do require that patients have a primary care provider to whom the results may be sent. Please note that appointments must be made for all diagnostic mammograms.
Although we do offer walk-in for mammograms, you may still schedule an appointment for your convenience. Our 3D mammograms take less than 30 minutes from check-in to the completion of your exam. To schedule an appointment, please call 360-346-2347 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
Financial Assistance for Mammograms
If you should be receiving a mammogram or check-up but do not have insurance or funding to pay for it, please contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department about your options for financial assistance. Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer! Summit Pacific works with the Washington Breast & Cervical Health Program to help uninsured and low-income women receive their annual examinations. Our Enrollment Specialist is also available at 360-346-2269 to assist patients who do not have insurance.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a state-of-the-art imaging procedure that produces very detailed pictures of internal body structures. It is used to identify tumors, neurological problems, orthopedic injuries, blood vessel flow, and other medical conditions.
Patients having a MRI at our imaging facility will be asked to wear clothing with no metal, and remove all jewelry. Exams can last from 30-60 minutes, you may be asked to fast and certain exams may require contrast.
When being scheduled for your appointment you will be asked a series of questions for your safety prior to your exam.