Imaging - Unparalleled Service

Stanford Medicine Imaging is committed to providing outstanding care, utilizing state-of-the-art technology, and offering the subspecialty expertise of Stanford's world-renowned Department of Radiology. Our team of medical professionals conducts more than a quarter of a million studies each year, maintaining the highest standards of clinical excellence provided in a compassionate, caring environment.

Imaging Clinic at Stanford Hospital
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-6855 Getting Here
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Types of Imaging Services

CT scan (computed axial tomography or CAT scan)

A noninvasive medical test that uses special X-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body.

CT lung cancer screening

Low-dose CT scan of the lungs, used to detect lung cancer.


A medical test in which a continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined and is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan

A noninvasive medical test or examination that uses a large magnet and a computer to take pictures of the inside of your body.  


Sometimes called sonography, this is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues, and organs.

Virtual colonoscopy

A medical imaging procedure which uses CT scanning and advanced computer software to produce 2D and 3D images of the colon that can be viewed on a video screen.

X-rays (radiographs)

A medical test that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs on film.

Breast Imaging services and Image-Guided Breast procedures

Breast MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical examination that does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays). The MRI machine uses a large magnet and a computer to take pictures of the inside of your body. The scan usually takes between 45 to 60 minutes. Breast MRI scans should be scheduled within 7-12 days of the onset of one’s menstrual cycle unless the request is urgent.

Breast ultrasound

Ultrasonography, which is sometimes called sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images. The primary use of breast ultrasound today is to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected during a physical exam (such as a lump) and to characterize potential abnormalities seen on mammography or breast (MRI).

C-View synthesized 2D software

The C-View software option creates synthesized 2D images from tomosynthesis data sets. C-View images may be used with tomosynthesis in the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer, eliminating the need for a separate 2D exposure. The radiation dose with tomosynthesis and C-View offers the clinical benefits of tomosynthesis at about the same average dose of 2D digital mammograms in the USA.

Digital mammography

Digital mammography, also called full-field digital mammography (FFDM), uses a low dose x-ray system to take pictures of the breasts electronically rather than with film. Radiologists read the mammograms for early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. Stanford also uses computer-aided detection (CAD) on the mammograms, which uses a computer program and neural networks to find cancer.


A procedure in which contrast dye is used during mammography to identify the cause of spontaneous nipple discharge.


A specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts and aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

MRI (breast) core biopsy

Magnetic resonance imaging is used to help guide the radiologist's instruments to the site of the abnormal growth. Tissue samples are then removed with a hollow needle (called a core biopsy).

Stereotactic (breast) core biopsy

A special mammography machine uses X-rays (mammograms) to help guide the radiologists instruments to the site of the suspicious imaging findings.

Tomosynthesis (3D mammography)

Tomosynthesis uses low dose x-rays to take mammogram images of the breast, and shows only a few layers of the breast at a time. Preliminary studies show higher cancer detection and lower false positives than full-field digital mammography (FFDM).

Ultrasound fine needle aspiration biopsy or core biopsy

A procedure which uses ultrasound images to locate suspicious imaging findings, usually a breast mass. Small tissue samples are then removed using a fine needle to remove cells or a hollow needle (called a core biopsy).

Wire localization for surgery

A procedure used to guide the surgeon to the location of a breast mass too small or vague to feel accurately with the hand but needs to be removed and tested.

Interventional Radiology (IR) services


The removal of sample of cells or tissue via a hollow needle or scalpel to discover the presence, cause, or extent of a disease.


Chemoembolization is a minimally invasive treatment for liver cancer that can be used when the tumor is not amenable to treatment by surgery or by radiofrequency ablation (RFA).

Fallopian tube recanalization

Interventional radiologists are able to diagnose and treat blockages in the fallopian tubes with a nonsurgical procedure known as Fallopian Tube Recanalization (FTR).


Radioembolization is very similar to chemoembolization but using radioactive microspheres instead of chemotherapy drugs. This therapy is used to treat both primary and metastatic liver tumors.

Tumor ablation therapies

Tumor ablation therapies include radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, cryoablation and MR guided focused ultrasound ablation.

UFE (Uterine fibroid embolization)

A procedure in which the blood supply of uterine fibroids is cut off to get them to shrink.

Nuclear Imaging services

Bone density scan

An enhanced form of X-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss or density.

Cardiac PET perfusion

An evaluation of the blood flow (perfusion) to the walls of your heart using a high resolution PET scanner. Usually performed using a cardiac stress test.

Cardiac PET sarcoid

Similar to Cardiac PET Viability except with different eating instructions prior to the exam. An evaluation of the functional status of the heart (viability) and whether the heart has suffered permanent damage from sarcoidosis.

Cardiac PET viability

An evaluation of the functional status of the heart (viability) and whether the heart has suffered permanent damage.

Cardiac SPECT perfusion

An evaluation of the blood flow (perfusion) to the walls of your heart. Usually performed using a cardiac stress test.

PET/CT scanning

Combined PET/CT scans provide images that pinpoint the location of abnormal metabolic activity within the body. The combined scans have been shown to provide more accurate diagnoses than the two scans performed separately.


For Patients

Call us to schedule an appointment at any of our imaging locations. Our CT and MRI services are available seven days a week, including evenings. Same-day appointments are also available.


  • Read the Patient Exam Preparation (PDF) for a list of what to bring to your examination.  Call us if you have questions about your exam preparation.
  • Bring your driver's license or some form of identification, your insurance card, and the name and telephone number of your referring doctor.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.


Please feel free to contact the Radiology Marketing Team to provide feedback on your patient experience to Sheila Galuppo

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