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Imaging Clinic (Radiology)
Imaging - Unparalleled Service
Stanford Health Care Imaging Services 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 maintains the highest standards of clinical excellence provided in a compassionate, caring environment.
Stanford Radiology Scheduling Center
To make an appointment, call: 650-723-6855
Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley
To make an appointment, call: 925-734-3376
Care and Treatment
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.
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.
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
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.
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, 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 injection of chemotherapy drugs directly into liver cancer, used when the tumor is not responsive to treatment by surgery or by radiofrequency ablation (RFA).
Fallopian tube recanalization
Blockages in the fallopian tubes, a cause of infertility, can be treated with a nonsurgical procedure known as Fallopian Tube Recanalization (FTR).
Radioembolization is injection of radioactive microspheres to treat both primary and metastatic tumors, mostly applied in the liver.
Tumor ablation therapies
Tumor ablation therapies include radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, cryoablation and MR guided focused ultrasound ablation to burn or freeze tumors.
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.
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.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
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.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
- 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 promptly at your provided arrival time. Late arrivals may result in a rescheduled appointment.
Call us to make an appointment
Stanford Health Care
Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley
For Health Care Professionals
RADIOLOGY PHYSICIAN TO PHYSICIAN CONSULT LINE
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The reading room assistant is available to connect you with our sub-specialty radiologists and technologists. Please have the patient’s name, DOB, and medical record available.
- Advice on what imaging study to order in a given clinical situation
- STAT READ requests or report clarification
- Consultation about specific imaging sequences or special requests
- Inpatient exam schedule status updates
- Report availability
Please direct any outpatient scheduling, rescheduling or cancellations to the Stanford Radiology Scheduling Center.
HOW TO REFER
If this is your first time referring a patient to Stanford for imaging, please complete the Unknown Provider Form (PDF) for the Medical Staff Office provider database.
Stanford Health Care Imaging Services - For general radiology referrals, please complete the Requisition / Exam Order Form (PDF), and for radiology wellness exams, use the CT Virtual Colonoscopy Requisition Form (PDF), or the CT Lung Cancer Screening Requisition Form (PDF).
Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley Imaging Services - For general radiology referrals, please complete the Requisition / Exam Order Form (PDF), and for radiology wellness exams, use the CT Lung Cancer Screening Requisition Form (PDF).
Stanford Medicine Imaging and Express Care - For general radiology referrals, please complete the Requisition/Exam Order Form.
CMS Mandate and Imaging Clinical Decision Support (CDS)
What you need to know about patients with Medicare Part B and Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, effective January 1, 2022.
- The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014, established the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) program to increase use of AUC for advanced diagnostic imaging services (CT, MRI, PET, Nuclear Medicine) for Medicare Part B recipients.
- Effective January 1st, 2022 providers must consult Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) through a qualified Clinical Decision Support Mechanism (qCDSM) when ordering advanced diagnostic imaging services.
- The purpose is to enable providers to order the most appropriate tests for patients while minimizing unnecessary radiation, intravenous contrast exposure, and potential risks of invasive procedures.
- A free clinical decision support tool is available at qcdsm.nationaldecisionsupport.com
- Stanford Health Care radiology paper requisitions include CDS required fields or you may submit the Imaging Clinical Decision Support Fax Form with your referral.
- PRISM - Send and manage radiology orders online. Portal to include Medicare (CMS) mandate support features, such as:
*Clinical Decision Support Mechanism (qCDSM) when ordering advanced diagnostic imaging services.
*Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) - notification that services are likely not covered by Medicare.
- Send referrals online
- Place radiology orders
- View referral status
- Access medical records
Stanford Health Care Locations
To schedule an imaging/radiology appointment, call: 650-723-6855.
Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley Locations
To schedule an imaging/radiology appointment, call: 925-734-3376.
Stanford Health Care Affiliated Locations
Alliance Medical Group San Pablo 510-837-6822.
Bay Valley Medical Group Hayward 650-498-4672.
Bay Valley Medical Group Danville 925-314-0260.
Stanford Medicine Imaging and Express Care 408-984-7226.
Imaging Pleasanton 925-272-2855.
Menlo Medical Clinic 650-498-6500.