Imaging Center

At Family Health West’s Hospital and Imaging Center, qualified professionals provide the latest technology in Imaging: 3D Tomosyntheis Mammography*, X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI (Thursdays and Fridays), Bone Density Scan*, and Ultrasound*.

Our imaging services are provided by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists, promoting high standards of patient care by recognizing qualified individuals in medical imaging, interventional procedures and radiation therapy,

You no longer have to drive miles away from home to have an image taken. Our Imaging Center professionals will take care of your specific need and send required information and images to your doctor saving you time and money.

Now Available
1. Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography at the Hospital
2. MRI wide bore that will expand to Monday-Friday at the Hospital
3. Our very own board certified Radiologist
4. Digital Radiography beginning April 1, 2014 at the Hospital
Imaging Center Locations and Hours

Hospital Location – Offering CT Scan, Ultrasound, Digital Radiography and MRI (Thursdays and Fridays)

300 W. Ottley Avenue
Fruita, CO 81521
(970) 858-2149

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Kokopelli Location - Offering X-Ray and Bone Density Scan

551 Kokopelli Blvd # G
Fruita, CO 81521
(970) 858-2503

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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*3D Tomosynthesis Mammography

The cutting edge technology of 3D Tomosynthesis provides a faster, more precise mammogram than has ever been available before.

New Tomosynthesis Mammography at Family Health West

Fruita, CO (May 1, 2014) - Family Health West has announced the arrival of the new Tomosynthesis Mammography (three dimensional mammography) to their Hospital. Family Health West is one of the first healthcare facilities in Colorado to offer 3D mammography. Tomosynthesis Mammography incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp breast tissue images. This not only improves the ability to detect breast cancer, but also decreases the need for additional examinations so often needed in mammography. The images appear on the technologist’s and radiologist’s monitor within seconds, which results in a more rapid examination and ultimately a more efficient experience for the patient.

Family Health West Hospital is a certified Pink Ribbon Facility, a distinction awarded only to the most elite of healthcare providers. “Statistics show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime,” said Michelle Angelo, Family Health West Director of Radiology, “By offering digital mammograms, Family Health West is hoping to increase the number of women in the Valley who follow recommendations for regular screenings. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97%.”

“Tomosynthesis is the first of its kind in the Grand Valley, and has been shown to significantly reduce the number of false positive mammograms and decrease the need for breast biopsies,” said Mark J. Francis, Family Health West CEO and President, “Furthermore, our Mammography Department will have a radiology physician on site. This means that in addition to screening mammography, diagnostic mammography and most biopsies can now be performed here at Family Health West.”

“We are excited about our state-of-the-art technology and enhanced mammography services,” added Lori Henderson, Family Health West CNO, “The Tomosynthesis Mammography expands our capacity to take care of our patients with the best in technology for their convenience and that of their physicians.”

*Bone Density Screening

Bone density screening is highly recommended for early detection of osteoporosis.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a gradual thinning and weakening of bones, which can lead to bone fractures. Over 28 million Americans, 80% of whom are women, have or are at risk of developing this condition. Since osteoporosis is often referred to as a “silent disease,” many are less likely to find out they have it until they suffer a painful fracture. Osteoporosis can’t be reversed, but early detection may prevent further deterioration of the bone along with changes in diet, exercise habits and/or medication.

More information is available at The National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Osteoporosis Risk Factors:

  • Female and older than age 50
  • Family history of fracture
  • Early menopause
  • Diet low in calcium
  • Thin and small framed

Are you at risk or worried about Osteoporosis?

Family Health West’s Imaging Center offers one simple and painless test that can help. Our Lunar Prodigy Bone Densitometer determines your risk of developing osteoporosis and if necessary, we can suggest guidelines to help you prevent a fracture. Our Densitometer measures the density of the spine, hip and other bones which are the most frequent sites of fracture.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (970) 858-2503.

An Ultrasound, also referred to as a Sonogram, uses sound waves to examine the internal structures of the body. This is a virtually painless procedure and does not involve the use of x-ray or radiation. Gel is applied to the skin over the area to be scanned. A sonographer (ultrasound technologist) then places a probe called a transducer on the gel. The transducer is moved over the skin to image and evaluate the underlying structures. Pictures are recorded and read by a radiologist who will send a report to your doctor.

We offer ultrasound exams in a private, comfortable outpatient setting. Your exam is performed by a registered sonographer and read by a board certified radiologist. Ultrasound exams include gynecological, abdominal and vascular duplex, such as carotid arteries and deep veins of the arms or legs.

For the obstetrical patient, ultrasound can assist your physician in evaluating the developing fetus and in assessing the overall well-being of the pregnancy.

For the gynecological patient, a sonogram helps evaluate a woman's uterus and ovaries. Should a more detailed view be required, a vaginal ultrasound, similar to a pelvic exam, would be performed.

A sonogram of the abdomen provides images of organs such as the gallbladder, pancreas, liver, kidneys and spleen. The exam can detect abnormalities of these structures and aid in the diagnosis of various disorders.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (970) 858-2503.