Imaging Services

At Longmont United Hospital, our medical staff members believe that early detection and treatment makes life-saving differences in the lives of our patients. The medical imaging department of Longmont United Hospital provides diagnostic and preventive screenings for patients in an empathetic, patient-focused environment.

Our Board-certified radiologists are the only Fellowship trained radiologists in Boulder County, and they work with registered imaging professionals to provide accurate results and recommendations over a broad range of tests. Whether you need an MRI, mammogram, X-Ray, ultrasound or other form of radiological testing, Longmont United Hospital is the Boulder, Larimer and Weld County center for expert radiology care.

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Imaging (MRI, CT Scan) at Longmont United Hospital

Longmont United Hospital's investment in the latest digital technology and our commitment to future technological changes ensure that you will receive quality imaging. Our team of radiologists is board certified by the American College of Radiology. They work directly with registered imaging professionals to provide quality and accurate exams. They will help you feel at ease as you complete the testing process.

How do imaging tests help maintain and diagnose your health?

The quality of your exam and results are used by your doctor to diagnose your health, develop a course of treatment, if needed, and monitor your progress with treatment.

Who will perform your imaging tests?

All imaging testing at Longmont United Hospital is performed by registered and highly qualified personnel. These are the same technologists that perform your imaging exams when you are in the hospital.

CT: Computed Tomography (64 slice)

Computed Tomography is a scan of x-rays that produces detailed images of organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. During the process, the CT rotates around your body taking images (slices) of the body. Small amounts of radiation are used. You will need an order from your physician for any CT exam.

Digital Radiography

Digital Radiography is a digital x-ray image that is available to the physicians on the computer.

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy captures "live" moving images of moving body structures, similar to an x-ray video camera.

Interventional Radiology

The Interventional Radiology process is when image guidance is used during minimally invasive procedures. Interventional Radiology is used for both diagnostic and treatment purposes.

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MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides high-resolution images of internal organs and tissues.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is different from x-ray, ultrasound, and other diagnostic images in that it helps find disease in the body by viewing images that show structural change. Patients are given a radioactive material through injection, swallowing, or inhalation then an image is taken of the organ, bone or tissue in question.

Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound exams produce live images that show movement and structure of internal organs. The process uses high frequency sound waves instead of ionizing radiation.

X-Ray

If you live near Longmont, Boulder or Frederick, CO and need imaging services, call 303.651.5121 to make an appointment. For a wide range of X-ray imaging services, including abdominal xray for digestive problems, bone xrays, chest xrays, sinus xray and more, contact Indian Peaks Medical Center in Frederick, CO.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment?

Most imaging exams do require an appointment. The exceptions to this are "routine x-ray" exams such as a chest x-ray, extremity x-ray. For all scheduling questions please call the Centralized Scheduling at 303.651.5121. For questions about your exam, call 303.651.5093.

What if I want an x-ray exam, but do not have a physician?

An order from a Colorado licensed independent practitioner (LIP) is required for all imaging tests. To help you find a physician, please visit Find a Physician.

Do I check in at registration every time I come for an imaging test?

Each time you come in for testing your insurance company sees it as an individual visit which requires you to check in at registration. Registration will verify a new account number, insurance, and consent for treatment. Some of the imaging tests require “pre-authorization” from your insurance company prior to the test being done.

Where is registration and how do I get there?

When you come to Longmont United Hospital, please utilize the FREE valet parking that we offer to all of our patients and visitors. Simply drive to the main entrance and our friendly parking attendants will keep your car safe until you are ready to leave. Our valet service operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM. You may also park by the Outpatient Services door which is the closest entrance to registration and the Diagnostic Imaging Department.

Do I have to fast for my imaging procedure?

May I take my medications before my imaging procedure?

Some imaging tests have very specific preparations that you must follow prior to your exam. At the time of scheduling your procedure, you will be informed of these preparations. If you would like, we can provide, or fax, you with a printed copy of the preparation information required.

Can I get a copy of my results?

You have a right to get a copy of your images and results. You will need to fill out an Authorization to Release Protected Health Information and have identification available to give the Imaging file room or Medical Records Department. This gives us legal permission to give you a copy of your images and results. View HIPAA Statement

When will my physician have my results?

The results from your imaging tests will be available to your physician in about two to three days, depending on the exam. The results are faxed directly to your physician as soon as the radiologist finalizes the interpretation.

What do my results mean? Who will explain them to me?

Only your physician can interpret your results and what they mean for you.