CALL YOUR CLINIC PROVIDER FOR ALL PRESCRIPTIONS, TEST RESULTS AND FOR CANCELLATIONS OR OTHER CHANGES TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.

West: 915-532-8823

East: 915-592-7400

Central: 915-533-0800

Las Cruces: 575-522-7880

CALL YOUR CLINIC PROVIDER FOR ALL PRESCRIPTIONS, TEST RESULTS AND FOR CANCELLATIONS OR OTHER CHANGES TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.

Locations

West: 915-532-8823

East: 915-592-7400

Central: 915-533-0800

Las Cruces: 575-522-7880

FAQ’s

The Rio Grande Urology Imaging Centers in El Paso and Las Cruces support your healthcare needs by providing quality CT and ultrasound images while helping you get in and out quickly so you can continue on with your day.

We know that quality imaging is an important step in getting answers for you and your doctors so you can focus on the next steps in your healthcare plan. Our staff is ready to assist! Continue reading to see some of the most commonly asked questions about imaging. If you need additional information or are ready to schedule an appointment, please call your primary provider.

What is imaging used for?

Medical imaging helps diagnose health conditions, provide doctors with information needed for surgery, biopsies, treatments and also reveal whether treatments are working. Most individuals will get either a CT scan or ultrasound depending on what doctors are looking for.

Where is the Imaging Center located?

RGU provides CT and ultrasound scans at our El Paso locations on Remcon and George Dieter and ultrasounds at RGU Las Cruces on South Don Roser. Low dose CT scans are also available at the El Paso locations.

Are CT scans and ultrasounds safe?

Yes, both are safe. Ultrasounds are very safe. CT scans use a lower dose of targeted radiation, so it’s not enough to cause concern in the setting of a diagnostic exam. RGU’s CT scanners are ACR certified, which means they provide the highest level of image quality and safety.

How long is a typical scan appointment?

Most CT appointments take about 40 minutes, while ultrasound appointments take an average of 30 minutes.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my appointment?

Yes. Depending on the scan, you may be required to fast for a few hours beforehand (CT scans) or arrive with a full bladder (ultrasounds). The RGU staff will review everything you need to know ahead of your appointment to help make the process go as smoothly as possible.

What is a CT Scan?

A CT scan, sometimes called a CAT scan, is a computed tomography scan that uses X-rays to capture detailed images of specific areas of the body. This helps doctors more clearly identify any health issues and allows for early disease detection so they can provide you with the best treatment plan possible.

What to know before you go

Before you arrive for your appointment, you’ll receive specific instructions on how to prepare for a CT scan. Following these directions closely will move you more quickly through the process, and more important, will help us support your health and wellness through clear, quality image captures.

Here are five tips to help you prepare for your CT scan:
  1. Wear comfortable clothing that’s easy to change out of should you be asked, depending on what part of the body is being scanned.
  2. Avoid wearing, or prepare to remove, any metal objects such as jewelry and belts.
  3. Avoid eating 3-4 hours before your scan. Your doctor may also give you instructions to avoid drinking liquids as well, depending on what area of the body is being scanned. Check with your doctor for specific instructions.
  4. Expect your exam to take about an hour, but allow for a little extra time should any unexpected delays or technical complications occur. The scan itself should only take 15 to 30 minutes.
  5. Relax! Our expert team is here to walk you through the process and make you as comfortable as possible throughout your visit. Please contact us if you have any questions before you arrive for your scan.