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Emergency radiology refers to imaging exams used to diagnose a traumatic injury or acute illness. The detailed images it provides can be lifesaving. Emergency radiology services help our doctors at Dignity Health’s Bay Area hospitals quickly diagnose patients so you can start receiving treatment.
These imaging exams may include:
At Dignity Health, our emergency care team is here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the following locations:
Our expert technicians provide efficient, leading-edge emergency radiology services in the Bay Area. Use our Online Waiting Room to select your estimated arrival time to one of our ERs.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening symptom or injury, or signs of heart attack or stroke, immediately call 9-1-1.
X-rays and ultrasound are quick imaging options. Portable ultrasound and X-ray machines allow easy access to imaging, sometimes even bedside, benefiting patients in critical care. Because ultrasound does not use radiation, it is a preferred method to diagnose illnesses in children and other people who may need to avoid radiation exposure. CT scans are used to diagnose injuries and problems with bony structures, including the spine. MRI is often used to analyze soft tissues and internal organs, including the brain and heart.
Emergency radiology takes place in our Dignity Health Bay Area hospitals and medical centers. A radiologic technologist will likely perform the procedure and an emergency radiologist will interpret the results. Our goal is to provide the results as quickly as possible to help diagnose the condition and guide emergency treatment.
Keep in mind you may have a combination of imaging studies so we can better understand and diagnose your condition. Getting your effective, efficient care that is personalized to your needs is our priority.
Dignity Health provides emergency radiology in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.