Advanced Imaging & Radiology
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To schedule a screening or speak to a concierge please call one of our three conveniently located facilities.
- Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital - 805-681-6459
- Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital - 805-879-8500
- Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital - 805-686-3967
The Cottage Center for Advanced Imaging (CCAI) features the most advanced suite of imaging technologies between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A new era in radiology offers sophisticated medical technology and concierge-style service. Our state-of-the-art MRIs and CT scanners, richly appointed waiting rooms and an attentive staff provide an atmosphere of clinical excellence and a superior patient experience. Advanced Technology includes the GE Signa HDX 3.0 Tesla MRI, Siemens Open Bore 1.5 Tesla MRI, Siemens Open Bore 1.5 Tesla MRI, and GE 64-slice volume CT scanner.
The Cottage Center for Advanced Imaging is a dedicated imaging facility providing full-spectrum diagnostic imaging services, including Digital Mammography, and Bone Densitometry.
Computed Tomography (CT-scan)
Computed tomography, also known as CT scanning or CAT scanning, is a noninvasive, and painless medical test. It uses special x-ray equipment to produce multiple images of the inside of the body. A computer is then used to join the images together in cross-sectional views, and the images can be examined on a monitor or printed. CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity than conventional x-ray exams.
CT Coronary Calcium Score
A cardiac CT scan for coronary calcium is a non-invasive test to obtain information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. Calcified plaque is a result when there is a build-up of fat and other substances under the inner layer of the artery. This material can harden which signals the presence of atherosclerosis, a disease of the vessel wall, also called coronary artery disease (CAD). People with this disease have an increased risk for heart attacks. Because calcium is a marker of CAD, the amount of calcium detected on on a cardiac CT scan is a helpful prognostic tool.
The findings on cardiac CT are expressed as a calcium score. The goal of cardiac CT scan for calcium scoring is to determine if CAD is present and to what extent, even if there are no symptoms. It is a screening study that may be recommended by a physician for patients with risk factors for CAD but no clinical symptoms.
The major risk factors for CAD are:
- High blood cholesterol levels
- Family history of heart attacks
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Overweight or obese
- Physical inactivity
The Cottage Center for Advanced Imaging provides the latest state-of-the-art technology for performing digital mammography. We feature a sophisticated computer-aided detection system that provides crisp, clear images that help clinicians pinpoint cancer in its earliest stages. Digital mammography uses less radiation than film mammography, and allows improvement in image storage and transmission because images can be stored and sent electronically.
Low-Dose CT Lung Screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States with a survival rate of only 15%. With early screening and intervention, the incidence of lung cancer deaths due to smoking may be minimized.
Our Lung Screening is a fast, noninvasive CAT-scan that uses low-dose X-ray technology to provide a detailed look inside the lungs. This can identify smaller nodules and cancers more readily than a traditional chest X-ray. The primary goal of screening is to find disease before symptoms show. Detecting disease at an earlier, more treatable stage can reduce the number of deaths attributed to smoking and lung cancer.
To schedule a screening, please call Cottage Center for Advanced Imaging at 805-879-8500.
Magnetic resonance imaging, also called MRI, is a noninvasive and typically painless medical test. It uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed.
MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays), and the MR images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning).
MRI Guided Breast Biopsy
MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound. A breast biopsy involves removing some cells from an area in question in the breast and examining them under a microscope. In MRI guided breast biopsy, MRI is used to help guide the radiologist’s instruments. The procedure is less invasive than surgical biopsy and requires only a local anesthetic.
An x-ray, also called a radiograph, is a painless medical test. Radiography involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the most frequently used form of medical imaging.
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is usually a painless medical test that involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (x-ray), and they can show the movement of the body’s organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Our Advanced Team
Staffed by a team of board certified fellowship and subspecialty trained radiologists and cardiologists, and state-certified radiology technicians and ultrasonographers, we are dedicated to providing a consistently superior level of clinical excellence in an atmosphere that is highly personalized and comfortable. The distinctive center features concierge-style services in an amenity-rich environment dedicated to patient comfort. Paperless registration, stylish patient attire and an elegantly appointed lobby are just a few of the distinctive services available to patients of the CCAI.
At the Cottage Center for Advanced Imaging patient care is our greatest priority. Our front-office concierges are available to assist you with appointment scheduling, preparation instructions, technological inquiries, billing, or even driving directions. We also have bilingual representation to ensure the highest level of communication for our Spanish-speaking patrons.