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Advanced radiology services

Imaging services in Salida, Colorado.

Medical imaging, also known as diagnostic imaging or radiology, diagnoses illness and injury through various technologies such as MRIs and CT scans.

HRRMC offers a discounted, cash-based pricing option for CT scans and MRIs, for patients without insurance, limited insurance or high-deductible plans. Click here to learn more.

To schedule an appointment: (719) 530-2396
Fax: (719) 530-2201

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Our Providers

Below are the imaging tests offered at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center. We offer advanced technology not often found at rural hospitals, including Cardiac CT scans, 3D Digital Mammography, Breast and prostate MRI.

Computerized Tomography Scan (CT or CAT Scan)

A CT scanner combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional images of the bone, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body with precise clarity. It has many uses including examining people who may have suffered internal injuries from an accident or other trauma. The hospital has an 80-slice CT scanner with cardiac capabilities (pictured). A cardiac CT enables us to take detailed pictures of the heart and its blood vessels. Tests include a heart scan to determine a patient's coronary calcium score, which indicates the risk of coronary artery disease. Click to download our Heart Scan brochure.

PET/CT Scanning

Now offered three days a month, PET/CT combines the fine anatomical detail of a CT with PET's ability to detect changes in cell function. PET/CT scans are performed three times a month at our hospital in Salida. Click here to download our PET/CT Scan brochure.

3D Digital Mammography

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast used to screen for breast disease. It plays a key role in early breast cancer detection. HRRMC offers both 2D and 3D digital mammography.

Additionally, we can perform stereotactic breast biopsies.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

This test uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues inside your body. HRRMC now offers breast and prostate MRIs.

We also have the capabilities to do conscious sedation with anesthesia for MRIs when needed.


This technology uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It helps visualize muscles, tendons and many internal organs. It is also used to examine the fetus of a pregnant person. We have the capability to perform breast and other organ biopsies.

Regular ultrasound exams can be performed at the main campus in Salida as well as on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Buena Vista Health Center.


A type of ultrasound test that produces live images of your heart and allows your physician to monitor how your heart and its valves are working.

Digital X-ray

An X-ray is a short, painless test that produces images of your bones and other structures inside your body. For some types of X-rays, a contrast medium such as iodine or barium is introduced into your body to enhance the image detail.

Digital X-rays are available at the health centers in Buena Vista, Salida, Saguache, South Park (Fairplay) and Custer County (Westcliffe).

Bone Density Scan (DEXA Scan)

A bone density scan uses X-rays to find out how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. It helps diagnose if you have osteoporosis--a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and break.

Nuclear Medicine

This technology uses small amounts of radioactive material to obtain images of organs and study body functions. It is used to diagnose many types of cancer, heart disease, and many other disorders.

To learn more about the different imaging (radiology) procedures, what you may experience, and how to prepare for the exams, click