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  • 530.541.3420 | 2170 South Avenue, S. Lake Tahoe, CA

Barton Health Medical Imaging located inside Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

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Medical Imaging

Barton Medical Imaging is fully accredited with the latest technology and the newest trends in diagnostic imaging. This technology, combined with the compassion and caring staff of our Medical Imaging department provide a healing environment where medical excellence is the standard.

American College of Radiology Seal: Mammography Accredited FacilityAmerican College of Radiology Seal: MRI Accredited FacilityAmerican College of Radiology Seal: CT Accredited Facility

Your Appointment

Medical Imaging appointments require a virtual screening process prior to entry. When you arrive at your appointment, please call to be checked-in and screened from outside the building or within your car. Only essential visitors are able to accompany patients to appointments.



This X-Ray exam of the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages, narrowing of the blood vessel and other blood vessel problems. In many cases, our Radiologist can treat a blocked blood vessel without surgery at the same time the Angiogram is performed.

Balloon Kyphoplasty

Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive treatment that can repair Vertebral Compression Fractures caused by osteoporosis, cancer or benign lesions. High pressure balloons are used to elevate the bone fragments of the fractured vertebra and return them to correct position. The procedure (under local or general anesthesia) typically takes less than an hour and may require an overnight hospital stay. Procedures may correct deformity or restore body height.

Breast Biopsy

This biopsy is used to take tiny samples of breast tissue that can be studied under a microscope. During this procedure, an x-tray helps find the tissue to be removed. Also offered are sterotactic and ultrasound guided breast biopsies.

Central Venous Catheter

A catheter is a tube that is inserted into a large vein. This procedure is considered when a patient needs frequent or continuous injections of medications or fluids for nutritional support. Some treatments options using this procedure are for long-term IV antibiotics, long-term pain medications, long-term IV nutrition, and frequent blood draws.

Endovenous Laser Ablation (Varicose Vein Treatment)

This outpatient procedure seals the refluxing saphenous vein in your leg. Faulty valves within the saphenous vein cause reverse flow of blood in your leg veins, causing leg swelling, pain and/or varicose veins. Some procedures require a follow-up visit with a sclerosing medicine to seal the veins shut. The risk of recurrent varicose veins with this procedure is less than 3%.


Barton's Mammography Department offers state-of-the-art technology in mammograms and 3D tomosynthesis.

  • Mammogram - Barton offers a softer mammogram with soft pads that create a more comfortable, warmer experience for your mammograms. The softer mammogram technology has shown a reduction in discomfort for 70% of its users.
  • 3D Mammogram (Tomosynthesis) - Barton Health also offers 3D mammograms via the wide-angle True Breast Tomosynthesis, which uses a low dose x-ray sweep of the breast to create 25 thin, digital images improving the detection of small breast masses and lesions. By examining the breast in thinner portions, the radiologist is able to see small lesions more clearly allowing for more accurate decisions regarding the need for recall mammograms or biopsy. Barton has implemented a software upgrade that reduces the amount of images needed in a mammogram by reconstructing the views captured by the 3D machine; a process called 2D Synthesized Imaging. This process allows higher quality images without the need for additional views, saving the patient time as well all decreasing radiation exposure by almost 50 percent.
    To schedule your mammogram, please call 530.543.5851. (Please confirm with your insurance provider if 3D mammograms are covered under your plan.) *

Pain Management

Our Radiologists offer Pain Management for chronic back and joint pain. Epidural and joint injections can provide area specific pain relief for chronic conditions.

Segmental Pressure Testing

This screening tool allows the Radiologist to examine the arterial flow patterns to the legs that will aid in the diagnosis of leg pain and peripheral artery disease.

Ultrasound (Abdominal)

An abdominal ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging procedure used to examine organs in the abdomen including the gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, liver, pancreas and other abdominal organs. A few reasons for an ultrasound are to determine the cause of abdominal pain, detect gallstones, determine the cause of blocked urine flow in a kidney or to look for kidney stones, determine whether a mass is an abdominal organ is solid or a fluid-filled cyst, help identify the cause for enlargement of an abdominal organ, evaluate the liver (size, shape, position), detect problems with the pancreas such as inflammation or cancer, and assist in the placement of a needle for biopsy or to drain fluid from a cyst or abscess.

Ultrasound (Pelvic)

A pelvic ultrasound (or sonogram) is an imaging procedure used to examine organs in the pelvis including the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix and bladder. This non-radiation procedure uses high-frequency sound waves that reflect off a body structure to form an image giving information regarding size, distance and uniformity of an organ. Some reasons for an ultrasound are to assess pelvic organs, diagnosis or exam problems such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids, and lesions, identify pelvic mass, diagnose gynecologic cancer, track ovarian response to fertility medication, confirm a normal pregnancy and evaluate any abnormalities with a pregnancy.

Upper Gastrointestinal (Upper GI)

A series of X-rays examine the esophagus, stomach and the small part of the intestine. This test can detect abnormalities in your upper digestive tract. This test may be ordered by your Physician if you have diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation, severe indigestion, rectal bleeding, blood in stool, or vomiting blood. The Upper GI can also detect and ulcer, a blockage, an abnormal growth or tumor, diverticuli, gastroesophageal reflux disease, a hiatal hernia, Crohn’s disease, pulmonary aspiration, and inflammation of the stomach or small intestine.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

This procedure is a non-surgical way of treating fibroid tumors of the uterus. These non-cancerous masses may cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain in the pelvic region, or pressure on the bowel or bladder. The procedure uses tiny instruments that are threaded through the blood vessels and guided by x-rays. An overnight hospital stay may be required.

Advanced Technology

3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)

3D tomosynthesis is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or X-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3D picture of the breast. 3D tomosynthesis is different from traditional mammography in that traditional mammography obtains just a single image. These multiple images of breast tissue slices result in a clearer image of breast masses.

Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

Computed Tomography, sometimes called a CAT Scan, uses special x-ray equipment to obtain many images from different angles around the body which shows several types of tissue – lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels, with great clarity.

CT Heart Scan

Our 128-slice CT Scanner can help your doctor evaluate your risk of coronary disease in just minutes. There are no treadmills or fasting. IV contrast is given to evaluate and identify problems, such as narrowing of the arteries.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive, painless procedure in which radio waves and powerful magnets linked to a computer, can create detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. These pictures show the difference between normal and diseased tissue and can help diagnose many conditions in all parts of the body including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders.

Inside Barton’s MRI Suite, a new MRI machine features state-of-the-art Short Bore and Wide Bore technology. Short Bore MRI delivers powerful imaging capabilities on a smaller footprint, allowing technicians more room for operations and the ability for parents to be in-room with their children during procedures. Wide Bore MRI provides noise suppression, reduces issues with claustrophobia and can accommodate larger patients; who no longer have to travel long distances for specialized medical imaging.

  • Prostate MRI - A Prostate MRI scan is one of the best mechanisms for imaging of the prostate and for detection of prostate cancer. This high level imaging can help direct treatment and biopsies, as well as monitor the effects of current treatment. It can also provide surveillance for men monitoring their cancer and not undergoing treatment. With new technology, Prostate MRI imaging can be performed without the invasive and uncomfortable probes from the past.

Medical Shields

Our advanced Medical Imaging services offer patient CT shields for the chest, eye and thyroid areas. Medical shields reduce harmful radiation exposure by up to 57 percent and do not sacrifice the quality of the resulting images.

Nuclear Medicine Scanner

A diagnostic tool to evaluate organ function and locate disease, tumors, infection and other disorders.

Our Physicians



Contact Information

  • Barton Medical Imaging (located inside Barton Memorial Hospital), 2170 South Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • 530.543.5850
  • 530.543.5851 (Mammograms)
  • 530.543.5868 (CT/ MRI Price Estimator)

CT Scan or MRI Cost Estimator Tool

Barton will estimate your out-of-pocket cost so you can compare and make the best decision or you and your family. Please call 530.543.5868 for a cost estimate and to schedule your CT Scan or MRI appointment with a referral from your physician.

Patient Information/ Paperwork

Please download, print and complete the below patient paperwork prior to your appointment:

Additional Medical Imaging Resources:

    Learn how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed, including how to prepare for exams. All material is reviewed and approved by experts in the field of radiology from RSNA and the ACR.

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