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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 our compassionate staff and board certified radiologists, provides a healing environment where medical excellence is the standard.


  • Angiogram - X-Ray exam of the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages, narrowing of the blood vessel and other blood vessel problems. Often the radiologist can treat a blocked blood vessel without surgery at the same time.
  • Balloon Kyphoplasty - 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.
  • Bone Density - Testing how strong your bones are (bone density) is how physicians will diagnose osteoporosis.
  • Breast Biopsy - Tiny samples of breast tissue are taken which can be studied under a microscope. Stereotactic and ultrasound guided breast biopsies are also available.
  • Central Venous Catheter - A catheter is a tube inserted into a large vein. This procedure is considered when a patient needs frequent or continuous injections of medications or fluids for nutritional support.
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation (Varicose Vein Treatment) - 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.
  • Mammography - 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 Medical Imaging 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. (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) - A noninvasive imaging procedure used to examine organs in the abdomen including the gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, liver, pancreas and other abdominal organs or assist in the placement of a needle for biopsy or to drain fluid from a cyst or abscess.
  • Ultrasound (Pelvic) - 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.
  • Upper Gastrointestinal (Upper GI) - A series of X-rays examine the esophagus, stomach and the small part of the intestine to detect abnormalities in your upper digestive tract.
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization - A non-surgical treatment for 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.

“I saw the Achilles Heel Scanner (osteoporosis) machine on the floor in the room ... and she said she would do it right then and there after my mammo. It was fast and easy. I put my foot in the machine and some air pressure filled two "balloons" that squeezed my ankle. I got a result after just 30 seconds or so. So awesome. Thanks to Barton for investing in all the most up to date technology."

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.
  • Achilles Heel Scanner - A short exam using sound waves, often completed in conjunction with a mammogram screening, which aids physicians in the diagnosis of osteoporosis.
  • Bone Densitometry (DEXA) - Bone densitometry, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, DEXA or DXA, uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body (usually the lower (or lumbar) spine and hips) to measure bone loss.
  • 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 - A CT Cardiac Heart score study produces a 3D image of the heart, and can help physicians identify conditions like coronary artery disease (CAD) in just minutes without the use of treadmills or fasting. IV contrast is given to evaluate and identify problems, such as narrowing of the arteries.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - 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. 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 - Prostate MRI imaging can be performed without the invasive and uncomfortable probes from the past; 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.
    • Breast MRI/ MRI-Guided Breast Biopsies - Breast MRI imaging is beneficial for patients with a high risk of breast cancer, those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or those who are undergoing chemotherapy.
  • 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.
    • DaTscan - This exam utilizes the injection of a tracer into the bloodstream, which highlights the neurons responsible for controlling movement; a corresponding head scan can then reveal patterns helpful in diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease.

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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.
         Mammograms: Saturday appointments available.
  • 530.543.5850 - Ask for a cost estimate* to help compare prices and make the best decision or you and your family.


Imaging Sharing - Patient images from Barton Medical Imaging are now available via Ambra, a cloud-based, confidential, image-sharing platform. Log into Ambra >

Please contact 530.539.6116 for support with the Ambra Imaging Portal.

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

Additional Medical Imaging Resources:

  • RadiologyInfo.org
    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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* Some Barton Medical Imaging services may also incur a separate radiologist charge.