LOS BANOS — Padres Medical Imaging Inc., showed off its newest radiology wing to the public Wednesday night during an open house and tour of the facility.
The medical facility located on west 'I' street is an Ancillary Radiology Department, which will allow providers to refer patients to have an X-ray, ultrasound, digital mammography, bone density scan and other procedures done.
"Everything you would go to a hospital for, we get done here," said Debbie Perry, RN administrator.
Padres offers its services at a low cost and accepts most insurances. This new department offers an alternative option than to having to drive 30 to 40 miles out of the area to go to a nearby radiologist, Perry said.
The area specifically used for radiology services is about 1800 square-feet which includes an upstairs area for specialists.
It also features multiple exam rooms, changing rooms, a cardiac suite and equipment to accommodate many types of ultrasounds and X-ray machines that are new and updated.
Padres has three X-ray technicians including one specified ultrasound technician who has 23 years experience, and a sports medicine specialist.
"We do all ultrasounds possible," Perry said. "Every ultrasound you can get done at a hospital, we do them here."
Getting X-ray results can sometimes take time, but Perry said Padres' doctors can see the film right away since they have their own equipment.
One machine they are most proud of is their digital mammography machine. They also have a licensed mammography technician, a license Perry said takes extra time in school to earn.
"You have to know how to do all these things," Perry said. "This is our passion, to provide for the community."
The open house event not only exhibited all the newest features of Padres Medical Imaging Inc., but physicians and staff also presented Dr. Karthikeya Devireddy with a surprise birthday cake to congratulate him on the opening of his newest facility. Devireddy also owns Apex Medical Group in Los Banos.
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