Radiology Department at Hospital CMQ in Puerto Vallarta

Radiology Department at Hospital CMQ Puerto Vallarta

Hospital CMQ’s Radiology Department has been the leading diagnostic imaging provider for over 35 years. With locations in Puerto Vallarta´s City Center, Fluvial Vallarta and Bucerias in Riviera Nayarit, we are always close by. Our team of highly skilled radiology specialists, sonographers, radiographers and radiologic technologists are committed to providing the best medical radiology and diagnosis services. We are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our Ultrasound, CT Scanner and MRI Scanners (MRI machine) are the most modern and reliable equipments in Puerto Vallarta.

Radiology Services in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit: MRI, CT Scan, Ultrasound, X Rays and Interventional Radiology

The goal of our radiology services in Puerto Vallarta is to provide patient-centered care and timely access to advanced imaging technology, as well as a quick and accurate delivery of electronic medical reports to treating and referring physicians. From simple X-Rays, ultrasound, CT Scan and MRI exams, to complex, Cardiovascular Studies and Coronary Angiograms, Hospital CMQ´s Radiology Department is your go-to imaging center in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

We accept most travel insurance and health insurance plans in our Radiology Department; we also offer affordable self-pay rates for uninsured patients. IMPORTANT NOTE: if you are planning to pay for your using your health insurance coverage, please remember to bring a valid identification and your insurance card and/or proof-of-insurance.

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Meet our dedicated team of highly skilled Radiology Specialists

Dr. Cesar Medina, Hospital CMQ Radiology Department

Dr. Cesar Medina

Department: Radiology Department, Hospital CMQ Puerto Vallarta
Languages: English, Spanish
Primary locations: Hospital CMQ City Center (322) 22 31919, Hospital CMQ Premiere (322) 22 66500, Hospital CMQ Riviera Nayarit (329) 29 80717

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Our Radiology Services

X-Ray Exams, most common studies:

  • Abdomen X-Ray
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Ankle X-Ray
  • Fingers X-Ray
  • Foot X-Ray
  • Hip and Pelvis X-Ray
  • Pelvis X-Ray
  • Lumbar Spine X-Ray

CT Scan Exams, most common studies

  • Head CT Scan
  • Sinuses CT Scan
  • Chest CT Scan
  • Pelvis CT Scan
  • Abdomen CT Scan
  • Neck CT Scan

MRI Exams, most common studies

  • Brain MRI
  • Lumbar Spine MRI
  • Knee MRI
  • Head MRI
  • Knee MRI
  • Ankle MRI
  • Shoulder MRI

Ultrasound Exams, most common studies

  • Abdomen Ultrasound
  • Gall Bladder Ultrasound
  • Carotid Doppler Ultrasound
  • Non-invasive Arterial Ultrasound
  • Knee MRI
  • Ankle MRI

Fluoroscopy exams and Radiological Procedures, most common studies

  • Hemodynamics – Cardiovascular Hemodynamics
  • Angiogram and Coronary Angiogram / C-Arm guidance
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Esophagogram
  • Phlebography, Venography and Arteriography
  • Urography
  • Biopsy: Thyroid, Liver, Breast
  • Percutaneous Drainage

Our Locations – Radiology Department

Hospital CMQ City Center in Puerto Vallarta
Hospital CMQ Premiere Puerto Vallarta
Hospital CMQ Riviera Nayarit

CMQ City Center
Located five minutes away from the “Malecon”, the romantic zone, Olas Altas, Conchas Chinas and Amapas; in Downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Hours of operation
Monday through Fridays:
9am to 9pm
Saturdays: 9am to 1pm
Emergencies: Open 24/7

Basilio Badillo 365
Colonia Emiliano Zapata
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

CMQ Premiere
Located five minutes away from Fluvial Vallarta, Costco, Marco Plaza, Pitillal, Las Aralias and the main hotel zone.

Hours of operation
Monday through Fridays:
9am to 9pm
Saturdays: 9am to 1pm
Emergencies: Open 24/7

Avenida Francisco Villa 1749
Colonia Vallarta Villas
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

CMQ Riviera Nayarit
Located in Bucerias, Bahia de Banderas; minutes away from Nuevo Vallarta, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Sayulita & San Pancho.

Hours of operation
Monday through Fridays:
9am to 9pm
Saturdays: 9am to 1pm
Emergencies: Open 24/7

Avenida Heroe de Nacozari # 280
Zona Dorada, Bucerias
Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico

Radiology Frequently Asked Questions

A biopsy is a procedure that is performed to remove cells from a specific area for further laboratory examination. Biopsy procedures can be performed in the skin´s surface, or in an internal part of the body, depending on where the suspicious area is located. Usually, a biopsy is performed to understand the cause of unexplained and/or sudden swelling, or to determine if a tumor or a suspicious tissue sample is cancerous. Some biopsies do not require sedation, while others require the use of an anesthetic to numb the area form which the sample will be taken.

A biopsy is usually needed because, even though X-Rays and other imaging exams can detect abnormal masses in a certain area of the body, they are unable to confirm if the mass is composed of normal cells or cancerous cells. Thus, a biopsy helps physicians confirm the absence or the existence of cancerous cells within a tisuue sample.

Fortunately, thanks to specialized imaging technology that is now available, many biopsy procedures are performed with imaging guidance that helps to secure tissue from the exact area, avoiding the need of a large incision.

– The most common biopsy sites are:

  • Breast
  • Prostate
  • Liver
  • Thyroid
  • Skin
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • The Gastrointestinal tract

– Types of Biopsy Procedures:

  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy – removal of suspicious tissue from a selected area using a thin needle that is introduced and positioned with ultrasound guidance.
  • CT Scan-Guided Biopsy – removal of suspicious tissue from a selected area using a special needle that is introduced with CT Scan guidance.
  • Mammography-Guided Biopsy – removal of suspicious tissue from a selected area using a special needle that is introduced with Mammography guidance.
  • MRI Guided Biopsy – when other imaging techniques fail to identify a suspicious mass, the identification, removal and collection of the suspicious tissue must be performed with the help of MRI guidance.

Women have unique medical and health related needs. Therefore, Hospital CMQ´s Radiology Department provides a wide range of comprehensive health services for women of all ages, according to their stage in life. Our medical imaging services address the most common women health illnesses ranging from pregnancy complications, breast cancer, osteoporosis, uterine fibroids and beyond.

Our specialized medical team is committed to providing advanced radiology and imaging services for women, in a safe and respectful environment. Our goal is to help women achieve their optimum health and wellness through all stages of their lives.

– Most common radiology and imaging services for women:

  • Pregnancy Ultrasound – an exam that uses high-frequency sound waves to build an image of the mother´s reproductive organs and the developing fetus or baby. A pregnancy ultrasound is normally used to follow and monitor normal fetal development, and to screen and detect any potential problems during pregnancy. To achieve the best image quality and results during a pregnancy ultrasound, pregnant women should drink three glasses of water prior to the exam, and avoid urinating before it.
  • Breast Ultrasound – an exam that uses high-frequency sound waves to build an image of a women´s breast tissue.
  • Ultrasound – also called sonogram and/or ultrasound scanning, an ultrasound is a medical imaging exam that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of internal organs, which can be viewed by a Radiology Specialist in a special imaging monitor.
  • Breast MRI – a non-invasive medical imaging exam for women, that uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging to detect cancer or other abnormal areas in the breast, by outlining accurate images of the chest wall, breast and the surrounding tissue.
  • Breast Biopsy – a breast biopsy is a procedure that is performed to remove suspicious cells from the breast, to determine if the abnormal tissue is cancerous, or to understand the cause of unexplained swelling.
  • Mammography – an advanced imaging exam in which a specialized X-Ray equipment is used to take a breast X-Ray, which renders detailed images that can help identify in a timely manner, minor breast changes that are too deep or too small to feel.
  • Mammography-Guided Biopsy – a procedure that is performed with the assistance of mammogram guidance, to remove suspicious cells from the breast and determine if the abnormal tissue is cancerous, or to understand the cause of unexplained swelling.
  • Endometrial Biopsy – a study in which a Radiology Specialist take a small sample from the lining of the uterus. Subsequently, the sample is examined in a Pathology Department to detect abnormal cells and or determine if such cells are cancerous.
  • Osteoporosis Screening – a radiologic examination that is used to detect and measure the loss of bone mass and/or the thinning of bone structures, which can be risk factors for future injuries and fractures.
  • Osteoporosis Treatment –

What are contrast materials and why are they used in radiology?

Contrast materials to improve the quality and resolution of the body images produced by CT Scanners, MRI Scanners, Ultrasound and X-Ray studies. Contrast materials, also known as contrast media, help radiologist to distinguish abnormal conditions in body organs that could go undetected if contrast material was not used.

Even though they are often referred to as dyes, contrast materials are not dyes, but substances that make body tissues and organs look brighter and more defined during a radiology examination. Therefore, these substances help to “contrast” specific body parts from its surrounding areas, improving the visibility of important body organs.

Contrast materials are administered by trained medical staff in one of the following ways: they can be taken orally, they can be administered via an enema or they can be injected intravenously. After a brief period that can range from half an hour to more than an hour, contrast material is eliminated, being either absorbed or discarded through urine.


What are the types contrast materials?

Contrast materials used in CT Scan and X-Ray studies: barium-sulfate and iodine substances are used in several of these studies.

Contrast materials used in MRI Scans: the substance that’s most commonly used in MRI studies is Gadolinium.

Can contrast materials cause an allergic reaction?

Even though the safety and efficacy of contrast materials has been greatly improved, they can cause allergic or adverse reactions in some occasions. Thus, radiology departments should be well-equipped and have trained staff that can detect an allergic reaction and manage it.

  • Location
Basilio Badillo 365
Puerto Vallarta.
T. (322) 22 31919
Av. Francisco Villa 1749
Puerto Vallarta
T. (322) 22 66500
Av. Heroes de Nacozari 280
T. (329) 298 0717