Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging is a range of medical imaging services that diagnose and treat disease. The Imaging services we provide include:

Angiography

This special procedure is done in combination with certain x-rays and an injected contrast media that allows the blood vessels to be imaged and interpreted by the radiologist.

Where: Come to the main campus and check in at Admissions in the front lobby

What to bring: Physician written order

How to prepare for the procedure: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day before the procedure. You MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Bone Densitometry

Bone Densitometry or Dexa Scan is a non-invasive procedure that measures the density or porosity of bones. This painless procedure is useful in diagnosing the onset or progression of osteoporosis or other diseases that result in the thinning of the bone. The Breast Center provides Dexa Scan along with other specialized ultrasound procedures.

General Ultrasound

Ultrasound or sonography provided in the hospital, the Breast Center and Loganville Digital Imaging Center utilizes inaudible sound waves to diagnose various disorders and diseases of the body. These waves provide imaging of the shapes of various tissues and organs. Ultrasound is part of the Diagnostic Imaging Department and each ultrasound technician or sonographer has specialized training in ultrasonography.

Where: Confirm the location. Specialized ultrasounds are performed at the main hospital, Loganville Diagnostic Imaging Center and the Breast and Diagnostic Center.

What to Bring: Physician's written orders - procedures will not be performed without these orders

How to prepare for the procedure: Be sure to follow all instructions given to you in preparing for the procedure. All tests must be scheduled. You can contact Central Scheduling to schedule your test by calling 888-843-8133.

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a diagnostic imaging procedure that is valuable in providing images of the heart, large blood vessels, brain, organs and soft tissues. There is no exposure to radiation and the patient must lie still for a lengthy period of time. Due to the strong magnetic pull of the equipment, this procedure will not be performed on patients with cardiac pacemakers, ferromagnetic pins, clips, metal shrapnel, plates in the body or who are severely claustrophobic. Upon request, moderate sedation can be provided to assist you with the test.

Where: Come to the main campus and check in at Admissions in the front lobby

What to bring: Physician written order must be presented upon arrival

How to prepare for the procedure: Follow all instructions given to you by your physician. Try to wear clothing without metal buttons, zippers, etc. Leave all jewelry at home. For procedures done on the head or face, the patient should not wear eye makeup. Prior to coming in for the procedure, please notify your physician if you have ever done welding. In the event that you have, special facial x-rays will be done prior to the MRI to check for the presence of metal shrapnel.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a diagnostic imaging tool and branch of medicine concerned with the diagnostic, therapeutic and investigative process using radionuclides, which are injected or taken orally, and are used to help define certain organs and body structures for diagnosis of disease.

Positron Emission Tomography

PET is a diagnostic imaging procedure used mainly to determine the presence and severity of cancers, neurological disease and cardiovascular disease. Radioactive isotopes are used to visualize specific body organs and tumors or nodules within these organs.

Patients are told to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day prior to the procedure. The PET technologist will draw a blood specimen checking the blood sugar level of the patient before administering a radioactive glucose.

The procedure usually takes about two hours from start to finish. Upon arrival, the patient will receive an injection and will be instructed to wait for an hour before the scan actually begins. The scanning time is approximately one hour.

Where: Come to the main campus and check in at Admissions in the front lobby

What to bring: Physician written order

How to prepare for the procedure: Follow all instructions given to you by your physician. For some procedures you will be required to have two separate appointment times. This will be explained to you should this be appropriate for your special procedure.

Vascular Services

Vascular Services primarily diagnoses problems with the arteries and veins of the body. Using ultrasound technology, the specially-trained technologists look for blockages, decreased blood flow and abnormal blood pressures in the blood vessels of the arms, legs and neck. These procedures are painless and require no special preparations.

Where: These procedures are performed at the main hospital and the Loganville Digital Imaging Center

What to bring: Physician written orders - no procedures performed without physician orders

Scheduling

To schedule testing in any of these areas, you will need a physician's order. You may call Central Scheduling at 888-843-8133 to schedule your tests. On the day of your appointment, check in at the Admissions area located in the main lobby.

What to bring: Physician written order

How to prepare for the procedure: Follow all instructions given to you by your physician and/or the person with whom you schedule the tests. Sometimes fasting or laxatives and enemas are required. Special medications or dyes may need to be taken by drinking a liquid or taking a pill. Be sure to follow directions exactly.