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Imaging Services

You have a choice in your healthcare. Choose Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System for your diagnostic imaging needs! 

MHHS offers a comprehensive range of imaging services and state-of-the-art technology. Our technical staff, along with our board-certified radiologists, are devoted to meeting the needs of the community and delivering excellent patient care.

We are an ACR accredited facility. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed.

 

Imaging Services

Our board-certified Radiologists work with Registered Technologists who specialize in X-ray, CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Special Procedures (Invasive and Interventional Radiology) and PET/CT procedures. Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System Center also provides Mammography/Breast Services as well as CT, MRI, X-ray, US, and Bone Density services at our Morristown Regional Diagnostic Center.

CT Scan

Computed Axial Tomography is also known as a CT or CAT scan. It is an imaging test that uses x-rays and computerized imagery to make detailed images of the body, including bones, muscles, fat, and organs. 

Our CT services include:

  • Routine head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis studies
  • Orthopedic studies – spines and extremities
  • Pediatric studies
  • CT Angiography – all arterial studies (circle of Willis, carotid, renal, mesenteric, aorta and run-offs)
  • Coronary artery studies
  • Biopsies and drainages

Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System also offers Lung Cancer Screening CT. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women worldwide, and accounts for more U.S. cancer deaths than those from breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined.

But now those at high risk have a new weapon in the fight against lung cancer. It’s called Low Dose CT screening and because of early detection, studies have shown it can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20% in people who are at high risk.

LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have.
• The exam takes less than 10 seconds.
• No medications are given, and no needles are used.
• You can eat before and after the exam.
• You do not even need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal.

And now, you can breathe even easier knowing Medicare covers the cost of the Low Dose CT lung cancer screening exam. Call your doctor today to see if you qualify for this life-saving exam. 

CT Exam preparation:

  • Each patient will need to bring with them a complete written list of medications they are currently taking.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register.
  • Inform technologist or RN if there is a possibility you are pregnant.
  • When the patient arrives to the CT department, they will be asked about their medical history by a nurse or technologist. If lab work is needed, it will be completed prior to the exam

All of Morristown’s CT Technologists are registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT), with advanced registry in Computed Tomography.

Our CT has been accredited by the American College of Radiology

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive procedure that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. MRI is often used to diagnose many types of sports injuries as well as provide clear pictures of the brain, abdomen, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines. Unlike conventional Radiography and CT, no radiation is used. Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System as a 1.5T MRI magnet in the hospital with a weight limit of 350 pounds. We offer a 1.5T MRI magnet at Morristown Regional Diagnostic Center with a weight limit of 550 pounds.

Our MRI services include:

  • Neuro – Brain and Spine
  • Orthopedics
  • Vascular
  • Abdomen (liver, spleen, pancreas, kidney)
  • Note: If you are claustrophobic, please discuss with your physician.

Our MRI has been accredited by the American College of Radiology

All MRI technologists at Methodist Medical Center are American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® with advanced registry in MRI.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Technologists use radioactive material to access the function of organs or systems within the body. Nuclear Medicine uses small quantities of radioactive materials, called isotopes, which are targeted to specific organ systems or tissues within the body. These can be introduced into the body in different ways. Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam you are undergoing, the radiotracer is either injected into a vein, which is most common, but can also be swallowed or inhaled as a gas and eventually accumulates in the organ or area of your body being examined. A small amount of radiation is then detected with the use of a nuclear medicine gamma camera. This safe and painless technique often spots abnormalities early in a disease’s progression. It also provides a way to gather information that otherwise would be unavailable or require surgery or more expensive diagnostic tests.

Nuclear medicine is used to:

  • Analyze kidney function
  • Determine the presence or spread of cancer
  • Evaluate bones for fractures, infection, arthritis or tumors
  • Identify bleeding in the bowel
  • Identify gallbladder blockages
  • Locate infections
  • Measure thyroid for overactive or underactive functioning.
  • Provide images of blood flow and heart functioning
  • Scan lungs for respiratory and blood-flow problems

Exam preparation:

  • Each patient will need to bring with them a complete written list of medications they are currently taking.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register.
  • Patient will be called the day before appointment. Technologist will inform patient of any preparation needed, estimated exam duration, and will address any questions the patient may have.
  • Inform technologist or RN if there is a possibility you are pregnant.
  • When the patient arrives to the Nuclear Medicine department, they will be asked about their medical history by a nurse or technologist. If lab work is needed, it will be completed prior to the exam.

All Nuclear Medicine technologists at Methodist Medical Center are American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) and/or Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT) registered.

Our Nuclear Medicine Department has been accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also called Sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to obtain images of internal organs as they function and can also assess blood flow. Benefits of Ultrasound include more comprehensive and reliable exam data, faster tests, and improved patient comfort. Ultrasound exams do not use radiation. The Ultrasound for heart patients can perform stress echo tests. Doctors rely on these tests to detect decreases in the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, as well as irregular heartbeats.

Our Ultrasound Department has been accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Our ultrasound services include:

  • Gynecology
  • Vascular
  • Obstetrics
  • Biopsies and Drainages
  • Breast
  • Other general ultrasound procedures

Exam preparation:

  • Each patient will need to bring with them a complete written list of medications they are currently taking.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register.
  • Ultrasound Abdomen — The patient should have no food or drink for 8 hours prior to exam.
  • Ultrasound Pelvis –Full bladder is required for this exam. Patient should drink 40 ounces of fluids prior to exam.

X-Ray

X-rays are a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves. X-ray imaging creates pictures of the inside of your body. In the hospital-setting, x-rays are emitted by a machine as individual particles that pass through the body and then get detected. Radiation protection and minimizing patient exposure to be As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) is practiced to ensure patient safety. Our facilities have all digital x-ray equipment, which means an image is immediately available for viewing by technologists. This technology eliminates the time needed to process x-rays, which means faster exams and less waiting for the patient.

Fluoroscopy is a technique for obtaining “live” x-ray images of a patient. A dye that shows up on x-rays can be injected or swallowed, which allows the Radiologist to see blood vessels or organs as the contrast moves through the body. This process allows the physician to see images from inside the body real time on a TV monitor. Fluoroscopy is often used to see the digestive tract. It also can help doctors locate a foreign object in the body, position a catheter or needle for a procedure, or set a broken bone.

All Radiologic Technologists at Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System are American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® registered.

PET / CT (Positron Emission Tomography combined with Computed Tomography)

A positron emission tomography (PET/CT) scan is an imaging test that can help reveal the metabolic or biochemical function of your tissues and organs. The PET scan uses a radioactive drug (tracer) to show both normal and abnormal activity. A PET scan can often detect the abnormal areas before the disease shows up on other imaging tests, such as computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

A PET scan is an effective way to help identify a variety of conditions, including cancer, heart disease and brain disorders. Your doctor can use this information to help diagnose, monitor or treat your condition.

Our PET/CT department has been accredited by the American College of Radiology

Digital Mammography & Breast Ultrasound

Morristown Regional Diagnostic Center provides mammography screenings and breast ultrasounds to detect changes in breast tissue that are difficult to feel by hand. Our mammography unit is digital, using the latest mammogram technology to obtain clearer images for proper diagnosis. The user-friendly design of the new equipment means greater comfort for women while receiving breast cancer screenings and diagnosis. The new technology cuts scan time in half, allowing patients to be seen more quickly, and it provides enhanced images for the physicians and technologists at Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System. We also have an extra set of “eyes” on your images with the iCAD review software. This aids the board certified radiologist by comparing your breast images to thousands of know breast abnormalities. You can feel confident that your exam is performed with the highest quality and best care.

Our Digital Mammography and Breast Ultrasound units are both accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the Food and Drug Administration.  

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

If cancer cells are detected, the physician may choose to perform stereotactic biopsies. A stereotactic breast biopsy requires a specialized mammography machine that helps guide the radiologist’s instruments to the abnormal growth site.

Our Stereotactic Biopsy Unit is accredited by the American College of Radiology

Bone Densitometry

Advanced bone densitometer equipment is available at Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System for detection of subtle bone changes which might indicate the beginnings of osteoporosis. The diagnostic information is faster and more accurate than older procedures. This comes at a time when medical specialists are reporting new treatments that may help patients regenerate bone mass – and partially reverse the effects of osteoporosis. In addition, our technology can help detect advanced hip and vertebral problems.