Radiology & Imaging Center
The Stephens County Hospital Radiology & Imaging Center provides patients and their providers with the highest quality diagnostic and interventional radiology services. Our team combines technical skill and advanced technology with compassion, courtesy and professionalism so patients are provided an excellent experience each and every visit. We are operational 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The Radiology & Imaging Center is completely digital (filmless), and CDs are available upon request for follow-up care.
Inpatient and Outpatient Services:
Diagnostic (X-Ray) Imaging
An x-ray uses radiation to take pictures of bones and organs inside the body. A small amount of radiation is directed at a particular area of the body, and the image is captured either on a special image recording plate or digitally. Stephens County Hospital’s x-ray machines are stationary as well as portable to allow images to be taken anywhere in facility.
Fluoroscopy (Fluoro) is a way to obtain real-time moving images using a special x-ray camera called a fluoroscope. The fluoroscope is coupled to a special monitor to allow physicians and clinicians to see real time images when desired. Fluoroscopy is used often during barium studies and in surgical services for orthopedic cases, placement of catheters or any guidance procedures.
In 2004, Stephens County Hospital became the first facility in Northeast Georgia to offer digital mammography, Accreditated by the Federal Drug Administration and the American College of Radiology, digital mammography exams are dictated by a Board Certified Radiologist and performed by Registered Mammography Technologists. Computer-aided detection (CAD) – second look technology – is also utilized by the radiologists for interpretation of images.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Breast Imaging
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is an imaging test that utilizes powerful magnets, radio waves, and computer technology to create high quality cross-sectional images of the inside of the body. It does not use radiation (x-rays). Stephens County Hospital offers the 1.5T magnet and a wide variety of studies.
Being the first in Northeast Georgia to have the state-of-the-art, dedicated Sentinelle Breast Table, Stephens County Hospital also offers Breast Imaging with MRI.
Stephens County Hospital’s MRI program is accredited by the American College of Radiology and staffed with registered MRI technologists.
Ultrasound – General & Vascular/Cardiac
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to image organs, muscles, vessels, breast, bowel and cardiac. Ultrasound-guided biopsies are also provided. Accredited by the American College of Radiology, all studies are performed by Registered Sonographers.
Computerized Axial Tomography (CT Scan)
CT scans use x-ray beams to take a look at cross-sections of the body providing 3D technology in less than a minute. During a CT scan, the x-rays and detectors rotate around your body while the table slides through the tubular machine. Advanced computer programs compile this data and process it so that the portion of your body scanned forms images to be interpreted by the radiologist.
Stephens County Hospital is the second in the nation to offer the low-dose Optima 660. CT scans are performed by Registered CT Technologists and the program is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Nuclear Medicine is a unique imaging modality that uses cameras to detect radiation coming from within the body. To accomplish this, patients receive “radiopharmaceuticals”, a combination of a particular isotope and a drug that is attracted to a specific part of the body where disease or an abnormality may be present. These radiopharmaceuticals are blended uniquely for each procedure that is ordered and are given through injection or inhalation. A series of pictures are then taken by special gamma cameras that detect the radiation coming from the radiopharmaceutical inside the body. Advanced computer technologies process these images and display them in a way that the radiologists can interpret.
All exams are performed by Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists.