Medical ImagingCall 423.744.3372
Starr Regional Medical Center is proud to offer a variety of medical imaging services, performed by a team of certified and compassionate radiologic technologists, closer to home for the convenience of our patients. These services are an important part of overall health and wellness, as they provide physicians the information they need to prevent, diagnose and treat illness and injury. Even better, they increase the likelihood of successful treatment and recovery for patients. Physician referral is required for all imaging services.
Our imaging services include:
- CT Scan*
- Low-Dose CT Scan
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear Medicine
- PET Scan
*These services are offered on both our Athens campus and Etowah campus. All other services listed, with the exception of Low-Dose CT scan (Etowah only), are available only on the Athens campus.
Computerized Tomography Scan (CT)
A CT scanner is one of the most powerful imaging tools available. Results are faster and images of the body are reconstructed into three different planes allowing the physician to see anatomy from three different viewpoints. CT is available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week at both the Athens and Etowah campuses.
Low-dose CT screenings are used in the detection of lung cancer for patients at high risk by creating a 3-D image of the lungs. The screening is fast, painless and non-invasive.
Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures using a continuous X-ray beam that is passed through the part of the body being examined. As an imaging tool, the procedure allows physicians to look at specific parts or systems in the body.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
The Athens campus is proud to offer one of the most technologically advanced MRI systems in the region. It is equipped with the 16-channel HDxt gradient package, making it one of the fastest scanners available. The scanner can show subtle changes in the body caused by cancer and other diseases. Brain imaging with MR is superior to other diagnostic tools and it’s also excellent for orthopedic applications such as shoulders for rotator cuff tear, football or sports injuries, and multiple spine pathologies. No special preparation is necessary for this painless, non-invasive procedure other than removal of all metal jewelry and objects from your body.
Mammography (ACR Accredited)
Starr Regional Breast Center, located at 711 Cook Drive, Suite 101, offers the Senographe Essential full-field digital mammography system. It provides physicians high quality images for an accurate diagnosis. The actual exam is more comfortable and much faster for the patient with results immediately available to the radiologists for review and diagnosis.
Nuclear medicine procedures involve an injection of radioactive isotopes into the patient’s blood stream while a special camera captures images of the body part being examined. Nuclear medicine is commonly performed on the heart, bones and specific organs such as the gallbladder.
Positron Emmission Tomography (PET) Scan
A PET scan uses a radioactive drug to reveal how a patient's tissues and organs are functioning. The scan can sometimes detect a disease before it shows on other imaging tests.
Ultrasound is a non-radioactive tool used to evaluate abdominal organs, vascular flow, fetal age/size, as well as heart functions.
An X-ray is a still image of the inside of your body. X-rays are often used for diagnosing broken bones, but also are used for detection and diagnosis of infections, dental issues, heart conditions, digestive problems and much more.
To schedule an appointment for medical imaging services, call (423) 744-3372.