Medical Imaging - St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan's Radiology & Imaging Department is dedicated to providing patients with state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatments through the most current methods available in the medical field including digital x-ray, digital mammography, 64-Slice CT, MRI and ultrasound. The radiology department also offers convenient mammography, ultrasound, and bone densitometry services just for women in the tailored Women's Imaging area.

CT Scanning

Aquilion-64-Front-View-WideThe Toshiba Aquilion 64 CT scanner can produce photo-quality, 3-D images of the heart, brain, spine, liver, and other internal structures in seconds. 64-slice scanners are fast enough to be certified for studies of the heart, synchronizing with the patient's heart rhythm to capture detailed images between heartbeats. In addition to stroke, cardiac and coronary artery studies, the Aquilion is excellent for a wide range of other conditions, including cancer; spine, neck and back pain; lumbar spinal stenosis; brain tumors; aneurysm; Alzheimer's disease; traumatic brain injury; epilepsy; Parkinson's disease, brain tumor; Multiple Sclerosis; spinal cord injury; dystoma, and more.

Mammography

St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital offers state-of-the-art 3D mammography to assist in the early detection of breast cancer. Our Hologic GeniusTM 3D Mammography System is more accurate than 2D systems. Studies show it can detect invasive cancers sooner than 2D systems while simultaneously reducing false alarms. Private changing rooms, fast scheduling, caring staff, soothing décor, and short waits make St. Mary's Good Samaritan Women's Imaging Center convenient and compassionate.

If a doctor notices something suspicious in your mammography images, we are ready and able to help with follow-up procedures such as diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, and/or breast biopsy.

To schedule your next mammogram, just call 706.453.5005 or click on the button below. Please be sure to obtain an order from your primary care physician first. You will receive results of your screening mammogram from your physician.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a diagnostic technique that uses sound waves to painlessly and harmlessly visualize the size, composition and possible pathology of organs and other structures inside your body. Ultrasound is often used as a follow-up to mammography, but it also can be used for other types of diagnostic studies, as well.

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine uses a gamma camera and radioactive substances to diagnose and treat a number of conditions. Rarely found outside of large cities, it reveals how targeted areas of the body are functioning. Nuclear medicine studies available at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital include cardiac stress tests; bone scans; renal, liver, and hepatobiliary studies; thyroid scans; uptake and therapeutic treatment for thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidisms; GI bleed studies; gastric emptying studies; lung quotients and sentinel node studies. Breast and melanoma studies are also performed.

Digital X-ray

Instead of X-ray film, digital X-ray uses a modern digital image capture device. The advantage to the patient is that digital X-ray requires less radiation than film machines while providing the physician with an immediate image and instant availability. Use of digital X-ray also helps to reduce overall health care costs by eliminating the expense of film and chemical image processing – which is also kinder to our environment. Digital also allows more than one person to view the image as the same time and in different locations.

Fluoroscopy

St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital's fluoroscope is able to obtain real-time moving images.  By connecting digital x-ray and  a specialized video camera with the fluroscope, images can be recorded and played on a monitor.

MRI

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a high-tech diagnostic tool that uses a powerful magnet and bursts of radio waves to take incredibly detailed images of the inside of the body. St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital offers MRI testing Monday through Friday. To schedule your MRI appointment, please call 706-389-2700 and ask for Good Samaritan Hospital.

Our goal is to provide you with the best, most personalized care possible. We want to be your first choice for health care, and we hope you will recommend us to others.  For questions about Medical Imaging and Radiology Services at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital, please call 706-453-5043.