Our imaging department offers a robust array of convenient imaging services for our patients including CT, MRI and digital mammography. Our imaging department is conveniently located on the first floor of the hospital.
Upson’s digital capabilities allow for diagnostic tests to be stored in a Picture Archive Communications System (PACS). PACS enables the referring physician to view images securely on their office computer, home computer, and on computers throughout the hospital. Test results and images can also be copied to compact discs for viewing by the physician or at other facilities.
Digital Diagnostic Services
Upson Regional Medical Center recently installed a new Philips 128 Slice CT Scanner. The Philips 128 Slice CT scanner provides patients many benefits such as a lower radiation dose, higher quality images, and 70-80% lower noise.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides good contrast between the different soft tissues of the body, which makes it especially useful in imaging the brain, muscles, the heart, and cancers compared with other medical imaging techniques.. For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is placed inside a special machine that contains a strong magnet. Pictures from an MRI scan are digital images that can be saved and stored on a computer for more study. The images also can be reviewed remotely, such as in a clinic or an operating room. In some cases, contrast material may be used during the MRI scan to show certain structures more clearly.
Upson’s mammography section consists of a digital mammography system with a computer aided detection (CAD) computer, a stereotastic breast biopsy system, and a DEXA scanner for bone osteoporosis scans. Our digital mammography system and our CAD computer improve radiologists ability to detect abnormalities of the breast by as much as 25%.
A digital mammogram is kind of like your digital camera, the difference between the old film of cameras and a digital camera. So the difference is that we can see the image right away and radiologists can look at the digital image on a screen and change how light or dark it is, where as a film you can't really change that, you have what you have. Digital mammograms are higher in contrast, and better for women who have dense breast tissue, are under the age of 50, or are pre-menopausal. We are pleased to offer Digital Mammography at Upson.
Upson also offers 3-D Mammography, which is 40% more accurate than a traditional mammogram.
Upson is advancing the art of cancer detection with Breast MRI. The system helps physicians pinpoint possible cancers with greater accuracy, detect tiny cancers not obvious on mammograms or ultrasound studies, and combine real-time images with special biopsy equipment for maximum accuracy with minimal scarring. Breast MRI is excellent for detecting cancers in dense breast tissue, in women at high risk for breast cancer, and for women who have had breast augmentation.
Radiologists perform biopsies, arthrography, and myelography.
Ultrasound consists of two high definition ultrasound systems and a vascular ultrasound system.
Nuclear medicine procedures are obtained with special cameras that deliver true 3D information. This information is typically presented as cross-sectional slices through the patient, but can be freely reformatted or manipulated as required. Myocardial perfusion stress tests are performed in Nuclear Medicine and the nuclear medicine images are obtained in 3D.
Appointments may be made by calling (706) 647-8111 ext.1114. If you have questions or need additional information please call Imaging Services at (706) 647-8111 ext.1155.