FGH Radiology Services are available to patients, based on referrals, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Emergency coverage is provided 24 hours a day. Remember, even if you have to see a specialist at a larger facility, you can request testing be done at Franklin General Hospital, where you will have shorter wait times, more personalized service and high quality care.
- CT Scanning
The Computed Tomography Scanner (CT Scanner) is a special x-ray machine, which uses computer techniques to produce images of your body. The CT scanner is shaped like a doughnut and to obtain these images the x-ray machine moves around your body while you lie on the table. During the scan, an IV may be started for the injection of the intravenous (IV) contrast solution to better visualize the vessels and structures of the body part being imaged. The ordering physician will be able to inform you if the IV contrast solution is needed.
- DEXA Scanning
Dual Energy X-ray Absorpitometry, uses two energies; x-ray and an absorption energy, to obtain and image and measure the densities within the spine and hips. This gives the most accurate result in diagnosing osteoporosis risk.
- Diagnostic Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging is your basic conventional x-ray. We have two diagnostic imaging rooms where we can perform all types of x-rays, including digital fluoroscopy (live x-rays of the esophagus, stomach and bowels).
- Digital Mammography
Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This is a safe and dynamic way for doctors to see inside the body and diagnose certain diseases. MRI does not use x-rays. Instead, it uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create a very clear picture of structures inside your body. MRI uses sensitive equipment and specially designed computers to create images of the entire area being scanned. There is no radiation involved, and the procedure should not cause you any pain.
- Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear imaging is a method of producing images by detecting radiation from different parts of the body after a radioactive tracer material is administered. The images are recorded on computer and on film. The main difference between nuclear imaging and other radiologic tests is that nuclear imaging assesses how organs function, whereas other imaging methods assess anatomy or how the organs look. The nuclear imaging physician interprets the images to make a diagnosis.
- 3D Ultrasound
Designed to help physicians make more confident and accurate diagnoses, deliver excellent image quality and enhance workflow across a broad range of patient types and applications. The fourSight TEE View software allows for 3-D imaging, enhanced zoom, pan and rotate functions, which provides the ability to analyze and interrogate anatomy from unlimited perspectives.
Meggan M. Cearley RT(R)(M)
Franklin General Hospital