Our Diagnostic Specialists Analyze the Whole Picture
At West Georgia Health, we have a top-notch staff of diagnostic and imaging specialists who have the expertise to read and understand the wide variety of testing procedures we offer. Whether searching for a tumor, measuring bone density or studying the heart’s motion, they thoroughly analyze each patient’s results and make recommendations that aid in diagnosing and healing.
West Georgia Health’s Imaging department includes a wide range of state-of-the-art technologies that are used to view the human body in order to diagnose, monitor, or treat medical conditions. Each type of technology gives different information about the area of the body being studied or treated, related to possible disease, injury, or the effectiveness of medical treatment.
West Georgia Health offers the following Imaging Services:
- 64-Slice Computerized Tomography (CT) provides a three-dimensional image of a patient's internal organs. CT scanners use X-rays and computers to create detailed pictures of the insides of the body. A "slice" refers to one horizontal section of tissue. The more slices an image has, the more opportunity there is for the radiologist to determine an abnormality.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) takes images of the patient using a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in the body. An MRI can be used on almost any part of the body at varying angles.
- Nuclear Medicine is used for diagnostic, therapeutic, and research purposes using small amounts of radioactive materials, known as radiopharmaceuticals. It is similar to taking an X-ray from the inside-out of the body, making it possible to see the inside of human beings at the cellular and even at the molecular level.
- Digital X-ray captures images and produces them on a monitor instead of film. This type of imaging is particularly used to capture images of bones or organs. Digital X-ray is used to diagnose both outpatients and inpatients at bedside using portable x-ray machines.
- Digital Mammography. The only technology of this kind in Troup County, our digital mammography captures precise images with reduced radiation over traditional methods; shorter compression and scan times; and immediate image readings, used to determine the presence of breast tumors.
- Ultrasound is one of the most widely used diagnostic tools used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, to capture their size and structure. Ultrasound is also used to visualize fetuses during routine and emergency prenatal care.
- 3D Ultrasound utilizes high frequency sound waves through a handheld probe to emit and capture impulses of ultrasound waves emitted at various angles to gather high resolution of the developing fetus.
Additional diagnostic procedures available at West Georgia Health include:
- Bone Densitometry – a screening test which measures hips, thighs and femurs bone density to help identify osteoporosis and fracture risks.
- Colonoscopy – a flexible tube holding a camera is passed through the colon to detect possible cancerous lesions. The patient is given light anesthesia for the procedure.
- Coronary Angiogram – a process that uses X-ray imaging to view the inside of your heart's blood vessels.
- Coronary Catheterization – a dye is injected into your heart’s arteries to view blood flow.
- Echocardiography – a procedure that uses ultrasound waves to study the heart, its structure and action.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) – a test involving sensors which record the electrical activity of the heart.
- High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (CRP) – a blood test which is often performed in conjunction with other cardiac tests.
- Lipid Profile Blood Test – measures cholesterol, triglycerides and high density lipoprotein cholesterol, any of which may indicate the presence of heart disease.
- Lipoprotein A (Lp(a)) – identifies the presence of a high level of Lp(a) which can indicate the type of treatment necessary to prevent further heart disease.
- Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) – a procedure that determines areas of narrowing or blockages in blood vessels.
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) – a procedure that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body
- Nuclear Stress Test – measures your blood flow rate at rest and during exercise.
- PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan – allows physicians to detect abnormal molecular cell activity which may indicate the presence of cancer.
For more information, call (706) 845-3785 or (706) 845-3786.