Henry County Diagnostic Center
The Henry County Diagnostic Center is a 10,000 square foot facility which integrates state-of-the-art technology with convenience, comfort and communication to ensure that you have the best experience possible. This technically advanced Imaging facility is a place where our exceptional Radiologists read images from the most advanced digital imaging equipment available. This means that images are viewed electronically rather than on traditional film.
Digital imaging provides clearer, more detailed images. Patients are now able to have their outpatient exams done in a timely manner with easy access thanks to a patient drop off and close parking. Services offered at the facility include:
- CT Scan
- Diagnostic Mammography (digital 3D) with Breast Tomosynthesis
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
- Bone Densitometry
- PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System)
- Pre-admission Testing
- Diagnostic X-Ray
ACR Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence
Henry County Diagnostic Center has just received another 3 year accreditation for being designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in July. HCMC Diagnostic Center was one of the first in the nation and one of the first in the Southeastern United States to receive this designation.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.
The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care. This includes a comprehensive assessment of the entire medical imaging enterprise, including structure and outcomes. The DICOE designation recognizes excellence at multiple levels — including the professional staff, the technology and the policies and procedures the organization follows — and superior patient care.
In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in all modalities they provide, and in which the ACR offers an accreditation program. Another requirement is to participate in the Dose Index Registry® and General Radiology Improvement Database, as well as Image Wisely® and Image Gently®.
The Diagnostic Center is a comprehensive, freestanding diagnostic imaging center that offers Pre Admission Testing services for surgery patients, including EKG and Lab services. For patients and physicians, they deliver quality diagnostic imaging that’s convenient and simple. Imaging services that are offered include a 20-slice CAT scanner, a 1.5T MRI Wide Bore (specifically for larger body types), two Ultrasound machines and Diagnostic Radiology. The Diagnostic Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology in CAT Scan, MRI, Mammography and Ultrasound.
Conducting over 65,000 exams per year, they are also home to one of the premier women’s center for Digital 3D Mammography, Breast Ultrasound as well as Bone Densitometry.
Another feature of the diagnostic center is that ladies’ visiting the center will be offered individual dressing rooms located within the women’s center for privacy and comfort and given a warm robe to wear during their exam. Offering this type of advanced technology and service is what made the Diagnostic Center stand out as one of the best in the nation.
The Diagnostic Center is conveniently located on Tyson Avenue directly across from the hospital. Providers can schedule outpatient exams for Ultrasound, Digital Mammography, Bone Densitometry, CAT scan, MRI and some diagnostic procedures. Contact our scheduling department with any questions or concerns regarding appointments by calling (731) 644-8486 option 1.
The Henry County Diagnostic Center was also voted by Imaging Economics as one of the best Radiology Facilities for 2013.
Computer Tomography (CT) is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the body. The Siemens Sonoma AS20 CT scanner is available at Henry County Diagnostic Center. The CT provides advanced applications, early visualization of disease and faster image gathering capabilities. This allows physicians to obtain incredibly small details in a matter of seconds without compromises in resolution, scan time or image quality, all of which are keys for cardiac, vascular and neurological testing.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) does not use radiation to take pictures of the body, but uses powerful magnets and radio waves. The MRI scanner contains a magnet. The magnetic field produced by an MRI is about ten thousand times greater than the earth’s magnetic field. The Optima MR 450w MRI comes with a 70 cm bore and offers a wide array of diagnostic imaging capabilities. This advanced MRI technology allows for even faster exam times that are shorted when compared with older, conventional MRI units. This units is designed to reduce patient claustrophobia and/or anxiety and provide a comfortable experience for all patients, especially large individuals and children. It also provides a reduction in exam time and improved patient comfort in a cooler, quieter environment. The MRI is equipped with a sound system so you may listen to your music of your choosing while having the procedure.
Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS)
All imaging exams at our diagnostic center are completely digital. Images are available to view seconds after an exam is completed, and physicians have the ability to view images in their offices. We utilize a PACS digital display and archiving system to store images from the Diagnostic Center and Henry County Medical Center. Physicians’ offices now have web access to view your imaging exams. These images become part of a patient’s permanent medical record and can be recalled at any time in the future at the center of hospital locations through a patient’s electronic medical record.
Bone Densitometry , also known as Bone Density, is a safe, low-dose x-ray procedure that assists in diagnosing low bone density. This exam estimates the amount of bone mineral content in specific areas of the body, including the spine, hip and forearm. Physicians use the bone density information to decide if treatment for osteoporosis is necessary. You should have no discomfort or pain from this exam. Our Radiologists will study the images and will send a full report of the findings to your physician who will then discuss the findings with you.
Pre-Admission Testing is a unique process that is dedicated to meeting the concerns of our preoperative patients and their families. A visit to PAT gives each patient having a procedure at Henry County Medical Center or the Surgery Center, the opportunity to incorporate all registration, testing, health history reviews and teaching into one visit. Appointments are scheduled for the patient’s convenience. Your physician will assist in getting this appointment for you.
A physician’s order is required for all services at the Diagnostic Center. Please bring your written physician’s order when visiting or have your physician send the order directly to us. Routine X-rays and laboratory services are offered at the Diagnostic Center and do not require a patient to have an appointment. Routine X-ray services include exams such as chest, abdomen, spine, legs and arms.
The Diagnostic Center is conveniently located at 302A Tyson Avenue directly across from the hospital. They can schedule outpatient exams for Ultrasound, Digital Mammography, Bone Densitometry, CAT scan, MRI and some diagnostic procedures. If you can benefit from any of these services, let them help schedule you an appointment today by calling (731) 644-8486.