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Diagnostic Imaging at Franklin Woods

Diagnostic Imaging – 423-302-1279

Offering flexible scheduling after-hours and on weekends for your convenience. Ask us about our 3 Tesla (3T) MRI. This advanced technology is stronger, faster and is also available for scheduling after hours and on the weekends.

The 3T MRI is an extremely powerful diagnostic tool. The image quality of an MRI depends on signal and field strength. Thus a 3T machine provides an abundance of signal. 3T images can provide extremely clear and vivid images and can often be done faster, decreasing overall scan time- getting in and out faster. Both are of great value to our patients in terms of diagnosis and comfort. 3T is ideal for imaging small bones, breast MRI, musculoskeletal MRI, neurological MRI and vascular MRI, where the minute details are especially crucial to diagnosis. With that said, a 3T machine isn’t always the best for every kind of imaging. Ask your doctor which imaging will be right for you.

Overview of how an MRI works. MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. To simplify a very complex machine, an MRI scanner is a very large, strong magnet. A patient lies in the magnet and a radio wave is used to send signals to the body and receive them back. The returning signals are converted into images by a computer attached to the scanner.  MRI scanners come in different magnet field strengths measured in teslas or “T”, usually between 0.5T and 3.0T. They also come in varying sizes including, open and wide-bore.

Diagnostic Imaging is located on the first floor of Franklin Woods Community Hospital, adjacent to the outpatient lobby. These services are offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week by on-site and on-call technologists. Diagnostic Imaging services support the Franklin Woods Community Hospital Emergency Department, surgery, inpatient units and our outpatient community. Mountain Empire Radiology interprets most procedures performed in Diagnostic Imaging at FWCH. Basic interventional procedures including biopsies, drainages, thoracentesis and paracentesis are performed in Diagnostic Imaging on inpatients to prevent transfer to another facility. Diagnostic Imaging at Franklin Woods Community Hospital is part of our system wide digital picture archiving and communication (PACS) system, which transmits electronic reports and images digitally. The inpatient units, surgery and the ED are equipped with PACS monitors for the referring physicians to use.  

Our diagnostic imaging sevices use up-to-date technology to provide our patients with the highest quality care. Services include:


American College of Radiology
American College of Radiology-CT
American College of Radiology-MRI
American College of Radiology-Nuclear Medicine
American College of Radiology-US