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Diagnostic Imaging at Franklin Woods
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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.
Call (423) 302-1279 with questions or to schedule an appointment.
Imaging services at Franklin Woods
3 Tesla (3T) MRI
The 3T MRI is an extremely powerful diagnostic tool. Because a 3T machine provides a very strong signal, 3T images can provide extremely clear and vivid images. 3T images can often be done faster, decreasing overall scan time, which helps patients get in and out more quickly. It is also beneficial in terms of diagnosis and patient 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. However, a 3T machine isn’t always the best for every kind of imaging. Ask your doctor which imaging approach is right for you.
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.
Other imaging services
Our diagnostic imaging sevices use up-to-date technology to provide our patients with the highest quality care.
Other imaging services provided at Franklin Woods include:
- CT scanners
- Wide-bore 3T MRI scanner
- Nuclear medicine scanner
- Digital radiographic rooms
- Fluoroscopic room
- Ultrasound units with vascular and obstetric capabilities
- Echovascular ultrasound unit
Inpatient imaging procedures
Basic interventional procedures including biopsies, drainages, thoracentesis and paracentesis are also performed in on inpatients to eliminate the need for transfer to another facility.
About the imaging department
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, 7 days a week by on-site and on-call technologists.
Diagnostic imaging services support the Franklin Woods ER, surgery, inpatient units and our outpatient community.
Mountain Empire Radiology interprets most procedures performed in Franklin Woods’ diagnostic imaging department.
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.
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