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Medical Imaging

Imaging technology is ever-changing and at Heritage Medical Center, patients benefit from advanced imaging equipment, skilled radiology technologists and experienced radiologists who are accomplished in interpreting a wide variety of imaging exams.

Heritage Medical Center is proud to offer a wide variety of imaging services to help meet the diverse needs of our community from infants to seniors:

Diagnostic Radiology
Diagnostic Radiology is the use of various radiological techniques, mostly noninvasive, to diagnose a variety of medical conditions. Diagnostic radiology includes the use of x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and ultrasound.

64-slice CT Scanner
Heritage Medical Center is proud to offer a 64-slice CT Scanner, the most advanced imaging technology available in Shelbyville. The 64-slice technology provides crystal clear 3D images in a fraction of the time of traditional CT scanners. It also allows HMC to do minimally-invasive angiography/heart studies, which in the past could only be done invasively through the catheterization lab.

General Computerized Tomography Exams (CT Scan)
A CT scan combines a series of X-ray views taken from many different angles to produce cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside your body.

The resulting images can be compared to a loaf of sliced bread. Your doctor will be able to look at each of these slices individually or perform additional visualization to make 3-D images. CT scan images provide much more information than do plain X-rays.

Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous x-ray image on a monitor, much like an x-ray movie. It is used to diagnose or treat patients by displaying the movement of a body part or of an instrument or dye (contrast agent) through the body.

During a fluoroscopy procedure, an x-ray beam is passed through the body. The image is transmitted to a monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.

Screening mammograms, diagnostic exams, breast needle localizations, breast ultrasounds, stereotactic breast biopsy.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
A patient examination utilizing a magnetic field and radio waves to produce a highly accurate view of the inside of any portion of the body. It is a painless and extremely safe procedure because no radiation is used. The most common areas for MRI scans are head, neck, chest, breast, pelvis, abdomen, upper and lower extremities.

Ultrasound is a diagnostic technique in which high-frequency sound waves penetrate the body, bounce around, and produce multiple echoes; these echo patterns can be viewed as an image on a computer screen.

Bone Mineral Density exams
A test used to diagnose osteoporosis. It detects bone loss even in its early stages. The test can also be used to determine if a person is at risk for fractures and can be used to monitor increases in bone density as a result of treatment.

Many exams require the patient to be prepared ahead of time. Patient prep and scheduling information is available by phone 931-685-8316 or from your doctor.

The department is open 24 hours a day to perform specific imaging studies as ordered by physicians. Outpatient services are provided Monday - Friday from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm.

A physician must order all tests. Exam results will be sent to the ordering physician.

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2835 Highway 231 North
Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160
(931) 685-5433
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