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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
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.

Mammography
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
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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