St. Mary's Sacred Heart

(706) 356-7800
367 Clear Creek Parkway  •  Lavonia, GA 30553

St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital Radiology Department is dedicated to providing patients with state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatments through the most current methods available in the medical field.

Testing is available for emergency visits, outpatient care and inpatient care. For outpatient testing you will need a doctor’s referral and an appointment.

Equipment

We maintain state-of-the-art equipment with capabilities such as digital x-ray, digital mammography, 64-slice CT, MRI and ultrasound. Imaging services are available 24/7 for emergency diagnostics when patients arrive with trauma or symptoms of stroke, heart attack, or other life-threatening conditions. We also offer convenient outpatient imaging services, provided by our experienced team of compassionate technologists and interpreted by our on-site radiologist. Voice dictation technology helps speed results to your physician so that you can learn the results of your testing as soon as possible. Also, we are one of only a few hospitals in Georgia using the NovaDose system to track and limit our patients’ exposure to ionizing radiation.

3D Mammography

St. Mary's Sacred Heart is excited to announce the arrival of 3D Mammography.

3D mammography is the latest advancement in the battle against breast cancer. Using high powered computers to take multiple images, 3D mammography decreases superimposition of normal structures for better breast tissue visualization.

TO SCHEDULE YOUR MAMMOGRAM, please call us at (706) 356-7808.

Our Goal

We strive to exceed the expectations of our patients and physicians. We recognize that patients are human beings and deserve compassionate care, dignity, and respect. We offer advanced technologies and a positive attitude to provide the highest level of care, patient satisfaction, and physician satisfaction possible.

Personalized care and services include:

  • Treating each customer as a unique and important person.
  • Taking the time to listen and identify what each customer expects.
  • Tailoring our responses to the customer's individual needs and expectations.
  • Communicating these expectations to others who will serve the customer.
  • Taking responsibility for ensuring continuity in the care we deliver.
  • Taking the initiative to help our customers solve problems in a positive manner.
  • Demonstrating our compassion as well as our competence.

Our goal is to provide you with the best, most personalized care possible. We want St, Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital to be your first choice for health care, and we hope you will recommend us to others.

Services

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a high-tech diagnostic tool that uses a powerful magnet and bursts of radio waves to take incredibly detailed images of the inside of the body. Unlike CT and other x-ray systems, it does not use ionizing radiation. Our GE MRI scanner provides a 1.5 Tesla magnet, considered the gold standard in community hospital settings, that provides amazingly clear, crisp, 3D images for enhanced diagnostics. MRI is frequently used to diagnose conditions of the brain, spinal cord, bones, joints, back, and breasts.

Mammography

St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital offers the best in digital mammography facilities. Private changing rooms, fast scheduling, short waits and same-day answers on follow-up tests make your mammography appointment at St. Mary’s Sacred Heart convenient and compassionate. Our mammography rooms feature soothing lighting and attractive décor to help you feel more comfortable. St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital’s mammography services have received the American College of Radiology’s Gold Seal of Accreditation, demonstrating the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

3D Mammography

St. Mary's Sacred Heart is excited to announce the arrival of 3D Mammography. 3D mammography is the latest advancement in the battle against breast cancer. Using high powered computers to take multiple images, 3D mammography decreases superimposition of normal structures for better breast tissue visualization. Studies have shown that 3D mammography reduces the call back rate by 37%, decreases the unnecessary biopsy rate by 11%, and increases the detection of invasive cancer by 53%. Simply put, it's a better mammogram. 3D mammography is available at the hospital. For more information on our 3D mammography services, call 706-356-7808.

TO SCHEDULE YOUR MAMMOGRAM, please call us at (706) 356-7808.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is like radar, using sound waves to quickly and painlessly provide images of the inside of the body. Many people associate ultrasound with the first images of a developing baby, but the technology can be used for diagnosing any number of medical conditions, from studying possible cancers in the breast to assessing stroke risk caused by narrowing of the carotid arteries. Ultrasound does not require ionizing radiation or strong magnetic fields, but it may not provide the imaging power needed for some studies. St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital provides a broad range of ultrasound services on an inpatient and outpatient basis, including vascular studies with Doppler echo technology.

64-slice CT Scanning

St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital offers 64-slice CT scanning for emergency as well as non-emergency diagnostic imaging. The GE scanner can produce high quality, 3-D images of the heart, brain, spine, liver, and other internal structures in seconds. 64-slice scanners are fast enough to capture images of the heart and its arteries between heartbeats and can also detect bleeding in the brain, a vital piece of information when stroke is suspected. In addition, our CT scanner is excellent for use with a wide range of other conditions, including cancer; spine, neck and back pain; lumbar spinal stenosis; brain tumors; aneurysm; Alzheimer's Disease; traumatic brain injury; Epilepsy; Parkinson's Disease, brain tumor; Multiple Sclerosis; spinal cord injury; and more.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine uses radioactive substances and a camera sensitive to gamma rays to study the physiological function of the body, that is, how well various organs are doing their jobs. Nuclear medicine services at St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital include nuclear cardiac stress tests; bone scans; renal, liver, and hepatobiliary studies, as well as diagnosis of Graves Disease through thyroid scans; uptake and therapeutic treatment for thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidisms. GI bleed studies, gastric emptying studies, lung perfusion and ventilation, sentinel node, breast and melanoma imaging are also performed.

Bone density scanning

St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital provides DEXA (Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) to measure bone density. DEXA scanning is used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition in which bone density lessens and leave the patient at heightened risk of fractures. Osteoporosis is most common in older adults, but can affect men and women of any age. DEXA scanning is quick and painless. Our GE equipment provides whole-body assessments in minutes, with no contrast and low amounts of ionizing radiation.

Cardiac stress testing

Cardiac stress testing can reveal signs of plaques in the arteries that bring oxygenated blood to heart tissue. Untreated, these plaques can block coronary arteries and cause heart attacks. Using an EKG system to painlessly monitor the heart’s activity, a stress test evaluates how well the patient’s heart functions during exercise. A treadmill or stationary bicycle is used to progressively raise the patient’s heart rate. By studying results from the EKG, blood pressure testing and sometimes echocardiography immediately following the test, cardiologists can determine if there is a problem and if more precise testing is needed.

Echocardiography

A specialized form of ultrasound, “cardiac echo” uses sound waves to create images of the heart, its chambers, and its valves. Using cardiac echo, physicians can determine how well the heart is pumping blood, whether valves are working correctly, and if there is tissue damage from past injuries or heart attacks that is affecting heart function.

At the end of the day, what matters most is that we help patients prevent illness or recover faster and more completely
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