The Imaging Department at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna (EAH) utilizes some of the finest state-of-the-art equipment on the market today. Our services include:
- 32 slice CT scanner
- Nuclear Medicine
- Dexa Scan
What is an MRI?
An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an imaging process that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create extremely detailed pictures or “images” of your internal organs and structures. This valuable technology is a great alternative to invasive surgery for analyzing purposes.
MRI machines do not use ionizing radiation, and have a very low incident of side affects, which is a comfort for many patients.
How do I prepare for my MRI exam?
No special preparations are needed. You can eat and take any prescribed medication as usual, (unless your doctor tells you otherwise).
However, some special circumstances may not permit you to have an MRI procedure. It is very important that you tell your scanning specialist if any of the following apply to you.
- Metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
- Cardiac pacemaker or artificial heart valve
- Aneurysm clips
- Intrauterine device, such as Copper-7 IUD
- Insulin pump or other infusion pump
- Inner ear implant
- Permanent (tattoo) eye liner
- Ever been a metal worker, (had metal in the eye)
The MRI unit at Emory-Adventist Hospital is state-of-the-art and fast. Not only do we receive top quality readings, but some tests can be done in almost half the time it would take with more conventional MRI units. This is of great benefit to those patients who suffer anxiety.
For more information call 770-438-5217.
32-slice CT Scanner
The VCT Select is taking computed tomography imaging to the next level by providing clear images faster than a beating heart.
Significantly reduced acquisition times
Static organs can be imaged in two seconds; a whole body can be completed in a breathhold, and the heart can be scanned in 10 seconds.
Coronary arteries can be imaged in 10 seconds, for exceptional image quality that is repeatable across a wider range of heart rates. GE's exclusive variable speed technology has been expanded for cardiovascular imaging to allow for customization of rotation speeds according to the patients' heart rates.
Bone Density Testing
With the QCT PRO software system, our CT scanner can measure bone density at the skeletal sites that are most relevant clinically--the proximal femur and the lumbar spine.
Our CT scanner is equipped with SmartScore Pro software for computing coronary artery calcification scores, with the cardiac images being acquired in a single breath-hold. This particular software package provides much broader clinical application capabilities (such as vascular imaging) than dedicated cardiac CT scanners, in addition to the coronary Ca scoring.
With 40mm coverage, many lesions and structures can be imaged in a single rotation at 1.25mm resolution, providing enhanced anatomical coverage for perfusion studies.
For more information call 770-438-5217.
DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density and one of the most accurate ways to determine if you have osteopenia or osteoporosis and are at risk for a fracture.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis causes bones to become thin and brittle, making them more likely to break. Bones naturally become thinner as you grow older. Old bone dissolves and is absorbed into the body faster than new bone is made. As this occurs, the bones lose minerals (such as calcium), heaviness (mass), and structure, making them weaker. The thicker your bones are, the longer it takes to develop osteoporosis.
What is the DEXA bone density test?
The DEXA bone density test measures bone thickness. A DEXA scan is accurate, easy, fast and painless. This test can help predict your chances of having a broken bone due to osteoporosis. The decision to test your bone thickness is based on your risks for osteoporosis, such as your age and family history, being a postmenopausal woman, or smoking. Your doctor will decide if a bone density test is necessary for you.
Who should get a bone density test?
You and your doctor can decide together whether a DEXA scan is appropriate for you. However, it is generally recommended that women age 65 and older have routine bone density testing. Medicare and most major insurances cover DEXA scans.
If you are younger than 60 and have one or more risk factors for osteoporosis, you will also want to consider bone density testing. Risk factors include having a family history of osteoporosis, being postmenopausal, being of European or Asian ancestry, having a medical condition that prevents the body from absorbing enough calcium, having a small frame, smoking, excessive use of alcohol, sedentary lifestyle, and poor diet.
Since osteopenia and osteoporosis may show no symptoms, it is important to know your bone density status. It is possible to reduce your risk for broken bones and other effects of osteoporosis with treatment and lifestyle changes.
Talk to your doctor about scheduling a DEXA bone density test, or for more information call 770-438-5217.