Diagnostic Imaging

State-of-the-Art Digital Imaging

Walton Regional Medical Center has two locations for imaging services in the Walton County area: Monroe and Loganville. We provide the highest quality equipment available in Walton County for imaging including CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Digital Mammography, DEXA (Bone Densitometry) and General Radiology/X-ray with radiologists and technologists that are extensively trained and registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography is one of the most recent advances in x-ray mammography.  It has redefined the way healthcare is delivered and provides a new option in breast health.  Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer often is linked to early diagnosis.  Digital mammography plays a central part in early detection as it can show changes in the breast up to two years before pa patient can feel them.  With Digital mammography the radiation exposure is up to 50% less than a standard mammogram and with the new flex paddles the exam is said to be with less discomfort.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a simple, pain free diagnostic tool that uses sound waves, not radiation, to produce an image.  Also called sonography, ultrasound is a method of "seeing" inside the human body using high-frequency sound waves.  As the sound passes through the body, echoes are produced that can be used to identify how far away an object is, how large it is, and how uniform it is.  Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal of internal tissues and organs, enabling radiologist to diagnose a variety of illnesses within the body.

DEXA (Bone Densitometry)

Bone Densitometry is a low-dose x-ray that checks for mineral loss and bone thinning and is the leading diagnostic tool for Osteoporosis.  The area x-rayed is usually the spine or hip but may also be performed on the wrist.  A bone density exam is a simple, painless and non-invasive exam which takes approximately 10 minutes.  After an initial exam is done, subsequent tests are useful in monitoring your rate of bone loss.

General Radiology/X-rays

X-rays are a form of radiant energy, like light or radio waves.  X-rays can penetrate the body, allowing a radiologist to produce pictures of internal structures and view them on a computer monitor.  When used with care, X-rays are safe.  the amount of radiation used during most exams is very minimal.  Radiologists and X-ray technologists are trained to use the least amount of radiation necessary to obtain the needed results.

The addition of the new Picture Archive Communication System (PACS) in the Radiology Department means that all images are now digital, providing for higher quality for the patient. The patient’s primary care doctor or specialists can access the digital images from their offices making it faster for the physician and the patient. Having to check out film from the Radiology Department is a thing of the past as all images from PACS can be placed on a compact disc for the patient to take to their physician as well.