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Imaging Services

LeConte Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of imaging services and state-of-the-art technology. Our technical staff, along with the Radiologists of Vista Radiology, are devoted to meeting the needs of the community and delivering excellent patient care. Tell your physician you choose LeConte! There’s no need to leave your community for excellent healthcare. LeConte Medical Center is pleased to have earned designation as a Lung Cancer Screening Center.

Diagnostic X-Ray

Imaging with digital x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Radiation protection and minimization of patient exposure is always our number one goal in patient safety. All technologists have gone through extensive training and are registered with the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT).

X-ray Services Provided

  • Chest and abdomen
  • Orthopedic
  • Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) is an X-ray test that provides pictures of the kidneys, the bladder, the ureters and urinary tract.
  • Myelogram is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a contrast dye and X-rays or computed tomography (CT) to look for problems in the spinal canal, including the spinal cord, nerve roots and other tissues.
  • Various Fluoroscopy Procedures

Exam Preparation

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register
  • Inform technologist or RN if there is a possibility you are pregnant
  • If lab work is needed, it will be completed prior to the exam
  • Each patient will need to bring with them a complete written list of medications they are currently taking if having an IVP or Myelogram

IVP – Patient should not eat or drink anything after midnight.

Myelogram – Following procedure, patient will be held for observation for approximately 5 hours

Upper GI Series (UGI) – Patient should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight.

Small Bowel Series – Patient should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight. Exam may take 4 hours or longer to complete.

Lower GI Series (Barium Enema- BE) – One day prior to the test, patient will need to complete a bowel prep kit, which may be purchased at any local pharmacy. Patient should not eat or drink anything after midnight. It’s important to drink plenty of fluids following this procedure.

Further exam preparation may be given by your doctor or at the time the exam is scheduled.


CT Scan

ACR CT Accredited Facility SealA CT scan (also known as a CAT scan) is a medical test that uses minimal radiation to acquire cross sectional images of the body. Tissues such as bone, lung, organs, and blood vessels can be seen very clearly on a CT scan.

CT Services Provided

  • Routine head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis studies
  • Orthopedic studies – spines and extremities
  • Pediatric studies
  • CT Angiography – all arterial studies (circle of Willis, carotid, renal, mesenteric, aorta and run offs) except for coronary artery studies
  • Low Dose Lung Screening
  • Biopsies and drainages
  • All technologists are registered with the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) and receive extensive training in CT.

Exam Preparation

  • Each patient will need to bring with them a complete written list of medications they are currently taking
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register
  • Inform technologist or RN if there is a possibility you are pregnant
  • When the patient arrives to the CT department, they will be asked about their medical history by a nurse or technologist. If lab work is needed, it will be completed prior to the exam.

CT Abdomen and/or Pelvis with contrast – Exam requires the patient to drink oral contrast, which is a liquid that makes the stomach, small bowel and colon more visible. The patient should have no food or drink for 4 hours prior to exam. Patients receiving oral contrast will drink the contrast and then wait a minimum of 90 minutes before the scan is performed.

LeConte CT services are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and have adopted the Image Gently standards for pediatrics. The prestigious ACR accreditation status shows patients, referring physicians, other healthcare providers and insurance companies that our facility provides quality patient care. The accreditation programs requires that the personnel providing these services meet specific qualifications. They must also meet equipment requirements and demonstrate ongoing quality assurance. Participation in the voluntary program shows LeConte’s commitment to maintaining ongoing quality.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

ARC MRI Accredited Facility SealMagnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that uses a powerful magnetic field, and radio frequency waves to produce detailed pictures of the body. No radiation is used.

All technologists are registered with the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) and receive extensive training in MRI.

MRI Services Provided

  • Neuro- Brain and Spine
  • Orthopedics
  • Vascular
  • Breast
  • Abdomen (liver, spleen, pancreas, kidney)
  • IV sedation for extreme claustrophobia (Must be scheduled by a physician)

Note: if you are claustrophobic, please discuss with your physician. No oral sedative will be given by this facility.

Exam Preparation

  • Each patient will need to bring with them a complete written list of medications they are currently taking
  • Patient will be called the day before appointment. The technologist will ask pre-screening questions about implants, pacemakers, etc. and will address any questions the patient may have.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register
  • If possible, patient should wear comfortable clothing with no metal buttons or zippers.
  • Inform technologist or RN if there is a possibility you are pregnant

MRI Abdomen – The patient should have no food or drink for 4 hours prior to exam.

When the patient arrives to the MRI department, a nurse or technologist will review medical history and ask safety questions about pacemakers, metal implants, etc. If lab work is needed, it will be completed prior to the exam. Ear plugs will be provided for the patient due to the loud noises generated from the MRI during normal operation. Exam time may be 1 hour per exam.

Metal and electronic objects are not allowed in the exam room because they may interfere with the strong magnetic field. Items include:

  • Jewelry, credit cards and hearing aids can be damaged by the magnet.
  • Pins, hairpins, metal zippers, pens, pocket knives, eyeglasses and similar metallic items
  • Removable dental work and body piercings
  • In most cases, an MRI exam is safe for patients with metal implants. However, people with the following implants cannot be scanned: Pacemaker/ Cardiac Defibrillator, Ear (cochlear) implant, Some types of brain aneurysm clips

*Consult with your physician if you have questions or concerns.

LeConte MRI services are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The prestigious ACR accreditation status shows patients, referring physicians, other healthcare providers, and insurance companies that our facility provides quality patient care. The accreditation programs requires that the personnel providing these services meet specific qualifications. They must also meet equipment requirements and demonstrate ongoing quality assurance. Participation in the voluntary program shows LeConte’s commitment to maintaining ongoing quality.


Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive material to access the function of organs or systems within the body. Unlike conventional x-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound that are used to produce images of the inside of the body, nuclear medicine is used to determine the function of organs or tissues in a safe and effective way.

All technologists are registered with the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) and CNMT registered in Nuclear Medicine.

Nuclear Medicine Services

  • Cardiac scans
  • Hepatobiliary scans
  • Bone scans
  • Lung scans
  • Other general nuclear medicine scans

Exam Preparation

  • Each patient will need to bring with them a complete written list of medications they are currently taking
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register
  • Patient will be called the day before appointment. Technologist will inform patient of any preparation needed, estimated exam duration, and will address any questions the patient may have.
  • Inform technologist or RN if there is a possibility you are pregnant
  • When the patient arrives to the Nuclear Medicine department, they will be asked about their medical history by a nurse or technologist. If lab work is needed, it will be completed prior to the exam.
  • Nuclear medicine uses small quantities of radioactive materials, called isotopes, that are targeted to specific organ systems or tissues within the body. These can be introduced into the body in different ways.
  • Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam you are undergoing, the radiotracer is either injected into a vein, which is most common, but can also be swallowed or inhaled as a gas and eventually accumulates in the organ or area of your body being examined.

Note: It can take anywhere from several seconds to several days for the radiotracer to travel through your body and accumulate in the organ or area being studied. As a result, imaging may be done immediately, a few hours later, or even several days after you have received the radioactive material.


Ultrasound

ACR Ultrasound Accredited Facility SealUltrasound imaging, also called sonography, uses high frequency sound waves to obtain images of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use radiation.

All sonographers have had extensive training in ultrasound.

Ultrasound Services Provided

  • Gynecological
  • Vascular
  • Obstetrics
  • Biopsies and drainages
  • Breast
  • Other general ultrasound procedures

Exam Preparation

Each patient will need to bring with them a complete written list of medications they are currently taking

Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register

Ultrasound Abdomen – The patient should have no food or drink for 8 hours prior to exam

Ultrasound Pelvis – Full bladder is required for this exam. Patient should drink 40 ounces of fluids prior to exam.

LeConte Ultrasound services are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The prestigious ACR accreditation status shows patients, referring physicians, other healthcare providers, and insurance companies that our facility provides quality patient care. The accreditation programs requires that the personnel providing these services meet specific qualifications. They must also meet equipment requirements and demonstrate ongoing quality assurance. Participation in the voluntary program shows LeConte’s commitment to maintaining ongoing quality.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get a copy/report of my imaging procedure?

You may pick these up in the medical records department, Monday- Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Park in Parking Lot G and enter the Dolly Parton Center for Women’s Serivces building. The medical records department is located on the second floor. You will be required to present your photo ID and sign a medical information release. We are a digital imaging department so your exam will be given to you on a CD.

When will I get the results of my test?

Your physician will receive a report with the results of your exam usually within 48 hours of the procedure.

How do I reschedule an exam?

If you need to reschedule and exam, please call (865) 446-7900 Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where do I register/check in for my exam?

If you are having a CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, ultrasound or x-ray procedure, you will park in Parking Lot A. Once you enter the building through the main entrance, registration is located past the fireplace on the right side of the lobby.

If you are having a mammogram, bone density, or sleep lab visit, you will park in Parking Lot G. Enter at the Dolly Parton Center for Women’s Services building. The breast center is located on the first floor in Suite 106. The sleep center is  on the second floor in Suite 212.

Are there any preps for the exam I am having?

Click on the link below that corresponds to the type of exam you are having. You may also call (865) 446-7900 with any questions concerning your test.