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Radiology

Radiology

Knox County Diagnostic Imaging Services

Imaging services are perhaps the most important tool in any hospital. The best way to treat disease and injury is to uncover the true, underlying cause as soon as possible and treat it directly. In the past, surgeons would have to cut patients open in order to learn more about what was going on inside the body. This method was as inefficient as it was dangerous. Today, Good Samaritan is equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic imaging equipment that allows our knowledgeable physicians to view the body’s internal structures without putting any unnecessary strain on the patient.


We Remain on the Cutting-Edge of Imaging Tech

Radiology, also known as diagnostic imaging, utilizes tools like x-rays, MRI, and CT scans to create detailed images of the body’s inner structures. These instruments were revolutionary when they were first put into practice and they have only improved over time. Newer, faster, more accurate versions of diagnostic equipment are continuously being approved for medical use.

At Good Samaritan, we keep up with the latest developments in medical technology so that we can provide our patients with the best, most modernized health care services possible. We have replaced standard x-rays with more efficient digital x-rays; we have upgraded mammograms with 3D mammography, which creates a more detailed view of dense breast tissue; we have employed low-dose CT scans for lung cancer screening to reduce patient risk; and much more.

Our imaging services include:

  • Diagnostic Radiology
    • Good Samaritan Diagnostic Radiology Department provides digital radiography and fluoroscopy services. We have Digital Radiography systems in all radiography rooms. Digital Radiography is a form of radiography that uses x-ray–sensitive plates to directly capture data during the patient examination. Data is then immediately transferred to a computer system. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability, efficiency through elimination of costly film processing steps, as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display quality of the image. Digital Radiography also uses less than half the radiation of a traditional x-ray system, therefore decreasing the radiation dose to the patient significantly.

      We also provide service to nursing home clients with our mobile x-ray unit that can be taken off site to the nursing home for their convenience.

      We are staffed with 24 hour coverage 7 days a week by Registered Radiology technologists that have a combined total of over 200 years of experience.

      Good Samaritan also offers Radiology services at 5 outpatient sites throughout Knox County.

  • Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning
    • Computed tomography (CT) captures detailed images throughout your body, helping your doctor make a more accurate diagnosis of your condition. A CT scan uses X-rays (radiant energy) to penetrate the body and produce clear pictures of your bones, muscles, tissues, organs, blood vessels and brain that a regular X-ray cannot show.

      Our CT technologists are Board Certified and have over 150 years of combined experience. We have two 128 slice CT scanners that produce excellent imaging at a significantly lower radiation dose to the patient (average 60% less radiation dose than other scanners). CT is American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited.

      We provide the following services:

      Low Dose Lung Cancer Screening (CT scan that uses lower dose to help detect lung cancer)

      Virtual Colonoscopy (Non-invasive CT scan that is used to detect colon cancer, polyps, and colon abnormalities)

      Calcium Scoring (CT used to detect calcified plaque in the coronary arteries)

      CTA Coronary Arteries (Non-invasive CT angiogram to detect blockages and abnormalities in the heart)

      CT Guided Needle Biopsies and Abscess Drainages (CT guidance for Intervention)

      CT Angiograms of all body parts and structures (Iodinated IV contrast is injected to evaluate blood vessels, blockages, and aneurysms)

      All routine CT Body Imaging (Head, Neck, Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis, Upper and Lower Extremities, etc...)
  • Ultrasound
    • Ultrasound uses sound waves to obtain images, there is no radiation. The area being studied is covered with a small amount of gel. The sonographer then moves the ultrasound transducer across the body part being studied to obtain images for the Radiologist.

      All ultrasound technologists are Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers with over 40 yrs. of combined experience. Ultrasound is ACR accredited.

      The ultrasound department performs ultrasounds of the abdomen (including gallbladder, liver, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, and aorta), thyroid, neck, soft tissues, and pelvis (obstetric and gynecologic, scrotal).

      We also perform ultrasound-guided procedures such as biopsies and drainages.

  • Nuclear Medicine

    • Nuclear medicine is a special imaging modality that not only evaluates morphology but function. For over 40 years the Board Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists at Good Samaritan have excelled in finding cardiac output, gallbladder function, blocked coronary arteries, skeletal stress fractures, infections, thyroid function, pulmonary emboli, parathyroid problems and staging certain cancers. Good Samaritan also proudly offers Nuclear Medicine PET/CT scans which are unsurpassed in both staging and assessing the effectiveness of cancer treatment. All nuclear medicine procedures are done by well trained, caring professionals using high quality cameras in a patient centered environment. We welcome the opportunity to serve you should you need nuclear medicine testing.
    • Services: PET/CT
      • Breast Specific Gamma Imaging
      • 3 Phase and Whole Body Bone Scans
      • MUGA, Cardiac Stress Tests
      • Ventilation and Perfusion Lung Scans
      • HIDA
      • Gastric Emptying
      • Renal Excretion and GFR calculation
      • Thyroid uptake, Parathyroid
      • White blood cell scans, and more.
  • Interventional Radiology
    • Interventional Radiology (IR) performs procedures with the use of image guidance and a specialty trained Radiologist. X-ray, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and computed tomography (CT) can be used to locate problems and provide treatments. Most treatments provided by interventional radiology are less invasive and have the potential to significantly shorten the duration of a hospital stay. IR procedures such as drainages may also be performed to treat patients who are not good candidates for open surgery. Many interventional radiology procedures can also be performed as an outpatient procedure. Some of the most commonly requested procedures are: biopsies of various organs or locations within the body, drainages of abnormal fluid accumulations, injections for pain in certain joints, maintenance of dialysis access to reduce frequency of surgical interventions, and placement of ports for infusion therapies.

      Interventional radiology is a continually growing area of patient care that is often favorable to other alternative treatments due to reduced overall hospital stays and less invasive approach to care of the patients. Good Samaritan’s interventional radiology department works closely with other areas in radiology.

      We are staffed with dedicated interventional radiology technologists who have a total combined 46 years radiology experience, and 2 full-time interventional radiology nurses that share more than 50 years of nursing experience with their patients.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    • Good Samaritan has a 1.5T wide bore magnet that is ACR accredited. All MR technologists are Board Certified.
    • Services:
      • Prostate (including UroNav fusion for image-guided prostate biopsies)
      • Breast
      • Rectal
      • Brain and Spine
      • Musculoskeletal
      • Body (Abdomen, MRCP, Pelvis)
      • MRI Arthrograms
  • Mammography
    • 3D Mammography, Automated Breast Ultrasound, Ultrasound-guided Breast Biopsies, Stereotactic guided breast biopsy.

Electronic images are available instantly to physicians through an electronic medical record system for efficient consultation.

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Contact us with questions at 812-885-3351

FAQ

Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?
When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.

What does the gold seal mean?
When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.

What does ACR accreditation mean?

To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility's personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It's important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.



We are proud to have been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center.

We’re Here to Help You

At Good Samaritan, we are your teammates in health and wellness. We are committed to providing our patients with the best, safest care possible. When you come in for an imaging test, our staff will guide you through the entire process, making sure you know everything you can do to prepare for your test in order to achieve the most accurate results.

Radiology Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?

When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.

What does the gold seal mean?

When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.