Imaging Services

The Imaging Department at Scotland Memorial Hospital offers the latest in technology twenty-four hours a day. More than 64,000 imaging procedures are performed each year through the imaging services in the hospital itself and in the Outpatient Imaging Center.

Services are available Monday through Friday and on an emergency basis on weekends. The Imaging Department can be reached at 910-291-7731 or by e-mail by clicking Zim Townsend, Director of Imaging Services.

Imaging appointments are scheduled by calling 910-291-7422.

If immediate assistance is needed concerning Imaging Service, please contact Zim Townsend, Imaging Director, at 910-280-5081.

Outpatient Imaging Center
The Outpatient Imaging Center is located on the hospital campus, next to the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services provided at the Outpatient Imaging Center include general x-ray, ultrasounds, mammograms, and dexascans. Our Imaging hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. When your doctor orders one of these imaging services, please support your community hospital by requesting Scotland Imaging Center.

Scotland Memorial Hospital's Imaging Services offers a no-film environment - complete with a Personal Access Communication System (PACS) and computerized radiology. The PACS system digitally stores, transmits and displays ultrasound, dexascan, and general radiology images which allows immediate access to patient information and increased efficiency for staff. Physicians have the capability to access images in their office, or even their home, when needed. Computerized radiology offers significant diagnostic quality advantages over conventional film methods. Conventional films continue to be used for mammography procedures due to the sensitivity of these films.


Open-Bore MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
a computerized magnetic field and radio signals with specific frequencies convert signals into images. With the largest opening of any MRI system in its class, our new Vantage Titan Open-Bore MRI represents a new level of comfort and performance. Its wide opening means more room between a patient and the machine, reducing the claustrophobic feeling closed-in quarters can create.
Largest opening of any MRI system in its class
More room between patient and machine
Provides physician superior images
Results available within minutes
Convenient scheduling - evening & weekend appointments available

In August 2009 Toshiba Medical Systems presented Scotland Memorial Hospital an award for being the first hospital in southeastern United States to install this type of MRI. Click here to read about the presentation by Toshiba.

Digital Mammography
A digital mammogram is like a traditional film screen mammography in that both use x-ray to generate images of the breast. However, instead of using film to capture and record the image, a digital mammogram uses a special detector to capture and convert x-ray into a digital image. The resulting digital images are immediately available to the radiologists for diagnosis.

The radiologists can view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. They can also adjust brightness and contrast, and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcium deposits, masses, and other changes that may be signs of early cancer

Scotland Memorial Hospital's addition of digital mammography is a part of our continuing commitment to provide our patients with the quality of care they expect and deserve in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

Added in June 2009 is the new FDA approved digitizer to aid in the comparison of older analog mammogram films and the new digital mammogram studies. Click here to learn more about this new equipment.

CT Scanning
The 64-slice CT (Computerized Tomography) Scanner combines unrivaled image quality with remarkable speed. It can produce detailed pictures of any organ in a few seconds and provide sharp, clear, three-dimensional images, including 3-D views of the blood vessels, in an instant.

Dexa Scans
The use of computer-generated images to measure bone density in various sites. These images can detect osteoporosis and predict chances of fracturing in the future.

Sonographic sound waves outline the shape of various tissue and organs in the body in the production of images. These images assist the Radiologist and Medical Provider in diagnosis and treatment.

Cardiac Scoring
A simple, non-invasive test which determines the risk for developing coronary artery disease is available using the hospital's high-speed CT scanner. Cardiac Scoring helps detect calcium deposits in the coronary arteries and assess the chances of developing heart disease, long before any signs or symptoms are visible.

Nuclear Medicine
Chemical compound, which contains a radioactive substance, are injected to produce images with a camera.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan)
Available at Scotland Memorial Hospital through an affiliation with Alliance Imaging. PET scans are useful in differentiating malignant from benign tumors, as well as in determining the extent of and staging of cancer. PET also facilitates the accurate, non-invasive detection and staging of heart disease and neurological disorders. PET scans are done on a mobile unit at Scotland Memorial Hospital every other Sunday.

Services are available Monday through Friday and on an emergency basis on weekends. The Imaging Department can be reached at 910-291-7731 or by e-mail by clicking Zim Townsend, Director of Imaging Services.

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