The Radiology Department offers many types of diagnostic services, all designed to aid your physician in proper diagnosis. As a patient of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, you have the added convenience of having your physician, as well as Radiology and Laboratory services under one roof. Listed in the directory below are the services the Radiology Department offers.
General / Routine x-ray: Diagnostic x-ray is the process of creating images of the body, its bones and organs, and other internal structures with minimal external radiation. This includes exams such as chest x-rays, KUB (abdomen), x-rays of the skeletal system, and sinuses, to name a few.
Fluoroscopy: With these exams, a piece of equipment called a fluoroscope is used to produce real-time images of the region of interest. Many times a contrast material such as barium sulfate is used to coat or outline the structures being viewed. Barium is used to help diagnose abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract, such as tumors, polyps, hernias and strictures.
Upper Gastrointestinal Series (GI): This is an examination of the esophagus and stomach, using barium to coat the stomach wall so it may be examined under x-ray.
Barium Enema: This involves filling the large intestine with barium sulfate liquid while x-ray images are being taken. Barium enemas are used to diagnose disorders of the large intestine, colon, and rectum.
Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG): This exam is performed by filling the patient’s bladder with a thin, liquid contrast material. X-ray images are made while the bladder is full and also when the patient is voiding.
Tomography: A radiographic technique whereby a particular plane of the body is demonstrated in focus, while planes above and below are blurred. This helps eliminate the problems associated with superimposition of structures.
Intravenous pyelography (IVP): An IVP is a study of the kidneys, ureters and bladder. A contrast agent is injected intravenously so that the urinary system will show up more clearly than with routine x-rays. This exam may be performed to detect blockages, tumors, kidney stones or injuries to the urinary tract.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):
The MRI section of the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is yet another service the Department of Radiology provides to its patients in order to continue to remain at the forefront of fulfilling Murfreesboro’s imaging requirements. MRI allows the radiologist to peer into the human body without the need for ionizing radiation. MRI provides exquisite detail, allowing the radiologist to accurately determine any disease processes that may be present. The versatility of MRI allows us the ability to image numerous body parts, including the head, spine, abdomen, pelvis, breast, shoulder, knee, ankle, and foot.
Our fully-trained staff is committed to providing the best patient care possible. Patient comfort is our priority. We understand that this can be a stressful time and our goal is to alleviate any anxiety present, including offering oral sedation to patients. Patient’s requiring oral sedation can rest assured that they will be under the direct supervision of our radiologists. (Patients who do require sedation will need to be accompanied by a licensed driver)
Ultrasound: Ultrasonography, or sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of organs, tissues and blood vessels. Ultrasound is non-invasive and painless. For the convenience of our patients, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic offers ultrasound services in Radiology, Urology, OB/GYN, General Surgery, and Podiatry departments. Ultrasound can be used to examine most parts of the body including the abdomen, breast, thyroid, prostate, pelvis and vascular system.
Abdominal ultrasound: Used to detect any abnormalities of the abdominal organs such as the liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, gallbladder.
Echocardiogram: Used to see the heart and its valves, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the hearts pumping ability.
Doppler ultrasound: Used to see structures inside the body, while evaluating blood flow at the same time. Doppler ultrasound can help determine if there are any problems within the veins and arteries.
Obstetrical ultrasound: Used to monitor the development of a fetus during pregnancy. With the recent purchase of a new Advanced Technology Lab HD 5000 ultrasound system, we are able to provide patients with the most advanced technology available.
Mammography: A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breast. It is used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women who have breast problems such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge, as well as for women who have no breast complaints. Mammography has been used for about thirty years, and in the past fifteen years technical advancements have greatly improved both the technique and results. The American College of Radiology recommends that women have their initial baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40. Beginning at age 40, the ACR recommends that women have annual screening mammograms. The Murfreesboro Medical Clinic mammography department is inspected annually by the State of Tennessee and is accredited to perform mammography by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Screening mammogram: X-rays of the breast used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs of breast cancer. This usually involves two x-rays of each breast. Using mammography, it is possible to detect a tumor that cannot be felt.
Diagnostic mammogram: An x-ray of the breast used to diagnose unusual breast changes, such as a lump, pain, nipple thickening or discharge, or a change in breast size or shape. A diagnostic mammogram is also used to evaluate abnormalities detected on a screening mammogram, regardless of a woman’s age.
3D Mammography: According to WebMD News, “Researchers found that 3D mammography, used along with standard digital mammogram bumped up breast cancer detection rates by more than 40%. At the same time, there was a 15% dip in the number of women who had to return for more tests because of a suspicious mammogram finding.”
A CT or Cat scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images of the body. A CT scan shows detailed "slices" of any part of the body, including bones, muscle, fat and organs. With CT, the x-ray beam moves in a circle around the body which allows different views of the same structure and provides much greater detail than routine x-rays.
CT scans may be done with or without contrast. "Contrast" refers to a substance taken by mouth or injected intravenously that causes the particular organ or tissue under study to be seen more clearly. Contrast examinations may require you to fast for a certain period of time before the procedure. Be sure that your doctor’s office or the radiology department has given you specific instructions before your exam.
Abdominal and/or Pelvic CT:
These exams are performed to diagnose disease, tumors, internal injuries or damage to the structures located in the abdomen or pelvic regions. They will usually require oral contrast to be given, and many times intravenous contrast will also be administered.
Headaches, confusion, dizziness, or trauma are all common symptoms for performing a CT scan of the head. Patients will be required to hold their heads very still while the scan takes place. IV contrast may be administered.
CT scans of the sinuses are often performed to diagnose disease, headaches, pressure, or recurrent infection. Patients may be required to lie on their stomach with the chin extended or positioned on their back with the head tilted back. These scans are generally performed without contrast material.