The Radiology Department at Cannon is fully digital, and offers cutting edge technology and services to our community. Our highly skilled staff performs superior diagnostic testing in a compassionate setting. We pride ourselves in providing the highest quality services available to our community and their families. Our Radiology Department’s mammography, CT and Nuclear Medicine are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.
All procedures performed in our radiology department are read by board certified Radiologist with Greenville Radiology, PA.
Please use the following link to help answer questions you might have regarding your radiology procedure www.radiologyinfo.org. If you have other questions, please contact the Radiology Department at 864-898-1161.
The Mammogram Department at Cannon now has the most advanced technology used to detect breast abnormalities in both men and women. In 2011, Cannon purchased the Hologic full field digital mammography machine. Advantages to our digital mammography machine include: lower radiation doses, increased image manipulation capabilities, and enhanced interpretation.
The digital mammography machine was installed and the mammography suite remodeled to create a more comfortable setting for our patients. A mammographer is available from 7am-7pm for convenience of our working patients. Due to Cannon’s size, most patients are able to receive their mammogram the same week the test is ordered, unless prior files must be received from another location first.
The staff is accredited by the American College of Radiology. This means the radiologists and technicians are specially trained and certified for the procedures. Our equipment is also inspected regularly and must be required standards.
To prepare for a mammogram, patients are asked not to wear deodorant or lotions because it can sometimes interfere with the images. The procedure takes only a few minutes and requires a doctor’s order.
Cannon Radiology Department offers convenient times for appointments Monday-Friday from 7:30AM-5:30PM. No doctor’s orders are necessary. Call 864.898.1153 to schedule your appointment.
Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
Computed Tomography or CT Scan combines x-rays with state of the art computer technology to produce “cross sectional” pictures of the body. The images produced from this system can show vascular structures, organs, bones and tissues.
Cannon’s Radiology Department has one of the most advanced CT Scanners in the area. The sixteen-slice CT Toshiba scanner allows for faster, higher quality images. Our Radiology Department is proud to have several registered Computed Tomography Technologists and highly skilled Radiologists in partnership with Greenville Radiology.
For more information on what to expect when having an CT Scan procedure click here. (downloadable pdf)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI, also known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a type of imaging equipment that uses magnetic energy to create images of the body. There is no radiation involved in this test. The Radiology Department at Cannon has an onsite, mobile 1.5T Philips MRI unit. This state of the art equipment produces images quickly in a comfortable environment.
For more information on what to expect when having an MRI procedure click here. (downloadable pdf)
Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose and treat disease. In imaging, the radiopharmaceuticals are detected by special types of cameras that work with computers to provide very precise pictures about the area of the body being imaged. Specialized technicians administer the materials and then monitor your targeted area. To schedule your nuclear medicine procedure contact Cannon’s Nuclear Medicine Department at 864-898-1272.
Cannon’s Radiology Department has two radiographic rooms that can perform procedures ranging from routine x-rays of extremities to fluoroscopic and tomographic procedures on internal organs. In addition to the radiology equipment found in the department, Cannon has an additional portable x-ray machine for needs in the Emergency Department and during surgery. All images are acquired and digitally stored.
Cannon was the 4th American College of Radiology Accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center in South Carolina. As of today there are a total of 8 centers that have been accredited by the ACR. It is important that patients who are having one of these “lung cancer screening exams” have it at an “accredited” ACR center. As a patient and consumer one should ask to see the Accreditation Sticker from the ACR (American College of Radiology). Patients then know that the equipment has met vigorous criteria to meet the requirements that they are getting a true “low dose” CT exam and quality that is mandated by CMS.
Do you qualify for a Low Dose CT Scan for lung cancer? Certain requirements must be met for Medicare to pay. Cannon does have a $175 out of pocket required payment for patients who do not have insurance or insurance will not pay and their physician wants the test performed.
Qualifications for a LDCT Lung Cancer Screening:
- Age 55-77 years old
- Asymptomatic (no signs of lung caner)
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years
- Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
- Has a written order for the screening
Ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of the organs in the body without using radiation. Cannon’s ultrasound staff is highly skilled and is registered by the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers). The scheduled hours are 8am-4pm. Sonographers are on call for emergencies after hours. Echo and vascular ultrasounds are available on Mondays and Thursdays. Good patient care and getting the right answers are also the top priority of the staff.