St. Mary’s Radiology Department is dedicated to providing patients with state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatments through the most current methods available in the medical field.
St. Mary’s Radiology Department maintains state-of-the-art equipment with capabilities such as digital x-ray, digital mammography, CT, MRI and ultrasound. St. Mary’s recent expansion has created new suites for its high-tech CT and MRI scanners. These suites are now more convenient to the Emergency Center for urgent diagnostic studies for patients with possible strokes, heart problems, and other life-threatening conditions. The radiology department also offers convenient mammography and bone density services at St. Mary's Outpatient Diagnostic, Rehab and Wellness Center.
We strive to exceed the expectations of our patients and physicians. We recognize that patients are human beings and deserve compassionate care, dignity, and respect. Our new technologies and positive attitude attract patients, staff, and physicians to St. Mary’s radiology services.
Our goal is to provide you with the best, most personalized care possible. We want to be your first choice for health care, and we hope you will recommend us to others.
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a high-tech diagnostic tool that uses a powerful magnet and bursts of radio waves to take incredibly detailed images of the inside of the body. St. Mary’s uses the Toshiba Vantage MRI scanner, which helps to increase the level of comfort for our patients. The Toshiba Vantage includes Pianissimo noise reduction, which cuts noise levels by 90 percent, so much that the doctor and patient can even carry on a conversation in the procedure room. The Vantage also uses a short bore magnet, which improves comfort by allowing many patients’ heads to remain outside of the MRI capsule in most procedures. The Vantage also is much faster than older magnets, reducing the amount of time needed for most exams. St. Mary’s MRI suite is designed for the comfort of our patients, providing soothing lighting, a ceiling-mounted natural scene, and plenty of space for a family member to be with the patient, a feature that is especially helpful when the patient is a child.
St. Mary’s offers the best in digital mammography facilities, plus same-day scheduling without the need for a physician order: just schedule your mammogram online or call us at (706) 389-2700 to schedule a time that is convenient for you. Private changing rooms, fast scheduling, short waits and same-day answers on follow-up tests make St. Mary’s mammography center convenient and compassionate. If a doctor has seen something suspicious, a diagnostic workup can be done using mammography, ultrasound, and/or a biopsy, without having to consult your family physician. This ensures that you receive the proper care immediately. Ultrasounds are done back-to-back with a mammogram, which is convenient and timely. The rooms feature soothing lighting and attractive décor to help you feel more comfortable.
St. Mary’s is advancing the art of cancer detection in the Athens area by using the Invivo DynaCAD system. This system has helped to make St. Mary’s the first breast MRI facility in the Athens area with computer assisted diagnostics (CAD) and MRI-guided breast biopsy. The system helps physicians pinpoint possible cancers with greater accuracy, detect tiny cancers not obvious on mammograms or ultrasound studies, and combine real-time MR images with special biopsy equipment for maximum accuracy with minimal scarring. Breast MRI also is excellent for detecting cancers in dense breast tissue and in women at high risk for breast cancer. Breast MRI is useful as a screening tool for women who have had breast augmentation.
St. Mary's is the only healthcare provider in in the Athens area offering 64-slice CT scanning for emergency as well as non-emergency diagnostic imaging. The Toshiba Aquilion 64 CFX scanner can produce photo-quality, 3-D images of the heart, brain, spine, liver, and other internal structures in seconds. Only 64-slice scanners are fast enough to be certified for studies of the heart, synchronizing with the patient's heart rhythm to capture detailed images between heartbeats. In addition to stroke, cardiac and coronary artery studies, the Aquilion is excellent for a wide range of other conditions, including cancer; spine, neck and back pain; lumbar spinal stenosis; brain tumors; aneurysm; Alzheimer's Disease; traumatic brain injury; Epilepsy; Parkinson's Disease, brain tumor; Multiple Sclerosis; spinal cord injury; dystoma, and more. St. Mary's fleet of CT scanners also includes a 4-slice scanner and a 16-slice scanner, along with CT services at our convenient Outpatient Diagnostic, Rehab and Wellness Center just off Ga. 316.
Nuclear medicine uses a gamma camera and radioactive substances to diagnose and treat a number of conditions. Nuclear medicine differs from most other imaging methods in that it shows the physiological function of the body instead of the anatomy. St. Mary’s services and studies include nuclear cardiac stress tests; bone scans; renal, liver, and hepatobiliary studies, as well as diagnosis of Graves Disease through thyroid scans, uptake and therapeutic treatment for thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidisms. GI bleed studies, gastric emptying studies, lung quotients, sentinel node, breast and melanoma imaging are also studies performed.
St. Mary’s offers fast, convenient outpatient radiology services at its Outpatient Diagnostic, Rehab & Wellness Center at The Exchange. Services available currently are MRI, CT, mammography, bone density scanning, echocardiography, and general and vascular ultrasound. Care is delivered in a spacious and welcoming center with private dressing rooms, comforting décor and lots of natural light. Plenty of free parking is available right at the front door. Same-day mammography scheduling is available; call 706.389.2700 to schedule your appointment. Saturday mammogram appointments are also available for your convenience.
The center is located at 2470 Daniells Bridge Road. From the Oconee Connector, turn east on Daniells Bridge Road and go 0.6 miles to The Exchange, on your left.
For more information about St. Mary’s Radiology Services, please call 706.389.2300.