Appling Healthcare’s Radiology Department in Baxley offers a comprehensive range of cutting-edge outpatient and inpatient diagnostic imaging services, all right here in Appling County. Whether you need an MRI, CT, 3D mammogram, ultrasound or X-ray, we are proud to offer the leading technology and expert team to care for you close to home.
Our state-of-the-art machines not only offer superb image quality, but are also all highly rated for their patient-focused design to offer the utmost comfort.
The highly-skilled technologists at Appling Healthcare work closely with your provider to ensure you receive the most accurate and timely diagnosis possible. Our Radiology Department is staffed 24/7 and always focused on providing you the best images as soon as possible.
Your images are read by the highly-qualified and specialized physicians at South Georgia Radiology Group. Their report will be sent to your ordering provider.
Our imaging services:
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
An MRI is a non-invasive diagnostic test that produces detailed, high-resolution images of the inside of your body. An MRI does not use radiation. Instead, the machine uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves. The scan can be used to diagnose and monitor many health conditions that may be affecting your organs, bones and tissues. The MRI at Appling Healthcare’s Radiology Department is a Toshiba Titan MRI, which is specially designed with a focus on patient comfort. The opening is larger; wide enough to accommodate patients of all sizes or anyone who is uncomfortable in tight spaces. Appling Healthcare’s MRI machine is also incredibly quiet due to its Pianissimo technology, which reduces noise levels by 90 percent. Patients also receive headphones and have their choice of music through XM radio. LEARN MORE
CT (Computerized Tomography)
A CT scan is a non-invasive diagnostic test that captures cross-sectional images by rotating around your body. These images are then combined by computer to create a detailed, 3D view (slices) of your organs, tissues and bone. A CT scan shows much more than a typical x-ray. It can diagnose cancer and other internal problems. During this procedure, the patient lies on a table that slides into the CT machine. The scanner itself is shaped like a ring.
Appling Healthcare’s CT is a Neuviz 64 slice scanner. This is an invaluable diagnostic tool that is incredibly fast and accurate, resulting in higher quality images and a lower dose to patients. Each time the scanner spins around the body, it collects 64 slices of data.
This scanner, which can accommodate patients up to 600 pounds, delivers a more comfortable and pleasant patient experience. The entire procedure takes approximately 20 minutes. LEARN MORE
Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring
Appling Healthcare’s CT machine also has exceptional imaging capabilities to diagnose cardiac disease. One special and invaluable procedure is the Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring. This is a non-invasive 10-15 minute scan that checks for the build-up of cholesterol and hardened plaque in your arteries. The screening can detect coronary artery disease before symptoms occur. By catching heart disease early, you can take preventative measures to reduce the risk of a heart attack and sudden cardiac death. This screening is available for $99. LEARN MORE
Using the latest technology from G.E., Appling Healthcare is able to offer 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis. The 3D screening mammogram allows doctors to examine your breast tissue and all the fine details layer by layer.
So what’s the difference between a standard 2D mammogram and a 3D mammogram? Think of it like a book. With the 2D, you can only see the book cover. However, with the 3D, you’re able to open the book and look at individual pages.
The 3D mammogram is more accurate and offers better resolution for detecting masses and cysts, which is especially helpful in women with dense breast tissue. The machine’s advanced imaging also helps reduce the chance of a patient getting called back for additional views. The process of getting a 3D mammogram is the same as a 2D mammogram; no additional compression is required. LEARN MORE
A DEXA Scan is an imaging test that measures your bone density or strength. Appling Healthcare’s Radiology Department offers this state-of-the-art bone scan to determine your risk for osteoporosis (bones loss) or fractures. DEXA, which stands for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, uses very little radiation and is a painless, non-invasive procedure.
During the DEXA scan, you will lie comfortably on a padded table while the scanner passes over your body, imaging your hip and spine areas. Our technologist will be in the room with you, just a few feet away. The scan takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a DEXA bone density test for the following groups of people:
- Women 65 years and older
- Men 70 and older
- Men or women who break a bone after age 50
- Women of menopausal age with risk factors
- Postmenopausal women under 65 with risk factors
- Men 60 to 69 with risk factors
LEARN MORE from the National Osteoporosis Foundation about who should have a DEXA scan.
An ultrasound, or sonogram, is a procedure that uses harmless, high-frequency sound waves to capture images of your body’s soft tissues and internal organs without using radiation. An ultrasound may be ordered for a wide range of areas to include obstetrics, gynecology, musculoskeletal, abdominal, vascular, and other soft tissues.
To begin the exam, you will typically lie on a padded exam table and a clear gel is applied to the skin of the area to be examined. This gel helps in the transmission of the sound waves. Our technologist will then use a handheld device called a transducer and gently pass over the skin of the area to be examined.
In early 2021, Appling Healthcare’s Radiology Department replaced their ultrasound machine with a brand new Mindray model, allowing for the production of even more high quality images for diagnosis. LEARN MORE
An X-ray is a useful and safe procedure that uses radiation waves to create images of your internal tissues, organs and bones. X-rays can be used to help detect a variety of conditions to include bone fractures, tumors, arthritis and pneumonia. While X-rays do expose you to a small amount of radiation, the amount is too small to cause you any harm. As an extra precaution, the parts of your body that do not need to be imaged will be covered with a lead shield during the procedure. LEARN MORE
Some services may require precertification. For more information, please contact our Radiology Department at (912)367-9841, ext. 1240