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Imaging

Advanced technology and expert diagnostic support

For your physician to make the best diagnosis and recommend your best course of treatment, he or she needs to be able to count on having the latest diagnostic tools available – especially sophisticated imaging that reveals potential problems.  Novant Health Franklin Medical Center provides advanced diagnostic imaging services – with board-certified physicians, certified technologists and service-oriented staff – to help your physician help you make the best medical decisions

To schedule an imaging appointment at Franklin Medical Center, call

919-497-8410

We also offer imaging-supported interventional procedures, such as biopsies and nerve root blocks (see below).

For all imaging procedures, please ask your physician for a referral. Your physician’s office staff can assist you with your appointment, or you can schedule your procedure directly with us.

To find a physician, use our online directory or call us:

919-496-5131

To schedule an imaging appointment at Franklin Medical Center, please call 919-497-8410. Here are some frequently asked questions you may have about your imaging appointment.

Please follow the links below to learn more about our procedures, including how to prepare for your appointment and when to expect the results.

Diagnostic exams

Diagnostic imaging enables us to create images of your body and its organs and other internal structures using external radiation and other advanced technology. We use imaging to help diagnose a wide range of possible conditions.

  • Angiogram - Also known as an arteriogram, is an X-ray image of the blood vessels used to review various vascular conditions and potential problems.

  • Arthrogram - An X-ray of a joint that uses fluoroscopy and a liquid contrast medium to look for problems in your joints.

  • Bone densitometry - Also known as dual-energy X-ray absorption (DEXA), is a painless test to help your doctor determine how healthy your bones are.

  • CT scan - A computerized tomography (CT) scan creates cross-sectional images (“slices”) that reveal your bones and organs with a high degree of precision.

  • Fluoroscopy - Uses real-time X-rays to evaluate bodily functions, including the upper and lower tracts of your gastrointestinal system.

  • MRI - Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to create detailed images of the organs and structures inside of the body.

  • Myelogram - Uses X-rays and a special dye injected into your back to look at your spinal canal and surrounding nerves. Tell your doctor if you are, or may be, pregnant and discuss possible allergies to the dye. After the procedure, you should report any side effects to your radiologist immediately.

  • Nerve root block - An injection intended to block a pain signal coming from a specific location in your body or to decrease inflammation in that area.

  • Nuclear medicine - Enables our doctors to use a small amount of radioactive material, either ingested or injected into your body, to examine your organs and diagnose a variety of diseases and disorders.

  • Ultrasound and Doppler ultrasound - A safe and effective diagnostic tool using reflected sound waves to examine many different parts of your body. Doppler technology measures the speed and direction of blood flow through your blood vessels, to look for clots or blockage, narrowing that may be caused by plaque, and tumors or other malformations of the blood vessel.

  • X-rays - Uses small doses of radiation to produce pictures that help diagnose tumors or bone injuries.

Breast imaging
  • Mammogram - Our highly trained, certified technologists use advanced digital mammography to produce images on a high-resolution computer monitor. To schedule your annual mammogram, please ask your physician for a referral. To find a physician, please either review our online directory or call us at 919-496-5131.

  • Breast biopsy - Your doctor may recommend a breast biopsy to examine the growth more closely than possible with a mammogram. We offer alternatives to traditional surgical biopsy – such as stereotactic breast biopsy – which result in significantly less pain and no scarring.

  • Breast ultrasound - A typically painless test that uses reflected sound waves to further evaluate a breast abnormality or a specific area detected during a mammogram.

  • Ductogram - Performed to help us better understand the causes of nipple discharge and to detect possible problems with your breast ducts.

Radiation safety

Franklin Medical Center follows well-established practices and guidelines to safeguard your health.