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Imaging

Advanced diagnostic support, in your community

Your physician wants to have the latest diagnostic tools available to make the best diagnosis and recommend your best course of treatment. Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center provides advanced medical imaging services – with board-certified physicians, certified technologists and service-oriented staff – to help your physician help you make the best medical decisions. 

For all diagnostic imaging procedures except mammograms, 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, please either review our online directory or call us at 336-472-2000.

To schedule an imaging appointment at Thomasville Medical Center, please call 336-474-3410. Here are some frequently asked questions you may have about your imaging appointment.

The following topics discuss our procedures, including preparing for your appointment and understanding the results.

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

  • Bone densitometry - 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.

  • Cardiac imaging - Cardiac imaging involves specialized procedures to create images of your heart. These procedures include cardiac calcium scoring, cardiac CT angiography and carotid IMT.

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

  • Discogram - A discogram uses X-rays and special dye injected into your spinal disks to help determine if back pain could be caused by an abnormal disk in your spine.

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

  • Intravenous pyelography - Intravenous pyelography (IVP), also called intravenous urography, uses X-rays to produce pictures of the kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra.

  • 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.

  • Functional MRI - Functional magnetic resonance imaging, also known as fMRI, helps our doctors map areas of your brain associated with functions such as movement, language and memory.

  • Myelogram - A 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.

  • Nuclear medicine - Nuclear medicine allows 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.

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

  • PET/CT - Positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) scanning, are combined to help our doctors see many of your organs to diagnose a variety of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Ultrasound and Doppler ultrasound - Ultrasound is 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 - X-ray exams use small doses of radiation to produce pictures that help diagnose tumors or bone injuries.

  • Wellness screenings - By monitoring your health over time, your doctor can learn more information about your health and detect signs of disease at their earliest – and most treatable – stages. Please review these important procedures and discuss them with your doctor.

Women’s services

At Thomasville Medical Center, our skilled physicians and staff, using state-of-the-art breast imaging technology, can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages.

  • Mammogram - Our highly-trained, certified technologists use advanced digital mammography to produce images on a high-resolution computer monitor. Schedule your mammogram today by calling 336-474-3410.  

  • Breast ultrasound - Breast ultrasound is a painless test that uses reflected sound waves to further evaluate a breast abnormality or a specific area detected during a mammogram. If your doctor has referred you for a breast ultrasound, please call scheduling at 336-474-3410

  • Breast biopsy - Your doctor may recommend a breast biopsy to examine the growth more closely than possible with a mammogram. Novant Health Breast Center offers several alternatives to the traditional, invasive, surgical biopsy methods, resulting in significantly less pain and no scarring. Please call 336-474-3410 to schedule a breast biopsy.

Outpatient imaging services

For your convenience, many of these imaging procedures are available at our Novant Health outpatient imaging facilities.

  • Radiation safety - All Novant Health imaging facilities follow well-established practices and guidelines to safeguard your health.