At the Highlands Imaging Center, our board-certified radiologists and experienced technicians perform diagnostic and interventional procedures to help physicians diagnose and treat patients’ conditions. Our outpatient imaging center is open Monday - Friday from 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM, offering MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound/Sonogram, X-ray services, and more. Wednesday hours are extended until 8:00 PM for MRI.
Our new state-of-the-art, wide bore MRI system is designed with patients in mind. The 70-inch bore is the widest available, allowing you a more open and comfortable space for the duration of the imaging process. You create your own relaxing environment by choosing room lighting colors, and video projection scenes from options like beachside paradise, underwater ocean life, and more. When you are more relaxed it helps us capture higher quality images which can lead to better patient outcomes.
Lung cancer kills more men and women than any other type of cancer. Screening can detect cancer before symptoms develop and the disease spreads. A lung cancer screen is a painless low dose CT scan which scans the body and uses low doses of radiation to take pictures of the lungs. The scan only takes 5 minutes and is recommended for people who are at high risk for lung cancer. Highlands Medical Center has teamed up with Clear View Cancer Institute to help you get this valuable, early-detection screening, provide follow-up services, and more.
Those at the highest risk for lung cancer are ages 55-80 who are current or former smokers with a 30 or more pack-year history (Pack-year history = number of packs per day X the number of years smoked).
Additional criteria for those at high risk include people who are 50-54 with a 20 pack-year history AND a history of one or more of the following:
Nuclear medicine scans use a radioactive substance to see structures and functions inside your body. It is the opposite of an x-ray, in that a small amount of radioactive drug is injected and collects in the body area to be studied. A gamma camera is then used to image the area, and a computer processes the information. Nuclear medicine scans help doctors detect tumors, fractures, and issues in the gall bladder, thyroid, lungs, kidneys, liver, heart, bones, and more.
Highlands Imaging Center was the first facility in North Alabama to introduce ultrasound services. Since then, the ultrasound equipment has been replaced and upgraded several times in order to maintain state-of-the-art capabilities for our patients. We have two Canon APLIO Reliance systems providing enhanced diagnostic imaging for your ultrasound exams.
X-rays help physicians diagnose broken bones, diagnose lung diseases, examine the intestinal tract and other internal body systems. Routine x-rays include x-rays of the skull, chest, abdomen, and extremities that do not require injections or contrast material of any kind. Other common x-ray procedures are performed to evaluate joints, check for gallstones, locate cysts, drain an abscess, and more.