The Franklin Medical Center Radiology Department features some of the most cutting edge tools in the field today. Our digital diagnostic technology permits remote viewing by a radiologist or your own physician within moments of the test being conducted. In addition to x-rays, we are equipped with a 16-slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner that subjects patients to less radiation and shorter scan times than less potent scanners. We also feature ultrasonography, including vascular ultrasound services that can provide images of veins and arteries. In addition, we provide nuclear medicine scans for tracking radiopharmaceutical tracers throughout a patientís body, allowing physicians the opportunity to diagnose certain diseases at earlier stages than some other tests might detect.

Franklin Medical Center has incorporated one the most advanced diagnostic tools (MRI) for helping physicians reach confident diagnoses to provide the best patient care. The new Signa LX 1.5T MR system from GE Healthcare delivers highly detailed images of the human body with increased speed, better resolution and unique applications. This is the first full-time MRI service offered to the community to assist physicians in the diagnosis of a variety of anatomical areas, such as the head, abdomen and chest, including detailed imaging of the vascular system and major organs.

Across the nation, more than 184,450 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. According to the Center for Disease Control, Louisiana has one of the highest death rates in the entire nation for breast cancer. Even though mammograms are among the best early detection methods, 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Franklin Medical Center has acknowledged the needs of women in our community by making available the most cutting edge mammographic tools available. This system, a GE Healthcare Senographe Digital Mammography system, provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. The images The digital image is ready to read within 10 seconds Ė there is no longer a wait for films to be developed to be sure the images are usable. Digital mammograms take as little as half the time of film. And if a second opinion is needed, the image can be sent electronically to a consulting physician virtually instantaneously.

Women of our community no longer need to drive for the highest quality in care. Itís right here at home. Talk to your provider today for a referral.

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