Imaging Services

Northeast Georgia Health System’s Imaging Services provides a comprehensive range of imaging technologies and services to help physicians diagnose and treat disease and illness at our Imaging Center locations in Braselton, Buford, Dawsonville and Gainesville, in addition to inpatient and outpatient imaging services offered at all three hospital campuses. These facilities provide some of the latest advances in imaging technology including 3D mammography, PET/CT, 64-slice CT, stereotactic breast biopsy and prostate, breast and cardiac MRI - all in a spa-like atmosphere that creates a more relaxing environment for care.

Bone Density

Bone density scanning, also called bone densitometry or DEXA (short for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) is a noninvasive, painless imaging procedure used to measure bone mineral density. Learn more

CT (Computed Tomography)

CT imaging uses special X-ray equipment to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body and a computer to join them together in cross-sectional views of the area being studied. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed. Learn more

Diagnostic (X-Ray)

X-rays are used for many purposes, such as determining if a bone is broken, seeing internal organs and looking for cancer. In some forms ofX-rays, a chemical called contrast medium is given to help outline a specific body area the images. Learn more

Interventional Radiology (Specials)

Interventional Radiology (IR or VIR for Vascular Interventional Radiology) is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance (fluoroscopy/X-Ray). IR is used for diagnostic and therapeutic care for a wide variety of vascular and nonvascular conditions throughout the body. Learn more

Mammography

Mammography is a type of imaging used specifically for examining breast tissue. During a mammography exam, most commonly known as a mammogram, four or more low radiation X-ray images of the breast are captured, with the breast being positioned and compressed briefly for each image. Learn more

MRI

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a no ninvasive procedure used to provide images of the body’s internal structures. MRI uses a magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to generate clear, exceptionally detailed "pictures" of the area of interest, without using radiation. It is a painless procedure. Learn more

Nuclear Medicine

The images taken using Nuclear Medicine can diagnose many different diseases or physiological issues. Some of these issues include: infection, kidney function, gallbladder function and thyroid function. It can also be used in the detection of cancer, tumors and metastatic processes. Learn more

PET/CT

PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography, which is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. There are many uses for PET scans, but the most common are to stage, diagnose and determine the effectiveness of cancer treatments. PET can also be used to image the brain to identify abnormalities such as seizures, tumors, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Learn more

Ultrasound (Sonography)

Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, is a medical diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves to produce an image. Since it uses sound waves and not ionizing radiation (X-rays) to obtain images of the internal organs and vessels, it is deemed safer for use in evaluating pregnant women and patients of all ages. Ultrasound is a painless test used to evaluate organs and tissues in the body to diagnose various conditions and damage that may be caused by an illness. Learn more

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If you have a fever and cough or difficulty breathing, these steps will help you find the care you need and limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region:

  • Call before you come

    Please call your doctor's office or an urgent care clinic for advice about where you should go for treatment.

  • Call 9-1-1 for emergencies

    Calling 9-1-1 is always the fastest and most efficient way to get proper treatment for medical emergencies.

  • Consider staying home and taking advantage of an E-Visit

    When symptoms strike, connect with a provider through an E-Visit instead of traveling to the urgent care or the doctor’s office.

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We want to thank our community and local businesses for their amazing generosity during this time. Here are some ways you can support our community and staff:

  • Donate items and resources

    We are currently receiving donations of items and other resources through the Foundation. Learn how to donate resources and other needed items by clicking here.

  • Sew Masks for Healthcare Workers

    Many people in our community are sewing masks for our healthcare workers. We have created some mask sewing instructions and information about drop-off locations. Get detailed mask-making instructions here.

  • Send a Digital Letter

    We would like your help making digital letters for the residents at New Horizons Nursing home. Email a letter to NewHorizonsAdmin@nghs.com and we will hand them out to our residents and staff to enjoy.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, so the best way to avoid infection is to avoid exposure. Here are simple steps you can take to lower your risk of catching or spreading illness:

  • Wear a mask – a cloth face cover can protect other people in case you are infected. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Avoid close contact – maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. If someone in your household is sick, maintain 6 feet of distance from them as well.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching tissues.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces to help prevent the spread of germs
  • Monitor your health daily –  Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Learn more by visiting the CDC COVID-19 website.

In late January, NGHS created a Coronavirus Task Force including leaders from across the system to begin preparing for the possibility that our facilities and staff may see patients with COVID-19.

We have been following the guidance of the CDC and are working to ensure staff are diligent in following standard protocol to ask patients about their travel history. In the event that additional preparation is needed, this team will move swiftly to follow any new guidance.

About COVID-19 Testing:

NGHS has the ability to coordinate testing at some of our locations. Please call your doctor's office or urgent care clinic for advice about whether testing is right for you. Recently we implemented a new E-Visit specific to the Coronavirus.

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