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Imaging Services

Our full service radiology imaging department provides patients with high quality diagnostic and interventional services. Thanks to the latest and most advanced technology, our skilled technologists and nurses assist radiologists in providing excellent, patient-centered care. Our services include:

Fort Sanders Regional is committed to providing you the best care possible by providing certified staff through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is an American College of Radiology accredited facility in the following areas: MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and Mammography.


An X-ray is an imaging test that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to make images of internal tissues, bones and organs on film. Standard X-rays are done for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors, infections, foreign bodies, or bone injuries.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses powerful magnets and radio waves to produce detailed images of organs and tissues in the body. MRI is used to diagnose tumors, bleeding, injury, blood vessel diseases and infection.  

CT Imaging

Computed tomography – also known as a CAT scan – is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body, including bones, muscles, fat, and organs. Doctors can see a patient’s internal anatomy without surgery and can better diagnose and treat patients.


Ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. Doctors can see pictures of internal organs as they function and can assess blood flow.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose a variety of diseases. Patients ingest small amounts of radioactive materials, then special cameras detect the images and send them to a computer for interpretation.


Interventional Radiology (IVR) Imaging is a medical sub-specialty of radiology utilizing minimally-invasive guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases. In our Comprehensive Stroke Center, IVR is used to treat stroke and a variety of complex vascular conditions

Bi-Plane Angiography

  • Using the bi-plane angiography system, aneurysms are better visualized, accessed, and repaired using advanced minimally invasive procedures. Bi-plane technology improves imaging and resolution, creating comprehensive 3-dimensional views of the blood vessels in the brain.


A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a type of nuclear medicine imaging test. It is used to identify certain conditions by looking at blood flow, metabolism, and oxygen use. PET services are available at Thompson Cancer Survival Center.


Fort Sanders Regional offers tomosynthesis, a 3-D mammography that allows for more detailed images – even in women with dense breast tissue. Mammography services are available at the Thompson Cancer Survival Center and Fort Sanders West Diagnostic Center.


Patient Stories

  • Back in the Saddle

    After spine surgery at Fort Sanders Regional, Michelle Rose is finally free from the suffering that held her back for so long.

  • Going Beyond the Limit

    Tammy Brooks arrived by helicopter at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at least 24 hours – maybe even several days – after suffering an acute ischemic stroke.

  • WATE-TV: East Tennessee man survives one of the deadliest types of stroke

    A local man survived the type of stroke that normally kills 80 percent of its victims. He’s doing so well, he just moved to Europe and is enjoying life to its fullest. It’s been three and a half years since Ken Harrawood suffered a stroke. It hit while he was driving to Y-12 for his first day of work with Bechtel. He now lives in Manchester, England.

  • WATE-TV: Technician who works with stroke patients becomes one himself

    Adam Hill gets the tools in place for the next life-saving surgery in the interventional radiology lab at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. As lead tech, Hill knows this place like the back of his hand. He never dreamed he’d be a patient receiving treatment here, suffering from a ruptured aneurysm, like so many patients he’s helped treat.

  • Fast Action Makes a Difference for Stroke Patient

    Since recovering from a stroke, Paul DeWitt appreciates simple pleasures that are easily taken for granted. He grasps a cup of coffee. He smiles and laughs. He even appreciates the ability to whistle.

  • Doctors Use Tiny Vacuum To Help Stroke Patients

    Jane Coleman heard her husband make an odd noise, “almost like hiccups but not exactly,” but when she turned to look at him, she knew immediately what was happening: He was having a stroke.