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Henry Medical opens new diagnostic-imaging center

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Residents of Henry County now have more outpatient care options, according to officials with the Henry Medical Center.

The Stockbridge-based hospital recently announced the opening of the new Diagnostic Imaging Center at its McDonough Medical Pavilion outpatient facility, which is located at 101 Regency Park Drive, Suite 100, in McDonough, just off of Ga. Highway 20/81.

About $2 million worth of renovations, equipment upgrades and additions were earmarked in the hospital's fiscal 2010 capital funding budget for the new center, according to Michelle Nunnally, public relations specialist at Henry Medical Center.

Nunnally said the Diagnostic Imaging Center offers the community its only comprehensive imaging center with CT, MRI, Digital Mammography, Bone Density, and Ultrasound scans, and X-rays in one location.

"This level of equipment and range of services is typically only found in a hospital environment, not at a free-standing outpatient center," added Jeff Cooper, vice president and chief operating officer at Henry Medical Center.

The McDonough Medical Pavilion is a division of Henry Medical Center that offers urgent care and occupational-medicine services, which includes urgent care for minor injuries or illnesses, as well as work-related health-care services.

The outpatient facility, which offered routine X-ray, Bone Density, and Analog Mammography services before, has upgraded and expanded its technology-based services said Dwight Sancher, director of radiology at Henry Medical Center.

Sancher, also the director of the McDonough Diagnostic Center, noted that the center's other upgrades include a Picture Archiving Communication System, known as PACS, which allows images to be sent via "Internet to referring physicians, so they can have immediate access to those images."

He said the use of PACS makes some visits more convenient for patients and their physicians, as the average turn-around time for diagnostic images and reports is five hours, or less.

"It's going to be very convenient for the outpatient," said Sancher. "These are scheduled patients, and some patients live down that way, and they might prefer to go some place closer to get them [diagnostic testing]."

To learn more about the McDonough Medical Pavilion, call (678) 604-4000.