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Imaging Services

You Have a Choice for Imaging Services

MRI Outside with Screen and BlindsIf you need diagnostic imaging services, tell your doctor you choose Claiborne Medical Center for excellent care close to home.

There’s no need to drive to Knoxville when your community hospital has state-of-the-art medical technology with personalized care. As a member of Covenant Health, Claiborne Medical Center holds the highest standards.

Diagnostic Testing

First, our complete collection of imaging services includes a full-service clinical laboratory, X-ray, ultrasound, digital mammography, high-definition MRI scans, CT services, echocardiography, and nuclear medicine. Your results are electronically transmitted back to your physician, and CDs are available when needed.

Remember, you do not have to leave town for care. Choose quality care close by. Insist on Claiborne Medical Center. For more information call (423) 626-1899.


American College of Radiology Computed Tomography Accredited Facility seal

American College of Radiology Magnetic Resonance Imaging Accredited Facility seal

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CT Scans

IMG_4886-webComputerized tomography (CT) scans came on the scene in the early 1970s. They combine the power of X-rays and computers – meaning that doctors can see a patient’s internal makeup without surgery.

These scans reveal bone and soft tissues, including organs, muscles and tumors. CT greatly helps doctors with diagnosis, surgery and treatment.

Diagnostic X-Ray

Imaging with digital x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of  radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Radiation protection and minimization of patient exposure is always our number one goal in patient safety. All technologists have gone through extensive training and are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

X-ray Services Provided

  • Chest and abdomen
  • Orthopedic
  • Full-spine, including scoliosis
  • Various fluoroscopy procedures, as well as modified barium swallow testing

Exam Preparation

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register
  • Inform technologist or RN if there is a possibility you are pregnant
  • If lab work is needed, it will be completed prior to the exam
  • Bring a complete written list of medications you are currently taking

Upper GI Series (UGI) – Patient should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight

Small Bowel Series – Patient should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight. Exam may take up to 4 hours or longer to complete.

Lower GI Series (Barium Enema- BE) – One day prior to the test, patient will need to complete a bowel prep kit, which may be purchased at any local pharmacy. Patient should not eat or drink anything after midnight. It’s important to drink plenty of fluids following this procedure.

Your doctor may provide further exam preparation at the time the exam is scheduled.

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We use digital mammography technology to obtain clearer images for proper diagnosis. The user-friendly design of our equipment means greater comfort for women while receiving their breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Screening mammograms are performed with computer-assisted digital analysis.

This technology cuts scan time in half, allowing patients to be seen quickly. Claiborne Medical Center has a GE Sensograph digital mammography machine, which is located in the Claiborne Breast Center in our medical office building adjacent to the hospital on Tazewell Road.




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With our MRI scanner, we offer various types of body imaging. Because magnetic resonance imaging – or MRI – can give such clear pictures, it is the most sensitive exam for many problems. For instance, an MRI often is used to diagnose sports injuries. Thanks to its precision, doctors can detect tears in tissue, tumors, swelling and problems with joints and bones.

MRI pictures are amazingly clear and detailed. The technique – based on radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field rather than X-rays – helps identify cancer, vascular disease, stroke, joint and musculoskeletal problems and other disorders.

Because there’s no radiation exposure to the patient, MRI has become popular as an alternative diagnostic tool.

Some patient implants (such as pacemakers and defibrillators) are contra-indicated for MRI. For other implants, please have your implant card available.

Nuclear Medicine

Claiborne Medical Center’s diagnostic imaging services also include nuclear medicine for heart, cancer and fracture scans.  This tool often spots abnormalities early in a disease’s progression. It also provides a way to gather information that otherwise would be unavailable or require surgery or more expensive diagnostic tests.

Nuclear medicine specialists use safe, painless techniques to get body images and treat disease. Patients are injected with small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals). Special cameras can pick up the images and send pictures to computers.

Nuclear medicine is used to:

  • Analyze kidney function
  • Provide images of blood flow and heart functioning
  • Scan lungs for respiratory and blood-flow problems
  • Identify gallbladder blockages
  • Evaluate bones for fractures, infection, arthritis or tumors
  • Determine the presence or spread of cancer
  • Identify bleeding in the bowel
  • Locate infections
  • Measure thyroid for overactive or underactive functioning
  • Myocardial perfusion scans look for ischemic heart muscle tissue

Picture Archival & Communication System (PACS)

This technology allows images to be electronically captured, stored and transmitted – all without film.

PACS makes high-quality MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound pictures immediately available by computer. That means doctors can readily view any images the patient has had taken at Claiborne Medical Center and other locations in the Covenant Health system. Patients no longer need to carry X-rays from place to place.

In addition, PACS gives such clear images that doctors believe it results in a better, more accurate diagnosis.


Ultrasound units provide the latest in scanning capabilities. With this technology, doctors can see images of internal organs as they function and also can assess blood flow.

Doctors at Claiborne Medical Center use ultrasound for heart patients, and to obtain images of the abdomen and blood vessels.They rely on these tests to detect decreases in the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, as well as irregular heartbeats.

Benefits of ultrasound include more comprehensive and reliable exam data, faster tests and improved patient comfort.