South County Hospital Diagnostic Imaging


Quality care begins with an accurate diagnosis. The Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center at South County Hospital is your southern Rhode Island resource for the latest advances in medical imaging delivered in a private, comfortable setting.

The South County Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Center has a highly-trained staff of board-certified radiologists, technologists and sonographers who are committed to providing you with compassionate, personalized care. Our imaging department has the latest diagnostic imaging equipment, to give the best possible results with the lowest dose available.

The Diagnostic Imaging Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology. In addition, we maintain electronic records of our imaging studies through our Picture Archiving and Storage System (PACS) -- an important benefit should you require emergency care or treatment.  

The comprehensive range of diagnostic imaging services offered includes the following:

Bone densitometry is a special type of x-ray that measures
bone mineral density (BMD). It is used primarily to detect
osteopenia or osteoporosis, diseases in which BMD is low,
increasing the risk of fractures.

Hospital Campus
7:30 am – 4 pm Monday, Thursday, Friday
7:30 am – 8 pm Tuesday, Wednesday
8 am – 12 pm Saturday (every other)

Medical & Wellness Center – East Greenwich
8 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday

Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab is a diagnostic facility that identifies and treats a variety of cardiac ailments through the use of imaging techniques. Steven Fera, MD, director of the lab, is a member of the faculty at Brown University Medical School and trains physicians in cardiac catheterization. To learn more, call 401 788-3908.

Hospital Campus
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Computed Tomography, referred to as CT or CAT scan, uses special x-ray equipment to obtain multiple images from different angles, which are processed by computer to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs. Each year, the Diagnostic Imaging Center at South County Hospital performs thousands of CT studies.

Your CT exams are performed by certified technologists and interpreted by Board Certified radiologists. If, after scheduling your CT scan, you have questions, call 401 788-1486.

Hospital Campus
Available 24/7

The goal of screening is to reduce the number of people who die from the disease. By detecting the disease early, it is easier to treat with minimal harm to those who are screened using low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan.

To be a candidate for lung screening, you must meet all of the following requirements:
  • 55 to 77 years old
  • A smoker or a person who quit smoking less than 15 years ago.
  • Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years. (One pack year is equal to smoking 20 cigarettes, or one pack, every day for one year.)
  • Have no new symptoms that could be related to lung cancer
  • Be healthy enough to tolerate curative intent treatment for early stage lung cancer
  • Have not had a chest CT in the last 12 months

If eligible, ask your doctor to schedule you for the lung cancer screening.

Hospital Campus
8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday

Interventional radiology encompasses image-guided diagnostic procedures that can offer an alternative to conventional surgery. These procedures are minimally invasive procedures and performed by board certified interventional radiologists. To learn more and discuss options, please consult your physician.

Hospital Campus
When physician referral is received, the Hospital calls the
patient to schedule.

3D MammagraphyAt South County Hospital's Women's Imaging Center, you'll find the most advanced technology -- 3D mammography -- used by certified mammography technologists and interpreted by Board Certified radiologists.

Mammograms are performed at the Hospital, located at 70 Kenyon Ave., Suite 106, Wakefield. We offer convenient hours six days a week, including early morning and evenings. Weekend appointments are also available. Call 401 788-1486, for information.

Mammograms are also performed at the Medical & Wellness Centers:

Hospital Campus
7:30 am – 4 pm Monday, Thursday, Friday
7:30 am – 8 pm Tuesday, Wednesday
8 am – 12 pm Saturday (every other)

Medical & Wellness Center – East Greenwich
8 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday

Medical & Wellness Center –Westerly
8 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday

We try to accommodate walk-ins. Our facilities are accredited by the American College of Radiology.  

To schedule your imaging appointment or for more information, call 401 788-1486. 

South County Hospital's MRI suite is designed for your comfort and staffed by some of the most experienced technologists in the state. We have extended hours to accommodate your busy schedule, too. At the Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Center, we perform thousands of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies every year and you'll have access to your results whenever you need them.

MRI

The latest in MRI technology: How it works

MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field, rather than x-rays, to provide clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissue. The technique is used in diagnosis of a broad range of conditions, including cancer, heart and vascular disease and stroke, as well as joint and musculoskeletal disorders. Among the most common are MRI scans of the brain, upper extremities, lower joints and the spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar).

Your MRI exams are performed by certified technologists and interpreted by Board Certified radiologists. If, after having scheduled your MRI, you have questions, call 401 788-1444.

South County Health boasts the latest in MRI technology--the Siemans Magnetom Aera MRI machine, located at the hospital's main campus and the Medical & Wellness Center in Westerly. It is considered to be a top-of-the-line system in its class.

Among the benefits to patients:

  • Faster. A scan takes approximately 25 minutes, compared to other, older machines that can take 45 minutes.
  • Comfort. Many scans can now be administered “feet first,” an advantage for people who feel confined in traditional “head first” systems.
  • Capacity. Patient weight limit is 500lbs.
  • Less noise. Patients will not be subjected to the “banging” associated with traditional MRIs.

In addition, patients with compatible, MRI conditional cardiac pacemakers will be able to have MRI exams when needed. Breast MRI and biopsies and prostate scans are also be available.

Hospital Campus
7:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday – Friday
7:30 am – 5 pm Saturday

Nuclear medicine is a radiologic subspecialty of diagnostic examinations that provides images of body anatomy and functioning. The images are developed based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance given to the patient. Each year, the Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center performs thousands of nuclear medicine examinations. Among the most common nuclear medicine tests are the whole body scan, bone scan, thyroid imaging and uptake, as well as renal and liver function scans.

Your nuclear medicine examinations are performed by certified technologists and interpreted by Board Certified radiologists. If, after having scheduled your nuclear medicine test, you have questions, call 401 788-1444.

Hospital Campus
7:30 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday

Available through Alliance Imaging, PET scans are sophisticated imaging tools that allow clinicians to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body, providing important information upon which a treatment plan can be built. Having the region’s first dedicated PET scanner is another demonstration of South County Health’s commitment to patient care. If you have questions after scheduling your PET scan, please call us at 866-245-5995.

Hospital Campus
The physician’s office arranges scheduling.

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or
sonography, is a method of viewing the interior of the
human body through the use of high-frequency sound
waves. Our Center performs thousands of ultrasound studies each year, most commonly for obstetrical, pelvic, breast, and abdominal conditions. All sonographers are ARDMS certified.

Hospital Campus
7:30 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday

Medical & Wellness Center – East Greenwich
8 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday

Medical & Wellness Center –Westerly
Vascular Ultrasound one Friday per month

To schedule your imaging appointment or for more information, call 401 788-1486. To request a copy of your imaging studies, call 401 788-1541. For other questions, call our radiology reception desk at 401 788-1444. 

When you choose South County Hospital for your X-ray services, you can be assured that our highly trained staff is using the most sophisticated imaging technology in a setting designed with your privacy and comfort in mind. For your convenience, we offer appointments six days a week, including early mornings and evenings.

Your X-ray tests are performed by certified technologists and interpreted by Board Certified radiologists. Our Picture Archiving and Storage System (PACS) allows us to maintain your X-rays electronically, creating a permanent and easily accessed electronic record. For more information, call 401 788-1444.

Hospital Campus
Available 24/7

To schedule your imaging appointment or for more information, call 401 788-1486. We do our best to accommodate walk-ins, too.

To request a copy of your imaging studies, call 401 788-1541. For other questions, call our radiology reception desk at 401 788-1444.