Sevier Valley Hospital is committed to helping our friends and neighbors stay close to home for your care –including diagnostic and imaging services. In addition to our advanced technology and equipment, our team of skilled technologists help patients understand what to expect during the imaging procedures and work to capture the best images possible for our on-site radiologists to review – ensuring a quick and thorough diagnosis with each imaging service.

In addition to general X-ray, our imaging services include:

CT Scan*

A computed tomography or CT scan is helpful in detecting conditions that do not appear on traditional X-rays. It takes pictures from different angles and combines them to create detailed images of organs, bone, blood vessel, or other tissue. In some cases, patients may be asked to drink a special contrast liquid to show changes in the digestive tract, or receive an IV to place the contrast (dye) directly into the blood stream to highlight an area of concern during the procedure. This exam generally lasts 30 minutes.


The DEXA scan measures bone density and loss, detecting early signs of osteoporosis and providing a risk assessment for developing bone fractures. This is a noninvasive procedure that uses only a low dose of radiation and usually takes 10-30 minutes to complete.


Echocardiograms are used to monitor the heart’s structures and function through high-frequency sound waves, much like an ultrasound. There are generally no risks for a standard echocardiogram, and no exposure to radiation. This procedure usually takes 30-45 minutes.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the body’s organs and structures. This exam can be used to diagnose diseases of the brain, spine, skeleton, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and blood vessels. Depending on the number and types of images needed, an MRI can take 30-60 minutes.


Mammography is regularly used as an early detection for breast cancer, using a low-dose, noninvasive X-ray to search for irregularities in the breast tissue. Because mammograms can detect tumors that cannot be felt, a screening mammogram is recommended yearly for women beginning at age 40. Those who have had breast cancer or have a family history should talk to their physician about the starting age and screening frequency for mammograms. From start to finish, mammograms usually take 30 minutes.

Nuclear Medicine*

Nuclear medicine scans take images of the body after radioactive material accumulates in certain tissues. During the process, patients receive a safe dose of radioactive material, either orally or through an IV. The radiation makes tissues visible during the scanning process, leaving the body soon after as waste. Nuclear medicine exam times can vary.


An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the soft tissue areas of the body using a device called a transducer. This can include tracking movement of fluids, examining a grown baby in a pregnant woman, analyzing movement of a joint, or guiding other diagnostic tests such as a biopsy or catheter placement. Ultrasound procedures are generally painless and quick - usually taking less than 30 minutes to complete.

*Services are accredited by the American College of Radiology