Diagnosting Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging

Imagine a photographer snapping hundreds of photos in just seconds as an athlete makes a play at a sporting event. Or visualize the clarity of a high-definition television while watching the game in your living room.

The new diagnostic imaging technologies at Terrebonne General Medical Center, including a 3T high-definition Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging system and Lightspeed Volume Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, do all those things and more with better diagnosis and faster treatment times for patients.

The Diagnostic Imaging departments at Terrebonne General Medical Center perform approximately 140,000 exams a year and offer a wide range of services including: Lightspeed VCT scan, 3T HDxMR imaging system, Nuclear Medicine, Digital Mammography, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Breast Specific Gamma Imaging, Bone Densitometry, Ultrasound, Neurology and X-Ray.

3T HDxMR System:

TGMC’s new 3T HDxMR captures images with a level of detail, clarity and speed never before possible. A break through in capturing side-by-side images simultaneously, the 3T HDxMR acquires images from many different angles so health care professionals can view the dimension of structures. The 3T HDxMR has twice the field strength of most conventional MR scanners, typically operating at 1.5 tesla. Tesla is a unit of measure for magnetic field strength, and 3T, or three tesla, is equivalent to 30,000 times the earth’s magnetic field. The 3T strength increases the imaging resolution by 16 times.

The 3T HDxMR imaging system particularly benefi¬ts those who need procedures including MR angiography, neurological/brain imaging, spine studies, orthopedic studies such as elbow, wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle, prostate, pelvis, abdominal, and functional imaging that shows brain activity.

Like HD TV, TGMC’s new high-definition MR (HDxMR) technology improves MR imaging speed and quality. It provides better image clarity in cases where patients are difficult to image due to movement, including Parkinson’s patients who suffer from uncontrollable patient motion and children who are not candidates for sedation. HDxMR enables simultaneous imaging in multiple channels in increments of 16, according to GE.

Lightspeed VCT Scanner

TGMC’s new CT scanner performs multi-slice CT on a routine basis, providing clinicians with outstanding diagnostic information. Think of it like cutting an apple where you can determine how many cuts you want per second. In TGMC’s case, the new CT scanner produces 64 images per second. With this new equipment, technologist can now scan geriatric, pediatric and trauma patients in a single breath hold, which results in a more accurate diagnosis while also reducing examination time and increasing patient comfort.

The new scanner provides exquisite image quality while reducing x-ray doses to the patient. The innovative design provides optimal patient comfort by eliminating the closed-in feeling, which patients sometimes associate with CT scanning. It also provides extended coverage of anatomical areas while producing images with enhanced details, important for early tumor detection.

Specifically, the new scanner benefits neuroscience and cardiac patients with quick accessibility, as the scanner is conveniently located right next to TGMC’s Emergency Department. Speed is the main benefit of the new CT scanner.

Other important clinical uses for the CT scanner are:

  • Evaluation of stroke injuries with the help of perfusion CT.
  • Evaluation of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and extremities using CT angiography.
  • Evaluation of osteopathic and traumatic alterations of bone surface using 3D imaging.

Women’s Imaging and Breast Center

The center offers bone densitometry scans, digital mammography, core breast biopsies, Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI), breast needle localizations, ultrasound and an array of mammography and other breast imaging techniques. The Women’s Imaging and Breast Center will be the first facility to offer BSGI technology in the Tri-Parish and New Orleans regions. All of this technology is located on the first floor of the Women’s Center with its own waiting room, dressing room and exam rooms.

The Women’s Imaging and Breast Center is recognized as the first comprehensive breast care center in the region. The center is certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/Mammogram Quality Standards Act (MQSA), but that’s not why the people who work there are most proud of it. For them, it’s all about the patients.

For more information about the center and the services they offer, click here.

Services offered through the Radiology Department at TGMC are accredited by the American College of Radiology for specific imaging modalities. TGMC’s Imaging departments hold American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation for Mammography, Ultrasound, CT Scan, and MRI. TGMC was awarded the state’s first 3-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) in CT-Scan.

TGMC’s Imaging departments provide both inpatient and outpatient services. Inpatient services are performed in the main hospital, while our outpatients are scheduled in the Outpatient Imaging Center located in the Medical Atrium and in the regions first Women’s Imaging and Breast Center located in the Women’s Center. Our outpatient facility services include: CT Scan, Diagnostic Radiology, Mammography, Open MRI and Ultrasound.

The TGMC Radiology and Special Imaging department received national recognition when they were designated as Imaging Facility of the Year by Advance Magazine.


With this advanced imaging technology, TGMC’s technologies help physicians make quicker and more accurate diagnosis on a wider variety of clinical cases. The new tools also open up additional opportunities for new procedures, ultimately benefiting TGMC’s patients in Houma and surrounding areas.

For more information on TGMC's Women's Imaging and Breast Center, click here.

For more information on Radiology and Special Imaging Services at TGMC call 1-888-543-TGMC.