Frankfort Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive outpatient imaging services for the well-being and convenience of our patients. We can provide same-day service for most physician-ordered imaging procedures. Our expert staff of board-certified radiologists and technologists work closely with physicians to get patients on their way to diagnosis, treatment and good health. Our testing and imaging services include:

To schedule an appointment, call Central Scheduling at (502) 226-1665.

Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

DXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men and rarely in children. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.

Computed tomography (CT) scan, also called computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, uses X-rays to generate detailed cross-sectional images, called slices, of the body. Used to detect broken bones, cancers, blood clots, signs of heart disease, and internal bleeding, CT scans are fast, painless and usually non-invasive. We offer several types of CT scanning, including positron emission tomography (PET), electron-beam CT (EBCT/Ultrafast CT), and single-proton emission CT (SPECT).

Diagnostic radiology encompasses a variety of diagnostic and image guided therapeutic techniques, including all aspects of radiological diagnosis (nuclear radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance, computed tomography, interventional procedures, and the use of other forms of radiant energy). This is typically one of the first tools used by primary care providers to diagnose and treat conditions.

An electroencephalogram (EEG) uses sensors to evaluate electrical brain activity. An EEG is painless and usually takes about an hour. An EEG can help your doctor diagnose seizures and assess brain function affected by certain conditions and diseases, such as trauma, coma, infection, tumors, and dementia.

Interventional radiology uses X-rays, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields, not radiation, to make pictures of the internal organs and structures inside the body. MRIs let your doctor look more closely at parts of the body than they can with other imaging methods. This is useful in diagnosing and treating a broad range of conditions as well as in maximizing surgical outcomes.

Mammography uses a low-dose x-ray system to produce images for an examination of your breasts. This exam is called a mammogram. It can be used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women with no symptoms and to detect and diagnose breast disease in those that are experiencing symptoms such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge. It may also be used to identify changes in breast tissue before a lump can be felt and find a lump's location before a biopsy or surgery.

Learn about digital mammography

Nuclear imaging can allow your doctor to detect problems in the earliest stages or monitor your immediate response to therapies. The procedure uses small amounts of radioactive material to pinpoint molecular activity within the body. It may also be used to diagnose and treat some cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal conditions, endocrine or bone abnormalities, stress fractures, neurological disorders and other diseases.

Ultrasound tests use high-frequency sound waves to create video images of soft tissue areas of the body, such as the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, digestive, and reproductive organs. Ultrasound tests are non-invasive, painless, cost-effective and typically take between 15 and 30 minutes.

Digital Mammography

Doctors and scientists agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. Successful treatment and survival rates for breast cancer patients are dramatically affected by early detection of breast cancers.

While digital mammography is still one of the most advanced technologies available today, it is only a 2-dimensional picture of the breast. The breast is a 3-dimensional object composed of different structures, such as blood vessels, milk ducts, fat, and ligaments. All of these structures, which are located at different heights within the breast, can overlap when viewed as a 2-dimensional, flat image.

Frankfort Regional Medical Center now offers breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, to take screening for breast cancer to the next level.

What is 3D mammography?

3D mammography is a new technology in the fight against breast cancer that allows doctors to examine your breast tissue one layer at a time. 3D mammography uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices”- building what is essentially a “3-dimensional mammogram”. A good analogy for 3D mammography is like thinking of the pages in a book. If you look down at the cover you cannot see all of the pages - but when you open it up, you can go through the entire book page-by-page to see everything between the covers. 3D mammography is designed with the same concept in mind.

Very low X-ray energy is used during the screening examination so your radiation exposure is below the FDA guidelines. Using 3D mammography and digital mammography together for screening has been proven to significantly reduce “call-backs” by 20-40%.

What to expect

A 3D mammography exam is very similar to a traditional mammogram. Just as with a digital mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast under a paddle and take images from different angles. During the 3D mammography part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds.

There is no additional compression required with 3D mammography, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The technologist will view the images at their computer workstation to ensure they have captured adequate images for review by a radiologist.

Find a breast lump or recently diagnosed with breast cancer?

If you suspect you have a breast lump or if you've been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, our breast care specialists and breast care navigators are here to help you and your family with follow-up breast care.

Get more information about mammography, including what to expect and when to call your doctor, at our online Health Library.