Radiology Department Introduces Breakthrough 3-D Mammography

Murphy Medical Center became the first area facility to offer Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) mammograms, when its radiology department unveiled the new service on October 22nd.

“We’re proud to be the first local facility to offer this revolutionary new breast cancer screening and diagnostic tool,” said department manager Paul Brown. “Three-dimensional imaging provides significantly greater detail, yielding high-quality mammograms for our clients.”

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis takes multiple X-ray pictures of each breast from different angles. The X-ray tube moves in an arc around the breast while multiple images are taken during the brief examination. The information is sent to a computer where it is assembled to produce clear, highly-focused 3-dimensional images throughout the breast.

“This is an important tool in helping detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages,” said department supervisor Vickie Ledford. “In addition to detecting a higher number of invasive breast cancers, 3-D mammography reduces the number of callbacks for our clients.”

The American Cancer Society reports that breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Mortality rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment methods.

“Three-dimensional imaging is the future of mammography,” Brown added, “and Murphy Medical Center is leading the way by providing this vital new technology to the women in our communities.”

For additional information, call the hospital’s Radiology Department at (828) 835-7540, or online at

(L-R) Registered Radiologic Technologists Tammy Rivenbark, Colleen Runyan, Vickie Ledford and Radiology Department Manager Paul Brown shown with the Hologic Digital 3-D Mammography System

(L-R) Registered Radiologic Technologists Tammy Rivenbark, Colleen Runyan, Vickie Ledford and Radiology Department Manager Paul Brown shown with the Hologic Digital 3-D Mammography System

We deliver expertise with every scan, every time

Radiologists are tasked with charting the inside of the body and giving crucial insight into the detection and diagnosis of disease.

We offer quality imaging services in the areas of general X-ray, CT Scans, digital mammography, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and densitometry. All diagnostic exams are performed with advanced and state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment.

The radiology wing is attached to the main hospital campus, with a separate entrance and registration area. In addition to providing outpatient exams, the department also handles orders for Murphy Medical Center patients and Emergency Department.

Our staff continually strives to deliver exceptional clinical standards. Murphy Medical Center’s radiology team is currently accredited by the American College of Radiology Accreditation in digital mammography and ultrasound.

Our entire team of ultrasound technologists is registered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and all X-ray technologists are accredited through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Prepare for your visit with us
  • Arrive about 15 minutes prior to your appointment to register. Proceed straight to the radiology department for registration.
  • The correct clothing makes for a comfortable experience. Wear loose-fitting clothing, with no metals.
  • Lighten up! Remove jewelry, change and unnecessary extras from your pockets.
  • Each imaging study or exam has its own set of preparation instructions. After scheduling an appointment, discuss with your care provider how to best prepare.
Know the facts on radiation safety

Every day we are exposed to varying amounts of radiation from the world around us. The radiology department is no different.

You may or may not be exposed to a small amount of radiation during your visit. An MRI and ultrasound, for example, is radiation-free. Digital mammography, X-rays and CT scans introduce a low dose of radiation. Thanks to our advanced equipment requiring a limited amount of radiation, the risks associated with it are small. If you have concerns or questions, talk to your care provider about radiation safety.

To request a CD copy of your images/exam, call (828) 835-7540 or fax (828) 835-7546.

A CD copy will be made available upon request. We appreciate a 24-hour notice.

Why am I being billed by an outside office that is not Murphy Medical Center? Upon completion of an exam, you will be billed separately for the reading of the exam by Tennessee Interventional and Imaging Associates

Radiology Department

Outpatient Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 7 am – 5:30 pm

All exams require a physician’s orders.

To reschedule or cancel an appointment, please call centralized scheduling at (828) 835-7699