Imaging & Cardiopulmonary Testing Center

Boice-Willis Clinic maintains an ACR accredited Diagnostic Imaging Department in CT, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Breast Ultrasound and Mammography. Offering easy scheduling, same and next day imaging appointments, a convenient location, friendly and courteous staff.

The goal of Boice-Willis Clinic’s Imaging Department is to provide the highest quality of care to our patients by offering unsurpassed customer service, superior image quality, and sub-specialty diagnostic interpretations. Our mission is to provide outstanding patient care with quality customer service to our patients and referring physicians.

Boice-Willis Clinic’s Imaging Department is committed to excellence in our field and our goal is to be the imaging center of choice in the region.

Imaging

Diagnostic X-ray

An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones.

X-rays are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, show up as white on X-rays. The air in your lungs shows up as black. Fat and muscle appear as varying shades of gray.

Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

CT scans combines a series of X-rays taken from many different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside the body. The doctor will be able to look at each of these Images individually or perform additional visualization to view inside the body from different angles. CT images can be combined to create 3-D images. The radiation exposure is minimal and the test provides detailed information.

Nuclear Medicine, including Cardiac Stress Tests

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty involving the application of radioactive material (tracer) in the diagnosis disease.

A nuclear medicine bone scan is generally used in evaluation of various bone-related pathology, such as for bone pain, stress fracture, nonmalignant bone lesions, bone infections, or the spread of cancer to the bone.

Nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan plays a pivotal role in the non-invasive detection of coronary artery disease; determine if the heart is receiving enough blood, and to determine if more cardiac testing is necessary.

A cardiologist will interpret this test and the results will be sent to the referring physician.

Ultrasound (abdominal and vascular)

An ultrasound is a device that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of some part of the inside of the body, such as the stomach, gall bladder, liver, heart, tendons, muscles, joints and blood vessels. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images not radiation (X-ray).

A vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive method used to examine the circulation in the blood vessels of the body, including blood vessels in the neck, abdomen, arms and legs.


Mammography (certified by FDA)

A mammogram is a specialized X-ray test of the breasts used to screen for breast problems, such as a lump, and whether a lump is fluid-filled or a solid mass.

A mammogram is done to help screen for or detect breast cancer. Many small tumors can be seen on a mammogram before they can be felt by a woman or her doctor. Cancer is most easily treated and cured when it is discovered in an early stage. Mammograms do not prevent breast cancer or reduce a woman's risk of developing cancer. But regular mammograms can reduce a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer by detecting a cancer when it is more easily treated. The mammography is read by a radiologist who determines if there is an abnormality.

All Mammogram services are regulated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA)

Breast Ultrasound

Breast ultrasound is a non-invasive test that is used to create images of the breast tissue. Breast ultrasound is used as a follow up test to an abnormal mammogram or to determine whether a lump is a cyst or a solid mass.

Bone Densitometry

A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break. A bone density test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone.

Cardiopulmonary Testing Center

Stress Test (treadmill)

A stress test is a screening tool used to test the effect of exercise on your heart. Because exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster than it does during most daily activities, an stress test can reveal problems within your heart that might not be noticeable otherwise.

Echocardiography

An echocardiogram (echo) is a heart test that is used to diagnose heart disease and evaluate heart function. The cardiologist can use the images from an echocardiogram to identify various abnormalities in the heart muscle and valves.

A cardiologist will interpret this test and the results will be sent to the referring physician.

Electrocardiograms

An electrocardiogram also called an EKG or ECG, is a simple, painless test that records the heart's electrical activity.

With each heartbeat, an electrical signal spreads from the top of the heart to the bottom. As it travels, the signal causes the heart to contract and pump blood. The process repeats with each new heartbeat. The heart's electrical signals set the rhythm of the heartbeat.

An EKG shows:

  • How fast your heart is beating
  • Whether the rhythm of your heartbeat is steady or irregular
  • The strength and timing of electrical signals as they pass through each part of your heart

Doctors use EKGs to detect and study many heart problems, such as heart attacks, arrhythmias, and heart failure. The test's results also can suggest other disorders that affect heart function.

Spirometry

Spirometry is a test used to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and certain other conditions that affect breathing. Spirometry may also be used periodically to check how well your lungs are working once you're being treated for a chronic lung condition.

Cardiac Monitoring (24 hr. cont. and event monitoring)

Cardiac monitoring uses a machine that continuously records the heart's rhythms. The monitor is usually worn for 24 - 48 hours during normal activity

Electrode are stuck on the chest and attached to a small recording monitor. The monitor is carried in a pocket or small pouch worn around your neck or waist. The monitor is battery operated.

While wearing the monitor, it records the heart's electrical activity.

  • Keep a diary of what activities you do while wearing the monitor, and how you feel.
  • After 24 - 48 hours, you will return the monitor to your doctor's office.
  • The doctor will look at the records and see if there have been any abnormal heart rhythms.

It is very important that you accurately record your symptoms and activities so the doctor can match them with the cardiac monitor findings.

Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)

The ankle-brachial index (ABI) test is a quick, noninvasive way to check your risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Peripheral artery disease is a condition in which the arteries in your legs or arms are narrowed or blocked. Peripheral artery disease increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, poor circulation and leg pain.

The ankle-brachial index test compares your blood pressure measured at the ankle with the blood pressure measured at your arm. A low ankle-brachial index number can indicate narrowing or blockage of the arteries in your legs, leading to circulatory problems, heart disease or stroke.

Please bring all prescription medications in their containers to each appointment.

Location and Contact Information:
Boice-Willis Clinic
Rocky Mount Medical Park

4th Floor @ 901 N. Winstead Avenue
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Main: 252-937-0449
Fax: 252-937-0461

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm