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Radiology is an inpatient and outpatient oriented department. The patient population includes approximately 30% inpatients and 70% outpatients.  Services are available for neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.  The Radiology department performs approximately 65,000 exams per year.   The following is a breakdown of sub-department hours of service:

Computed Tomography: Normal business hours 7:30 am-10:00 pm M-F for scheduled procedures.  Twenty-four hour coverage for emergency and inpatient studies is provided 365 days per year.

Photo of image examination Diagnostic Radiography: 24-hour coverage is provided with staff on duty 365 days/year.  Routine fluoroscopic exams and diagnostic procedures  are generally scheduled for normal business hours 7:30 am-4:00 pm M-F, and after hours by Radiologist approval.  Routine radiographic exams can be done on a walk-in basis from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm, M-F.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Normal business hours 8:00 am -7:00 pm M-F .  The Radiology department will attempt to call back MRI personnel for emergency cord compression exams after normal business hours.

Nuclear Medicine: Normal business hours are 7:00 am-4:30 pm M-F, emergency cases will be handled as needed. 

Ultrasound: Normal business hours 7:30-8:00 pm M-F. On-call coverage provided after normal business hours M-F, and all day Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.

Cardiac Cath/Special Procedures: Normal business hours 7:30am-4:00p M-F. The Radiology department will attempt to call back Special Procedures personnel for emergency interventional vascular procedures after normal business hours.


UNC Lenoir Health Care Performs First Weight Loss Surgery

In January of 2017, UNC Lenoir Health Care launched a new service line for weight management.  The service includes medical and surgical options for weight loss and each component comes with medical supervision, nutrition counseling, and lifestyle counseling. The program is led by Dr. Charles Moore and Dr. Joel Rose.  Moore specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical degree and completed his residency there as well. Moore is Board Certified by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.  Rose specializes in advanced gastrointestinal, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.  He attended the University of Connecticut School Of Medicine, and completed his surgical residency at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. He completed a bariatric fellowship program at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Rose is board certified by the American College of Surgery.

Obesity is associated with a 50-100% increased risk of premature death compared to healthy weight individuals.  There is a greater risk of several cancers as well as diabetes and hypertension for obese people.  Medical options include a comprehensive, physician-monitored weight loss program called Optifast, for patients who prefer a non-surgical method of weight loss. The 12-week Optifast Program offers 4-5 weeks of nutritionally dense full meal replacements to initiate weight loss.  Patients are seen for weekly one-on-one coaching sessions with a registered dietitian and bimonthly visits with a physician.  Patients are provided with personalized guidance from an exercise specialist and are offered health coaching sessions as well as bimonthly group support sessions.  Lifelong support and guidance is available after the 12 week program completion.  We also offer weight management medical nutrition therapy with a dietitian for patients that are interested in other ways to lose or manage their weight.

For patients who prefer and are found appropriate for a surgical remedy, bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective and durable treatment for morbid obesity.  The mortality rate with bariatric surgery is about 0.1% less than gallbladder (0.7%) and hip replacement (0.93%) surgery.  The clinical evidence shows risks of morbid obesity outweigh risks of bariatric surgery and patients may lose as much as 60% of excess weight six months after surgery, and 77% of excess weight as early as 12 months after surgery.

UNC Lenoir Health Care spent the last 18-24 months researching the possibility of bringing a weight loss program to this area and found it to be a needed service in eastern North Carolina.  This program was designed to offer participants the highest level of success potential through coaching and medical monitoring.  There is substantial, long-term physician supervision that is unusual in weight loss programs.  Patients of the UNC Lenoir Health Care Weight Loss Program can expect to be followed by their physician for the rest of their lives.


New Weight Loss Program Offers Bariatric Surgery Option

UNC Lenoir Health Care has launched a new Weight Loss Management Program offering medical and surgical weight loss options which are administered by our experienced multidisciplinary weight loss management tea, and offer an individualized approach to weight loss. Medical options include the Optifast program which consists of full meal replacements with a transition to partial meal replacements. Within our surgical program, led by our highly skilled bariatric trained surgeons, we offer the gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass, both through a minimally-invasive approach allowing for a shorter recovery period. The program incorporates exercise, health coaching, and support groups into both sides of the program to provide patients with all the tools they need for success. Call 252-522-7168 for more information.


Wound Care Now Available at UNC Lenoir

Wound Care services are now available on the 5th floor at UNC Lenoir Health Care. The center, managed by a Healogics, a leader in wound care services, recently installed 2 hyperbaric chambers to aid in the wound healing process. Some wounds require specialists to optimize the potential for healing and those services are now available at UNC Lenoir Health Care.  Chronic and non-healing wounds are defined as wounds that have not significantly improved with traditional therapies.  When wounds persist a specialized approach is often called for and the UNC Lenoir Health Care Wound Care Center offers those services.  Physician referrals as well as self-referrals are welcome.


Lung Cancer Screenings available at UNC Lenoir Health Care

Do you have a history of smoking? If so you may qualify for a lung cancer screening.  Qualified candidates have a history of heavy cigarette smoking; smoked now or have quit in the last 15 years; are between 55-77 and show no symptoms of lung cancer. A physician referral is required.  Ask you physician if a low dose computer tomography lung cancer screening is right for you. For more information visit our wellness website at




HealthLink - Fall 2016

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