Fight Like a Girl: Free Breast Cancer Event

Fight like a girlBy age 30, a woman has a 1 in 227 chance of getting breast cancer. By the time she is 40, her chances increase to 1 in 68.* It’s not too early to learn how to fight like a girl when it comes to your breast health. Join a team of local providers as they discuss risk factors, screening, diagnoses, and treatment options for breast cancer. This free educational event will be held Thursday, September 11 from 7–8 pm in the Main Auditorium at Duke Regional Hospital.

Panel members include:
James Hathorn, MD
Regional Cancer Care

Bridget Koontz, MD
Radiation oncologist
Duke Regional Hospital

Amber Jarvis, MD
Durham Obstetrics and Gynecology

Aimee Mackey, MD
Surgical oncologist
Duke Regional Hospital

Come early. At 6:30 pm, our mammogram experts will share tips for breast self-exams and improving your mammogram experience. To register, click here or call 919-403-4DRH.

*Data provided by the National Cancer Institute.

Imaging that’s faster, quieter and more comfortable

At Duke Regional we are constantly making improvements to our facility to ensure we deliver the best and most technologically advanced service for our patients. We recently completed renovations in both our MRI and Nuclear Medicine Departments. Both areas now feature a clean, calm atmosphere through new floors, wall colors and structural changes.

MRI now features a new machine that:

  • Accommodates patients weighing up to 500 pounds
  • Features brighter lighting and a larger opening
  • Offers feet-first imaging for certain procedures to reduce anxiety
  • is quieter, making for a more pleasant experience

Nuclear Medicine now features:

  • New cameras that offer enhanced imaging capabilities and superb image quality using lower doses of radiation when compared to standard Nuclear Medicine protocols
  • Scanning tables that can accommodate patients weighing up to 500 pounds
  • Scans that can be set up faster and use automated transitions so patients can experience quicker procedures

Both MRI and Nuclear Medicine are located within our Outpatient Services entrance, which features a parking lot specifically for patients coming for outpatient procedures or preoperative appointments, a dedicated entrance just steps from the parking lot and one-stop registration right inside the doors.

Physician referral is required for both MRI and Nuclear Medicine exams. To schedule an MRI appointment, call 919-470-5272 and ask for Duke Regional Hospital. To schedule a Nuclear Medicine appointment, call 919-470-5279.

Centered Around You

At Duke Regional, we’re committed to giving our patients peace of mind, so we centered our Outpatient Services entrance around you. Visit for a virtual tour.

This entrance offers:

  • A parking lot designated specifically for patients coming to Duke Regional for outpatient procedures or preoperative appointments.
  • A dedicated entrance just steps away from the parking area.
  • One-stop registration right inside the entrance.

View our map for location information

The following outpatient services are offered inside this entrance:

  • Radiology/Imaging including:
  • Pulmonary Function testing and Arterial Blood Gas analysis
  • Graded Exercise testing, Nuclear Stress Testing, Stress Echocardiography, EKG, Holter monitoring, Echocardiography, and TEES (Transesophageal Echocardiography)
  • Neurosensory diagnostic testing
  • Laboratory Services
  • Preoperative Procedures

Questions About Endoscopies?

Endoscopies are non-surgical procedures designed to examine, diagnose, and treat gastroenterological conditions from the inside, using a flexible tube with a light source and camera attached. Visit for frequently asked questions about Endoscopies.

Endoscopies performed at Duke Regional Hospital include:

  • Upper endoscopies: Examine the upper digestive tract which includes the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine (duodenum)
  • Colonoscopies: Examine the large colon and rectum

The majority of our patients do not require general anesthesia but are given conscious sedation. Treatment is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and average procedures take no more than three hours.

The specialized team of endoscopy nurses and technicians will guide you through the process during your visit and provide detailed, procedure-specific discharge instructions.

Conditions that can benefit from endoscopies include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Ulcers
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Reflux
  • Polyps/cancer

Go Pink Wednesday

pink ribbonQ: How can I improve my chances of finding breast cancer early?

A: There are a few simple guidelines to help ensure overall good breast health. First, perform a breast self-exam every month, and receive a clinical breast exam by a healthcare professional every year. Second, receive regular screening mammograms. The American Cancer Society currently recommends women begin receiving annual screening mammograms every year starting at age 40. Third, if you notice any breast changes, such as pain, a lump or discharge from the nipple, see your physician immediately.

 Pink Tip:  Let your technologist know if you are having pain during the exam.

Durham Regional earns ACR accreditation for MRI

Durham Regional Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Radiology at Durham Regional Hospital“Being accredited by the ACR is something our department and staff are very proud of,” says Paula Whitfield, MRI supervisor at Durham Regional. “ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging. When you see the ACR gold seal, you know the facility has undergone a rigorous review process, staff are well qualified to perform your procedure and the equipment takes optimal images.” 

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, staff qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed.

MRI is a noninvasive medical test that uses magnetic fields to create images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Durham Regional has two MRI scanners and offers MRI of the head, spine and body, as well as musculoskeletal MRI and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA).

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

Learn more about diagnostic imaging services at