Imaging & Radiology
Expect high-quality care during your imaging test at Virginia Hospital Center, which holds gold standard accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Our recognition means you benefit from:
- Highly qualified staff
- Equipment that meets high standards
- Thorough quality control procedures
The Radiology & Medical Imaging Center at Virginia Hospital Center performs 200,000 diagnostic imaging services and interventional radiology procedures a year using advanced technology. That means we have the experience to get you accurate results and keep you safe during any test.
Bone Densitometry (DEXA scan)
A bone density scan, also known as a DEXA scan, is a type of low-dose x-ray test that measures calcium and other minerals in your bones.
Computed Tomography (CT)
Computed tomography (CT), including urography (for the urinary system), enterography (for the small intestine), and cardiac (for the heart)
A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body.
Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through the body.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including orthopedics, sports, cardiac, breast and pelvic floor imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a large magnet and radio waves to look at organs and structures inside your body.
- A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt.
- Digital breast tomosynthesis (tomo), also known as 3D mammography, is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds.
Ultrasound, including breast ultrasound and carotid ultrasound
Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body.
Neurologic MRI and CT
Neuro MRI is the examination by Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the spine or brain.
A neurological CT (computed tomography) scan create images using ionizing radiation (X-rays). This noninvasive imaging test is used to look at structures in your brain and spinal cord
Nuclear Medicine: (PET)/CT & (SPECT)/CT
Positron emission tomography (PET)/CT uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers or radiopharmaceuticals, a special camera and a computer to evaluate organ and tissue functions. By identifying changes at the cellular level, PET may detect the early onset of disease before other imaging tests can.
A single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT)/CT scan lets your doctor analyze the function of some of your internal organs. A SPECT scan is a type of nuclear imaging test, which means it uses a radioactive substance and a special camera to create 3-D pictures.
Your doctor may recommend an interventional radiology procedure, which uses imaging to guide minimally invasive treatment or tests. Services include:
- Angiography (looks at the heart)
- Cancer treatment, including chemoembolization or radiofrequency ablation to remove tumors
- Endovascular (via blood vessels) stent graft repair of aneurysms
- Kyphoplasty (spinal compression fracture treatment)
- Thyroid biopsies
- Tubal cannulization (fertility treatment)
- Uterine artery embolization (fibroid treatment)
- Vein care, such as venous sclerotherapy
Information to Share at Your Appointment
- Name and date of birth
- Home address and telephone number
- Social Security number
- Employer's name, address and telephone number
- Date of onset of symptoms
Insurance Information You'll Need
- Name of your insurance provider
- Your group number
- Insurance policy number
- Insurance provider's address
- Telephone number for insurance verification
- Name and address of the policyholder (if it's other than yourself)
- Insurance authorization number (if required by your provider)
- Name of your primary care physician
- Name of physician who has ordered your test (if other than your primary care physician)
- Test to be performed
- Reason for the test
Virginia Hospital Center cannot guarantee that your insurance provider will cover a specific procedure. If you have questions about insurance coverage, please contact your insurance company or call a Radiology Scheduling Center to verify.
Although the hospital participates with most health insurance plans, there may be certain services that your insurance plan may require you to receive elsewhere, except in an emergency. These may include outpatient laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, EKG/EEG and pre-op testing.
Additionally, hospital-based physicians, such as anesthesiologists and emergency medicine doctors, may not be participating with your health plan. Please contact your plan to check the provider's status, your benefits and precertification requirements of your health plan.