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Testing and Imaging

HCA Virginia provides a comprehensive suite of testing and imaging services to patients and doctors in the Richmond region, including, computed tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalogram (EEG), X-rays and more. Our full-service diagnostic facilities are convenient and comfortable, with accessible parking, easy registration and same-day availability.

Using the latest advances in imaging technology, our expert staff of board-certified radiologists and technologists works closely with your doctor to get you on your way to diagnosis, treatment and good health. Our testing and imaging services include:

Computed tomography (CT) scan, also called computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, uses X-rays to generate detailed cross-sectional images, called slices, of the body. CT scans are fast, painless and usually non-invasive.

HCA Virginia offers several types of CT scanning, including positron emission tomography (PET), electron-beam CT (EBCT/Ultrafast CT), and single-proton emission CT (SPECT).

How it is used
The CT scan is used to detect broken bones, cancers, blood clots, signs of heart disease and internal bleeding.

Digital biplane angiography, or three-dimensional rotational angiography (3DRA), is a rapid scanning process that produces highly detailed images from inside the body. The images are reconstructed in a 3-D sequence to provide life-like projections of body tissues and processes.

How it is used
Digital biplane angiography improves diagnosis and treatment of many conditions where it's important to see detailed flow patterns inside blood vessels. We may use it for spine fractures and conditions, stroke, brain aneurysm, peripheral vascular conditions, vasospasms and brain tumors.

An electroencephalogram (EEG) uses sensors to evaluate electrical brain activity. An EEG is painless and usually takes about an hour.

How it is used
An EEG can help your doctor diagnose seizures and assess brain function affected by certain conditions and diseases, such as trauma, coma, infection, tumors and dementia.

An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) measures the electrical activity of your heart using small electrical sensors, called electrodes, which are put on your skin. The electrical signals are turned into a graph for your doctor’s review.

How it is used
An EKG can help your doctor diagnose heart attacks, arrhythmias and other heart conditions, detect conditions that alter the body's balance of electrolytes or identify other problems like drug overdoses.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields, not radiation, to make pictures of the internal organs and structures inside the body.

Open MRI
Open MRI allows MRIs to be completed with your head outside the opening of the MRI machine. This makes it easier to have an MRI if you are claustrophobic or weigh 350-550 pounds.

3T MRI
With 3T MRI’s high-resolution images, scanning time is shorter and the need for retakes is reduced. It is especially valuable in early detection of breast cancer and management of neurologic and neurosurgical disease.

Cardiovascular MRI
Cardiovascular MRI is a non-invasive procedure used to diagnose diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is used for cardiac stress testing when patients cannot perform a treadmill stress test. It has been shown to be the best noninvasive test for heart assessment after a heart attack and is used for diagnosis other diseases as well.

Levinson Heart Institute’s cardiovascular MRI can be used on patients with Medtronic Revo Advisa pacemakers.

Intraoperative MRI (iMRI)
Used during neurosurgery, intraoperative MRI (iMRI) scans take place while the procedure is underway. MRI magnets move on a ceiling-mounted track between operating suites while you remain in one place.

How it is used
MRIs let your doctor look more closely at parts of the body than they can with other imaging methods. This is useful in diagnosing and treating a broad range of conditions as well as in maximizing surgical outcomes.

Mammography uses a low-dose x-ray system to produce images for an examination of your breasts. This exam is called a mammogram.

How it is used
Mammography can be used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women with no symptoms and to detect and diagnose breast disease in those that are experiencing symptoms such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge. It may also be used to identify changes in breast tissue before a lump can be felt and find a lump's location before a biopsy or surgery.

Nuclear imaging is a procedure that uses small amounts of radioactive material to pinpoint molecular activity within the body.

How it is used
Nuclear imaging can allow your doctor to detect problems in the earliest stages or monitor your immediate response to therapies. It may also be used to diagnose and treat some cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal conditions, endocrine or bone abnormalities, stress fractures, neurological disorders and other diseases.

Ultrasound tests use high-frequency sound waves to create video images of soft tissue areas of the body. Ultrasound tests are non-invasive, painless, cost-effective and typically take between 15 and 30 minutes.

HCA Virginia offers several types of ultrasound imaging, including Doppler, sonograms, obstetric, endoscopic, renal and vascular, which may encompass venous vascular, arterial scan and carotid scan.

How it is used
Your doctor can use ultrasound imaging to examine many internal organs, including the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, digestive and reproductive systems, or to guide procedures such as needle biopsies.

For information on dense breast ultrasounds, see automated breast ultrasound (ABUS).

X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body. X-ray procedures are painless, fast (about 15 minutes) and easy.

HCA Virginia also offers fluoroscopy, a type of X-ray procedure showing continuous images on a monitor.

How it is used
X-rays are especially helpful for bone fractures and joint injuries. They can also be used to find an infection, locate tumors, look for fluid in the lungs, locate the cause of an intestinal obstruction and diagnose heart and large blood vessel problems.

To schedule a health screening appointment at an HCA facility, contact a facility below:

CJW Campus Medical Center
(804) 327-8706

Henrico Doctors' Hospital
(804) 327-8702

John Randolph Medical Center
(804) 327-8707

Imaging centers

Our imaging centers offer advanced imaging technology and lab services. We provide walk-in or same-day services for most doctor-ordered imaging and lab procedures. Contact any of our imaging centers at the phone numbers provided below:

Appomattox Imaging
(804) 524-2340

Buford Road Imaging
(804) 864-1895

Chesterfield Imaging
(804) 639-5489

Independence Park Imaging
(804) 217-9729

Hanover Imaging Center
(804) 327-8702

West Creek Imaging
(804) 784-1000

See testing and imaging services offered at our locations

Chippenham Hospital, a campus of CJW Medical Center, is the only Level II trauma center in the city of Richmond. Our 466-bed hospital provides elite cardiovascular care at Levinson Heart Institute. We also offer a dedicated pediatric emergency room (ER), a center for surgical innovation and Tucker Pavilion, which has provided behavioral health services to Central Virginia for more than a century.

Our testing and imaging services include:

  • CT
  • MRI
  • Digital mammography
  • Nuclear medicine

Learn more about Chippenham Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

Henrico Doctors' Hospital is a 340-bed acute-care hospital offering advanced medical technology in a community hospital setting. We are one of the nation's most honored community hospitals, delivering innovative healthcare solutions through the region's leading doctors and technology.

Our testing and imaging services include:

  • 64-slice CT
  • 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla MRls
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Digital mammography
  • Bone density
  • Radiology
  • Ultrasound
  • PET/CT scans

Learn more about Henrico Doctors’ Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

John Randolph Medical Center, a 147-bed acute-care hospital, has provided Virginia’s residents of Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Petersburg and the surrounding area with high quality care in a family-oriented setting for more than 90 years. We combine personalized care with the sophisticated technology commonly found in larger hospitals.

Our testing and imaging services include:

  • MRI
  • 16-slice CT
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • PET/CT
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Wide bore MRI
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Endoscopy suite

Learn more about John Randolph Medical Center’s awards and accreditations.

Retreat Doctors' Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors' Hospital, is a full-service community hospital in Richmond, VA, that offers a unique blend of traditional acute-care services and progressive, specialty programs. Our comprehensive wound healing center has been accredited with distinction for hyperbaric oxygen service. With a special combination of technology and personalized service, we are committed to providing high quality care in a warm and caring environment. We are a designated Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) facility, indicating the highest commitment to the enhanced treatment and care of elderly patients.

Our testing and imaging services include:

  • Same-day appointments
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Digital mammography
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Interventional angiography
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • Bone density

Learn more about Retreat Doctors’ Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

Johnston-Willis Hospital, a campus of CJW Medical Center, is a 292-bed acute care hospital, Level III trauma center, and comprehensive stroke center. We have all private rooms and are known for both clinical excellence and specialty care. We are home to the award-winning Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital, as well as a neuroscience and Gamma Knife center.

Our testing and imaging services include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Full breast screening services
  • Breast nurse navigator
  • 3-D mammography
  • ABUS for dense breast screening
  • 3T and 1.5T MRI
  • PET/CT scans
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine

Learn more about Johnston-Willis Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

Parham Doctors' Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors' Hospital, is located in the west end of Richmond. It is a leading acute-care hospital offering advanced medical technology in a community setting. Our campus is home to the orthopedic hospital, one of the most honored joint and spine programs in the state.

Our testing and imaging services include:

  • Same-day appointments
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • Radiology
  • CT scans
  • Interventional radiology
  • MRI

Learn more about Parham Doctors’ Hospital’s awards and accreditations.

Need help?

HCA Virginia’s hospital network provides you with Consult-A-Nurse, a free service that connects you with an RN or referral specialist to help you.

Call Consult-A-Nurse at (804) 320-DOCS or (804) 320-3627.

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