Clinical laboratory testing services in Virginia

Diagnostic testing and laboratory screenings are often at the core of a medical diagnosis. Our focus is to ensure that you have access to quick, accurate and convenient diagnostic testing. These diagnostic tools help our doctors identify and understand any abnormalities in the body, which is the first step on the road to recovery. Our hospitals use the latest, state-of-the-art equipment to ensure accurate and timely results.

For more information about our laboratory services, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse® line.

Accreditation in laboratory services

Our certified laboratory staff is committed to meeting the highest national quality standards and, as such, HCA Virginia's hospital-based laboratories have been awarded accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for meeting the highest standards of care. Inspectors examined labs records, quality control procedures, equipment and staff qualifications against stringent criteria.

Medical diagnostics we offer

We offer convenient, on-site clinical laboratory testing for our patients, such as:

Our technicians will communicate promptly with you and your healthcare provider about your results. We will use those findings to develop a proper treatment plan to help each patient get better faster.

Bone density screening

A bone density test is also known as a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. It uses a small dose of radiation to take images of your bones. This allows us to measure bone mass and assess your risk for fractures and other potential bone and joint complications, such as low-bone mass or osteoporosis. Bone density scans are commonly used in preventive senior health, so our geriatric specialists can evaluate patients’ likelihood of future fractures and provide the proper preventive treatment plan.

Breast health diagnostics

The breast centers at our hospitals offer 3D diagnostic mammograms, the latest imaging mammography technology. 3D mammograms capture X-rays from multiple angles around the breast to gather fine details, especially above and below tissue. These are areas a traditional, 2D mammogram may have a hard time capturing. All of these images are then formed into a 3D model of the breast. This clearer, more accurate view of the breasts allows us to better detect breast cancer and decrease the number of false positive results.

Our other breast health diagnostics include breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and other imaging techniques to diagnose breast abnormalities in their earliest stages.

Heart scan (coronary calcium scan)

Calcified plaque can build up over time and prevent blood from reaching the heart muscle. It can lead to coronary artery disease, and a complete blockage can lead to a heart attack. That is why heart screening and imaging, such as coronary calcium scans, are valuable diagnostic tools. We use them to measure the amount of calcified plaque inside the arteries of your heart. Then we can diagnose or even prevent many heart problems.

Lung cancer screening

Lung cancer screening is recommended for patients who are considered high risk for developing the disease. We perform this screening with imaging techniques that allow us to detect nodules on the lungs that could be cancerous. We offer the most advanced screening practices in northern Virginia, including endobronchial ultrasounds and low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans.

Prenatal screenings

We take prenatal and maternity care very seriously to ensure your growing baby is healthy. This includes offering a wide range of prenatal screenings that help us gather essential information about your unborn baby's health. Some of these screenings include:

  • Amniocentesis
  • Chorionic villus sampling
  • Genetic counseling
  • Nuchal translucency screening
  • Prenatal ultrasounds

Stereotactic biopsy

A 3D stereotactic biopsy helps diagnose cancerous cells, often within breast tissue. It involves taking a tissue sample for examination. This method is minimally invasive, leaves little to no scarring and helps your doctor evaluate a specimen that may not be visible on an ultrasound.

3D stereotactic biopsy is most commonly used to sample breast tissue. This diagnostic tool helps to identify breast cancer in patients and is a less invasive option than a traditional biopsy. Stereotactic breast biopsy is aided by the use of mammography X-rays to help locate the abnormality, and, upon location, a sample is removed for further analysis.

Stereotactic radiosurgery

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a form of radiation therapy that is used to diagnose and treat functional abnormalities and small brain tumors. Using computerized imaging, this procedure sends a highly concentrated dose of radiation to a precise target. As a result, tumor cells lose their ability to reproduce and then die.

This minimally invasive, nonsurgical technique helps deliver more direct treatment to the cancer or tumor and also spares surrounding, healthy tissue.

Other diagnostic and lab services

Some other diagnostic exams we offer include:

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) diagnostics—Our gastroenterologists perform GI studies to diagnose disorders and diseases of the GI tract and to help your doctor better understand your digestive health.
  • Pulmonary function tests—Pulmonary function tests indicate how well your lungs are working and can help your doctor diagnose the underlying reasons for trouble breathing or other respiratory symptoms.
  • Thyroid disorders diagnostics—Digestion, organ and gland function, as well as the growth of your hair and nails, depend on the thyroid. Our team uses a variety of clinical evaluations to determine if you have a thyroid disease or disorder.