Medical imaging centers in Virginia

HCA Virginia's network of hospitals and outpatient imaging centers offers comprehensive outpatient medical imaging services. We make things easier for patients by offering same-day service for most physician-ordered imaging procedures. All of these exams are performed by board-certified medical staff who are trained in radiology and other specialties. They will work closely with you and your physicians to get you on the way to diagnosis, treatment and good health.

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

Diagnostic imaging services we offer

HCA Virginia provides a comprehensive suite of diagnostic testing and medical imaging services to patients. Our full-service facilities are convenient and comfortable, with accessible parking, easy registration and, often, same-day appointments.

Bone and joint imaging

Bone density scanning is also known as dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry. It is an enhanced form of X-ray technology used to determine bone health by measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

DEXA scans are used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause and, less often, men and children. This bone disease involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. Early detection is critical to delaying the advancement of this disease.

Brain imaging

An electroencephalogram (EEG) uses sensors to evaluate electrical brain activity. This painless exam can help diagnose seizures and assess brain function affected by certain neurological conditions as well as head trauma, infections, tumors and dementia.

Breast imaging

We offer a full spectrum of breast health services to help women easily receive annual screenings to detect cancer and other diseases. Our imaging departments prioritize your comfort during these screenings, which include:

  • 3D digital mammography/tomosynthesis
  • Breast cancer risk assessments
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Digital mammography with computer-aided detection
  • Minimally invasive image-guided biopsy and aspiration
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy

Gastrointestinal (GI) imaging

We take special care of your digestive health , and it starts with our GI imaging services, including:

  • Barium enema—an X-ray of the large intestine which uses a contrast material (barium) to ensure the intestine shows up clearly
  • Upper GI series—an X-ray of the upper digestive tract, which includes the lower esophagus, stomach and upper small bowel (The barium contrast agent is used to highlight the digestive tract for clear images.)

Heart screening and imaging

Procuring accurate images of the heart is vital in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac emergencies and other heart conditions. That's why we offer heart imaging services, including angiograms, echocardiograms (ECHOs), electrocardiograms (ECGs/EKGs) and vascular ultrasounds.

Additionally, many of our facilities offer cardiac catheterization laboratories to perform minimally invasive cardiac imaging, testing and procedures.


An ECG/EKG measures the electrical activity of your heart using small electrical sensors (electrodes) on your skin. The electrical signals are turned into a graph for your doctor’s review. It can help your doctor diagnose heart attacks and heart arrhythmias (irregularities) as well as other heart conditions and problems, such as drug overdoses.

Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology uses X-rays, MRI and other imaging modalities to move a catheter (thin tube) into the body. It can be used for both diagnosis and treatment. Many conditions—such as lung cancer or varicose veins—that once required surgery can be treated with less invasive procedures. This improves recovery time and causes less pain compared to traditional (open) surgery.

Nuclear imaging

Nuclear imaging allows your doctor to detect problems in the earliest stages and to monitor your immediate response to therapies. The procedure uses small amounts of radioactive material to pinpoint molecular activity within the body. It may also be used to diagnose and treat some cancers, heart disease, GI conditions, endocrine disorders, bone abnormalities, stress fractures, neurological disorders and other diseases.

Other imaging exams we provide

In addition to condition-specific testing, we provide a comprehensive set of exams, including:

  • Angiography
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Colonoscopy (typically used to detect colon cancer)
  • Computed tomography (CT) or computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans
    • Positron emission tomography (PET)
    • Electron-beam CT (EBCT) or ultrafast CT
    • Single-proton emission CT (SPECT)
  • CT angiography (CTA)
  • CT bone density
  • Endoscopy
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Intravenous pyelogram (IVP), or intravenous urography
  • MRI
    • Open MRI
    • 3T MRI
    • Cardiovascular MRI
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Ultrasound, including 3D and 4D ultrasounds often used in prenatal care
  • X-ray

Preparing for your medical imaging test

Our goal at HCA Virginia is to ensure that your procedure goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible. You’ll receive specific information about preparing for your procedure when your appointment is scheduled.

For the most accurate results from your procedure, it’s important to follow all of the instructions provided. If you did not receive instructions or have questions about them, contact your doctor’s office and ask to speak to a nurse.

In addition, take time before your upcoming procedure to verify that your procedure is covered by your insurance carrier. If you’re unsure of your specific coverage, call your insurance company in advance.