Expert medical imaging in Richmond, Virginia

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital offers comprehensive outpatient imaging and radiology services for the well-being and convenience of our adult and pediatric patients in the Greater Richmond area. Diagnostic imaging is one of the first tools that physicians use to diagnose conditions and injuries in order to know the next steps of treatment.

Understanding that findings from imaging procedures can impact a patient's treatment plan, our experienced technologists and radiologists deliver accurate results in a timely manner to your physician to keep your course of care on track. We are able to accommodate and provide same-day service for most physician-ordered imaging procedures.

To schedule a diagnostic imaging appointment at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, please contact us at (804) 327-8702.

Our expert staff of board-certified radiologists and technologists work closely with your referring physician to send you on your way to an accurate diagnosis, treatment and good health.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has been recognized for our excellence in imaging services by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Center of Excellence and as a Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center.

Diagnostic imaging and radiology procedures

We offer patients access to a wide range of medical imaging procedures, including pediatric imaging, so you never have to compromise when you choose Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.

Bone densitometry (DEXA scan)

Bone densitometry, also referred to as bone density scanning or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), is a specialized, enhanced form of X-ray technology that measures bone loss. DEXA scans are today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density.

DEXA is instrumental in diagnosing osteoporosis, a disease involving a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. Osteoporosis is a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men and, rarely, in children

Computed tomography (CT) scan

Computed tomography (CT) scan, also known as a computed axial tomography (CAT) scan, uses X-rays to create detailed, cross-sectional images, called slices, of the body, primarily bones, tissue and blood vessels. CT scans are fast, painless and noninvasive. CT scans can be used to detect broken bones, blood clots, signs of heart disease and internal bleeding. This imaging procedure is also used to find types of cancer and to see how tumors are responding to treatment.

We perform traditional CT scans and a range of other types of CT scanning, including

  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • Electron-beam CT (EBCT/Ultrafast CT)
  • Single-proton emission CT (SPECT)

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

An electroencephalogram is a type of scan that uses sensors to evaluate brain activity. An EEG is painless and takes approximately one hour to complete. It helps doctors diagnose seizures and assess brain function affected by neurological conditions such as trauma, coma, infection, tumors and dementia.

Heart screening and imaging

We offer a range of heart imaging and screening services, and we house a cardiac catheterization lab that allows for advanced imaging and monitoring of the heart. We offer stress tests, electrocardiogram (EKG), CT angiograms and more.

Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology uses X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other imaging techniques to advance a catheter into the body, usually through an artery, to treat the source of a disease internally. Many conditions that once would have required surgery can now be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Compared to traditional surgery, interventional radiology procedures are less painful and offer less risk of complications and a quicker recovery time.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

MRI uses magnetic fields, not radiation, to create pictures of the internal organs and structures within the body. MRI allows doctors to look more closely at certain areas of the body, like soft tissue, joints, tendons and ligaments, than other imaging methods, but this type of scan tends to take more time and involves putting the patient inside a large machine that makes loud noises during the imaging process.

We offer the following types of MRI:

  • Open MRI—An open MRI allows the scan to be completed with your head outside of the opening of the MRI machine. This option is ideal for patients who are claustrophobic or are morbidly obese.
  • 3T MRI—3T MRIs offer the benefits of higher-resolution images, shorter scanning times and a reduced need for retakes. This specialized MRI is especially useful in the early detection of breast cancer and the management of neurologic and neurosurgical diseases.
  • Cardiovascular MRI—A cardiovascular MRI is a noninvasive procedure used to diagnose diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is used as an alternative option for cardiac stress testing when patients are unable to perform a treadmill stress test. It has been shown to be the leading noninvasive test for heart assessment after a heart attack and can be used in diagnosis for other diseases as well.

Mammography

Mammography is a type of breast imaging that uses a low-dose X-ray system to produce images for an examination of your breast. The exam is called a mammogram and is most often used as a screening tool to detect breast cancer. Mammograms can help diagnose breast disease 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 it can help find a lump’s location before a biopsy or surgery.

To learn more about mammography services offered in our network, please call (804) 327-8702.

Nuclear imaging

Nuclear imaging allows your doctor to detect problems in their earliest stages and/or monitor a patient’s immediate response to therapies. This type of imaging uses small amounts of radioactive material to pinpoint molecular activity within the body and is used to diagnose and treat some cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal conditions, endocrine disorders, bone abnormalities, stress fractures, neurological disorders and other diseases.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound tests use high-frequency sound waves to create video images of soft tissue areas of the body, including the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, digestive and reproductive organs, and is often used as a tool to check fetal development during pregnancy. Ultrasound imaging is noninvasive, painless and cost effective and typically takes between 15 to 30 minutes to perform.