Carol Ln (Jack Johnson Campus), Ste 101
– HOURS: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
– Phone: 540-785-7200 Fax #: 540-786-8927
Spotsylvania Pkwy (Frank Durcan Campus), Ste 202
– HOURS: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
– Phone: 540-834-5405 Fax #: 540-834-5406
Hospital Dr (T. Stacy Lloyd Campus), Ste 101
– HOURS: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday & Tuesday
– Phone: 540-368-5384 Fax #: 540-368-5380
Pratt Healthcare provides the following ACR Accreditated Imaging Services by the American College of Radiology in MRI, CT, Ultrasound and Mammography.
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. CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do.
Your doctor may recommend a CT scan to help:
- Diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumors and fractures
- Pinpoint the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot
- Guide procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy
- Detect and monitor diseases and conditions such as cancer, heart disease, lung nodules and liver masses
- Monitor the effectiveness of certain treatments, such as cancer treatment
- Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnet to provide clear, detailed images of the body’s internal structures. It is used to evaluate the body for a variety of conditions, diagnosis of disease, injury, or to monitor treatment progression. MRIs can be done on different parts of the body like brain, heart, blood vessels, bones, joints, and other organs. MRI is noninvasive and radiation is not administered, only the magnet and radiofrequency. Prior to the MRI, all metal objects will need to be removed. Please inform your MRI technologist about any internal implants that you may have. After being cleared to enter the magnet, you will be instructed to lay on a table that will then slide in to a tube like machine. Once inside, the machine will make very loud knocking and buzzing noises. Patients will be provided with hearing protection during the exam, but will need to remain very still. Most exams are approximently 20 minutes. Patient are provided with call button if insistance is needed by the MRI technologist.
MRA is a test that produces detailed images of the major blood vessels (arteries and veins) in different areas of your body such as brain, neck, heart, chest, abdomen, pelvis, arms or legs. MRA is a type of MRI that evaluates specifically the body’s blood vessels. This specific exam is designed to evaluate many conditions such as, weakened blood vessels, Blood vessels that are narrowed due to plaque buildup, asses structural abnormalities, progression of treatment after surgeries, check for any injured blood vessels after injury or Diagnosis of blood clots.
X-Ray is a common imaging test that provides quick and painless images of the structures inside the body. X-rays can be used to evaluate structures of the body such as bones, joints, chest, abdomen, and spine. X-rays are often used in the diagnoses, evaluation, and treatment of fractures, arthritis, infection, and foreign body.
Ultrasound, also referred to as Sonography is a safe and non-invasive imaging modality that produces high- frequency sound waves (ultrasound) creating an image (sonogram) evaluating internal organs or certain body structures. During the ultrasound examination, a sonographer will apply gel to your skin surface and place a hand held device, called a transducer (probe) on the area of the body to be evaluated. The transducer then transmits harmless sound waves, which contains no radiation, through the gel and into the body. As the body reflects the sound back, an ultrasound image is created. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, it shows the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Ultrasound Imaging is often used to help diagnose, treat and prevent a wide variety of conditions, such as unexplained pain, swelling or infection. At times, ultrasound is used to aide in procedures for imaging guidance for needle biopies. During pregnancy, sonography is the preferred imaging method to monitor a pregnant woman and her unborn child, observing fetal growth and overall health of the baby.
Mammography is a specialized type of Breast Imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to evaluate breast tissue. Mammograms are performed to aide in early detection of cancer and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. Mammography exams include screening mammograms or diagnostic mammograms.
Annual screening mammograms are performed to detect breast cancer before women have any apparent symptoms.
Diagnostic mammograms are done to evaluate clinical findings that may be found by the patient, doctor, or the previous screening mammogram for further evaluation.
A dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, also called a bone density scan, determines your bone density. The test is painless, noninvasive, and uses very little radiation. A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis, which is a disorder characterized by bones that are more fragile and more likely to break. The bone density test calculates your risk of breaking bones by measuring calcium and other bone minerals. The spine and hips are basically X-rayed. Under special circumstances a forearm can be used.
Doctors may order a bone density screening to:
- Identify decreases in bone density before you break a bone
- Determine your risk of broken bones (fractures)
- Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis
- Monitor osteoporosis treatment
- The higher your bone mineral content, the denser your bones are. The denser your bones, the stronger they generally are and less likely they are to break.
- Imaging studies can be downloaded onto a CD for your convenience.
- Please allow 24 hours for CD/ Film requests.
- Contact the imaging department for all film requests 540-785-7200.
- A valid photo ID is required when obtaining films and/or reports.
If the patient is unable to come themselves, the person picking up records in their absence must have a signed note from the patient indicating the name of the individual who is authorized to pick up films and/or reports along with a photo ID. Signed notes may be faxed, scanned or emailed to the office if the patient is not able to give to their representative.
ACR accredited in CT, MRI, mammography and ultrasound.