Diagnostic and lab testing services in Richmond, Virginia
Chippenham Hospital offers comprehensive diagnostic testing services to patients in the Richmond community. Our technicians produce accurate results in a timely manner, so your physician can develop a personalized treatment plan for you.
To learn more about the diagnostic and lab services we offer at Chippenham, contact our Consult-A-Nurse® line by calling (804) 320-3627.
Our diagnostic testing services
Chippenham offers state-of-the-art diagnostic services, including:
- Heart scan (coronary calcium scan)
- Bone density test
- Breast diagnostics
- Gastrointestinal diagnostics
Also known as a calcium heart scan or coronary calcium scan, a heart scan is one of the many heart screening and imaging services offered at Levinson Heart Institute at Chippenham. By using X-rays to capture photos of your heart, our cardiologists can detect and measure calcium-containing plaque in the arteries.
Measuring the amount of calcified plaque inside the arteries of your heart allows cardiologists to diagnose coronary artery disease or prevent you from developing the disease if there are significant levels of calcified plaque found in your heart's arteries.
Calcified plaque can build up over time and prevent blood from reaching the heart muscle. A complete blockage can lead to a heart attack.
Bone density screening
A bone density test, also called a dexa scan, measures bone mass to assess your risk for fractures and other potential 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.
The breast center at Chippenham offers 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, which 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.
The clearer, more accurate view of the breasts provided by 3D mammograms has led to an increased detection rate of breast cancer and a decreased number of false positives.