Comprehensive medical imaging in Richmond, Virginia

Chippenham Hospital and its network of facilities offer comprehensive outpatient imaging services for the well-being and convenience of our patients. We can provide same-day service for most physician-ordered imaging procedures. Our expert staff of board-certified radiologists and technologists work closely with physicians to get patients on their way to diagnosis, treatment and good health.

To learn more about our imaging services at Chippenham, call (804) 320-3627.

Diagnostic radiology services

Diagnostic radiology encompasses a variety of diagnostic and image guided therapeutic techniques, including all aspects of radiological diagnosis—nuclear radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance, computed tomography, interventional procedures and the use of other forms of radiant energy. This is typically one of the first tools used by primary care providers to diagnose and treat conditions.

Walk-ins are welcomed at all of the following facilities that offer diagnostic radiology:

  • Chippenham Hospital
  • Johnston-Willis Hospital
  • Buford Road Imaging Center
  • Chesterfield Imaging Center
  • Crewe Imaging Center

Bone densitometry

Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of X-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

DXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause. Osteoporosis can also affect men and is rarely found in 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.

Facilities offering bone densitometry:

  • Johnston-Willis Hospital
  • Chesterfield Imaging Center

Computed tomography or computerized axial tomography

Computed tomography (CT) scan, also called a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, uses X-rays to generate detailed cross-sectional images, called slices, of the body. CAT scans can detect broken bones, cancers, blood clots, signs of heart disease and internal bleeding. CT scans are fast, painless and usually non-invasive. We offer several types of CT scanning, including positron emission tomography (PET), electron-beam CT (EBCT/Ultrafast CT) and single-proton emission CT (SPECT).

Facilities offering CT scanning:

  • Chippenham Hospital
  • Johnston-Willis Hospital
  • Buford Road Imaging Center
  • Chesterfield Imaging Center

Electrocardiogram

One of the type of heart screening and imaging tests Chippenham offers is an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). An electrocardiogram measures the electrical activity of your heart using small electrical sensors, called electrodes, which are put on your skin. The electrical signals are turned into a graph for your doctor’s review. An EKG can help your doctor diagnose heart attacks, arrhythmias and other heart conditions, detect conditions that alter the body's balance of electrolytes and other problems, like drug overdoses.

Facilities offering ECGs include:

  • Chippenham Hospital
  • Johnston-Willis Hospital

Electroencephalogram

An electroencephalogram (EEG) uses sensors to evaluate electrical brain activity. An EEG is painless and usually takes about an hour. An EEG can help your doctor diagnose seizures and assess brain function affected by certain conditions and diseases, such as trauma, coma, infection, tumors and dementia.

Facilities offering EEGs include:

  • Chippenham Hospital
  • Johnston-Willis Hospital

Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology uses X-rays, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter into the body, usually in an artery, to treat the source of the disease internally. Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.

Facilities offering interventional radiology:

  • Chippenham Hospital
  • Johnston-Willis Hospital

Magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields, not radiation, to make pictures of the internal organs and structures inside the body. MRIs let your doctor look more closely at parts of the body than they can with other imaging methods. This is useful in diagnosing and treating a broad range of conditions, as well as in maximizing surgical outcomes.

  • Open MRI—With open MRI's, the patient's head can be kept outside the opening of the MRI machine during the procedure. This makes it easier to have an MRI if you are claustrophobic or weigh 350 to 550 pounds.
  • 3T MRI—With 3T MRI’s high-resolution images, scanning time is shorter and the need for retakes is reduced. It is especially valuable in early detection of breast cancer and management of neurologic and neurosurgical disease.
  • Cardiovascular MRI—Cardiovascular MRI is a non-invasive procedure used to diagnose diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is used for cardiac stress testing when patients cannot perform a treadmill stress test. It has been shown to be the best noninvasive test for heart assessment after a heart attack and is used for diagnosis other diseases as well.

Facilities offering MRIs include:

  • Chippenham Hospital
  • Johnston-Willis Hospital
  • Chesterfield Imaging Center

3D digital mammography/tomosynthesis

Tomosynthesis is a mammogram that consists of multiple breast images taken in seconds to produce a 3D image. The doctor looks through the breast tissue one thin layer at a time, so fine details are more visible. Patients have the option to choose 2D versus 3D mammography. We also offer a unique technology with a compression surface that mirrors the shape of the breast, allowing for a more comfortable mammogram.

We provide same-day results when you receive mammograms at Chippenham.

You or your doctor may also notice a change in your breast or the development of a new lump. Ten percent of women who have a mammogram are asked to return for additional viewing or testing, which can be stressful. If the radiologist requests additional mammograms and/or an ultrasound for you, then our Breast Health Center will call you to set up an appointment. During the second appointment, you'll receive the result before you leave. The radiologist will let you know if further action is necessary.

To schedule an appointment at Chippenham for a mammogram, call us today at (804) 327-8706.

Nuclear imaging

Nuclear imaging allows your doctor to detect problems in the earliest stages or 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, gastrointestinal conditions, endocrine disorders, bone abnormalities, stress fractures, neurological disorders and other diseases.

Facilities offering nuclear imaging:

  • Chippenham Hospital
  • Johnston-Willis Hospital

Ultrasound

Ultrasound tests use high-frequency sound waves to create video images of soft tissue areas of the body, such as the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, digestive and reproductive organs. Ultrasound tests are non-invasive, painless, cost-effective and typically take between 15 and 30 minutes.

Facilities offering ultrasounds:

  • Chippenham Hospital
  • Johnston-Willis Hospital
  • Chesterfield Imaging Center
  • Crewe Imaging Center*

*Vascular ultrasound only