Diagnostic imaging in Richmond, VA
West Creek Emergency Center and its network of facilities offers 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, without an ER fee. Only normal insurance co-pay fees apply. 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.
Imaging services at West Creek Emergency Center include:
Computed Tomography (CT) or Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT)
Computed tomography (CT) scan, also called computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, uses X-rays to generate detailed cross-sectional images, called slices, of the body. Used to 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).
West Creek Emergency Center has a 16-Slice CT Scanner. CT scans take about 20-30 minutes. You will be asked to lay down, fully clothed on a table as the exam is performed. Lead shielding may be used to protect parts of your body from radiation exposure. To help ensure a successful scan you will need to lie still while being scanned.
Diagnostic Radiology – Digital X-Ray
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.
At West Creek Emergency Center, we use digital X-ray technology for diagnostic radiology. Most X-rays take about 15 minutes. You will be asked to sit, stand, or lie on a table and remain still during the X-ray. A lead apron may be used to protect parts of your body from unneeded exposure.
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. A vascular ultrasound is an ultrasound used to view images of your blood vessels, including arteries and veins.
Ultrasound tests are non-invasive, painless, cost-effective and typically take between 15 and 30 minutes. A handheld device is moved around the area that is being examined. The technologist may apply gel to the surface of your skin prior to the exam if needed.