Imaging Specialties

Along with excellence in body imaging, breast imaging and nuclear medicine imaging services, these highly specialized services are not available everywhere. Unlike many other hospitals, our radiologists have the subspecialty training needed to read images from specific areas of the body.

Body Imaging

We perform a full range of imaging exams to diagnose diseases and disorders of the chest, abdomen and pelvis, as well as the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. In addition, our radiologists use X-ray, CT and MRI to perform image-guided needle biopsies and drainage procedures.

Breast Imaging

Our dedicated team provides patients with a comprehensive, high quality and individually tailored services for early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Our breast radiologists operate within a larger breast care team that includes surgeons, medical oncologists, genetic specialists, social workers and other experts.

Learn more about the UVA Breast Care Program.

Musculoskeletal Imaging 

Musculoskeletal radiologists perform a full range of imaging and image-guided intervention procedures related to bones, joints, the spine, metabolic disease and osteoporosis. We also specialize in minimally invasive pain management therapies that can offer effective surgery alternatives and offer consultations for complex cases.

Neuroradiology: Diagnostic & Interventional

Our neuroradiologists work closely with neurologists and neurosurgeons to diagnose and treat a range of neurological conditions. Our diagnostic neuroradiologists specialize in interpreting scans of the brain, head, neck and central nervous system. Our interventional neuroradiologists perform minimally invasive, image-guided procedures that can replace traditional surgery.

Learn how you can benefit from our expertise in neuroradiology and interventional radiology.

Nuclear Imaging

One of the most effective methods to check for cancer recurrence, nuclear imaging or medicine: 

  • Uses small amounts of radioactive materials called tracers
  • Produces detailed views of organs, tissue and bone
  • Can determine whether a tumor is malignant or benign

See how nuclear imaging works.

Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology (IR) uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques and imaging guidance to replace conventional surgery.

IR radiologists perform more than 6,000 cases annually, treating patients, diagnosing disease and providing a full array of patient care for the chest, abdomen, and extremities. Services include:

  • Diagnostic arteriography
  • Renal and peripheral vascular interventions
  • Thoracic and abdominal stent grafts
  • Venous access procedures
  • Embolization therapies

This alternative to surgical treatment can eliminate the need for hospitalization in certain cases.

 Types of interventional radiology include:

Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging 

Cardiovascular radiologists offer state-of-the art imaging of the heart, arteries and blood vessels using high-resolution imaging technologies. These technologies allow our radiologists to perform noninvasive imaging and provide accurate diagnosis of diseases affecting the cardiovascular system. 

Find out more about imaging at the UVA Heart & Vascular Center.