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Imaging Tests & Treatments

fluoroscopy is just one of the many types of imaging scans offered at UVA
Fluoroscopy is one of the types of imaging scans offered at UVA.

We provide a full range of diagnostic and minimally invasive imaging treatments. 

Types of Imaging Exams

X-rays

The most common imaging technique, X-rays:

  • Use a small amount of radiation
  • Produce pictures of the internal structures of your body
  • Are used to locate bone fractures, foreign objects, injury or infection

Read more about X-rays

CT Scans

Computed Tomography, CT or CAT scans:

  • Combine X-ray scans to produce cross-sectional or 3D images
  • Shows surgeons exactly where to operate
  • Make clearer and more detailed images than X-rays do
  • Are used to diagnose a range of issues, including cancer, bowel obstruction, brain disorders, more

Learn more about CT scans.

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRIs:

  • Use radio waves and a strong magnetic field, not radiation
  • Produce very detailed, clear images
  • Are used to evaluate tumors and diseases of the liver, heart and bowel and to examine the brain and spine
  • May not be suitable if you have any type of metal in your body

Learn more about MRIs.

Ultrasounds 

Ultrasounds, or sonograms:

  • Use sound waves, not radiation
  • Are commonly used to examine pregnant women and children
  • Often produce clearer images of soft tissue than X-rays

Fluoroscopy 

This imaging procedure:
  • Uses X-rays 
  • Creates real-time movies by passing continuous beams through your body
  • Shows details of moving body parts, dyes or instruments 
Learn about different types of fluoroscopy.

Mammography

Mammograms come in two forms:

  • Screening mammograms, low-dose X-rays that can detect breast cancer
  • Diagnostic mammograms, which examine masses discovered in a screening mammogram

Fnd out which type of mammogram best suits you.

Bone Density Test (DEXA)

Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) helps determines if you have osteoporosis by measuring the density of your bones. 

Digestive Tract Radiology Exams

We have a range of procedures for diagnosing gastrointestinal disease.

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)

This technology produces images that show the metabolism of brain tumors, seizures, dementia and stroke, using equipment that requires a special, highly complex facility.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

PET scans employ the latest technology to show metabolic activity in your body's tissue. PET/CT scans combine PET and CT scans in a single machine, yielding information about metabolism and anatomy in a single exam.

Specialty Imaging

Learn more about our imaging specialties.

Schedule Your Exam

Call 434.243.0321 to schedule your exam.

All exams require a doctor's order.

We don't schedule X-rays, but offer them on a walk-in basis only. 

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