Medical imaging

Whether you need an X-ray for a broken bone, ultrasound to catch a glimpse of your unborn baby, or a routine mammogram, Spotsylvania Regional’s medical imaging center has the equipment and experienced staff to get it done quickly and accurately, with same-day or next-day availability for many procedures.

State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services

We offer a full range of equipment and diagnostic procedures, including a 64-slice CT scanner, an MRI with breast capabilities, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, interventional radiology, fluoroscopy, and PET/CT. We also have a Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS), which lets us share your diagnostic images with other medical facilities so you don't have to carry them to every physician you see.

All of our equipment is digital. For example, when you get an X-ray, you don't need to wait for the film—your image will be up on the screen within seconds. The faster our imaging services are, the faster you can be back with your loved ones.

Our board-certified radiologists use the latest advances in imaging and radiological technology to help your doctor accurately diagnose and treat your condition for optimal results.

Special imaging services for women

Our imaging department offers a full complement of diagnostic imaging services for women, including:

  • Digital mammography w/CAD (computer aided detection)
    • Using breast pads used for added comfort
  • Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Minimally invasive image guided biopsy and aspiration
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Breast MRI
  • Bone Density

We have a specialized breast cancer and oncology nurse navigator who helps guide and support cancer patients through their journey from point of suspicion to diagnosis to survivorship.

CT scan

What is a CT scan?

A CT (computed tomography) scan, also known as a CAT scan, is a medical diagnostic imaging procedure where a thin beam of x-rays is focused on a specific part of your body, such as the head, chest, abdomen or spine, producing a cross-sectional image of the body part.

These images give medical personnel a “picture” of what’s happening inside your body and are used to detect:

  • Broken bones
  • Cancers
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Signs of heart disease
  • Signs of internal bleeding

CT scanning technology is especially helpful in providing a quick examination of people who may have internal injuries from a car accident or another type of trauma. Besides diagnosing disease or injury, CT scans are used to guide biopsies and to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.

Preparing for your CT scan

Let your technologist know if...

  • You are or there is a possibility you are pregnant
  • You are allergic to iodine, x-ray dye or IVP dye
  • You have had a CT scan before and experienced any discomfort from the injection
  • You are diabetic

Please fill out this questionnaire and bring it to your appointment.

What to expect during your CT scan

Before the CT begins, the technologist will review your history with you to ensure your safety.

  • The procedure is painless, noninvasive and usually takes only 10-15 minutes.
  • You may wear comfortable clothes, such as a sweat suit. For some exams, you may be asked to change into a gown.
  • For some exams, in addition to an IV injection, you may be asked to drink a contrast solution.
  • You will be asked to lie on a table that slides into the ring-shaped CT scan machine. The part of your body being scanned will be placed in the middle of the ring.
  • The technologist will leave the room and observe through a window.
  • The table will move periodically, and you will hear clicking or buzzing noises as the table moves. It is important that you lie still and follow any breathing instructions.

After your CT scan

You will be able to leave immediately following the exam, and the technologist will provide any necessary instructions. The interpreting radiologist will send the results to your ordering physician, and your physician will contact you with the results.