Advanced imaging services in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Whether you need an X-ray for a broken bone or an ultrasound to catch a glimpse of your unborn baby, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center's imaging center has the equipment and experienced staff to perform your test quickly and accurately, with same-day or next-day availability for many procedures.

To schedule your imaging appointment at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center today, call us at (866) 841-2355.

State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services

We offer a full range of imaging equipment and diagnostic procedures. Our board–certified physicians, radiologists and interventional radiologists use the latest imaging and radiological technology to diagnose and treat your condition.

Tests and imaging procedures we offer include:

  • Angiography
  • Barium enema
  • Bone density screening
  • Breast biopsy
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • CT angiography (CTA)
  • CT bone density
  • Digital mammography
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Endoscopy
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Interventional radiology
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Ultrasound
  • Upper gastrointestinal (GI) series
  • Vascular ultrasound
  • X–ray

Breast imaging

It is estimated that one in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in her lifetime. Luckily, at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, we offer a full spectrum of mammography services to help the women in the Fredericksburg area easily receive annual screenings to detect breast cancer early, if present. Our hospital is an Accredited Facility for Mammography by the American College of Radiology.

Our imaging department prioritizes your comfort during screening and offers a wide spectrum of mammography services, including:

  • Digital mammography with computer-aided detection
  • Breast cancer risk assessments
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Minimally invasive image guided biopsy and aspiration
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Breast MRI

Gastrointestinal imaging

At Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, we take special care of patients' digestive health, and this expands into our vast imaging services. We offer barium enema, a lower gastrointesinal (GI) exam and upper GI series.

A barium enema is an X-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. Contrast material, called barium, is used to ensure the intestine shows up clearly on the X-ray.

An upper GI series is an X-ray of the upper digestive tract, which includes the lower esophagus, stomach and upper small bowel. Again, the barium contrast agent is used to highlight the digestive tract for clear images.

Heart screening and imaging

Procuring accurate images of the heart can be vital in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac emergencies and other heart conditions. At Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, we offer angiograms, echocardiograms, electrocardiograms and vascular ultrasounds as diagnosis tools for our cardiac patients.

Our cardiovascular care team is highly trained and equipped to treat all types of heart concerns. Our cardiac catheterization lab offers our staff the ability to perform round-the-clock cardiac imaging, testing and procedures.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that physicians use to diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful, magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays).

The pictures produced from an MRI scan are extremely useful in diagnosing and treating a broad range of conditions, such as:

  • Tumors
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Spinal cord or nerve injuries
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Disorders of the eye and inner ear

Preparing for your MRI

Wear comfortable clothing with no metal. Jewelry and other accessories should be left at home if possible, or removed prior to the MRI scan. Because they can interfere with the magnetic field of the MRI machine, metal and electronic items are not allowed in the exam room.

These items include:

  • Jewelry, watches, credit cards and hearing aids, all of which can be damaged
  • Pins, hairpins, metal zippers and similar metallic items, which can distort MRI images
  • Removable dental work
  • Pens, pocket knives and eyeglasses
  • Body piercings

What to expect during your MRI

Before the MRI begins, the technologist will review your history with you to ensure your safety. A certified technologist specially trained to perform MRI scans will perform your exam.

  • MRIs are painless and noninvasive.
  • You may wear comfortable clothes, such as a sweat suit. For some exams, you may be asked to change into a gown.
  • In certain cases, a substance, called contrast, may be needed to achieve the desired imaging results. If you are to receive contrast, you may be required to have a lab test to assess your kidney function.
  • You will be asked to lie on the table that slides into a tube-shaped machine. The tube is open on both ends, and there are no doors that close you in at any time.
  • You will be asked to lie still for about 20 to 45 minutes as images are being taken. During the procedure, the scanner will make a loud, knocking noise. We have earplugs you can use, or you may listen to music.

The interpreting radiologist will send the results to your ordering physician. Your physician will contact you with the results.

Nuclear medicine scans

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose, treat and determine the severity of a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal conditions, endocrine disorders, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body.

Because nuclear medicine procedures are able to pinpoint molecular activity within the body, they offer the potential to find disease in its earliest stages, as well as identify a patient’s immediate response to therapeutic interventions.

Nuclear medicine imaging procedures are noninvasive and, with the exception of intravenous injections, are usually painless medical tests that help physicians diagnose and evaluate medical conditions. These imaging scans use radioactive materials called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers.

Depending on the type of nuclear medicine scan, the radiotracer is either injected into the body, swallowed or inhaled as a gas and eventually accumulates in the organ or area of the body being examined. Radioactive emissions from the radiotracer are detected by a special camera or imaging device that produces pictures and provides molecular information.

Preparing for your nuclear medicine exam

Women should always inform their physician and technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant or if they are breastfeeding. You will receive specific instructions depending on the type of exam you are undergoing.

What to expect during your nuclear medicine test

Most nuclear medicine procedures are painless and are rarely associated with significant discomfort or side effects.

  • When the radiotracer is given intravenously, you will feel a slight pin prick when the needle is inserted into your vein for the intravenous line. When the radioactive material is injected into your arm, you may feel a cold sensation moving up your arm, but there are generally no other side effects.
  • When swallowed, the radiotracer has little or no taste. When inhaled, you should feel no differently than when breathing room air or holding your breath.

It is important to remain still while the images are being taken. Though the imaging itself causes no pain, there may be some discomfort from having to stay in one particular position during imaging.

After your nuclear medicine procedure

Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your nuclear medicine scan. If any special instructions are necessary, you will be informed by a technologist, nurse or physician before you leave the nuclear medicine department.

Through the natural process of radioactive decay, the small amount of radiotracer in your body will lose its radioactivity over time. It may also pass out of your body through your urine or stool during the first few hours or days following the test. You should also drink plenty of water to help flush the radioactive material out of your body as instructed by the nuclear medicine personnel.

The interpreting radiologist will send the results to your ordering physician. Your physician will contact you with the results.

Ultrasounds

A diagnostic ultrasound, also referred to as a sonogram, is a painless procedure that uses sound waves, not X-rays, to create images of the tissues and organs in the body. Usually associated with pregnancy, ultrasound helps obstetricians examine and measure the unborn baby. An ultrasound scan is also used to take images of vascular structures and other soft tissue organs of the body and to aid in guidance of biopsies.

Preparing for your diagnostic ultrasound

Some ultrasound procedures require special preparation. Please follow the proper instructions listed for the part of your body being examined:

  • Abdomen—Patients are not allowed to eat or drink eight hours prior to the exam. No smoking, chewing gum or chewing tobacco prior to your procedure. Medications may be taken with a sip of water.
  • Pelvic or obstetric first trimester—Drink 32 ounces of water one hour prior to the exam without urinating.
  • Renal/bladder or obstetric second/third trimester—Drink 16 ounces of water one hour prior to the exam without urinating.
  • Renal artery or abdominal doppler—Patients are not allowed to eat or drink eight hours prior to the procedure.

What to expect during your ultrasound

A sonographer will perform your exam after explaining it to you and answering any questions you may have. The sonographer may also ask you questions about your symptoms and history.

  • You may be asked to change into a gown.
  • After you lie down, a water-soluble gel is applied to your skin, then the sonographer will place the ultrasound probe on your skin. As the probe is moved, images of your organs will appear on the flat screen monitor, and they will be permanently recorded for the radiologist to review.
  • The sonographer may have you remain in the exam room while he or she presents the case to the radiologist. This is to assure they have enough information for the doctor to make a diagnosis.

The interpreting radiologist will send the results to your ordering physician. The sonographer will not review results of your exam with you at the time of your appointment; instead, your physician will contact you with the results.