Imaging procedures in Dulles, Virginia
StoneSprings Hospital offers comprehensive testing and imaging services to the Northern Virginia community. Our staff uses advanced imaging technologies and are trusted for the highest level of accuracy in diagnosis and treatment. We offer inpatient and outpatient diagnostic imaging services for personalized, comfortable care.
To schedule an imaging appointment, please call our team at (571) 349-4106. For directions to our facility, please call (571) 349-4000.
StoneSprings Hospital has been recognized by the American College of Radiology for our excellence in computed tomography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, mammography and magnetic resonance imaging. These accreditations acknowledge our staff’s ability to meet rigorous national standards of excellence and prove our dedication to providing outstanding patient care.
Our imaging services
Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, radiologists and interventional radiologists work together using the latest in imaging and radiological technology to diagnose and treat your condition. At StoneSprings, we offer a fast turnaround for your test results and the highest level of professional, individualized service.
Our imaging services span a wide range of specialties, including gastroenterology, oncology, cardiac imaging, pulmonary care, orthopedic care and breast health. Our tests and imaging procedures include:
- Bone density screening (DEXA)
- Breast biopsy
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Computed tomography angiography (CTA)
- 3D mammography
- Digital mammography
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Interventional radiology
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear medicine
- Pulmonary function tests
Cardiac imaging services
Heart imaging saves lives, whether to identify a blockage in an artery or diagnose a heart condition. Our facility is equipped with a cardiac catheterization lab, which allows us expedited access to CT and MRI scanning in addition to catheterizatin procedures. Notably, we offer electrocardiography and echocardiography for advanced heart imaging.
Bone density screening
Bone density screening, also called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry, is a type of enhanced X-ray that measures bone loss. DEXA scans are useful in diagnosing osteoporosis and evaluating a patient’s risk for fracturing a bone. Bone density screening is accurate, quick and non-invasive, and it uses an extremely small dose of radiation.
Breast imaging services
Breast health services are a vital component to a woman’s healthcare plan. One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime, but early detection and regular mammograms are the best tools to combat and treat breast cancer.
In addition to our screening mammograms, we offer digital and 3D mammography technology. These technologies provide a deeper look into the breast tissue and are typically used when a patient has dense breast tissue or an abnormality is found on a screening mammogram.
Schedule your mammogram today by calling us at (571) 349-4106.
Computed tomography (CT) scan
CT scanning is fast, painless and usually noninvasive. Compared to regular X–rays, a CT scan provides extremely detailed, high–resolution images, and it captures organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels all at the same time. This precise imagery helps doctors diagnose your condition more accurately.
A CT scan is an advanced medical imaging method that uses multiple X-ray images from different angles to generate a detailed, cross-sectional image of the body. The different X-ray angles are referred to as “slices” and help physicians visualize all parts of your body and are used to detect:
- Broken bones
- Blood clots
- Signs of heart disease
- Signs of internal bleeding
Advanced CT scanning technology
We offer leading-edge 64-slice CT scanning and a large-opening scanner with tumor localization technology. Used with our radiation planning system, the scans can simulate treatment in 3D—allowing for the highest degree of accuracy in radiotherapy.
What to expect at your CT scan
During a CT scan, you lie on a table and slide through the scanner, which looks like a doughnut standing on its side. The procedure is painless and usually takes 10 to 15 minutes. Depending on the type of scan, an intravenous (IV) needle may be placed in your hand or arm and used to inject a contrast dye during the test, or the contrast may be given orally as a drink.
Interventional radiology is a medical advancement that offers an alternative treatment option for certain conditions that once would have required surgery. Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of imaging that uses minimally invasive, image-guided procedures, like X-rays, to guide instruments through the blood vessels to diagnose and treat diseases.
Interventional radiology procedures typically result in a lower risk of infection, less pain and a shorter recovery time when compared to traditional surgery that uses large incisions.
We treat the following conditions using using interventional radiology procedures:
- Heart conditions, including aortic aneurysms and hypertension
- Cancer (liver, kidney and lung)
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Stroke and carotid artery disease
- Uterine fibroids
- Varicose veins
- Vertebral compression fractures
An EEG is an imaging test that uses sensors to show electrical brain activity, also known as brain waves. EEGs are useful in diagnosing neurological disorders like headache, stroke, head trauma, seizures and degenerative brain disease. EEG exams are painless and usually take 90 minutes to perform.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
MRIs are different because they use magnetic fields instead of radiation to create pictures of the internal organs and body structures. MRIs are a great tool to diagnose internal injuries and to verify if medicines and/or treatments are working properly. At StoneSprings Hospital, we offer wide-bore MRI, which offers advanced images, comfort and speed for patients who have claustrophobic tendencies when undergoing a traditional MRI.
MRIs are particularly useful in diagnosing and treating a range of conditions, including:
- Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
- Heart disease
- Spinal cord or nerve injuries
- Bleeding in the brain
- Disorders of the eye and inner ear
What to expect during your MRI
MRI procedures are painless and non-invasive. The MRI is a large machine that looks like a long tube that is open at both ends. You lie on a table that moves through the machine while a technologist monitors the procedure from another room and communicates with you through a microphone.
The MRI machine can make very loud thumping or tapping noises, so you may elect to use earplugs or listen to music during the procedure. The MRI can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on what body part is being imaged, and it is extremely important to remain completely still during the procedure as any movement may blur the images.
Nuclear medicine is a specialized form of imaging that shows what is happening inside the body on a cellular and molecular level. Molecular imaging is a type of nuclear medicine that uses a radiotracer, a small amount of radioactive material, to track molecular activity within the body.
Other kinds of nuclear medicine include molecular ultrasound and magnetic resonance spectroscopy, which measure chemical levels in the body without the use of an imaging agent.Nuclear medicine is sometimes used in combination with single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) and other imaging technology.
Unlike any other type of imaging, nuclear medicine allows doctors to visualize how the body is functioning and to measure its biological and chemical processes in real time. Nuclear medicine procedures are non-invasive, safe and painless. It can be used in diagnosing and treating:
- Certain types of cancer, including thyroid cancer, lymphoma and bone metastasis
- Heart disease
- Brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Lung disorders
- Bone disorders
- Kidney and thyroid disorders
Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to create video images of the soft tissue in the body. While it is most commonly associated with pregnancy, ultrasound can also be used to examine internal organs, including the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, thyroid and reproductive systems. It can also be used as a guide in procedures like needle biopsies.
An ultrasound typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform and is considered a painless procedure that poses no health risks.
What to expect during your ultrasound
If you are having an ultrasound test, follow the instructions provided by your physician prior to your appointment.
During the ultrasound, your sonographer follows these steps during the scan, which usually takes less than 30 minutes. He or she spreads a special gel on the part of the body being examined, presses the transducer against the skin to obtain the image, which the patient can view on a screen positioned just for his or her view, and finally a radiologist analyzes the images and report the results to your doctor.
Medical X-rays have increased the ability to detect disease or injury early enough for a medical problem to be managed, treated and cured. Because X–ray imaging is fast and easy, it's particularly useful in emergency diagnosis and treatment.X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create a picture of the internal structures within your body.
X-rays can be used to find injuries and abnormalities, such as:
- Bone fractures
- Joint injuries
- Fluid in the lungs
- Cause of an intestinal obstruction
- Diagnose heart and large blood vessel problems
Barium X-rays use a milky substance containing barium to coat the lining of the stomach or intestines. This milky substance shows up clearly on X-rays and outlines the organs, making abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract, such as tumors, ulcers, polyps and hernias, more easily seen and diagnosed. These imaging procedures are sometimes referred to as upper and lower GI series.
Fluoroscopy is a type of X-ray that is able to display continuous images on a monitor, like an X-ray movie. It is a useful way to diagnose and treat conditions through visualizing the movement of a body part.
Typically, an instrument or dye (contrast agent) is used to visualize the movement through the body. Fluoroscopy aids in many medical tests and procedures, like barium X-rays, biopsies, catheter insertion, blood flow studies and orthopedic surgery.
Preparing for testing and imaging exams
You will receive specific preparation information when your appointment is scheduled. It is important to follow instructions and ask your doctor about any questions you may have.
On the day of your procedure, please check in at the registration desk 15 to 30 minutes prior to your appointment. You will be asked to sign and review documents that are pertinent to your procedure.
Things to bring with you to your procedure include:
- The written order from your doctor for your procedure
- A complete list of the medications you are presently taking
- Your social security number
- All active insurance cards
- Photo identification