Radiological Service

WHY CHOOSE VCI FOR YOUR SCAN?
Virginia Cancer Institute features a modern, state-of-the-art center devoted to patients referred for CT scanning or bone densitometry. We truly believe that time – your time – is of the essence, so we have streamlined our system and procedures to “fast-track” patient schedules. Our standard service is 24-hours, from your first call through reading of results. In special circumstances, a scan can be scheduled and performed within a matter of hours. In addition, our CT scan patients enjoy a dedicated waiting lounge and much shorter wait-times than are often necessary for doctor visits, and our scanning center is easy to reach with plenty of free parking.

WHAT IS A CT SCAN?
A CT (Computed Tomography) scan is a composite, computer-generated x-ray, which produces a detailed 3-D picture of the internal soft-tissues of the body. The CT scanner produces multiple cross-section pictures – some as thin as ½ millimeter – to capture much more detail than a traditional x-ray. Now, doctors can gain more information about the size, shape and disposition of soft-tissue structures throughout the body.

THE VALUE OF THE CT SCAN.
CT technology offers physicians greater insight and information for diagnosis than was available before. CT exams are useful in detecting and identifying tumors, cysts, heart disease, and many illnesses of the liver, lungs or other internal organs. Today, doctors can see signs of disease earlier when treatment is most effective.

WHAT IS BONE DENSITOMETRY?
The bone densitometry scan measures bone mineral density with serial x-ray technology. The test usually focuses on the spine, lumbar area or hips, but may check the whole body. By revealing bone strength, the bone densitometry exam helps doctors diagnose osteopenia and osteoporosis. Preparation and procedures are similar to those for CT scanning, described in this brochure.