Diagnostic imaging in Reston
Reston Hospital Center provides comprehensive diagnostic testing and medical imaging services to patients and physicians throughout Northern Virginia. Our full-service inpatient and outpatient diagnostic facilities provide accurate diagnoses, personalized care and same-day or next-day availability for many procedures.
To make an appointment for an outpatient imaging test, please call (703) 689-9005.
Our medical imaging services
Reston Hospital's network of board-certified physicians, radiologists and interventional radiologists use the latest advancements in imaging and radiological technology to diagnose and treat your condition for optimal results.
Our diagnostic imaging services in Reston, Virginia, are accredited by the American College of Radiology for imaging modalities, including computed tomography (CT), ultrasound and nuclear medicine.
An X-ray uses a small dose of radiation to produce images of the body. X-rays are especially helpful in diagnosing bone and joint injuries, but they can also be used to detect an infection, tumor or fluid in the lungs.
Fluoroscopy uses X-rays to create real-time, moving pictures of structures within the body.
Bone density screening
A bone density screening, also called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced X-ray that measures bone loss. It is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak. A bone density screening can also assess your risk for fractures.
Computed tomography (CT) scan
A CT scan, also called a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, uses X-rays to produce detailed images, or "slices", of the body's organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. CT scans may be used to detect broken bones, blood clots, heart disease, cancers, internal bleeding and to guide biopsies.
Reston Hospital offers the cutting-edge, 64-slice CT scan and a large, open scanner with tumor localization technology. These technologies provide the highest level of accuracy in radiotherapy.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
An MRI uses magnetic fields to create images of the body's internal structures. An MRI provides a better picture than an X-ray is helpful in diagnosing tumors, cerebrovascular accidents (stroke), heart disease and many other conditions.
Interventional radiology uses X-rays, CT scans or MRIs to guide catheters through the blood vessels of the body. This is a minimally invasive procedure that replaces traditional surgery for conditions such as lung cancer, heart problems or varicose veins.
Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)
An IVP, also called intravenous urography, is a test that evaluates problems in the urinary tract using contrast dye and X-rays. This test is commonly used to identify kidney stones, tumors and other causes of kidney or bladder problems.
Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
A PET scan uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose many conditions, including cancers, heart disease, neurological problems and other disorders. By identifying biochemical changes in the body at the cellular level, PET imaging can often detect disease before it is evident with other imaging methods.
PET scans provide extremely detailed, high-resolution images, leading to a more accurate diagnosis and, sometimes, avoiding the need for exploratory surgery. PET scans are available on the Reston Hospital Center campus at PET of Reston.
Nuclear medicine provides detailed pictures of what's happening inside the body at the molecular and cellular level by using small amounts of radioactive material (radiotracer) to track molecular activity in the body. Doctors can see exactly how the body is functioning and measure chemical and biological processes in real time and may detect problems in the earliest stages of a disease, often well before structural changes can be seen on CT and MRI.
Nuclear medicine is noninvasive, safe and painless and is commonly used to diagnose and treat heart disease, certain cancers and lung, gastrointestinal, brain, bone and kidney disorders.
Reston Hospital offers electroencephalography (EEG), which records electrical activity within the brain. This test helps our neurologists diagnose abnormal brain activity.
Heart screening and imaging
We offer a wide range of heart imaging and screening services to help your doctor diagnose heart disease and other conditions in their earliest stages.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce video images of soft tissues, such as in the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal or reproductive areas. Ultrasounds are often used during prenatal care to examine and produce images of unborn babies, using 3D or 4D technology.
A 4D ultrasound can be performed at approximately 28 weeks after conception, and a complimentary 4D ultrasound is offered to all patients who have their diagnostic ultrasound at the Women's Imaging Center.
Mammograms and breast imaging
The Women's Imaging Center at Reston Hospital offers comprehensive breast cancer screening services, including 3D mammograms.
Recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, we meet rigorous national standards for excellence in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound.
Imaging services by location
Medical Imaging Center
Outpatient imaging services, including:
- 64-slice CT scanning
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
Reston Hospital Center
Inpatient imaging services, including:
- CT scanning
- Nuclear medicine
Women's Imaging Center
Outpatient imaging for women, including:
- Bone density screening (DEXA)
- Breast imaging and biopsy
- 3D mammogram