Medical imaging in Richmond, Virginia

Retreat Doctors’ Hospital and its network of facilities offer comprehensive outpatient imaging services for our patients. We are nationally recognized for excellence in imaging services by the American College of Radiology for lung cancer screening and breast imaging.

ACR Lung Cancer Screening

ACR Breast Imaging

To learn more about imaging services available at Retreat, call (804) 320-DOCS (3627).

Our diagnostic imaging services

Our expert staff of board-certified radiologists works closely with physicians to get patients on their way to diagnosis, treatment and good health. We also provide same-day services for physician-ordered procedures.

Our team offers a variety of imaging procedures. These procedures allow your physician to determine the best form of treatment for your condition.

Bone density scanning

Bone density scanning, also referred to as dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry, is a form of X-ray technology used to measure bone loss. DEXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, which involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.

Computed tomography (CT) scan

A CT scan, also called a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, uses X-rays to generate detailed images of the body. These scans can detect cancers, broken bones, internal bleeding and signs of heart disease. We offer several types of CT scanning, including positron emission tomography (PET), electron-beam CT and single-proton emission CT.

Diagnostic radiology

Diagnostic radiology includes a variety of diagnostic and image-guided therapeutic techniques, including all aspects of radiological diagnosis (nuclear radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance, computed tomography, interventional procedures and the use of radiant energy). This is often one of the first tools used by primary care providers to diagnose and treat conditions.

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

An ECG or EKG measures the electrical activity of your heart using small electrical sensors that are placed on the skin. Electrical signals are turned into a graph for your physician to review, which can help diagnose heart attacks, arrhythmias and other heart conditions. It can also help detect conditions that alter the body's balance of electrolytes or identify other problems, such as a drug overdose.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

An electroencephalogram (EEG) uses sensors to evaluate electrical brain activity. An EEG can help your doctor diagnose seizures and assess brain function affected by conditions and diseases, such as trauma, coma, infection, tumors and dementia.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

An MRI uses magnetic fields to make pictures of internal organs and structures inside the body. MRIs allow your doctor to look more closely at parts of the body than they can with other imaging methods. This assists in diagnosing and treating a broad range of conditions and maximizing surgical outcomes. At Retreat, we offer the following types of MRIs:

  • Open MRI: Open MRI allows the exam to be completed with your head outside the opening of the machine. This makes it easier to have an MRI if you are claustrophobic or weigh 350 to 550 pounds.
  • 3T MRI: With high-resolution images, scanning time is shorter and the need for retakes is reduced. It is especially valuable for the early detection of breast cancer and the management of neurological disease.
  • Cardiovascular MRI: This is a non-invasive procedure used to diagnose diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is used for cardiac stress testing when patients cannot perform a treadmill stress test. It has been shown to be the best noninvasive heart assessment after a heart attack and is used to diagnose other diseases as well.

Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology uses X-rays, MRIs and other imaging tools to advance a catheter into the body to internally treat the source of a disease. Many conditions that once required open surgery can be treated using this less invasive option, offering less risk, less pain and quicker recovery time.


Mammography uses low-dose X-rays to produce images of your breasts for examination. Mammograms are a screening tool used to detect breast cancer in women with no symptoms, as well as diagnose women who are experiencing symptoms. Mammograms can also identify changes in breast tissue before a lump can be felt. At Retreat, we offer 3D mammography, an advanced technology that allows for multiple images of the breast to create a three-dimensional image of the breast tissue. As a result, your physician is able to see images that are more accurate and precise, allowing potential abnormalities to be clearly identified.

Nuclear imaging

Nuclear imaging can detect problems in the early stages and monitor your response to therapies. Using small amounts of radioactive material, it can be used to diagnose and treat some cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal conditions, endocrine or bone abnormalities, stress fractures, neurological disorders and other diseases.


Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to create images of soft tissue areas of the body, including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, digestive and reproductive organs. Ultrasound tests are noninvasive, painless and typically take between 15 and 30 minutes.

Health screenings

We offer a variety of screenings to assess your health and risk for disease. Our health screenings take place at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. To learn more about our health screening services, please call (804) 320-DOCS (3627).