Radiology - Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA

 

Radiology

Richmond VA Medical Center Department of Radiology is proud to contribute to the health care needs of our nation’s Veterans.  Our physicians, nurses, technologists, and support staff strive to provide the highest quality customized and efficient care to each and every patient.

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Our mission is to provide accurate and concise same-day interpretation to our ordering physicians for all inpatient and emergency department imaging studies as well as for the majority of our scheduled outpatient studies.  We look forward to providing your diagnostic and interventional imaging services our Veteran’s require, while continually expanding the services.

OUR PHYSICIANS

BEFORE YOUR VISIT

AVAILABLE EXAMS

RESIDENT EDUCATION

 

Our Services  

BODY & MUSCULOSKELTAL IMAGING

Radiology offers a full range of multimodality imaging from head to toe. In addition to a number of general diagnostic radiologists our team includes two Radiologists who completed a fellowship year in MR imaging with a focus on body imaging. Our department has two state of the art CT (Computed Tomography, “cat scan”) scanners.

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Our 64-detector CT scanner allows us to perform a complete array of routine imaging of the body including low radiation dose chest CT, CT-Urograms, and peripheral vascular evaluation. In addition to routine imaging, the 320-detector scanner also enables us to perform advanced cutting edge imaging studies such as coronary CT angiography and whole brain perfusion imaging to evaluate blood flow to both the brain and heart. All of our protocols have been modified to reduce radiation dose as much as possible without compromising image quality.

Our MRI department also offers cutting edge imaging with both 1.5 Tesla and 3.0 Tesla magnets, including a wide-bore 1.5 T unit for claustrophobic and bariatric patients. Currently, we are performing a complete range of imaging including advanced neuroimaging (perfusion, functional MRI, fiber tracking), cardiac MRI , breast MRI, liver imaging with liver specific contrast agents, multiparametric prostate MRI, MR enterography, MR urography, and peripheral vascular evaluation.

In addition to CT and MRI, we perform a full range of ultrasound imaging which allows a relative rapid evaluation of abdominal and pelvic organs, the thyroid gland, as well as vascular imaging.

NEURORADIOLOGY

Neuroradiology refers to the Radiology subspecialty dedicated to imaging of the brain and spine. The Hunter Holmes McGuire VA currently has two full time fellowship trained neuroradiologists who aim to provide state-of-the-art care. McGuire VA offers a full range of CT scans with emphasis on image quality and patient safety. These exams include routine head CTs, to CT angiography (to look at blood vessels) and CT perfusion (to examine blood flow to the brain).

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Our MRI services include routine exams, and more specialized exams including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to look at the white matter tracts, functional MRI (fMRI) which measures brain activity and perfusion imaging, measuring blood flow. There are current research projects studying the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as fMRI projects studying brain activity in liver failure.

Spine imaging includes CT, MRI and myelography, and we work closely with the Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery and Pain Management departments to ensure the best care for our Veterans.

CARDIAC IMAGING

The Cardiac imaging Section at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC includes advanced cardiac CT and MR imaging capabilities. Our services include coronary CTA, cardiac calcium scoring, ejection fraction evaluation, as well as left atrial and left ventricular morphology studies. Our cutting edge 320 slice CT scanner can perform single beat Coronary CTA to nearly eliminate motion artifact from the heart beating.

 


Our MRI capabilities include cardiac MR echo during scan. We can perform Cardiac functional analysis, perfusion and viability studies. In addition, flow analysis across valves and evaluation for thrombus and infection can be performed.

VASCULAR & INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY

Interventional Radiology offers a vast array of minimally invasive treatment options for medical conditions that traditionally required surgery. These procedures are performed under CT, ultrasound, and X-Ray guidance, and are usually performed as a ‘same-day’ intervention, requiring very little recovery time and many procedures are performed on an outpatient basis without an overnight hospital stay.

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We offer complex vascular and non-vascular interventions for peripheral arterial disease (angioplasty, stenting), venous disease (varicose vein ablation, DVT thrombolysis, IVC filter placement), cancer treatment & palliative care (chemoembolization, ablation therapy, image guided biopsies), biliary stenting, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt placement (TIPS) for cirrhosis and portal hypertension, dialysis fistula management, percutaneous nephrostomy and nephroureteral stent placement, uterine fibroid embolization, vertebral augmentation, gastrostromy tube placement, and joint injections among many other procedures.

WOMEN’S IMAGING

Women’s Imaging Section provides comprehensive breast imaging services for evaluation of a full range of breast health disorders. We offer state of the art digital mammography, ultrasound and breast MRI as well as minimally invasive imaging guided procedures including stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI guided core needle biopsies, fine needle and cyst aspirations, ductography and pre-operative wire localizations. Our entire imaging team is committed to providing exceptional, personalized care to each of our patients.

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Imaging Services we offer include; Screening Mammography, Diagnostic Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, and Breast MRI.
Imaging Guided Procedures we provide include; Stereotactic, Ultrasound and MRI guided core needle biopsies, Cyst Aspiration, Fine Needle Aspiration, Ductography, and Preoperative Wire Localizations.

NUCLEAR MEDICINE

Nuclear medicine involves the use of small amounts of radioactive materials (or tracers) to help diagnose and treat a variety of diseases by detecting radiation from different parts of the body after a radioactive tracer material is administered. This technique allows our physicians to evaluate the cause of a variety of medical problems based on the function of the organ, tissue, or bone. This is how nuclear medicine differs from an x-ray, ultrasound or any other diagnostic test that determines the presence of disease based on structural appearance.

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Radioactive tracers used in nuclear medicine are in most cases injected into a vein, however for some studies the tracer may be given by mouth. These tracers are not dyes or medicines, and they have no side effects. The amount of radiation a patient receives in a typical nuclear medicine scan tends to be very low.

Nuclear Medicine offers a wide range of state-of-the art diagnostic imaging and therapies. Procedures we offer include cardiac stress tests, bone sans, PET/CT, gastric emptying studies, and lung scans to evaluate for pulmonary embolus in addition to a wide range of additional exams. We also offer radioactive Iodine therapy for treatment of thyroid cancer.

Our department is staffed by a group of skilled, experienced, and dedicated Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Physicians, and Administrative personnel, who aim to provide the highest quality imaging standards and service excellence. We look forward to working with you to schedule your next Nuclear Medicine or PET/CT appointment.

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Contact Info

Location

  • Richmond VAMC
    First Floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 804-675-5000 Ext. 3164

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 am - 4:30 pm