Comprehensive diagnostic imaging in Richmond

Parham Doctors' Hospital offers comprehensive outpatient imaging services for the well-being and convenience of our patients in Richmond, Virginia. We provide same-day service for most physician-ordered imaging procedures.

Our expert staff of board-certified radiologists and technologists work closely with physicians to get patients on their way to diagnosis, treatment and good health.

Diagnostic radiology services

Diagnostic radiology encompasses 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 other forms of radiant energy. This is typically one of the first tools used by primary care providers to diagnose and treat conditions.

We offer the following imaging procedures:

Bone densitometry

Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of X-ray technology used to measure bone loss. DXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

DXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but can also affect men and rarely children. Osteoporosis 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

Computed tomography scan, also called computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, uses X-rays to generate detailed cross-sectional images, called slices, of the body. It is used to detect broken bones, cancers, blood clots, signs of heart disease and internal bleeding.

CT scans are fast, painless and usually non-invasive. We offer several types of CT scanning, including positron emission tomography (PET), electron-beam CT (EBCT/Ultrafast CT) and single-proton emission CT (SPECT).

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Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

An electrocardiogram measures the electrical activity of your heart using small electrical sensors, called electrodes, which are put on your skin. The electrical signals are turned into a graph for your doctor’s review. An EKG can help your doctor diagnose heart attacks, arrhythmias and other heart conditions, detect conditions that alter the body's balance of electrolytes or identify other problems like drug overdoses.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

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

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging uses magnetic fields, not radiation, to create pictures of internal organs and structures inside the body. MRIs let your doctor look more closely at parts of the body than they can with other imaging methods. This is useful in diagnosing and treating a broad range of conditions, as well as in maximizing surgical outcomes. We offer the following types of MRI:

  • Open MRI—Open MRI allows MRIs to be completed with your head outside the opening of the MRI machine. This makes it easier to have an MRI if you are claustrophobic or weigh 350 to 550 pounds.
  • 3T MRI—3T MRIs offer high-resolution images, shorter scanning times and a reduced need for retakes. It is especially valuable in early detection of breast cancer and management of neurologic diseases.
  • Cardiovascular MRI—Cardiovascular MRI 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 non-invasive test for heart assessment after a heart attack and is used for diagnosis of other diseases as well.

Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology uses X-rays, MRI and other imaging techniques to advance a catheter into the body, usually into an artery, to treat at the source of a disease internally. Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated through minimally invasive interventional radiology treatments, which offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.

Nuclear imaging

Nuclear imaging allows your doctor to detect problems in the earliest stages or monitor your immediate response to therapies. The procedure uses small amounts of radioactive material to pinpoint molecular activity within the body. It may also be used to diagnose and treat some cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal conditions, endocrine or bone abnormalities, stress fractures, neurological disorders and other diseases.


Ultrasound tests use high-frequency sound waves to create video images of soft tissue areas of the body, such as the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, digestive and reproductive organs. Ultrasound tests are non-invasive, painless, cost-effective and typically take between 15 to 30 minutes.