Fairfax Radiological Consultants

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Our Procedures

At Fairfax Radiology, we are committed to providing you with the information and resources you need to make informed decisions about your health and that of your loved ones. During initial consultations and throughout this site, we will go over many of the questions you may have to ensure you know what to expect before, during and after any procedure.

Click on a procedure below to learn more, or search by keyword or procedure category. If you still have questions, please call us at 703.698.6884.

Abdomen, Renal, Pelvic, Scrotal Ultrasounds

Noninvasive tests that use sound waves to create a real-time image of the inside of the lower portion of the body—namely the abdomen, kidneys (renal), pelvic area or testicles (scrotal).

Abdominal (Hernia) Ultrasound

A simple, noninvasive test that uses sound waves to create a real-time image of the inside of the abdominal wall.

Angiography

A procedure that uses a contrast material and special X-rays to view how blood flows through the arteries and determine if any arteries are narrowed or blocked.

Angioplasty/Vascular Stenting

A minimally invasive procedure that uses a special X-ray to guide a balloon-tipped catheter into an artery and inflate it to open up the blood vessel.

Automated Breast Ultrasound Screening (ABUS)

An advanced breast cancer-screening tool that can help uncover cancer that may be hidden in women with dense breasts.

Body CT

A diagnostic test that uses sophisticated X-ray equipment to help detect diseases and conditions of the chest, abdomen and/or pelvic areas.

Body MRI

An imaging test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to captures images of the chest, abdomen and/or pelvic regions.

Bone Scans

A type of Nuclear Medicine test that helps diagnose different bone diseases or conditions.

Breast Cyst Aspiration

The removal of fluid from a breast cyst that decreases the pressure (relieving any pain) and allows for the testing of cells.

Breast MRI

A noninvasive test that uses an intravenous contrast, magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of the breast's soft tissue.

Breast Ultrasound

A noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves to create an image of the tissues inside your breast.

Calcium Score

An advanced screening test that can accurately identify calcified plaques, which can be a predictor of significant disease.

Cardiac MRI

An imaging test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to capture images of the anatomy of the heart in order to diagnose and monitor cardiac disease.

Carotid Artery Stenting

Carotid Artery Stenting is a minimally invasive technique to treat carotid artery disease.

Carotid, Aorta, Arterial, Venous Doppler

Noninvasive tests that use sound waves (Ultrasound) and computer-generated graphs to measure the amount and direction of blood flow through your arteries and veins.

Central Venous Access Catheters (CVAC)

A small tube that is inserted beneath your skin to quickly and easily allow physicians or nurses to draw your blood or give you medication or nutrients.

Coronary CTA

An advanced screening test that can accurately show both calcified and soft cholesterol plaques in the arteries, and determine the presence and severity of blood flow obstruction.

CT Enterography

An advanced diagnostic test that uses special X-rays to produce detailed images of the small intestine, abdomen and pelvis to help diagnose Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other abnormalities.

CT Virtual Colonoscopy

A less invasive alternate for the screening of colorectal cancer that uses CT scans to create a 3D image that will show any abnormalities inside the colon, rectum and pelvic area.

Dental CT

The most advanced form of dental imaging available that uses multiple images from different angles to create a comprehensive 3D visualization of the inside of the mouth.

Diagnostic Cerebral Angiography

Diagnostic Cerebral Angiography is a minimally invasive diagnostic test to detect abnormalities in the blood vessels of your head and neck.

Diagnostic Mammography

A special X-ray of the breast that may be performed if there are signs or symptoms that require further evaluation.

Diagnostic Spinal Angiography

Diagnostic Spinal Angiography is a minimally invasive diagnostic test to detect or confirm abnormalities in the blood vessels in your spine.

DXA

A specialized X-ray test that uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body in order to measure bone loss.

Echocardiogram

A type of exam that utilizes sound waves to view images of the vessels, chambers and valves of the heart.

Endovascular Embolization

Endovascular Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat brain aneurysms, an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or an arteriovenous fistula (AVF).

Fetal MRI

A type of MRI performed during pregnancy to evaluate a fetus for any conditions or complications that may be present.

Fistulagram

A procedure that uses a special X-ray to help identify narrowed or blocked blood vessels in the fistula for patients on dialysis.

Fluoroscopy

A specialized imaging process that allows Radiologists to view a patient’s organs in motion and is often used to evaluate the gastrointestinal (GI) organs.

Gastric Emptying

What is Gastric Emptying? For many people who complain of abdominal bloating or fullness after eating just a small amount of food or the same symptoms that last for a long period after a meal, the iss...

General Diagnostic X-ray

A type of imaging that uses electromagnetic radiation to produce images of the inside of the body.

HIDA with CCK

What is HIDA with CCK? A Hida Scan, also known as a Hepatobiliary Scan, is a type of Nuclear Medicine testing that uses a radioactive material (radiotracer) to determine the structure of the liver, ga...

Hysterosonogram

A minimally invasive Ultrasound exam that provides images of the inside of the uterus

Image-Guided Breast Biopsy

A non-surgical procedure that uses the aid of an imaging device to guide a Radiologist while performing a Biopsy on a breast lump or mass.

Image-Guided Thyroid Biopsy/Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)

A procedure that uses a fine needle and an Ultrasound as guidance to extract a tissue sample to test any suspicious nodules in the thyroid.

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters

A filter that is placed in the Inferior Vena Cava to trap any clot fragments, preventing them from traveling to the heart and lungs.

Kyphoplasty

A procedure that uses image-guidance and a hollow needle to open up space in fractured vertebra and fill it with a cement mixture to fuse and strengthen the bones.

Laser Ablation

A minimally invasive procedure that uses Ultrasound to guide a laser fiber into the varicose vein to collapse that vein and create greater circulation among healthy veins.

Lung Screening LDCT

A simple test that uses sophisticated X-ray equipment and low-dose radiation to identify lung cancer and other lung diseases that would be invisible on regular chest X-rays.

Magnetic Resonance Angiography

A noninvasive test that uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to evaluate the function of blood vessels in the body.

Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram

A two-part exam that uses a magnetic field, radio waves and a contrast agent injected into the joint to show a more detailed image, including the cartilage, tendons and ligaments.

Magnetic Resonance Defecography

A noninvasive test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to evaluate rectal function and determine how well the pelvic muscles are working.

Magnetic Resonance Elastography

A type of MRI that determines the stiffness (elasticity) of the liver by capturing the movements of the tissue and creating a color-coded map to pinpoint any areas of concern.

Magnetic Resonance Enterography

A noninvasive test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to produce detailed images of the small intestine to help diagnose Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other abnormalities.

Microphlebectomy

A minimally invasive procedure that accesses varicose veins directly using tiny incisions in the skin.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound

A relatively quick test that helps to evaluate the soft tissues in the body, such muscles, tendons, ligaments and bursae.

Musculoskeletal CT

A diagnostic test that focuses on the extremities and spine and is used to help diagnose the cause of pains or symptoms or to get a snapshot of any progress from an earlier treatment.

Musculoskeletal MRI

A diagnostic test that uses magnetic resonance imaging to create images of the joint structures, including shoulders, hands, wrists, elbows, hips, knees, ankles and feet.

Neck/Thyroid Ultrasound

A test that uses sound waves to create images of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and other soft tissues in the neck to evaluate suspected nodules and monitor any changes in nodules that have been discovered.

Neuro CT

A diagnostic imaging test that uses sophisticated X-ray equipment to specifically address the central nervous system and associated structures using imagery of the head and spine.

Neuro MRI

A type of MRI that helps diagnose tumors, herniated and degenerated discs, spinal injuries, brain injuries and any injuries or conditions associated with the central nervous system.

Neuro Quantification

A type of post-MRI assessment that measures sections of the brain and compares them to those measurements of healthy, age-related peers.

Obstetric (OB) Ultrasound

A routine test that uses high-frequency sound waves to evaluate a pregnancy and determine fetal development and delivery due dates.

Pain Management

A broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic injections used to reduce inflammation, as well as evaluate and treat pain in the spine, hip and shoulder areas.

Paracentesis

A minimally invasive procedure that uses a catheter and a drainage tube to remove excess fluid from the abdomen.

Pediatric Ultrasound

A simple procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the tissues inside a child's body.

PET/CT

A diagnostic test that combines nuclear medicine with advanced 3D imaging to offer the most advanced imaging technique available for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of many diseases.

Pre-Operative Tumor Embolization

Interventional Neuroradiologists use Endovascular Embolization to enable a quicker, simpler surgery.

Pre-Operative Wada Testing

Pre-Operative Wada Testing is done before certain types of brain surgery to determine which side of the brain controls language function and which side has better memory function.

Prostate MRI

An imaging test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to capture images of the prostate and surrounding tissues in order to diagnose, evaluate and monitor diseases of the gland.

Prostate Ultrasound

A type of exam that utilizes sound waves to produce images of the prostate and surrounding tissue

Sclerotherapy

A procedure that uses a small needle to inject medication into the lining of a spider/small varicose vein, closing that vein and re-routing its blood to healthy veins.

Screening Mammography

A Mammogram that is performed when you have no breast symptoms and is used to "screen" for an unsuspected abnormality.

Thoracentesis

A minimally invasive procedure that uses a catheter and a drainage tube to remove excess fluid from the lungs.

Tomosynthesis/3D

A Mammogram that captures multiple images from several angles, allowing Radiologists to more thoroughly examine breast tissue one thin section at a time.

Vascular CTA

A test that combines computer technology, sophisticated X-ray equipment and a contrast agent to produce detailed images of the arteries and veins inside the body.