Low-Dose Computed Tomography (CT)

Low-Dose Computed Tomography (CT) Overview

We do not just meet the standards in low-dose radiation. We set them.

CT, also called CAT scan or Computed Tomography, is a type of diagnostic test that uses sophisticated, computerized X-ray equipment to produce cross-sectional images that enable detailed evaluation of anatomy to help detect a variety of diseases and conditions.

Weighing the benefits of advanced imaging such as Computed Tomography (CT) with the potential risk of exposing yourself to radiation is always a careful balance. At Fairfax Radiology, your health and well-being and that of your loved ones are our top priorities. That is why we were one of the first Radiology practices in the nation to provide low-dose CT scanning at all of our facilities. It is why we have built an extensive patient safety program that ensures every scanner is carefully programmed and tested to provide the lowest achievable radiation dose.

Fairfax Radiology has eight convenient locations offering CT procedures.

Map of FRC's CT Locations

As part of our ongoing commitment to quality and safety, Fairfax Radiology has achieved accreditation status through the American College of Radiology (ACR), for various imaging modalities that we offer. For CT, the ACR Accreditation Program evaluates the qualifications of personnel, appropriateness of different technical scan parameters and ensures that optimal minimal radiation dose protocols are incorporated and followed. Fairfax Radiology employs the most qualified physicians, technologists and other personnel, who all require ongoing continuing education to remain skilled in providing radiology services.

With higher resolution scans and lower radiation exposure, Fairfax Radiology is the clear choice for advanced CT imaging.

Fairfax Radiology's CT Radiation Dose Reduction Initiative includes:

  • Advanced, low-dose GE CT scanners at each of our CT imaging centers.
  • Software technology, Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction (ASIR) that reduces radiation dosage.
  • CT scanners that incorporate dose notifications and alerts as well as adjust the amount of radiation based on size, shape and body composition.
  • Highly trained Technologists who adhere to specific exam protocols that maximize image quality while minimizing radiation dose.

Click on any of our CT procedures below to learn more.

Procedures

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.

Calcium Score

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

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.

HeartFlow® Analysis

What is HeartFlow Analysis? Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. 1 CAD...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Physicians

Jonathan E. Alfert, M.D. portrait
Jonathan E. Alfert, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2002
Nuclear Medicine
PET CT
William M. Astor, M.D. portrait
William M. Astor, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2012
Musculoskeletal Imaging
Melany Atkins, M.D. portrait
Melany Atkins, M.D.
Joined Practice: August 2012
Cardiac Imaging
Body Imaging
Marilyn A. Barry-Brooks, M.D. portrait
Marilyn A. Barry-Brooks, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2015
Breast Imaging
Kara M. Beckner, M.D. portrait
Kara M. Beckner, M.D.
Joined Practice: August 2001
Body Imaging
Krzysztof M. Bochenek, M.D. portrait
Krzysztof M. Bochenek, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2005
Neuroradiology
Leslie A. Bord, M.D., F.A.A.P. portrait
Leslie A. Bord, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Joined Practice: August 2005
Pediatric Imaging
Raymond Chang, M.D. portrait
Raymond Chang, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2006
Neuroradiology
Pain Management
Jing Chen, M.D. portrait
Jing Chen, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2007
Breast Imaging
J. Richard Choi, ScD, M.D., FSAR portrait
J. Richard Choi, ScD, M.D., FSAR
Joined Practice: March 2001
Body Imaging
Brian K. Choi, M.D. portrait
Brian K. Choi, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2004
Neuroradiology
Paul J. Cunningham, M.D. portrait
Paul J. Cunningham, M.D.
Joined Practice: October 2009
Body Imaging
Sharon D'Heureux, M.D. portrait
Sharon D'Heureux, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2006
Body Imaging
Brian E. Godinez, M.D. portrait
Brian E. Godinez, M.D.
Joined Practice: June 2014
Breast Imaging
Brian S. Goldstein, D.O. portrait
Brian S. Goldstein, D.O.
Joined Practice: July 2002
Neuroradiology
Christopher Grady, M.D. portrait
Christopher Grady, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2007
Body Imaging
Edward D. Greenberg, M.D. portrait
Edward D. Greenberg, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2012
Interventional Neuroradiology
Wei-Shen D. Griggs, M.D. portrait
Wei-Shen D. Griggs, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2007
Nuclear Medicine
PET CT
Kathryn Grumbach, M.D. portrait
Kathryn Grumbach, M.D.
Joined Practice: May 1999
Body Imaging
Abraham H. Jeon, M.D. portrait
Abraham H. Jeon, M.D.
Joined Practice: January 2015
Breast Imaging
Nakul Jerath, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P. portrait
Nakul Jerath, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
Joined Practice: July 2000
Pediatric Imaging
Kevin M. Johnson, M.D. portrait
Kevin M. Johnson, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2009
Musculoskeletal Imaging
Ravi S. Kamath, M.D., Ph.D. portrait
Ravi S. Kamath, M.D., Ph.D.
Joined Practice: September 2011
Musculoskeletal Imaging
John H. Lee, M.D., F.A.A.P. portrait
John H. Lee, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Joined Practice: July 2006
Pediatric Imaging
Alex Hosong Lee, M.D. portrait
Alex Hosong Lee, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2000
Neuroradiology
David P. Mehfoud, Jr. M.D. portrait
David P. Mehfoud, Jr. M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2004
Neuroradiology
Steven A. Meyers, M.D. portrait
Steven A. Meyers, M.D.
Joined Practice: March 2005
Musculoskeletal Imaging
Ian Mills, M.D., F.A.A.P. portrait
Ian Mills, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Joined Practice: July 2018
Pediatric Imaging
Philip Minshew, M.D. portrait
Philip Minshew, M.D.
Joined Practice: April 2008
Emergency Radiology
Neuroradiology
Christian T. Muller, M.D. portrait
Christian T. Muller, M.D.
Joined Practice: April 2006
Neuroradiology
Pain Management
Sameena F. Nasrullah, M.D. portrait
Sameena F. Nasrullah, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2002
Breast Imaging
Patrick J. Oliverio, M.D. portrait
Patrick J. Oliverio, M.D.
Joined Practice: December 2000
Neuroradiology
Daniel L. Overdeck, M.D. portrait
Daniel L. Overdeck, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2004
Body Imaging
Nandini D. Patel, M.D. portrait
Nandini D. Patel, M.D.
Joined Practice: November 2011
Neuroradiology
Samia Piracha, M.D. portrait
Samia Piracha, M.D.
Joined Practice: August 2006
Breast Imaging
Valerie A. Pomper, M.D. portrait
Valerie A. Pomper, M.D.
Joined Practice: March 2012
Body Imaging
J. Cullen Ruff, M.D. portrait
J. Cullen Ruff, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 1999
Body Imaging
Ingrid K. Schneider, M.D. portrait
Ingrid K. Schneider, M.D.
Joined Practice: October 2001
Thyroid & Lymph Node FNA
Body Imaging
Marianne Shih, M.D. portrait
Marianne Shih, M.D.
Joined Practice: August 2006
Body Imaging
Lily Chu Sicard, M.D. portrait
Lily Chu Sicard, M.D.
Joined Practice: August 2010
Breast Imaging
Marion Lee Spangler, II, M.D. portrait
Marion Lee Spangler, II, M.D.
Joined Practice: January 2013
Breast Imaging
Jeffrey A. Troy, M.D. portrait
Jeffrey A. Troy, M.D.
Joined Practice: May 2009
Neuroradiology
Bruce A. Urban, M.D. portrait
Bruce A. Urban, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2000
Body Imaging
Michael J. Varanelli, M.D. portrait
Michael J. Varanelli, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2002
Thyroid & Lymph Node FNA
Body Imaging
Quan D. Vu, M.D. portrait
Quan D. Vu, M.D.
Joined Practice: April 2010
Musculoskeletal Imaging
Pain Management
Luke L. Yao, M.D. portrait
Luke L. Yao, M.D.
Joined Practice: July 2007
Body Imaging

The staff was incredibly kind, from reception to the person who took my CT scan.  I was happy with how quickly I was in and out, but more than anything I was grateful for the kindness and care of the person who gave the scan.  Getting medical tests can feel invasive and uncomfortable.  The person who helped me was nurturing and supportive throughout.  In this day and age where so much is impersonal, I'm grateful for a personal touch in my experience.  

Autumn J , Happy Patient

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