The field of radiology includes a wide range of special procedures and the VCU Department of Radiology. Through a series of strategic expansions the Department now offers several innovative procedures, including cardiac MRI, venous ablation, uterine fibroid embolization, radioimmunotherapy and virtual colonography.
Special Radiology Procedures
Each slide features a different procedure, which emphasizes the expertise of our radiologists.
Advanced Prostate Imaging
Advanced prostate imaging is performed through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the prostate. Appropriate treatment recommendations for prostate cancer are based on knowing the accurate staging of the tumor. During a non-invasive examination, specialists perform multiple advanced imaging techniques, which when evaluated together, can with a high-degree of accuracy detect and locate prostate cancer.
Aortic Stent Grafting
The VCU Department of Radiology provides expertise in aortic stent grafting using guided imaging techniques to treat aortic aneurysms. A stent graft is a small tube made of fabric supported by a metal mesh. The stent is typically put in place using a catheter and is designed to seal tightly with the artery above and below the aneurysm. The stent reinforces the wall of the vessel making it safe for blood to flow through.
Breast magnetic resonance imaging (breast MRI) uses a magnetic field to generate images of the breast before and after a contrast injection. The VCU Department of Radiology's Breast Imaging Center was the first facility in Virginia with breast MRI to earn the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation.
Computed Tomography Enterography and Magnetic Resonance Enterography
Specialty-trained gastrointestinal radiologists offer computed tomography enterography and magnetic resonance enterography to evaluate the small intestine. These procedures use the cross-sectional imaging technology of computed tomography or magnetic resonance to assess the small intestine, the surrounding mesentery, vasculature and other adjacent structures.
Fetal magnetic resonance imaging (fetal MRI) is an imaging technique that provides information about the anatomic structure of a fetus. It particularly excels in the evaluation of the fetal brain and spine. Fetal MRI can be used to help prognosticate outcome in cases of congenital diaphragmatic hernia and fetal lung masses.
Lung Cancer Screening
Our lung cancer screening program is the first facility in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Lung Cancer Screening Center. As an ACR designated Lung Cancer Screening facility, the VCU Department of Radiology is dedicated to providing high quality screening care and patient safety.
Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatment
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the legs. Plaque is a substance made up of cholesterol, calcium and fibrous tissue.
Our specialty-trained radiologists use guided imaging techniques to perform minimally invasive procedures, including angioplasty and stents, to widen the artery, thereby allowing more blood flow.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Therapy
Interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons collaborate to treat varicose veins and spider veins using advanced radiology techniques and the latest technology.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure where experienced interventional radiologists use X-ray imaging to guide a catheter placed in the upper thigh to the uterine arteries. Tiny particles are then injected through the catheter into the blood vessels, blocking the blood supply feeding the fibroids, which causes them to shrink and die. UFE is an alternative to traditional treatments that include the surgical removal of the fibroids (myomectomy) or removal of the entire uterus (hysterectomy).
Ultrasound is the use of high frequency sound waves to create an accurate image of the inside of the body. Ultrasound generally utilizes a small, portable device, which uses sound waves instead of ionizing radiation.
Virtual Colonoscopy (CT Colonography)
The VCU Department of Radiology was among the first in Virginia to offer virtual colonoscopy, which is medically known as computed tomography (CT) colonography. The advanced imaging procedure is non-invasive and allows an evaluation of the entire colon, without the risks, such as bowel perforation, or complications from sedation associated with standard colonography.