- Diagnostic Imaging
Providing a Clear Picture of Your Health
With your selection of LewisGale Hospital at Alleghany for your imaging needs, you’ve chosen a Diagnostic Imaging Department that offers leading-edge technology in diagnostic equipment. We’re committed to making your visit with us a positive experience and strive to ensure your satisfaction with the care you receive here.
Utilizing the latest technology, our Imaging Department offers a full scope of services, including:
- Diagnostic Radiology with Digital Fluoroscopy
- DEXA Bone Density Scans
- Diagnostic Ultrasound
- Mobile Radiography
- CT Scanner (Computerized Axial Tomography)
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
- Mammography/Breast Imaging
- Cardiovascular Procedures (Doppler & Echocardiograms)
- Epidural Steroid Injections for Pain Management
- Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsies
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsies
- Nuclear Medicine
- Interventional Procedures/Angiography
Complementing both the broad-ranging services and leading-technology equipment LewisGale Hospital at Alleghany uses is PACS, short for Picture Archival Communications System. PACS enables our physicians to quickly access and review your diagnostic images and reports from virtually anywhere in the hospital, from their office, and in some instances, even from their home. These digital images are immediately available for viewing on a computer monitor and can be saved to any number of portable media devices.
What To Expect Regarding Registration
All patients, even if they’re pre-registered, should still check-in with the registration area as there are usually additional documents that need to be read and signed. Allowing 15 to 30 minutes for the Registration process, even if you’re pre-registered, will help ensure that you’re on time for your appointment in the Imaging Department.
What to bring
You’ll need a written order from your physician for your procedure and you’ll need to bring a complete list of the medications you are presently taking.
How to prepare for the procedure:
To obtain accurate results, it’s important that you follow all the instructions provided by your physician and the person with whom you schedule the tests. Sometimes fasting, laxatives, enemas or pre-medication may be required. For certain procedures, contrast media, also known as X-ray dye, may be given by mouth or by injection.
Your test results will be released to your physician first, often within 24 hours of your visit to LewisGale Hospital at Alleghany’s Imaging Department. Because interpreting and understanding your results requires highly specialized training and knowledge, your physician will review the results with you. We cannot release images to you before they have been released to and reviewed by your referring physician.
Release of Films
If you’d like a copy of your images once your physician has reviewed the results with you, simply make a request with the Diagnostic Imaging Department 24 hours before you’d like to pick them up and we’ll have a CD with your images ready and waiting for you.
Having access to your diagnostic images from previous exams greatly assists our Radiologist in comparing your present exam to past results, and can lead to a much more thorough, insightful interpretation. If you have had images, such as a mammogram, taken at another facility and are now being treated at LewisGale Hospital at Alleghany, it is critically important that you provide our Imaging Department with those earlier images before the radiologist interprets your current results.
We know how valuable your time is and we value it too. So when you have to wait beyond your scheduled appointment time, please know that the delay is, in all likelihood, the result of an emergency, and that the diagnostic procedures being performed have to be done so immediately because a critically ill or injured patient’s survival could be depending on it. We will always do our best to keep your procedure at the scheduled time and inform you if any delays arise.
Important Telephone Numbers:
Diagnostic Imaging Main Department 540-862-6290 Central Scheduling 540-862-6879