Imaging & Radiology
Find out if you have signs of a medical condition with an imaging test at Caldwell UNC Health Care. The same board-certified radiologists who serve other area health care facilities will read your images. That means you can stay close to home for high-quality care.
Medical Imaging Tests
Your doctor may recommend one of these tests to see inside your body:
- Bone density (DEXA) scan – Helps determine your risk of osteoporosis
- Computed tomography (CT) – Takes X-ray images of nearly any part of the body from multiple angles
- Cardiac CT scan – Looks at the heart
- Low-dose CT lung cancer screening – Checks certain current and former smokers for signs of lung cancer
- Fluoroscopy – Injects contrast dye into a certain part of the body to make it show up on a video X-ray machine
- Image-guided biopsies, including stereotactic breast biopsy – Use imaging technology to find and take a sample of your tissue for testing
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – Uses magnets and radio waves (not radiation) to examine your abdomen, breast, head, knee, shoulder, or spine
- Mammogram – Creates low-dose X-rays to check breast tissue for signs of cancer
- Nuclear medicine (PET/CT) – Uses mildly radioactive material and a special camera
- Ultrasound – Bounces painless sound waves off your body
- X-ray – Uses radiation to quickly and easily show your bones and other parts of the body
Available tests vary by location, so ask your doctor to refer you to the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Caldwell UNC Health Care.
Screenings vs. Diagnostic Tests
Some imaging tests serve as screenings, which means they check for problems before you experience symptoms. Other tests help doctors diagnose, or identify, a specific condition after you notice symptoms. Ask your doctor about the purpose of your test.
Trust that you’ll be in good hands during your imaging procedure. The American College of Radiology has accredited Caldwell UNC Health Care locations in:
- Nuclear medicine
Our accreditations mean you benefit from the best-possible equipment, image quality, and safety measures.
And the technician performing your test is certified and registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. So you can feel confident they have the training and qualifications to give you excellent care.
Your Test Results
Your doctor will receive the results of your test and explain them to you. You’ll also learn any necessary next steps, such as further testing or treatment.