Sovah Health - Martinsville's Radiology Department puts advanced technology to work as a resource for all of our hospital services. We provide MRI, CAT Scans, PET Scans, general radiography, ultrasound, nuclear imaging, and mammography.

Our state-of-the-art equipment performs more than 75,000 examinations each year. Furthermore, our radiologists and technologists are fully trained and experienced in providing you and your family with efficient, caring service.


CT or CAT Scan (computed tomography)

What is it? Uses special X-ray equipment to take pictures that show a "slice" of your body.

Used for? Diagnosing broken bones, cancer, blood clots, abdominal conditions, internal bleeding

What Happens? You lie still on a table and may have to hold your breath for a short time. The CT machine is aimed at the part of your body the health care provider needs to see. For some CT scans you may receive a “contrast dye,” which makes parts of your body show up better. The dye may be given through an intravenous (IV) tube or a syringe in your arm. Some dye is given in a drink.

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MRI Scan (magnetic resonance imaging)

What is it? Uses a large magnet and radio waves to look inside your body. Does not expose you to radiation.

Used for? Diagnosing torn ligaments, tumors, brain or spinal cord conditions, examining organs.

What Happens? You lie still on a table that slides inside a tunnel-shaped machine. You may ahve ot hold your breath for parts of the exam. For some MRI scans, you may receive a "contrast dye," which makes parts of your body show up better. The dye can be given throug han intravenous (IV) tube or a syringe in your arm. Some dye is given in a drink. 

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Nuclear Medicine

What is it? Uses radioactive substances and a special camera to see inside your body. These scans can show how organs, such as your heart and lungs, are working. 

Used for? Diagnosing blood clots, cancer, heart disease, injuries, infections and thyroid problems. 

What Happens? Before the test, you receive a small amount of radioactive material, which makes parts of your body show up better. The material can be given through an intravenous (IV) tube or a syringe in your arm. Some is given in a drink. You wait as the material is absorbed by your body. This may take an hour or more. Then you lie still on a table while the camera takes images. 

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What is it? Uses sound waves to create an image. Does not expose you to radiation.

Used for? Diagnosing conditions fo the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, liver, and other organs. During pregnancy, a healthcare provider uses an ultrasound to look at the baby. 

What Happens/ You lie on a table. The person giving the test places gel and a device called a transducer on yoru skin. The transducer sends out sound saves that bounce off tissues in your body. 


What is it? Uses a small amount of radiation to take pictures inside your body.

Used for? Diagnosing broken bones, pneumonia, dental problems. Mammograms are a common type of X-ray used to help diagnose breast cancer.

What Happens? You may be asked to lie still on an X-ray table or sit or stand by teh table. You may wear a lead apron to protect certain parts of your body. 

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