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Imaging

Tools to support your best diagnosis

Having the latest diagnostic tools available is essential for your physician to make the best diagnosis and recommend your best course of treatment. Novant Health Rowan Medical Center provides advanced medical imaging services – with board-certified physicians, certified technologists and service-oriented staff – to help your physician help you make the best medical decisions. 

For all diagnostic imaging procedures except mammograms, please ask your physician for a referral. Your physician’s office staff can assist you with your appointment, or you can schedule your procedure directly with us. To find a physician, please either review our online directory or call us toll-free at 1-800-335-4921.

To schedule an imaging appointment at Rowan Medical Center, please call 704-210-7762. Here are some frequently asked questions you may have about your imaging appointment.

Please follow the links below to learn more about our procedures, including preparing for your appointment and understanding the results.

Angiogram

An angiogram, also known as an arteriogram, is an X-ray image of the blood vessels used to review various vascular conditions and potential problems.

Arthrogram

Arthrography is the use of X-rays with a liquid contrast medium to look for problems in your joints.

Bone densitometry

Bone densitometry, also known as dual-energy X-ray absorption (DEXA), is a painless test to help your doctor determine how healthy your bones are.

CT scan

A computerized tomography (CT) scan creates cross-sectional images (“slices”) that reveal your bones and organs with a high degree of precision.

Discogram

A discogram uses X-rays and special dye injected into your spinal disks to help determine if back pain could be caused by an abnormal disk in your spine.

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy uses real-time X-rays to evaluate bodily functions, including the upper and lower tracts of your gastrointestinal system. 

Intravenous pyelography

Intravenous pyelography (IVP), also called intravenous urography, uses X-rays to produce pictures of the kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to create detailed images of the organs and structures inside of the body.

Myelogram

A myelogram uses X-rays and a special dye injected into your back to look at your spinal canal and surrounding nerves. Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant, and discuss possible allergies to the dye. After the procedure, you should report any side effects to your radiologist immediately.

Nerve root block

A nerve block is an injection intended to block a pain signal coming from a specific location in your body or to decrease inflammation in that area.

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine allows our doctors to use a small amount of radioactive material, either ingested or injected into your body, to examine your organs and diagnose a variety of diseases and disorders. At Novant Health Prince William Medical Center, we use nuclear medicine to bone, heart and thyroid scans.

PET / CT

Positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) scanning, are combined to help our doctors see many of your organs to diagnose a variety of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ultrasound and Doppler ultrasound

Ultrasound is a safe and effective diagnostic tool using reflected sound waves to examine many different parts of your body. Doppler technology measures the speed and direction of blood flow to look for clots or blockage, narrowing that may be caused by plaque, and tumors or other malformations of blood vessels. 

X-rays

X-ray exams use small doses of radiation to produce pictures that help diagnose tumors or bone injuries. X-rays can be used with contrast mediums to examine other tissues.

Wellness screenings

By monitoring your health over time, your doctor can learn more information about your health and detect signs of disease at their earliest – and most treatable – stages. Please discuss these screenings with your doctor. To make an appointment, please call 704-210-7762.

Women’s services

At Rowan Medical Center, our skilled physicians and staff, using state-of-the-art breast imaging technology, can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages.

At Novant Health, our highly trained, certified technologists use advanced digital mammography to produce images on a high-resolution computer monitor. Schedule your mammogram by calling 704-210-7762. Walk-ins are welcome at the Novant Health Breast Center locations in our area.

Breast ultrasound

Breast ultrasound is a typically painless test that uses reflected sound waves to let us further evaluate a breast abnormality or a specific area detected during a mammogram. If your doctor has referred you for a breast ultrasound, please call 704-210-7762 to schedule.

Breast biopsy

Your doctor may recommend a breast biopsy to examine the growth more closely than possible with a mammogram. Novant Health Breast Center offers several alternatives to the traditional, invasive, surgical biopsy methods, resulting in significantly less pain and no scarring. If your doctor has referred you for a breast biopsy, please call 704-210-7762.

Breast MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, may be recommended for women with more than a 20 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer, women with a history of significant radiation exposure to the chest wall, and patients with a new diagnosis of breast cancer in one breast. MRI can also help to evaluate the effectiveness of chemotherapy. If your doctor has referred you for a breast MRI, please call 704-210-7762 to schedule.

Ductogram

A ductogram is performed to help us better understand the causes of nipple discharge and to detect possible problems with your breast ducts. If your doctor has referred you for a ductogram, please call 704-210-7762 to schedule.

Radiation safety

All Novant Health imaging facilities follow well-established practices and guidelines to safeguard your health.