Imaging & Radiology
Access high-quality radiology and diagnostic imaging services at a UNC Health imaging center near you. You’ll receive timely, accurate test results from our expert radiologists.
What Is a Radiologist?
A radiologist is a medical professional with advanced training to diagnose conditions using the latest imaging technology. Trust UNC Health’s expert radiologists to maintain the highest standards of care, so you and your doctors have the information you need to make important decisions about your health.
Types of Imaging
Your doctor may need to see inside your body to make a diagnosis, plan for or deliver a treatment, or see how well a treatment is working. You may need:
- Body composition scan – Measures your amount of body fat and muscle
- Bone density scan (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, DEXA) – Checks bone strength
- Breast imaging, including 3D mammograms – Screens for signs of or diagnoses breast cancer
- Computed tomography (CT) – Creates detailed, cross-sectional pictures of the inside of the body
- Interventional radiology
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – Uses radio waves and a magnetic field to make images of the inside of the body
- Nuclear medicine, including positron-emission tomography (PET) – Checks the health of organs in the body using a small, safe amount of radioactive materials
- Ultrasound – Uses soundwaves to create images of the inside of the body
- X-ray with or without fluoroscopy – Makes black-and-white images of the inside of the body using electromagnetic waves (radiation)
Safe Pediatric Imaging Services
At UNC Health, your child receives the safest, lowest effective dose of radiation for their age because we follow American College of Radiology (ACR) Image Gently® recommendations for radiation doses.
View your imaging and radiology test results by accessing My UNC Chart. Rely on your helpful UNC Health doctor to answer any questions and, if needed, help you plan for follow-up care.