Imaging services refers to the performance of imaging exams for better visualization and treatment of medical conditions. Different exams allow radiologists and physicians to view structures and activity within the body. Imaging exams are vital for diagnosis and there are a wide range of tests that can be performed.
Diagnostic imaging center in Citrus County, Florida
HCA Florida Citrus Hospital offers comprehensive and convenient inpatient and outpatient medical imaging in Citrus County, Florida.
Our nationally recognized imaging services help us provide accurate diagnoses, which often lead to the early detection of many diseases and disorders. Our board-certified radiologists and technicians deliver accurate, timely results to your physician. Your doctor can use those results to determine a possible diagnosis and establish an individualized treatment plan.
Medical imaging services we offer
We provide medical imaging techniques and procedures that include:
Routine X-rays and fluoroscopy
X-rays use small doses of radiation to create pictures of internal bodily organs and structures. Our physicians may use X-rays to:
- Determine bone fractures and joint injuries
- Diagnose heart and blood vessel obstructions
- Find tumors
- Identify an infection
- Locate the cause of an intestinal obstruction
- View possible fluid in the lungs
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique which shows continuous X-ray images, similar to a video, on a monitor. As an X-ray beam is passed through the body, the continuous detailed images show movement of a contrast dye, body part or an instrument. A physician is then able to observe any possible health conditions which will need diagnosis and further treatment.
Bone density scanning
Bone density screening, also called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), is an enhanced X-ray technique used to measure bone density and loss. A DEXA scan is a quick, noninvasive diagnostic imaging procedure which requires no anesthesia.
DEXA screenings use an extremely small dose of radiation. In fact, it is less than an average day's exposure to natural radiation and less than a tenth of the radiation dose in traditional X-rays. These screenings are helpful in orthopedic care, such as assessing your risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.
Computerized tomography (CT) scan
Our 64-slice CT scanner provides complete cross-sectional views ("slices") of the body and its internal organs using X-ray technology.
Physicians use these 3D images to detect broken bones, blood clots, cancer, signs of heart disease and internal bleeding. Additionally, a CT scan can be used to help guide biopsy procedures.
Mammograms, which use low-dose X-ray imaging, are used to examine the breasts. We offer digital screening and diagnostic mammograms as well as 3D mammography. They allow our physicians to diagnose and treat breast tumors and other breast anomalies. Our breast health doctors also use mammography to detect early signs of breast cancer.
Breast health and imaging
We have also been designated an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence for delivering elite breast health imaging services and achieving accreditation in all breast imaging modalities:
- Stereotactic breast biopsy
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast MRI
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
MRIs are noninvasive imaging tools which use a magnetic field, instead of X-rays or radiation, to produce high-quality images in multiple planes.
Physicians commonly use MRIs to examine the brain, head, abdomen, pelvis, spine, bone and joints. This aids in the diagnosis of a range of disorders and injuries. MRIs are also used to determine how effectively prescribed treatments and medications are working.
Nuclear medicine uses small doses of radioactive substances to pinpoint molecular activity within the body. In real time, physicians can view the functioning of the body and evaluate chemical and biological processes. This allows for the early detection of diseases, often before the structural changes can be seen on a CT scan or MRI.
This noninvasive, painless imaging method is commonly used to diagnose and treat certain cancers and heart disease and bone, neurological, gastrointestinal and other disorders.
Ultrasounds, which are noninvasive and painless, use high-frequency sound waves to create video images of internal organs of the body.
Ultrasounds can be used to view and monitor an unborn baby's activity during pregnancy. These imaging tests are also used to diagnose an array of health conditions, including abnormal growths, heart disorders and blood clots.
An EKG uses sound waves to measure the electrical activity of the heart. This test is used as part of our overall cardiology program and allows us to check your heartbeat patterns and possible abnormal heart rhythms.
Our two imaging locations
For your convenience, we offer outpatient medical imaging services at two convenient locations in Inverness, Florida:
- Our hospital's main campus at 502 W. Highland Boulevard
- Our Medical Office Building at 131 S. Citrus Avenue
Test results are generally available from both our imaging locations within 24 hours via our picture archive communications system (PACS).
This quick turnaround happens because PACS allows digital images and reports to be electronically transmitted directly to your physician.
Same-day results are also available for urgent requests.
Nationally accredited medical imaging services
For our dedication to using advanced technology and to meeting rigorous national standards for excellence, the American College of Radiology accredited our hospital in the following modalities:
- CT imaging
- Pediatric CT imaging
- Nuclear medicine
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