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 medical imaging in Miami
HCA Florida Kendall Hospital's radiology department uses state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment to serve our patients.
Our radiologists in our Miami medical imaging department are board-certified and fellowship-trained. Additionally, our services are accredited by the American College of Radiology. This recognition indicates our dedication to your care and to continuing to provide you with advanced imaging services.
Our medical imaging services
Radiology services at our hospital include:
Bone density testing
Our radiology department performs bone density testing via dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans. This is useful for people who are at risk for osteoporosis, a condition leading to weaker bones due to a decrease in bone density.
Computerized tomography (CT) scan
A CT scan combines multiple X-ray images from different angles around the body. These pictures are then processed by a computer to create cross-sectional images of blood vessels, soft tissues and bones in the body. CT scans are highly detailed, and your physician can review them without having to perform an invasive procedure to examine the affected body part.
A CT scan can be used to identify the severity of traumatic injuries and to determine the location of which a blood vessel in the brain is damaged or blocked during a stroke.
Our cardiology department also regularly uses CT scans to identify the amount of plaque that is blocking blood flow in the arteries. This lets them plan cardiac catheterization procedures, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging is a very common, noninvasive technique used to view the inner details of the body. It uses a magnetic field and a computer to view detailed digital images to diagnose an injury or illness. Magnetic imaging provides helpful information for physicians to determine a diagnosis for numerous areas of the body. It enables them to look at the abdomen, breasts, musculoskeletal system, brain, bile ducts and more.
Sedation during MRIs
To avoid receiving distorted digital images from the MRI, it is important that the patient being examined not move throughout the procedure. That's why we offer sedated MRIs for pediatric and adult patients who might feel anxious during the procedure.
As part of our breast care services, our radiologists offer the latest advancements in breast cancer screening technology, including 3D mammograms.
We provide a wide range of breast imaging and diagnostic services, including:
- Breast ultrasound
- 2D mammograms
- 3D mammograms
- Needle localization
- Stereotactic breast biopsy
- Ultrasound core biopsy
Physician referrals are not needed to schedule a mammogram. Additionally, we welcome walk-in appointments during our regular business hours.
Our radiology team uses nuclear medicine to help determine if a disease is present in a certain part of your body. During nuclear medicine procedures, you will be given a safe amount of radioactive isotope to swallow or inhale, or it may be given via an injection. The isotope helps the radiologist easily determine a diagnosis because of the color contrast in the blood.
Nuclear medicine is commonly used to screen the thyroid, heart and kidneys. It also lets us detect gastrointestinal bleeds, cancers and infections.
Though ultrasound is commonly known to be the method to view a baby in the womb of a mother-to-be, it can also be used for many other diagnostic procedures. In fact, ultrasound is a frequently used noninvasive imaging technology. This imaging test uses sound waves to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body.
We use ultrasound procedures for:
- Breast imaging
- General abdominal imaging
- Gynecological imaging
- Kidney stone and gallstone identification
- Neonatal and pediatric imaging
- Obstetrical imaging
- Ultrasound-guided interventional procedures, such as breast biopsy
- Venous and arterial ultrasound to diagnose deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
X-ray and fluoroscopy
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